Aira Force waterfall
In the Ullswater Valley, the Aira Force waterfall is a popular place to visit. Most visitors walk up, take a few photos and take the same route back. But we recommend parking near the village of Dockray. Following the Aira Beck river downstream. You can see Lake Ullswater in the distance as you walk through the old growth forests. Marveling at the rock faces towering on both sides. Paddling and picnicking, the hours flow by just as the river flows over rocks and stepping stones into the numerous natural pools. At the end you reach the 20m high waterfall, which is simply ingenious when viewed from above and below.
Ravenglass& World Owl Trusts
Ravenglass is the only coastal town in the national park. It is said that this was once the last point of defense of Hadrian's Wall. Here, against the backdrop of England's highest mountains, the Scafells, the world's oldest narrow-gauge steam locomotive is in operation. Muncaster Castle, the headquarters of the World Owl Trust, is just 5 minutes away. Explore the 70-acre grounds – especially worth visiting in May when the bluebells and rhododendrons are in bloom. The castle is probably one of the most haunted buildings in England. Panoramic views of the Lake District can be enjoyed from Loughrigg Fell. It may be one of the smallest mountains in the Wainwright Fells, but its isolated location allows views in all directions. With the easy to follow path and gentle contours, it is also a good choice for hikers with children.
A round trip on the Derwentwater lake is worthwhile for nature lovers and those seeking peace and quiet. With the wooden launches from Keswick Launch you are cheap and flexible on the road. The ships regularly shuttle between seven moorings. Enjoy a 50-minute round trip or stop in to explore the gravel beaches and hiking trails at the lake. A good starting point is the marina at Nichol End. The local café serves homemade pizza. From the tables, look out over the slopes of the Skiddaw. A short walk will take you to the nearest pier at Hawes Ende, from where you can continue your boat trip or join the walkers towards High Brandelhow over the 451m high Catbells.
Bassenthwaite Lake& Mirehouse
On the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, near the small town of Kewswick, lies the Mirehouse, a manor house dating back to the 17th century. Century. There are plenty of natural play areas for kids in the woods around it. They can romp around for hours. Master the labyrinth and discover the many caves, which also offers a sheltered place for picnics. Adventure playground tests your sense of balance – cross the bubbling stream on a rope bridge, rope ladders and narrow footbridges. The rhododendron-lined footpath takes you past a playhouse and an obstacle course through woods and fields, eventually reaching the shore of the lake. Take time to explore the biking and hiking trails in neighboring Dood Wood.
Sporty and active, it's best to see for yourself what Whinlatter Forrest has to offer. This is a real paradise for active holidaymakers with its many cycle routes of varying difficulty. You don't need sophisticated skills to experience the thrill of a two-wheeled descent. The 8km Quercus Trail is suitable for anyone who is fairly confident on a bike, although you may dismount and push for short stretches if necessary. It winds its way over. Around the lower part of the forest. Although it doesn't take you to the heights that the more advanced Altura Trail does, it does offer good views of Blencathra, Skiddaw and the other northern mountains. Mountain bikes can be easily rented.
Adventure for young and old
Near Hawkshead stretches the Grizedale Forrest. It is known for its mountain bike trails and the Go Ape! High ropes course. But, if you want to exercise your head as well as your muscles, you could try orienteering. The idea is to use clues in the landscape to follow a specific route. You can purchase orienteering maps for seven possible routes at the visitor center. The orienteering runs differ in length and level of difficulty. There is also a route for mountain bikers. Keep an eye out along the way to catch a glimpse of Coniston Water through the clearings or some of the more than 60 sculptures hidden among the trees.