While most people travel to the United Kingdom’s Lake District to explore the stunning scenery on foot, the area has plenty more to offer visitors and here is our pick of unmissable days out in the Lakes.
Honister Slate Mine
Not only a day out to a working slate mine, visit Honister Slate Mine and test your nerve on the via ferrata. Strap on a harness and a helmet and follow the original miners’ path to the top of the mountain along a series of climbs using metal rungs on the cliff face and cargo nets. If this sounds all too easy, challenge yourself even further with the extreme version in which you’ll walk 1000 feet above the ground with nothing but a wire for support. The adrenaline rush is worth it though with some of the most stunning views of the Lake District on offer. As the attraction was voted one of the top ten adventure days out in the UK by The Independent earlier this year, it’s definitely worth doing whilst you’re in the Lake District.
If you’ve climbed any of the Lake District’s highest peaks, you’ll be ideally situated for a day out in Grasmere. The most famous, former resident William Wordsworth described Grasmere as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found' and as soon as you arrive in this charming village, it’s easy to see why. Visit the poet’s former homes and learn more about his life or coincide your visit with the annual Lakeland Artists' Society Exhibition to discover the village’s literary connections. Your trip would not be complete without sampling the famous gingerbread, made to the same secret recipe for more than 160 years and is today kept under lock and key. Holiday cottages in the Lake District are great as they give you a fantastic opportunity to explore the whole of the area during your holiday.
Appleby Horse Fair
Made famous by the TV show, ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ the Appleby horse fair is held every June in the pretty Cumbrian town of Appleby-in-Westmoreland. Travelling families have been visiting the fair since the late 17th century to trade and meet up with family and the village swells each summer to host the largest fair of its kind in the world. Sunday is the most popular day for visitors to travel to Appleby where you’ll be able to see horse racing and young travellers washing the horses ready to be shown off. You’ll not get a better opportunity to see this old-fashioned way of life in such a unique setting so if you visit the Lake District in June be sure to head to Appleby.
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