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Lake District ideas with age 9-15

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Zipitydoodah · 30/07/2020 17:34

Hi,

We are going to be in the Lake District for 4 days in the next few weeks. What are your recommended things to do with 9-15 yr old kids?
Thanks!

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AnnieMaul · 30/07/2020 20:44

Depends how active you all/they are but there are lots of activities like wake boarding, kayaking and sailing available to do.

Boat tours of the lakes are also operating.
I'd recommend hiring your own boat if you want to do this as it makes it a bit more fun, you can pack a lunch, sit out on the lake, kids can have a go at the wheel etc.

Just FYI though, most (if not all) seemed to be operating on a pre-book only basis when we were there last week.

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MissSueFlay · 30/07/2020 21:14

Depends where you are based, but there are some peaks that would definitely be climbable, with fantastic views and big sense of achievement - have a look at Catbells, Old Man Conniston, Black Crag. There are some very good family walking routes

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Bunnybigears · 30/07/2020 21:16

A self drive electric boat on Lake Winermere the kids loved driving it.

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Ricekrispie22 · 31/07/2020 08:27

Cruise Derwentwater from the Keswick Launch. You can stay on for a 50-minute circuit or hop off to explore pebble beaches and lakeside footpaths. A good starting point is the marina at Nichol End, where the cafe serves homemade pizzas. An easy stroll takes you to the next jetty at Hawes End to catch a boat back.
At Keswick there’s a museum (not sure if that’s the right word) called Puzzling Placr dedicated to optical illusions and suchlike.
Take a trip on the Ravenglass railway. From the terminus, it’s a mile's walk to Muncaster Castle where they have afternoon owl and hawk flying displays.
There are lots of mountain bike trails in Whinlatter Forest. The 8km Quercus Trail is suitable for anyone who’s reasonably confident on a bike (although you might have to get off and push in places!). If you don't have your own mountain bikes you can hire them at Cyclewise.
There’s a Go Ape in Grizedale Forest, plus some nice walking trails and a family orienteering course.
Brockhole visitor centre has loads of outdoor activities. There’s a Treetop Trek and the adventure playground is probably the best in the Lakes.
Honister slate mine has a tour suitable for all ages on a level path through the mine. Other tours have age restrictions and involve climbing and scrambling.
Outside, there are more climbing activities.

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Zipitydoodah · 31/07/2020 11:27

Some great ideas, thanks everyone!

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