We have a young family and many of the guests staying at Lake View are children, so we know that a happy child makes for a happy holiday! Here is our list of tried and tested things to do with children. We hope they keep your little ones entertained in the Lakes, even when it’s raining!
The pretty village of Grasmere is perfect for pottering about with children. There are walks from the village suitable for children and teenagers of all ages. Try one of the Wainwrights with older children to gain some height and get some seriously beautiful views. For smaller legs Butharlyp Howe to Easedale valley offers lovely woodland paths and impressive waterfalls.
Briefly the home of Wordsworth, Allan Bank is now a very laid back open house. It has a fantastic, well-equipped play-room and lovely art room, where you and any budding Beatrix Potter’s can practice painting the stunning views. The grounds are excellent with a nature trail to follow, Peter Rabbit’s house to find and a large woodland to scramble in and explore.
Hire one of the pretty rowing boats from the Faeryland Tea and Coffee Shop and enjoy an hour or two messing about on the lake. All of the boats have their own name and Grasmere lake is perfect for exploring by water. Grown-ups might enjoy the varied bird life, whilst young ones can make like Swallows and Amazons!
Be sure to stop in at The Good Sport which has a fantastic, family friendly menu. Everything is home-made with a strong focus on locally sourced ingredients. Grown-ups can enjoy a pint of locally brewed Grasmere Brewery ale, lager or cider, whilst children play one of the many games available. There are high-chairs, a large outside terrace by the river and it is dog-friendly too, for any fur babies!
One of the most visited spots in Lakeland, Tarn Hows has a 1.5 mile path round the tarn that is level and well maintained and thus suitable for pushchairs and little legs. Surrounded by thick woodland, with views towards Wetherlam, the Helvellyn range and the Langdale Pikes, it is a lovely spot for all the family. Take a picnic or have lunch in the Drunken Duck Inn afterwards.
There is a seriously impressive range of activities for children at this National Trust castle. There is an indoor Peter Rabbit adventure playground, soft play room for making your own castles, dressing up room, tea party room and fabulous outdoor adventure playground complete with fort! The cafe is fantastic, the views are impressive and the house itself has a weird and wonderful history, and so it makes for a great day for all the family.
A little bit further afield from Grasmere, this huge forest is about 35 minutes drive, just past Keswick but is well-worth the excursion. It has hands-down our favourite adventure playground complete with interactive water and gravel areas that children of all ages seem to love. The forest itself is magical, with lots of trails for walking (many buggy friendly), bike trails and a fantastic Go Ape adventure through the trees. Masses of parking, a lovely cafe and a shop with very tempting things, it’s one of those places you can visit again and again.
This is the National Trust Visitor Centre and so it can get really busy. But as long you can park it’s great on a sunny day for having a gentle potter about. There is a good adventure playground, plenty of space to run around in and really gorgeous views across Windermere. Throughout the summer holidays they have pony rides and mini-golf, and you can also hire boats to explore the lake. If it’s really busy back-track and go to Stagshaw Gardens and Skelghyll Woods. They are both worth a visit in their own right, but they are less obvious attractions.
Most of the walk to these huge, man-made caves is buggy friendly, but there a few rocky bits. If you can manage the occasional bit of carrying smaller children, it's well worth it for the wonder that awaits. The biggest of these caves is sure to have everyone’s jaws hitting the floor. One of our favourite local walks, especially followed by chips at the Badger Bar.
Lake View Country House
We have a private path down to Grasmere lake, where you can explore the lake-shore and see all kinds of bird-life. Our large front lawn is ideal for playing games and picnics. For an unusual holiday how about booking our glamping dome. Ideal for families with children keen for an adventure! And for keeping everyone well fed and thirsts quenched - don't forget Lake View guests enjoy 10% off at The Good Sport.