Budget-friendly Lake District Adventures
19 March 2024

The Lake District is a place of breathtaking beauty, but a holiday here doesn't have to break the bank. There's a wealth of budget-friendly and free activities, as well as stunning scenery, to explore right on your doorstep. So lace up your walking boots, grab a picnic basket, and get ready to discover the magic of the Lakes for less.

 Low Sizergh Barn Farm Trail

Just a few miles from our Windermere Holiday Cottages is Low Sizergh Barn, where you'll find a farm shop and a caf�. You will also find their farm trail. This 2-mile loop around the farm fields and woodlands is perfect for little legs - though carriers are better than pushchairs for the tiny ones. And outdoor clothing and wellies are recommended.

There is a huge variety of plant, animal and bird life at Sizergh Barn and thanks to the forty large-format panels which are displayed on the trail, you will learn about the farming principles which are put into practice on the farm. You'll come across ancient hedgerows, ancient woodlands and, of course, dairy cows. The farm has 170 dairy cows which are milked twice a day in the parlour, something you can see from the tearoom's viewing gallery at 3.30pm every afternoon.

Windermere's western shore

Windermere's western shore is perfect for a car-free adventure. Hop on the ferry (£1 for foot passengers, £2 for a cycle and rider) from Bowness and in less than 15 minutes you arrive on the tranquil west side of the lake.

Less than a five-minute walk from the ferry is Claife Viewing Station where you can admire panoramic views of the lake through coloured panels. Learn about the building's history and then enjoy a drink and a cake in Joey's caf�.

If you've brought your bike, there's a four-mile Lakeshore path which leads to Wray Castle - perfect for a family cycle ride.

Farmers' markets

We are well and truly spoiled when it comes to local markets. In fact, we think they're the best in the country, but we are slightly biased. Sample an array of artisanal cheeses, freshly baked bread, seasonal fruits, and organic vegetables sourced directly from local producers. Engage with passionate vendors, discover unique flavours, and take home a taste of the region's gastronomic delights.

Kendal's weekly outdoor markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday in the picturesque market place, while Kendal Farmers' Market is held on the last Friday of every month.

If you're staying in Elm How, Cruck Barn or Eagle Cottage, Keswick Market takes place every Thursday and Saturday and the Penrith Market on the third Tuesday of every month.

Explore the great outdoors

Last but certainly not least, seize the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and embark on your own Lake District adventure. Whether it's hiking scenic trails, picnicking by tranquil lakes, or simply soaking up nature, there's no shortage of free activities to enjoy.

And for those with little ones in tow, there are a number of great walks which are ideal for young adventurers. If you're staying in one of our Ullswater Holiday Cottages, Aira Force, arguably one of the best known waterfalls in the Lake District, is easy to get to. Make your way to the National Trust car park (just off the A592, halfway between Glenridding and Watermillock), park up and follow the circular footpath which leads through peaceful woodlands to Aira Force. If you're really lucky, you may even spot a red squirrel.

For something closer to our Windermere Cottages, Orrest Head and Brant Fell reward you with spectacular views of Lake Windermere and the Lake District fells beyond.

If you'd prefer not to do any uphill walking at all, Tarn Hows is a firm favourite for visitors to the Lake District. Not only is it a relatively easy walk for all ages - the circular path around the tarns takes about an hour to walk - it also offers stunning views.

If you'd like any further information about any of the above, or other activities, please do get in touch.

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