With summer just round the corner, now is the time to start planning a family adventure trip. The summer holidays often sneak up on families yet it is never too early to start planning your family’s next adventure.
While summer holidays can be increasingly expensive, they still don’t have to be. The Lake District is an affordable family holiday destination and the summer is the perfect time to visit.
The market town of Keswick in the Lake District offers all the traditional charms one would expect. With a range of indepedent family owned and operated shops, outdoor equipment stores, cafes and traditional walkers’ pubs, Keswick is the quintessential Lake District town, and a perfect base for any family visiting the area.
In the town of Keswick itself is Fitz Park, the park is home to tennis courts, a children’s playground and a bowling green. Fitz Park also offers stunning views of Skiddaw and Latrigg.
The Lake District is home to 3, 500 km of rights of way trails, where visitors can walk, cycle and ride around the beautiful countryside.
The Lake District National Park has walks for every ability from gentile ambles around lakes to high ridge walks, with a bit of scrambling – climbing over rocks without a rope. For those starting out, hiring a guide is recommended.
There are numerous walks in and around Keswick, including the Friars Crag and Castlehead Walk – a short but revealing walk of 5 km. Or those hardy folk, they can attempt the Catbells and Newland Walk, a challenging 13 km walk with a strenuous grade.
For those with children there are plenty of heroes and heroines to keep the little ones entertained. Beatrix Potter loved the Lake District, Squirrel Nutkin sailed on Derwentwater and Johnny Townmouse lived in Hawkshead. While the Greendale of Postman Pat is located in the Lake District and there is even the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine at the Ravenglass Railway
The classic tale of Swallows and Amazons is also heavily indebted to the beauty of the Lake District.