Well established as a prime location for sailing, climbing and rowing, the Lake District‘s tranquil beauty also makes it ideal for picnics in the summer sun. If you’re heading to one of our UK holiday homes in the area, make sure you stock up on Cumberland sausage sandwiches and scones with damson jam and set off for one of these scenic spots. You could even try to see them all – with captivating lakeside settings, designer gardens and enchanting woodlands, there’s always something new to discover.
Coniston Boating Centre
Active families could easily find themselves spending the majority of their time at this picturesque lakeside spot. Their extensive collection of boats includes Wayfarers, kayaks and rowing boats, although kids are likely to be mainly entranced by the waterwalkerz. After all that activity, they’ll definitely have earned a hearty feast at a neighbouring picnic table.
Overlooking the famous Lake Windermere, the Visitor Centre has 30 acres of gardens, designed by landscape architect Thomas Mawson in the early 20th century. With an adventure playground for 5-14 years olds and a separate area for the under-7s, this is an great choice for families. Once the kids have exhausted themselves climbing over the wooden fort and swing sets, they can collapse onto the grass and enjoy a refreshing snack in the sunshine.
Possibly the most beautiful waterfall in the Lake District, Aira Force provides an ideal backdrop for a romantic picnic. Park at Glencoyne Bay and stroll through the Ullswater Valley to reach this 65-foot waterfall. The arched bridges that cross over the streams could have come straight from a fairytale, making this one of the most enchanting walks in the region.
Fell Foot Park
With views over Windermere and the Fells, this peaceful lakeside park is the perfect resting place after a busy afternoon spent sailing or rowing. Dogs are welcome here and will probably have even more fun than the children, splashing around in the water before inevitably shaking over the entire family. Late summer is the best time to visit, with rowing boats available for hire between April and October.
Certainly not one for the faint-hearted, but the views from England’s highest mountain are incomparable – and climbing to reach them is guaranteed to work up an appetite. There are several different routes to the top, so do your research before setting off to make sure you allow enough time. Remember to pack some Kendal mint cake – it did help Hillary climb Everest, after all!
After all that adventure, you’ll need a suitably luxurious retreat to return home to – like the stunning Lakeside Barn, a lavish holiday home with 26 acres of private grounds that could’ve been built solely for lazy afternoons of Pimms and picnics.