Discover all the fantastic things to do in the Lake District.
If spending time enjoying the peace and quiet of your wonderful surroundings isn’t enough to keep you occupied you’ll always find plenty to do in the picturesque surrounding towns and villages. Whether that involves eating out, watching a film or taking in some live music, getting involved in more energetic outdoor activities or setting out on one of our suggested local walks, you’ll find plenty of choice and our staff are always on hand to help with ideas and directions.
Join the Skelwith Fold Advantage Club and enjoy a range of discounts around the Lake District - and special offers and cheaper stays with us at Skelwith Fold!
The most popular attraction in Cumbria, located in the heart of the Lake District. Cruises head out across Windermere – England’s largest lake – from three piers situated around the lakeside, in Ambleside, Waterhead Bay and Bowness Bay.
Two perfect evening walks for new arrivals with stunning views for relatively little effort! Fitness Level: Basic Distance: Approx. 3 miles & 1.5miles Time: 1.5 hours & 1 hour
Once a cafe, their relish was so popular that it soon overtook everything else and they turned into a relish emporium!
Cotswold Outdoor is an excellent spot to browse and shop for all your needs for your outdoor adventures here in the Lake District.
Fancy an exciting challenge for the whole family? Try out the Cliffhanger Rooms escape rooms!
The Lakes Aquarium is an aquarium in the village of Lakeside and is one of the docking points for Windermere Lake Cruises.
Jump aboard the steam train at Haverthwaite Station. Enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside and the southern tip of Lake Windermere.
Drop into The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant for breakfast or simply enjoy a light lunch as you unwind with a drink overlooking the boats on Windermere Marina.
A 17th Century coaching inn and restaurant nestled in the beautiful hamlet of Bowland Bridge in Winster Valley on the edge of the Lake District.
Unlike a traditional hotel restaurant, the two-rosette Garden Restaurant at Rothay Garden is an attraction in its own right, with its clean elegant lines and great views overlooking the hotel’s two acres of gardens.
A laid-back and friendly Lake District country house hotel restaurant & bar. It is open all year round and set in the heart of the stunning Langdale Valley. The Eltermere Inn takes pride in combining the highest standards of service, good food and informality.
The Theatre By The Lake, hailed by The Independent as “the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”, opened in 1999. It is set a short stroll from Derwent Water on the edge of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District.
Set amidst the Lake District’s most dramatic fells in the picturesque Langdale Valley, the New Dungeon Ghyll nestles beneath the Langdale Pikes. Home to a charming restaurant and bar, well worth a visit whether as part of a walk or stopping on your way past.
Bustling, late-night outpost offering familiar cafe and pub eats alongside their own “pacific rim inspired” creations. Also home to some of the best cocktails in the Lake District and regular live music events.
Coniston Launch offers a variety of ways that you can enjoy a beautiful boat cruise on Coniston Water in the Lake District.
One of the premier bars and restaurants in Windermere. A choice of rooms to dine in and a focus on providing an excellent experience to their guests. The Lamplighter offers a great selection of locally sourced food and drinks.
Mountain adventures are the speciality of the Mountain Journeys team. Family adventure days, guided walking, navigation workshops, rock climbing, rock scrambling, abseiling – and any combination of these to make up an incredible, unforgettable adventure in the Lakes! Mountain Journeys want to ensure you experience the very best of the Lake District.
Set in the heart of the Lake District, the Ambleside Salutation Hotel with its air-conditioned Brasserie and Lounge Bar is open for both lunch and evening meals.
When visiting Ambleside, a stop at the Waterhead Coffee Shop is a must. Managed by Jane and Richard Greaves, they are a small friendly coffee shop. And their location is second to none as they can be found on the shores of Lake Windermere at Ambleside.
A nine hole mini golf course – with a 90 metre hole, putting green and crazy golf. An infant play area and lots of benches so you can just sit and relax as the day passes by – and not forgetting the bouncy castle slide, tennis courts and bowling green!
A unique experience - driving off road in the dales around Windermere with some spectacular views. See the Lake District from a whole new perspective on a thrilling guided drive. Ideal for all experience levels.
The Regent Hotel is one of the Lake District’s premier hotels, offering first class dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It has been run by the Hewitt family since 1980 and occupies an enviable spot just 1 mile from the centre of Ambleside, on the shores of Lake Windermere.
An undulating walk with magnificent views and the opportunity to visit the National Trust Property of Wray Castle Fitness Level: Basic/moderate Distance: 6 miles Time: 4 hours
Along the valley with great views of mountains and the option of returning by bus Fitness Level: Moderate Distance: 10.5 miles Time: 5 to 7 hours
A full day walk with magnificent views and the occasional surprise! Fitness Level: Ability to enjoy and endure a full day’s walking! Distance: 12.5 miles Time: 7 hours
A challenging walk involving a steady uphill climb, with superb views of waterfalls, surrounding mountains, Ambleside, Lake Windermere and bebyond. Fitness Level: Basic Plus (if you enjoy an uphill challenge!) Distance: 6 miles Time: 4 to 6 hours
A circular, level walk (mostly), through the woods, along the lanes and fields to Waterhead returning via Ambleside Fitness level: Basic-moderate Distance: 3-5 miles (one way, depending where you head to) Time: 1 hour (walking one way - a whole day can be spent exploring Waterhead and Ambleside!) For those who run out of time there is a regular bus service from Ambleside to Hawkshead stopping at SFCP Main Gate
A day's walk including a climb up Latterbarrow, ferry to Bowness and a cruise back down Windermere to Waterhead. Fitness Level: A reasonable level to endure 12 miles of walking including one hill Distance: 12 miles Time: All day
An Exhilarating Walk with superb views. Fitness Level: Basic Plus (Some steep inclines and a few scrambles!) Distance: 6 miles Time: 4 to 6 hours
A full day’s circular walk around Loughrigg Fell with a variety of stunning views of wonderful hills, mountains, valleys and lakes. This route gives the walker the opportunity to visit the villages of Grasmere and Elterwater. Fitness Level: A good level required Distance: approx. 12 miles Time: 6 to 7 hours (Includes breaks!)
This short, low-level circular walk affords the opportunity to see some magnificent panoramic views with very little effort! An ideal evening stroll for new arrivals at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. Fitness Level: Basic Distance: 2 miles (Over 4 miles if taking the option of visiting The Drunken Duck Inn) Time: 45 minutes
A low level circular walk to the picturesque Blelham Tarn along the lanes and tracks Fitness Level: Basic Distance: 5 miles Time: 2 - 3 hours
A day's circular walk to Little Langdale, Blea Tarn, Great Langdale, Chapel Stile, Elterwater & Skelwith Bridge. This challenging walk provides a variety of breathtaking views of waterfalls, hills, mountains and tarns. No mountain peaks are climbed but the pass between Little and Great Langdale affords wonderful views. Fitness Level: A good level required Distance: 13 miles Time: 5-8 hours
A gentle circular stroll for any time of day. Fitness Level: Basic Distance: 4 miles Time: one and a half hours to three hours.
The Lakes have been a centre for watersports since people began coming to the area for holidays in the 19th Century - and today there are more options than ever around Windermere and the other lakes to enjoy yourself on the water.
The small and charming village of Coniston is dominated by the Old Man of Coniston looming over the village and Coniston Water. In the village itself are a few shops worth visiting.
There are a number of walks signposted around Grizedale Forest. It's a wonderful place for a walk, with amazing views and interesting diversions such as sculptures amongst the trees. For the adrenaline seeker, there is also the Go Ape high ropes course!
With a restaurant, cafe, jazz bar and cinema - if you are looking for a way to spend a relaxed day with friends or family in Ambleside then Zeffirelli's could be the place you're looking for!
A low level circular walk with wonderful views of the fells and lakes Fitness Level: Basic Plus (Reasonable level of fitness) Distance: 8 miles Time: 4 to 6 hours
A low level route providing a variety of wonderful views, waterfalls and visits to Lakeland villages en route. Fitness Level: Basic Plus (Reasonable level of fitness) Distance: 7 miles Time: 4 to 6 hours
While they no longer use the steam boats Ullswater ‘Steamers’ were named for when founded over 160 years ago, they still offer fantastic cruises around the breathtakingly beautiful Ullswater. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ are an award winning environmentally accredited Lake District attraction not to be missed!
The Lakeland Motor Museum is a fascinating collection of over 30,000 cars, motorbikes and other automobilia showing the development of road transport over the twentieth century.
Lakeland Segway is the longest running Segway Tour company in the UK. They are winners of the prestigious "Best Experience in Cumbria" award by Cumbria Tourism!
Podgy Paws Pet Shop is a great place to pick up supplies and accessories for you four-legged friend while you're staying in the Lake District.
The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway journeys through the inspiring scenery from Ravenglass to Dalegarth for Boot Station, with seven request stops along the way and other attractions en route.
Windermere Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf clubs in the country. It is often referred to as a miniature Gleneagles. In recent years, the greens have all been replaced and rebuilt to US PGA specifications.
Go on an unforgettable treetops adventure in the high ropes courses and zip wires at the brilliant Go Ape at Grizedale Forest!
The Ruskin Museum is a fantastic and fascinating visit, with a whole range of exhibits from the Stone Age to the Jet Era.
Sat on the eastern shore of Windermere and just outside of the town, the Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre is the home of a wide range of fun water-based activities!
Explore beautiful Windermere by boat, with the self-drive motor boat hire available from Windermere Lake Cruises. See the lake and the stunning scenery at your own pace, hiring out these comfortable and well padded boats for 1 or 2 hour sessions.
One of Britain's oldest museums, Kendal Museum lends itself to a truly fascinating day out exploring their collection of archeological and natural history exhibits!
A fun day out for family and friends to either work together or compete playing a range of laser tag games!
For outstanding day of culture why not visit Brewery Arts? Follow up a live performance or a cinema show with a meal or a drink at the on site bar and restaurant.
Situated in the picturesque village of Outgate, the Outgate Inn is not too far from Ambleside and features on the route of one of our recommended walks from Skelwith Fold.
Perfect for families, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is an all weather attraction combining lush tropical halls and outdoor animal enclosures with over 100 species of insects, fish, birds, reptiles and mammals There’s a café, gift shop, conservatory, and indoor and outdoor picnic areas.
Near and Far Sawrey are neighbouring hamlets situated in between Windermere and Hawkshead. There are a couple of pubs and tearooms alongside a hotel, village shop and Victorian era church.
Newby Bridge is a small hamlet on the River Leven at the southern end of Windermere. The village gets its name from the 5 arch stone bridge that crosses the river. The historic bridge dates back to the mid 17th century and is popular among landscape photographers. Boaters and swimmers also enjoy the area.
Eskdale is one of the most picturesque valleys in the Lake District National Park. It stretches from Gosforth to the West Coast of Cumbria, along the base of the renowned Hard Knott Pass.
Crummock Water is situated in the North West of the National Park, around an hour’s drive from Skelwith Caravan Park. It is approximately 2.5 miles long by half a mile wide and flanked by beautiful scenery on all sides.
Rydal is a small village in between Ambleside and Grasmere. It consists of a couple of houses and a church, surrounded by wooded fells.
We highly recommend a trip to Ravenglass during your stay at our caravan and glamping Park. This small fishing village is situated on the estuary of 3 rivers - the Esk, Mite and Irt, and the only coastal hamlet within the bounds of the Lake District National Park.
Troutbeck is a historic village, located in a stunning valley setting between Windermere and Ambleside. It comprises of a collection of tiny hamlets, a village shop and 3 traditional country pubs. The surrounding scenery is breath taking, with miles of patchwork farmland and woodland spanning as far as the eye can see.
Keswick is lovely Lakeland town set on the edge of Derwentwater which has been a draw to visitors ever since tourists started trickling into the area many years ago. The lake is only a short walk from the town centre.
As one of the most accessible and visited Lakes in the National Park, Derwent Water has been attracting visitors for centuries.
In the north western area of the Lake District National Park is Buttermere. Pay a visit to the lake here and you can enjoy a wonderful round-the-lake walk surrounded by ancient woodland, a wealth of wildlife and towering fells. The lake itself is one of the deepest in the area.
Hawkshead Village is just a 10-minute drive from Skelwith Fold Caravan Park and a must visit during your holiday in The Lakes. The pretty market village has much to offer visitors, including cosy pubs, quaint tearooms and a selection of gift shops and independent boutiques.
Cartmel is one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District – famed for quaint country cottages and old-worlde feel. It occupies a unique location on the Cartmel peninsula, just 7 miles from Windermere and a short distance from the coast.
Grasmere is one of the most popular destinations in the Lake District and it’s not difficult to see why. The village is set in an idyllic location, boasting spectacular mountain views and within walking distance of the lake from which it gets its name.
Ambleside occupies a unique position as it is situated at the head of England's largest lake, Windermere. The town is just 1.5 miles from our Lake District holiday park and is a popular spot with many of our guest to visit and take a wander around.
If you would like to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Lake District, as well as discover the fascinating history of a picturesque village, you might want to consider exploring Coniston.
If you are lucky enough to be going on holiday to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, you might want to do a bit of research first, given that there are so many interesting locations to visit. By far one of the locations you’ll find most fascinating is Windermere.