The Top Free Attractions in the Lake District

There’s no need to budget big for a trip to the Lake District. From hill walking trails to incredible local gardens, many of the best attractions in the Lake District will cost you absolutely nothing to enjoy.

Using the insider knowledge of local accommodation provider, we’ve prepared a list of the seven best free attractions in the Lake District.

  1. Hundreds of hill walks

The Lake District is widely regarded as Britain’s best fellwalking destination. From quick and simple family walks like Orrest Head and Cat Bells to lengthy journeys up some of England’s tallest mountains, the Lake District National Park boasts over 100 different walking trails for visitors to enjoy.

  1. Excellent river fishing

While its National Park status means that fishing is somewhat restricted, visitors are free to fish on certain rivers in the Lake District. The region’s biggest rivers hold lots of brown trout and salmon, making them great fishing spots for visitors that contact the local fishing authorities.

  1. Amazing Roman ruins

Cumbria is home to several Roman ruins, including some short sections of Hadrian’s Wall. Popular Roman attractions include Hare Hill – a nine-foot tall fort that’s now a ruin – and the remains of the Ravenglass Roman Bath House.

  1. Impressive waterfalls

The Lake District is home to several wonderful waterfalls, many of which served as inspiration for local painters and poets. The most well known local waterfall is Aira Force – a beautiful local landmark that was a source of inspiration for Lake District poet William Wordsworth.

  1. Great historical buildings

As well as remarkable Roman ruins, the Lake District is home to a wide variety of historical buildings from several eras. Stone circles from ancient populations are a popular archaeological destination, while historical churches from various eras of local culture stand in Kendal, Keswick and Ambleside.

  1. Lakeside walking trails

While the hill walks are undoubtedly the Lake District’s most famous trails, it’s also home to a selection of excellent lakeside routes. Friar’s Crag – a tiny promontory on the shores of Derwentwater – is the starting point for one of the Lake District’s most beautiful waterfront walks.

  1. Beautiful local gardens

Gardening enthusiasts will love the Holehird Gardens – a beautiful local project in Windermere, maintained entirely by passionate local volunteers. The gardens are split into three national collections, each one showcasing beautiful species from around the world.