Lake District – A Look At The Outdoor Activities On Offer

The Lake District in England is a stunning area of natural beauty so it is no surprise it rates as one of the most visited places in the UK for those who enjoy outdoor activities. The scenery is breathtaking with magnificent mountains and deep lakes in abundance in this area. It is possible to enjoy a wide range of outdoor sporting activities in The Lake District and with planning and strict observation of any safety issues a wonderful time can be had in this beautiful part of England. It’s possible to find something for everyone and any level of fitness to enjoy, from the vigorous to the gentle – there is something for everyone.

Most people know of The Lake District because of its walking opportunities and with the five highest mountains in England located here it’s not surprising. There are walks that will sort all kinds of age and range of fitness with walks that are suitable for all the family and walks for older people. Many books have been written that map out the various walks whether they be the famous ridge walks along the mountaintops or walks around the lakes. These guides are an excellent source of information for walkers of all levels.

For people who love their mountain biking then The Lake District offers endless off-road routes; for other cyclists there are the more gentle trails and country lanes. With dramatic scenery as a backdrop and very little traffic, for those who prefer on-road cycling, the area is perfect for cyclists of all kinds who love the outdoor life.

Water sports are an obvious choice of outdoor pursuit with so many lakes in the area; there are lots of opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and windsurfing. For the very brave there are opportunities for open water swimming in the lakes but this is only advisable if you are experienced, are swimming with other people and understand the safety procedures thoroughly. The Great North Swim takes place at Lake Windermere every year and provides the perfect experience for the competitive open water swimmer. For the less active many of the lakes offer boat hire.

Often cited as the birthplace of rock climbing there are lots of places where you can enjoy rock climbing and abseiling in the Lake District. It is also possible to learn the sport here. If being underground is more your thing then caving and potholing is for you and there are many places to discover in this area if this is your sport of choice.

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