Guide to Cumbria

Considered one of the most beautiful regions in the UK, Cumbria is truly a sight to behold, sparkling lakes flowing through rolling green hills make up the landscape with dramatic mountains and peaks scattered across the skyline.

A 7 day ITINERARY for Cumbria

There are so many things to experience on a trip to Cumbria that seven days may not be enough, however we have compiled the best of the best to ensure you make the most of your holiday.

Top 5 walks

  • Arnside Knott
  • Cockermouth
  • Whitehaven
  • Wetheral
  • Ulverston

Under the sea

Cumbria is a haven for wildlife lovers, there are a vast amount of attractions dedicated solely to animals of all kinds in the region. Lakes Aquarium is a brilliant place to visit with children, this attraction provides a captivating centrepiece to Cumbria allowing visitors to see things that swim, things that fly and things that bite! Lakes Aquarium allows you to visit the lakes of the world, along with those a little closer to home, providing both an intriguing and educational experience.

There is so much to see and do at this fantastic attraction that a whole day can be easily spent here – from menacing pikes and playful otters to diving ducks and piranhas every aspect of underwater wildlife is showcased in all its glory. After taking a tour of the grounds you can grab some well-earned refreshments at the Oscar’s Restaurant and ice cream kiosk before heading back to your cottage.

Picnic with a view

There really is nothing better than eating fresh delicious produce in the same region it was made.

Cumbria is brimming with fantastic eateries, but when the sun is shining why not head out to a local farm shop such as Lucy’s of Ambleside to stock up on some wonderful lunch time treats to enjoy alfresco in the great outdoors.

Once you have chosen your local goodies head out to Colwith Force – also in Ambleside. This magnificent waterfall will provide the perfect backdrop to your scenic picnic and will allow you to admire the beauty of the area in its most natural form.

If you are feeling the need to burn off some of your lunch then a stroll around the Elterwater Waterfalls Walk will lead you around not only Colwith Force but Skelith Force and Elterwater too, making for a spectacular route highlighting beautiful surroundings.

Sail and dine

After spending a day enjoying the comforts of your holiday cottage get glammed up in the evening and embark on one of the most memorable and luxurious experiences to be had in Cumbria. Sail ‘n’ Dine, based on Lake Windemere provides a unique attraction in which you can view the beauty of the Lake and its surrounding areas from the comfort and luxury of a top of the range sailing yacht – named Maddie, and to top it all of you can indulge in fine wines and first class food whilst doing so. It would be hard to find a better way to relax. This makes an excellent evening whether you are holidaying with your family or as a couple and even if it is your first sailing experience you can still be assured a fantastic evening.

Stone circles

Cumbria is home to approximately 50 stone circles including some of the earliest stone circles in Britain. They are an utterly fantastic sight to behold and make for some intriguing exploration, being steeped in rich history. Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments to visit and is the most visited stone circle in Cumbria, its exact origins are unknown but it is believed that it was used for ceremonial or religious purposes.

The stone circle is in an area of natural heritage and beauty making it a great location to spend a day out, especially with it being located on the level top of a hill providing stunning views of the surrounding locations including Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell.

After a day in the great outdoors, pass by Windebrow Chippy on your way home to enjoy a delicious meal of fish and chips once back at your holiday cottage.

One for the thrill seekers

Whilst in Cumbria it is important to explore the fun to be had right on your doorstep, the rich and diverse landscapes provide a wealth of activities. Lakeland Ascents is a great place to head if you are a novice looking to gain some new and exciting skills. Based in the beautiful lakes in the region they offer a wide range of professionally run courses and activities for you to try your hand at. Enjoy an exhilarating day of abseiling, gorge scrambling, canyoning, rock climbing or take to the fells with a guided walk. So much fun is to be had for the whole family and you can get some brilliant photos to show your friends and family on your return. Taking part in a day jam packed with physical activity is a great way to burn off all the yummy holiday treats you have consumed!

Step back in time

Cumbria is packed with history and stories waiting to be explored. Wray Castle sitting on the shores of Lake Windemere complete with its turrets, towers and informal grounds, whilst being soaked in Victorian-gothic style and glamour, boasts a fantastic day out for the whole family. Wray Castle is brimming with paintings, furniture and antiques, allowing you to delve into its castle’s intriguing heritage – the brilliant thing about this castle is that it also caters for children perfectly!

If you have children in tow you will be pleased to know there are sections of the castle dedicated entirely to them with dressing up opportunities and castle-building spaces, rope swings, den-building and trails all located within the safety of the ground – a day of serious adventure is to be had here! Why not also incorporate some fun into the journey too and arrive by boat from Ambleside.

One for the chocoholics

If you are a lover of chocolate then a trip to the small rural village of Orton is an absolute must. Here you will find the much loved Kennedy’s chocolate factory and coffee shop for you to delve into. This delectable little slice of chocolate heaven sells handmade chocolates with huge varieties, alongside an adjoining café in which you can enjoy one of their famous hot chocolates laden with cream and marshmallows and a piece of delicious chocolate cake – what better time to indulge in sweet treats than on your holiday!

The shop provides the perfect opportunity to grab some presents to take home, allowing your friends and family to taste the wonders of Cumbria for themselves. Whilst in Orton soak up the other delights of the area, the immediate area offers some of the best countryside in England. The village also features a pub, tea rooms, shop and every second Saturday of the month they host the nationally acclaimed Orton Farmer’s market.

Activities on the lakes

Cumbria holidays

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