5 Free Things to Do in The Lake District
16 April 2016 | Mri Grout
Love at first sight. It's a saying I never really believed in until I saw the colorful fells of the Lake District, smelt the crisp clean air rolling off the sea, and felt the powerful aurora of its ancient history. And then of course, I met my future husband, Rob, and that forever sealed Cumbria's fate as one of my most cherished places in the world - a love you would undoubtebly share if you just visit any of these free attractions and things to do in the area.
5. Ravenglass Bath House
4. Castlerigg Stone Circle
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As with all of the other fells in Cumbria, Latrigg is one that is easily accessible and takes about 2 hours for the average walker to do a return trip from Keswick. However, for those that can't handle the hik (or are carrying a really heavy paragliding bag) there is a pot-holed road that goes all the way up to the top, but it wil still require a short, flat hike to the amazing views of Keswick and the surrounding mountains.For those that desire a more demanding hike with even better jaw-dropping views and flying opportunity, then check out the nearby Skiddaw fell. It stands at a height of 3052ft (930m) and can also be started at the carpark on top of Latrigg. A quick head's up though: this walk sports a fair number of false peaks so every time you think you're finally there, think again. Lols.
2. Derent Water, Keswick
1. Bleaberry Tarn
Situated at 1630ft (497m) and located only two kilometres from Buttermere, this hike has amazing views over the surrounding lakes and fells. The path starts at the bottom of a raging cascade and weaves its way through some beautiful woods before opening up past the tree line. In the distance you can spot a number of other waterfalls on the opposite hills, but the real treat is the jaw-dropping views from the top.There are two walks that pass through Bleaberry Tarn. The first one is a four mile walk that has an ascent of 1850ft (564m). It starts from Buttermere village, heads up to Bleaberry Tarn, across to Dodd's summit, down through Ling Comb, and back into Buttermere. The other loop is eight miles and ascends 3000ft (914m). This one starts out the same as the former, but once you reach Bleaberry Tarn, you head over to Red Pike. From there you follow it to High Stile, then High Crag, and then Scarth Gap. You head down to the far side of the lake and once there, you walk alongside it until you're back at Buttermere village.
Travel Tip #4
Do you know of any other free things to do in the Lake District? Or just want to write a review on one of the above places you've been? Then we'd love to hear all about them in the comments below!