If you love the great outdoors and a sense of adventure then you will be spoilt for choice when looking for a Budget Family Adventure Holiday in the Lake District. The major plus point when organising a family adventure holiday is that it can be as cheap or as expensive as you wish to make it.

Lake District Scenery


When visiting the Lake District their are many activities to participate in from walking or climbing to sailing but whatever activity you fancy partaking in on an adventure holiday there will be something for everyone. Therefore, before deciding what activities you would like to partake in ahead of your next trip to the Lake District you should become aware of what the Lake District has to offer your family.

Situated in the North West of England, the Lake District is a beautiful National Park which provides you with many activities to partake in. Whether you wish to enjoy a nice leisurely walk, cycling or mountain climbing their is definitely something for everyone.

3 Lake District Walking Routes for the Family

Within the Lake District their are literally hundreds of walking trails to take advantage of and a few of the more interesting routes are listed detailed below.

Ambleside to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell

At a little over 6 miles in distance the Ambleside to Troutbeck walk is one of the less challenging routes to take on and maybe suitable for most families. As you depart Ambleside you will begin a gentle ascent as you climb Wansfell Pike which provides you with lovely views over Ambleside, the surrounding hills and Lake Windermere. From here you will begin your descent into the village of Troutbeck where you will find a selection of shops and pubs to visit.

Hellvellyn Walk via Striding Ridge

Highly acclaimed as one of the most popular walks in the UK, the Helvellyn walk will enable you to ascend the third highest mountain in England. This is by far the most exciting way to the summit of this popular mountain. Starting in the lovely village of Glenridding this route enables you start by going up Striding Edge where you can take in fantastic views of Ullswater before you begin your descent via Swirral Ridge. At around 7.5 miles this is definitely a more sapping walk over some challenging terrain.

Walk up to Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England and their are many routes you can take to the top dependent on how challenging you wish to make it. One of the easiest routes to take especially if travelling with your family is by setting off from Wasdale Head. Though be warned when I state this is the easiest route you will still be climbing the highest mountain in England and the terrain can be rocky in parts.

Cycling in the Lakes

If walking isn’t your thing then maybe cycling is and in the Lake District you are spoilt for choice with their being a number of cycling routes which will provide you with breath taking views and a number of stops for a spot of lunch or even a cheeky pint. Before embarking on a cycling trip in the Lake District you should take into account that the Lake District has quite an undulating terrain with plenty of steep hills to climb up and descend which may not be suitable for everyone.

Scenic Cycling Lake District

Whinlatter Blue

Otherwise known as the Quercus Trail the Whinlatter Blue route is one of the newest biking trails in the Lake District and is suitable for most members of the family at just less than 5 miles in distance. Here you depart from the Whinlatter Visitor Centre and proceed to navigate your way round the forest on the blue trail. There are plenty of Picnic opportunities as you travel along the route and should you forget to bring along your bike their is no need to worry as you can hire one from the visitors centre.

If you are not one for cycling and still fancy a visit to Whinlatter Forest their is plenty to do for everyone from 9 walking trails, adventure playgrounds to explore and the newly installed Highway Rat Trail which is based on the famous children s storybook from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Grizedale Forest

Situated in the Southern part of the Lake District between Lake Coniston and Lake Windermere, Grizedale Forest is home to the North Trail cycling route. This is definitely a route for the more hardened and experienced cyclists as you navigate your way up steep ascents and down equally descents through the beautiful Grizedale Forest.

If you do not wish to cycle or feel that this cycle route maybe too advanced for your family then their are many trails for you to explore with plenty of sculptures to admire en route from the Grizedale Forest Visitors Centre.

Windermere to Wray Castle (including Boat Ride)

If you are after a real family adventure cycling trip then a ride from Windermere to Wray Castle could be the perfect day out for the whole family. Setting off from Brockholes Visitor Centre you will cycle to the jetty on Lake Windermere which will then transport you the western side of the lake. From here you will have a leisurely stroll to Wray Castle which is free to enter if you are member of the National Trust. If you are not a member of the National Trust then you may enjoy the grounds of the castle or pay a small fee to explore the castle.

Having enjoyed the castle it is back on the bikes for a gentle cycle back to the jetty at Bark Barn to enjoy the boat ride back across Lake Windermere and complete the 9-mile cycle. One further point to note before travelling is to check the boat times to avoid being left stranded.

Boating Activities

As you would expect from a place named the Lake District their are plenty of lakes to enjoy boating activities and water sports. A few of the more notable lakes in the Lake District are Lake Windermere, Lake Coniston, Ullswater, Grasmere and Derwentwater and their are many activities you can enjoy such as:

Boat Trips

Windermere Boat Trips – Lake Windermere is the Lake District’s largest lake and their are many boat trips to take advantage of from hop on hop off tours on a historic steamer to organised cruises from either Bowness or Ambleside. All are fairly reasonable prices and can be booked either online or at the port upon arrival. At peak times it may be advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

Cruising Lake Windermere

Ullswater Steamers – Cruise around Ullswater in unique style old-fashioned boat with stopping points at Glenridding, Aira Force, Howtown and Pooley Bridge. A great way to explore areas surrounding Lake Ullswater such as Glenridding or the Helvellyn Mountain range.

Lake Coniston Cruises – Famed for the world speed record attempt by Donald Campbell which ultimately led to his death in 1967, Coniston Launch offers you the opportunity to experience a 90-minute cruise around Lake Coniston where you will discover the life and times of Donald Campbell plus the story behind his many world record attempts.

If learning about the life and times of Donald Campbell is not for you then their are also regular cruises around the lake. Significant discount for cruises on Lake Coniston can be obtained online by visiting websites such as Coniston Launch.

Cruise at Coniston

Watersport Activities

As the adventure capital of the United Kingdom their is a wide variety of water sports for you to participate in from sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, water skiing or even swimming. With many lakes to choose from their is definitely something for everyone to take part in when visiting the Lake District. If you would like to book early ahead of your visit, I would advise carrying out further research by visiting websites such as golakes.co.uk or trip advisor.

Leisure Attractions of the Lake District

When looking for a bit of chill time away from the plethora of outdoor activities on offer their are many interesting attractions in the Lake District for you to visit. Below is just a few of the unique places for you to visit:

Beatrix Potter Museum – Based in Bowness on Windermere, you can discover all favourite Beatrix Potter characters at this interactive museum.

Kendal Mint Cake – Visit the town of Kendal which is the birthplace of Kendal Mint Cake. Here you can amble round the picturesque town of Kendal, visit museums and sit down to relax with a piece of Kendal Mint Cake.

South Lakes Safari Zoo – Located in Ulverston in the South Lakes, South Lakes Safari Zoo is home to over 1,000 animals including lions, giraffes, rhinos and penguins. Discount deals can be obtained by purchasing directly from the official South Lakes Safari Zoo website.

Pencil Museum – Home of the worlds first pencil and worlds largest colour pencil who knew that pencils could be so interesting. Well if you choose to visit the Keswick Pencil Museum you will discover many interesting facts regarding pencils and see some of the most unique pencils in the world.

Muncaster Castle – Within the Lake District their are many castles to visit including Lowther Castle, Sizergh Castle and Wray Castle. Muncaster Castle is one of the more spectacular castles built in the Medieval Ages and as an added bonus offers a Hawk and Owl centre, MeadowVole Maze and playgrounds for you to enjoy.

For discount vouchers ahead of travel it is always worth checking out discount sites such as Wowcher of Groupon. It also worth checking out whether their are any Lake District experience offers available for example Lake Cruise and afternoon dinner offers etc.

Accommodation and Getting There

Staying in the Lake District can be as expensive or as cheap as you wish to make it. There are a hosts of country houses and traditional bed and breakfasts to choose from. If you are on a lower budget their are also a wide selection of youth hostels to choose from or if you would like a more outdoors experience then their are many campsites scattered all over the Lake District offering accommodation such as lodges, static caravans as well as many sites to pitch up with caravans and tents.

At peak season it is highly recommended that you book ahead with your accommodation and many deals can be found by searching price comparison sites or searching for campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk.

Scenic Camping

The Lake District is located in the Cumbria region of England therefore the nearest airports are either Manchester or Liverpool which can be reached within a couple of hours by road. If you are travelling by car either from the North or South you are likely to travel via the M6 motorway which is situated to the east of the Lake District.

Whether you would like to stay in the North or South Lakes will depict which exit you wish to take from the motorway however be warned that travel to the lakes can be extremely busy in peak season and at weekends.

Is the Lake District Value for Money

With a wide range of outdoor activities to choose from a trip to the Lake District can be as cheap as you want it to be. If you take advantage of some of the many walking and cycling trails on offer, plan and purchase attraction tickets you wish to visit in advance and choose budget accommodation then the Lake District can be a truly magical budget adventure holiday for all the family.

If you have any questions regarding the above article, please feel free to leave your comments below and I will endeavour to get back to you.





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