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Your Lake District Summer Bucket List

8 June 2018


Now that we have finally seen some warmer weather and the memories of winter are gradually fading, everybody will be looking forward to making lots of summer plans to make the most of the glorious sunshine while it lasts.

While there are lots of exciting events that take place in the Lake District throughout the summer months to look forward to, there is also a lot of joy to be had from the little things that you can do any day of the week when you have some free time.

We thought we’d put together a list of a few different activities that can be enjoyed in the Lake District that you should try to do this summer if you get a chance! Read on for our full summer bucket list.


Go camping

Camping is a lot of fun all year round, but there’s something extra special about it in the summer months. There’s nothing quite like opening your tent door and seeing the sunshine when you’re surrounded by nature, and spending time in the great outdoors is something that all of us should try to make the time for.

Be sure to check out our camping pods at our Pure Leisure parks in the Lake District if you’d like to leave the tent itself at home.


Go wild swimming

When the weather is hot, there’s nothing better than packing your swimming costume or trunks and heading off for a dip to cool off, and in the Lake District, we’re lucky enough to have nature’s very own water park to enjoy.

Whether you fancy swimming in a lake, river, or waterfall, there are plenty of spots to choose from. The Wild Swimming website has a great section on some of the best spots for swimming in nature in the Lakes, which you can check out here.


Catch a sunset by a lake

As the days grow longer, there is nothing nicer than relaxing of an evening and watching a sunset somewhere beautiful after a long day. The lighter evenings mean that whether you’ve had a full day out and about, or you’ve finished work and headed out into the Lakes for the last few hours of the day, you can still make the most of sundown and enjoy a beautiful sunset reflected in a lake.


Try Grasmere Gingerbread

If you haven’t already come across Grasmere Gingerbread, then you should definitely add giving it a try to your list of things to do this summer. Of course, it can be enjoyed year round, but it makes a great addition to a picnic, or simply a reward at the end of a long hike on a warm day.


Head out for a picnic

When the weather gets warmer, it’s only natural for us to want to do as many activities as possible outside, and eating outside is one of the nicest things to do when the weather is kind to us.

So for your summer bucket list why not pack up a picnic of your favourite foods and some nice cold drinks and head out into the Lake District to enjoy some al fresco dining? Just don’t forget to take any litter home with you afterwards.


Go canoeing

Watersports are great to enjoy in the summer months and canoeing on one of the lakes is a lovely way to spend a day or an afternoon. If you’ve never done it before, there are plenty of guides and instructors in the area to show you the ropes and make sure that you are safe on the water.


Enjoy a nice pint

Nothing is better than an ice cold beer on a hot summer’s day, particularly when you’re somewhere as beautiful as the Lake District. Cumbria is home to the Hawkshead Brewery, and if you fancy trying the great selection of beers and ales that they have on offer right where they made, then head to the Beer Hall right next door, which is open seven days a week.


Eat ice cream in the sun

It wouldn’t be summer without enjoying an ice cream, so why not grab one the next time you’re in the Lakes? You’ll find ice cream for sale in all of the main towns throughout the Lakes, and Ulverston is even home to Cumbrian Cow Ice Cream, where you’ll find an exciting range of flavours on offer at this family-owned farm.


We hope this has given you plenty of great ideas for things for a Summer Bucket List if you’re planning to spend some time in the Lake District, and don’t forget to check out our parks if you are coming for a visit.