Lake District

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Places to stay in The Lake District

The Lake District is one of the UK's most popular destinations for a family break, providing beautiful scenery and a huge range of outdoor activities for adults and children alike. With nearly 900 square miles of countryside to walk in, mountains, woodlands and the vast lakes themselves, there are opportunities to walk, cycle, climb, abseil, sail, canoe, kayak - and much much more to keep the family entertained.

Close to 16 million people travel to the Lake District every year for a break, but the vastness of the area means you still never feel crowded despite the amount of things going on.

Hostels in The Lake District
Hostels in The Lake District

YHA has a wide range of hostels from which you could base a family break in the Lake District. While there are some secluded centres in the heart of the countryside, you may want to stay in one of the towns such as Ambleside or Keswick for the best access to activities and amenities.


Five Free Things To Do In The Lake District

The mountains of the Lake District provide plenty of challenging walking routes, but there are also trails following much easier terrain if you have a family in tow. Check out local maps to see how these walks can connect local attractions.

Enjoy the water
The Lakes provide ample opportunity for water sports, but it costs nothing to take a stroll around the shore and enjoy skimming stones from the water's edge, backdropped by beautiful scenery.

If you take the kids' bikes along with you, you can extend your walks while they enjoy tackling the terrain on two wheels. Many routes in the Lakes are cycle-friendly.

The Lake District Visitor's Centre at Brockhole has a host of fun things for children, including an adventure playground with rope walks, slides, swings, scramble nets and zip wires. Rainy days are also covered with an indoor play area.

Postman Pat
The hugely popular Postman Pat story was created by John Cunliffe, and Pat's Greendale route was inspired by the winding roads of the Cumbrian countryside around Kendal. In Kendal itself, you can visit the Beast Banks post office, which inspired Mrs Goggins' Greendale post office.

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