There are so many things to do in Cumbria, we couldn't possibly list them all! Below are just a few examples of memorable experiences you could enjoy, catering for all ages and interests. 

Whatever your preference, Cumbria is a perfect holiday destination, any time of the year.

Active pursuits.......

The Lake District offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities for energetic visitors:

* Pick one of many mountains to climb or abseil from

* Make the most of the lakes and partake in watersports: water skiing, windsurfing, sailing or kayaking.

* Saddle up and go pony trekking or learn to ride.

* Opt for a gentle stroll to admire the view or spend the day fell walking.

* Bring your bike and try one of the many routes for mountain biking or road cycling

*Pack your trainers and enjoy a run through breath-taking scenery

*Easily accessible golf courses at Penrith, Brampton, Keswick, Carlisle and Appleby-in-Westmorland.

* For regular sporting activities there are leisure centres at Penrith and Keswick plus open-air pools at Shap and Askham.

More leisurely pursuits.......

*Come and appreciate the natural beauty of the Lake District National Park, with its waterfalls and rivers, lakes and fells, accommodating a vast array of flora and fauna.

*Ample opportunities for birdwatching, painting or photography. England’s only Golden Eagle can be seen at Haweswater and osprey nest each year near Bassenthwaite.

*Cumbria caters for lovers of animals, large and small: offering a range of specialist centres, open farms and a zoo.

*English Heritage and The National Trust have a variety of attractions with walks and gardens for you to explore.

*Take a cruise on a lake: Derwentwater, Ullswater, Windermere or Coniston are easily accessible.

*Experience some of the best fishing waters in Cumbria: try the River Eden, Blencarn or the infamous Ullswater.

*Relax on a steam train journey through stunning scenery.

*Shop in one of the ancient market towns. Local farmers’ markets are always a treat!

*Visit a local gallery or arts exhibition.

*Enjoy a scenic drive: try the famous Hardknott/Wrynose Pass, if you dare!

*Quench your thirst in an old country pub serving locally brewed beers, sample local produce in one of the award-winning restaurants or sample the delights at a local farmers market.

Participate or spectate at one of the numerous annual events in Cumbria. Popular attractions include the Keswick Mountain Festival, Ullswater Walking Festival, Appleby Horse Fair and the Keswick Beer Festival, to name but a few.

Further details of activities, attractions and upcoming events in Cumbria - CLICK HERE

Rainy days.....

It's quite possible that you may experience some rain during your stay in Cumbria, but please don't let that put you off! Simply see this as an opportunity to absorb the history of the area by visiting the many castles, historic houses and museums including those of writer Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsorth.

Visitor Centres offer a wealth of information about your holiday destination. The largest centre is Rheged, near Penrith. There is also the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre, Keswick and the National Park Visitor Centre, Brockhole, which is set in 30 acres of gardens beside Lake Windermere.

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