Top 5 activities for the kids | Lake District

The Lake District is a fabulous place. We visit a couple of times a year usually. It's not too far away from us and it feels like a wonderful escape. These are my top five activities for children in the Lakes. Specifically young children (under 9 I guess), although any age can enjoy these!

1. Go Walking

In May we took our children up Loughrigg Fell, walking a circular route from Ambleside, taking in Rydal Caves on the way back. It was around a six mile route and it involved some pretty hard climbing. My daughter (5) went on my husband's shoulders for around two miles of the route, but my son (7) didn't struggle with the walk. I would advise going on a fine day as I can imagine that it would be a very slippery descent otherwise. Although it isn't a particularly high walk, the views are fairly spectacular. from the top.

View from Loughrigg Fell

2. Canoe on Lake Windermere

This is good fun no matter what age you are. Hire a canoe and head out on the lake. You can search for different types of wildlife and enjoy the peace and quiet of being in the middle of a large expanse of water. Just watch out for the waves from large passing boats!

Canoe on lake windermere

3. Visit Wray Castle

Instead of a stuffy house with barriers, Wray Castle is a haven for your imagination! Each room has a different theme, there is dressing up for adults and children! It's a place to let your imagination run wild, to play and have fun. It's a wonderful place to spend a few hours, or even a day if it's a bit miserable outside!

Dressing up at Wray Castle

4. Brockhole Visitor Centre

There are so many different things you can do here. Back in January we enjoyed the treetop nets, huge trampoline nets suspended in the trees. In May we had fun doing the treetop trek, which included a 200m zipwire. Both children absolutely adored this. It felt very safe and I was really glad that I'd done it. There is also a great cafe and some indoor space to play in if it's wet outside.

Treetop Trek Brockhole

5. Peter Rabbit Museum, Bowness

This is always shut for refurbishment in January when we visit, so in May we finally got a chance to see inside the museum. It is an absolute delight. We loved exploring every nook and cranny and the garden was simply wonderful. The food in the cafe is fabulous too!

Why not have a look at my video suggesting these five activities!