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Weekend Breaks in Cumbria and the Lake District

For a fun filled and active weekend break, there are few holiday destinations to compete compared with the Lake District. Book a good quality holiday cottage for your long weekend break and use it as a base to return to at night after doing all the exciting outdoor activities that Cumbria has on its doorstep.

Canoeing on Lake Windermere

Canoeing on Lake Windermere

We all know about the lakes and hear how wonderful the views of Lake Windermere are if staying nearby. Did you know that there are boating and activity centres all around the lake?

Take the family canoeing, rowing or sailing a yacht. There are bicycles to hire, including the new electric bikes that take the hard work out of hills. Riding a bicycle along Cumbrian country roads is a perfect pace for taking in the beautiful landscapes. The Eskdale Valley is a peaceful and very green place for a cycling holiday surrounded by rocky hills and sheep farms.

There are traffic free cycle paths around many Lakeland towns and villages including Grasmere. Stop and take a rest from cycling or walking to take tea and scones at one of several eateries in Grasmere. The garden centre has a cafe that sells a very good cream tea with enormous scones.

Ride the steam gondola on Lake Coniston

Ride the steam gondola on Lake Coniston

All of the lakes offer something to do whether it is sailing a steam gondola on Coniston, hiring a motor boat or simply going for a paddle. Arrive early at Coniston to take advantage of the few free parking spaces otherwise park at the school in the village and walk over to the lake.

Esthwaite Fishery is really good for an afternoon fishing for trout

Esthwaite Fishery is really good for an afternoon fishing for trout

There is fly and coarse fishing on many of the lakes.  Try Esthwaite Trout Fishery for a fishing package that includes a boat, fishing equipment and tuition. It offers good value for families.

Take the children for a paddle in one of the clear bubbling streams that runs through the Wrynose Pass. Kids can have great fun in the shallow water.

Go Ape in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Try Go Ape in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, during your weekend break

The Go Ape aerial challenges test anyone over the age of ten brave enough to try them. Children love trying the challenges and often fare better than adults. Find this in Grizedale Forest, also mountain biking and orienteering.

Where in the Lake District would you like to find a holiday cottage or log cabin?

Where in the Lake District would you like to find a holiday cottage or log cabin?

Perhaps pony trekking is your scene? Take to the saddle and ride sedately through woodland and countryside. The Lake District is stunning – an amazing outdoor recreational area for children and adults alike. Rent a country cottage or log cabin in the Lake District and come and have a healthy active holiday.

Top 5 locations for a weekend break in the UK and Ireland

IMAG0002Number 1) the Lake District, yes even though it may rain a lot there, if you can get out when it isn’t, you can climb any mountain or hill you see, and the view from the peaks of them is breath-taking and it is a sight that you will never forget for the entirety of your life. You can hike, cycle, walk, go out on the water or even just stay home and watch the sun rise out of the sandy coastline every morning

one of the exhilerating views that you can get from corkNumber 2) County cork. This place is beautiful by itself, but the most amazing place would be at sunrise on lough hyne, watching as the sun turns a lake of water almost into glittering silver and looking at such a memorable scene might even bring a tear to the eye in your kayak, you can also stroll around the lakeside, swim, kayak and even climb hills there. Fishing is also allowed there but not close to the pier if that is what you want to spend the weekend doing

just one of the many places that you can see Number 3) Cambridge. There are several things that you can do when in Cambridge, like look at the galleries for the art; you could take a walk around the town to take in the sights and sounds. Go to the theatre to listen to the orchestras or the local performance going on at the time. You could even have a picnic in the park or watch the city from a cycle around it. Either way, this place is beautiful for a weekend away

one of the amazing viewsNumber 4) The Aran islands near Galway. This place can easily take your breath away, and the hotel is a brilliant place for a weekend break as it is almost mystifying to explore and look at the island itself, if it is through a walk, a stroll, or even cycling, you will love this place and you will want to come back to it again

Number 5) the island Skye in Scotland. This place has some amazing mountains for you to one of the mountains that you can climbclimb and is an extremely fun place to spend your weekend and once you get to the top of them, you are rewarded for your efforts with a view that some would pay to see. This place can also be of use for those who like to walk and can stroll around the island, taking in the good view as they walk.

In total, all of these places are awesome places to go for a weekend away and I suggest that you go to all of them at least at one time in your life.

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