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Free things to Do in the Lake District

Free things to Do in the Lake District

The Lake District, known for its dramatic landscapes and captivating charm, is home to a range of activities which you can enjoy without having to spend any money! From educational museum trips and unique art galleries to picturesque hiking trails  and cycling paths, the options are endless.

We want to make sure you make the most of your time at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, while keeping your budget intact. So, we’ve curated a list of exciting free things to do in the Lake District, to help you maximise your time with us! Check out our favourites below.

Cookhouse Gallery

The Cookhouse Gallery is a must-visit destination if you have a keen interest in art. As a family-run business, the team pride themselves on curating and presenting beautiful, original art pieces for you to admire and appreciate. The gallery displays a range of exceptional artwork, with many pieces inspired by nature and the world we live in. The gallery has multiple locations across the Lake District, including Ambleside, Windermere, and Keswick. It is conveniently located for guests staying at our caravan and holiday home park.




Aira Force Waterfall Walk

If scenic views and adventure trails, are your style, spend some time at Aira Force waterfall. This stunning natural landmark is  65 feet tall and offers a truly spectacular sight. Consider walking the infamous Aira Force loop, which typically takes around an hour and provides numerous opportunities to pause and capture fantastic photos.

Throughout your hike, you will see information boards, which are strategically placed to help you spot wonderful wildlife. Keep an eye out for red squirrels and ancient trees. There are even wishing trees where it’s believed that pushing coins into the trunks will bring you good luck!


Penrith and Eden Museum

Originally a school for underprivileged girls in the 1670s, Penrith and Eden Museum explores local history, geology and culture through a range of interesting exhibits.

The museum boasts a variety of galleries showcasing an array of artistic styles, ranging from contemporary works to those by talented local artists. We highly recommend a visits to this free Lake District museum if you are interested in the evolution and historical development of some of the towns within the Lake District.

 Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre

If you’re feeling spiritual, pay a visit to Kadampa Meditation Centre. The Temple showcases a captivating architectural structure, catered to meet the vision of  Venerable Gese-la’s design. The magnificent building is intended to inspire us to appreciate our human existence and live more purposefully in our daily lives. Exploring the temple is a lovely experience as you encounter remarkable statues and other religious artefacts.

Not only does the Temple serve as a hub for relaxation and a building to be admired, but every day they have a free meditation session at 12:30pm. A great way to start your afternoon, even for those who have never participated in meditation before.

Kendal Castle

Kendal Castle has an interesting history and dates back to the Tudor times. Today the magnificent building lies in a state of ruin, making it a fascinating landmark to visit and inspect.


A visit to Kendal Castle offers a unique opportunity to see the historical remnants and delve into the intriguing past. You can take the Kendal Castle and River Walk, which allows you to not only explore the castle but also includes a visit to the impressive Kendal Parish Church as well. Along the way, you will also be treated to splendid views of the Lake District making your journey even more worthwhile.

Hope Park

Hope Park garden is impeccably maintained, boasting gorgeous flowerbeds in a beautiful setting surrounded by nature. Its tranquil atmosphere offers visitors an ideal haven to unwind and relax while soaking in the breath-taking scenery.



Brockhole is one of the Lake District’s most popular attractions and well worth a visit if you’re looking for a free activity to enjoy with your family. The visitor Centre has lots of free adventurous activities to try out. There are swings, zip wires, rope walks and a playground separated for younger and older children.

In addition, there are enjoyable trails that take you on a journey filled with picturesque woodlands and meadows. All in all, Brockhole promises a memorable experience for those seeking outdoor exploration and surrounding themselves with nature.

Buttermere lake

Buttermere is an idyllic destination for a delightful stroll, whether you are accompanied by family and friends or alone. The peaceful environment and magnificent natural beauty make it an ideal place to immerse yourself in the calmness of your surroundings.

The Lakeshore is perfect setting to indulge in a picnic with your loved ones. Enjoy a lovely meal and celebrate your time there as you soak up the scenery. Alternatively, you can immerse yourself with an interesting book while taking in the whistles of the leaves and soft splashes of the lake as your backdrop.

Ambleside Roman Fort

Only a quick 5-minute car ride away from Skelwith Fold, you can find Ambleside Roman Fort. If you are keen to stretch your legs, the walk from our park is just under 1hour.

The Fort is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Windermere, and it’s free to visit. It dates back to the 2nd century and it was probably built during Hadrian’s rule in the 2nd century.

To reach the Roman Fort by car, all you have to do is search the following postcode on Google Maps: LA22 0EN.

You can find more information here.


Skelwith offers a variety of holiday options in the Lake District, including award-winning glamping, luxury cottages, and first-class touring and motorhome sites. It’s the perfect destination for any type of getaway. In addition, we have well-maintained facilities, from stunning woodland walking areas to enjoyable play parks for the younger visitors. Consider booking with us and make the most out of it with our list of free things to do in the Lake District.