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Days out in Lake District

The Lake District is one of the UK`s most popular family break destinations. With rolling hills, incredible natural scenery, an abundance of lakes and streams and gorgeous little towns, it`s one of the UK`s most beautiful preservation areas. This makes it a natural destination for families and groups with an interest in active pursuits and walking and there are plenty of excellent routes for cycling, horse-riding and rambling.

Many choose to simply spend their time exploring or cycling through the countryside - with binoculars to spot wildlife en route. It can be very peaceful if you choose the less popular routes, or visit off-peak. Walking groups tend to abound on public holidays and weekends - get a local routemap from the tourist office to avoid the main hubs in Keswick, Kendal and Ambleside. Otherwise join a group yourself for an expertly guided tour. The Lakeside Walker company has guide accompanied walks from £20 per person, with plenty of free places for children. For the more adventurous, you can also try wild camping, navigation and orienteering and rock-climbing courses under expert supervision.

For more structured days out, there`s plenty to entertain children with. Try visiting Go Ape in the Grizedale Forest, Ambleside. It`s a great activity for all ages, treeking across aerial swings, rope bridges and other tree-high structures. Children have to be at least ten years old and four feet seven high. There`s also a Go Ape in Keswick.

Head to Keswick too for its Climbing Wall and other activities at Goosewell farm. It has a huge amount to do; in addition to the 400 sq. metre climbing wall indoors, there`s biking, abseiling, canoe-ing and bouldering to enjoy.

For smaller children, Ducky`s Park Farm in Grange over Sands is a great family destination. A large visitor working farm, where families can interact with the animals and learn about modern farming methods and approaches. Both educationl and fun, there are play areas for children and a cafe for the adults to relax in. If animals are a big love of your children, you might also want to try South Lakes Wild Animal park, located in Dalton in Furness. It`s a huge conservation park with plenty of animal encounters to enjoy, including giraffes, tigers and rhinos. There`s all the usual visitor attractions too, including a mini steam railway, a picnic area, shop and restaurant.

Don`t forget to relax on your trip too amongst all the excitement and activity - the Mining Heritage Centre at Alston follows the story of the Pennine`s mineral mining tradition, on a two hundred acre site. Visit a former mine, explore the tunners and see a deep miner`s shaft. Group tours are available. Another good relaxing activity is to enjoy a steamer ride on Ullswater Lake at Glenridding - the steamers are a long tradition within the town and very popular with visitors. Enjoy an ice-cream and relax in the -hopefully - sunny weather!

Another very popular activity is camping or staying in static caravans, which offers great opportunities for enjoying al-fresco food, BBQing and letting the kids enjoy playing outside. There are plenty of holiday parks to select from and you can find Sandy Bay Holiday Park reviews and details of other popular accommodations online - book well in advance during school holidays.








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