Top 10 Places for Teenagers in the Lake District

Top 10 Places for Teenagers In the Lakes District
  • Top 10 places for TEENAGERS in the Lake District

1.The best wild swimming  and picnic Spots

  • One of the top wild swimming, river paddling and picnic spots in the Lake District is across the lake from Woodside
  • Fell Foot Park, Bowness  and for an unusual way to travel to Fell Foot Park why not take the ferry from Lakeside to Fell Foot Park.  Fell Foot Park, Bowness is sat on the shore of Lake Windermere, opposite Lakeside and Woodside cottage and only 15 minutes from Fell View Cottage.  You’ll find a National Trust café with baby changing, outdoor picnic benches and lots of grassy picnic blanket areas, rowing boats for hire, children’s adventure playground. But most importantly it has a beach-like access for splashing about in Lake Windermere
  • Whilst you are at Fell Foot you can hire boats of all description. Check this out for great fun on the water
  • The second wild swimming and picnic spot I would choose is at High Dam, near Finsthwaite and a short walk from Woodside


  1. Grizedale has everything for a great family day out. Located to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead (15 minutes for Woodside) Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Grizedale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.
  • Sculpture trails, picnic areas, forest way marked trails, (Riddings Wood is push chair/wheel chair friendly) Gruffalo Trail , mountain bike trails, Mountain bike hire but book in advance!, excellent café/tearoom. Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Zip Trekking Adventure Forest Segway,
  • Go Ape is the Zip Trekking Adventure – a network of seven tandem zip lines that traverse the sky-scraping Douglas Firs. A brilliant day out for the adventurous and for those not quite so adventurous you can just look! You can enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings; a high ropes course for all the family. Set in a forest of sky-scraping Douglas Firs, Grizedale feels seriously high, mainly due to its vertigo-inducing 19 metre platforms. There are two Zip Wires which fly over the road below!

    We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment

3.The most awe-inspiring view!

o    If you want to experience a World Heritage site in all its glory, get yourself to Claife Heights Viewing station on the banks of Lake Windermere

·         By road  …Junction 36 off M6, then take A684 which becomes the A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. B5285 from Windermere via Windermere ferry 3 miles. B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside 9 miles. B5285 from Coniston 8 miles.

·         Parking: Ash Landing, very near Claife Viewing Station and Harrowslack, on Windermere’s west shore.

·         There’s a cosy cafe in the courtyard and it is open every day 11am-3pm.  Dogs  are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.

·         This colourful Viewing Station has endless lake views and waterside paths for you to explore. Children love looking through the amazing coloured glass.

4. The coolest boat ride in the Lakes

·          Coniston Water is home to The Goldola. This lake  is nearly  five miles long, and has a maximum depth of 184 feet.  The elegant Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola sails between March and November. Renovated by the National Trust, its passengers can travel in opulently upholstered saloons – a superb way to appreciate the magnificent scenery. The traditional timber craft of Coniston Launch provide regular hourly sailings throughout the year to jetties around Coniston Water, including Brantwood.

·         The Victorian philosopher John Ruskin bought Brantwood house to the east of the lake in 1871 declaring the view over the lake to ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ to be ‘the best in all of England’.

·         Arthur Ransome based his book ‘Swallows and Amazons’ on Coniston Water, and much fun may be had trying to discover the locations of the stories. There are both boat hire and sailing courses & centres on Coniston Water.

·         Sir Malcolm Campbell chose Coniston for his attempt at the water speed record in 1939, which he achieved at over 141 miles per hour. On his death, his son Donald Campbell [left] took up where his father left off.
His aim was to better 300 miles per hour, which he did on 4th January 1967, but the craft, ‘Bluebird’, shot up into the air and disappeared into the lake. Until early in 2001, his body had never been found. There is a memorial to him near the Information Centre in Ruskin Avenue. The story is told in the refurbished Ruskin Museum.


4.A steam train back in time . Head for the  Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway at either Lakeside or Haverthwaite , where  you can travel back in time when you climb aboard these amazing  train. If you are staying at Woodside it is a short walk to lakeside to pick up the train.

o    A distant memory of bygone years for some and new experience for others, it’s a unique day out for all.

·         If you want to, you can combine your day out with a visit to The Lakes Aquarium or continue your journey aboard a Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. The trains welcome dogs and owners.

5.Explore an amazing garden of weird and wonderful trees.

·         I’m talking topiary at  Holker Hall. Just off the A590 the house and gardens  is the family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. It is a delightful family home with fine displays of antique furniture and art.

·         You can tour the house without the restriction of ropes and barriers, and see the distinguished library, elegant drawing room, and ornate dining room. Climb the striking staircase and you can view portraits of Charles II, and Catherine of Braganza. You can visit the bedroom where Queen Mary stayed in 1937.

·         Children will be fascinated by the unique shaped trees as they complete a quiz (bought from the shop) of the garden.  The café is very good. In the Summer they sometimes have the steam engine working in the court yard.


6. Fancy hiring a bike to explore the lanes around Consiston?

o    All sorts of bikes can be hired including electric bikes


7.Enjoy a Kayaking at Brockhole

·         Kayaking on Lake Windermere is something rather special! Peace Quiet only the lap of the paddle can be heard.

·         Places are limited (8 per session) so please book.


8.The Aquarium of the Lakes is an ideal wet weather attraction and a short walk from Woodside at Lakeside.

9.    If you want something really different check this out


10. Paddleboarding Whilst you are at Fell Foot you can hire boats of all description. Check this out  for great fun on the water