Nurture Lakeland’s muchbetter Guide to the Lake District

Why the Lake District?

The Lake District receives around a whopping 40 million visitors per year! This can have both positive and negative impacts to the local economy, environment and culture.

Drawn by our breathtaking mountain landscape and tranquil lakes; rolling countryside and quaint villages; adventure thrills and a place to relax weve got it all!

Nurture Lakelandwants to keep this special place a wonderful destination for many many more years.

We do this by promoting sustainable tourism, businesses that care about the environment and performing our own campaigns.

The Lake District is Englands Adventure Capital, here you can enjoy via ferrata, fell walking, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, ghyll scrambling, paragliding, diving Do I need to continue?

Favourite spot?

Too many! Keswick is the National Parks adventure base and provides the most opportunities for adventure activities. But you can take part pretty much everywhere in the region.

Ambleside is central, lively and friendly. Keswick is set in breathtaking landscape and also has a bustling atmosphere.

Buttermere and Ennerdale provide amore wild experience and the scenery is much more striking.

Coniston and Hawkshead are perfect destinations for family and have a great village vibe.

We couldnt possibly pick one! But at a push here a few

Langdale for bouldering, scrambling and fell walking

Newlands Valley for ghyll scrambling

Ullswater for kayaking or canoeing

Raise nr Helvellyn for skiing

Favourite places to grab some food?

South Lakes: Wilfs in Staveley serves fresh grub and is popular with mountain bikers as is next to Wheelbase (UKs largest cycle store) and nearby mountain and road cycling opportunities.

Zeffirellis in Ambleside is a live music, cinema and restaurant venue, great atmosphere and fabulous food.

North Lakes:Greystokes Cycle caf is based just North of the National Park boundary but this funky cycle caf is a great place to go for its famous quirky workshops or hearty grub. They also have good facilities to support cyclists looking for a rest or repair!

Favourite places for a drink in the Lake District?

There are a huge range of local ales produced in the area and most pubs provide a selection to try.

The Kirkstone Pass Inn is a traditional and cosy pub located on the wild Kirkstone Pass in between Ullswater and Ambleside, great place to call in on a walk.The Watermill at Ings produces its own ale and has a friendly atmosphere.

Not strictly the Lakes but the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal has a huge host of live music nights so a great place to have a drink, really popular with mountaineers so also a good place to mingle.

Whats the best time of year to come to the Lake District?

Mays weather is typically the best month for warm weather so great if you want to take part in water based activities.

Autumn colours are breathtaking and tend to be pretty dry so its a good time to come for most outdoor sports.

Summer months are by far the busiest but a good time to come if youre after bustling and lively aprs adventure.

Weve had some great dumps of snow the past few years, so for winter challenges aim to come in December or whenever the snow is expected.

Anything else for people planning a muchbetter adventure to the Lakes?

If youre a walker or fell runner, visitFix The Fellsto discover how you can fill in your footsteps by reducing your impact on the fells or donating to maintain our upland landscapes.

For weather reports visit theLake District Weatherline.

For a list of adventure providers in the area, you can also check outGo Lakes.

Langdale Pikes Photo Courtesy of Steve Reeve

Interested in visiting the Lake District?

Click here if you are looking for guided walking weekends in the Lake District.

Check out all the friendly, local and independentAccommodation inthe Lake District, Walking and cyclingHolidays inthe Lake District, Climbing and cycling Schools inthe Lake District,Local Guides inthe Lake District, theRestaurants and PubsandShops inthe Lake District.

You can contact them all direct through us to avoid commissions. We are working with them to discover who is alreadymuchbetter, and help others to get there.

You can also search for a place to stay throughNurture Lakelandwho have a list of fantastic accommodation providers that are doing their bit for the environment.

These businesses are members ofNurture Lakeland, interested in sustainable tourism and may be fundraising for conservation projects in the area.

Know somewhere else? Let us know bysuggesting a place.

Or, if you like Amy from Nurture Lakelandhere, know the Lake District like the back of your hand and would you like to add pictures, videos or more information to this guide, get in touch and leave your comments!