Summertime in the Lake District

21 July 2022 by Rachel Wilson

Summertime in the Lake District

There's no better time to visit the Lake District than the summer holidays. The tarns and meres are lovely for a dip, the cafes are stocking up on local gelato and nature is at its finest. We'll share a few of our favourite things to get up to if you're visiting this summer.

Boat trip on Lake Windermere

One of the best ways to the Lake District is by hopping on a Windermere cruise boat and enjoying the scenery from the top deck. The boat takes you from Bowness to Waterhead where you can stop off, grab some lunch and take a dip at the lakeshore. 

Swim at Rydal Water

Rydal village, located between Grasmere and Ambleside, has a lovely water within walking distance. It's perfect for a cooling dip and an exploratory swim around the small islands. Make sure you wash your swimming costumes and trunks before jumping into another lake to stop cross contamination of algae.

Hike our favourite fell

Located a short walk away from Grasmere and Rydal is Loughrigg Fell. It's easily accessed from the A591 where there are multiple car parks to begin the walk. Follow the obvious trails towards the tarns to reach the summit to one of Wainwright's favourite viewpoints.

Rent a bike and explore

See the Lake District on two wheels and rent a bike from Ghyllside Cycles in Ambleside. It's possible to cycle around Lake Windermere by heading towards Hawkshead, then Far Sawrey to take the car ferry across to Bowness and back to Ambleside. It's a great day out with some pavements reserved for cyclists.

Lake District Visitor's Lap Map

Use one of our Lake District Lap Maps to plan your visit. Featuring car tours, walks, cycle routes and tourist information in a family-friendly format, they are the perfect companion for your summer visit to the Lakes.

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