10 Activities in the Lake District for Wildlife and Nature Enthusiasts

Activities in the Lake District for Wildlife and Nature Enthusiasts

Activities in the Lake District for Wildlife and Nature Enthusiasts

When you’re on a bike ride or walking tour of the Lake District there is always lots of wildlife to be seen. 1000’s of tourists visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site every month. It’s a wonderful area of rural England for nature enthusiasts. Below are 10 activities in the Lake District for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.

Ennerdale Valley

There are over 100 species of wildlife in the west of the lakes. Easy to reach via Windermere and only half an hour away from Whitehaven and Cockermouth. Bus tours will take you off the beaten track in search of a large colony of wild red squirrels.

Pony and horse Rides

You don’t have to be on foot or two wheels to enjoy the countryside. Children will love the pony rides, while adults can join horse riding classes. It’s a quiet and relaxing way to travel through the countryside.

Predator Experience

This is an organised tour where your expert guides will take you out into the hills and mountains. With the predator experience you will track down birds of prey, foxes/wolves and other wildlife out in their natural habitat.

Fishing Trips

Boat tours in the Lake District are particular popular. In particular Windermere and Coniston Water, where private hire boats or specially chartered fishing trips are available.


Whether you’re in the most visited of the lakes in Windermere or rock climbing up in the mountains, the natural landscape presents a wonderful opportunity for birdwatching. There are specialised guided walks, wildlife photograph tours or just go it alone seeking out those rare breeds.


It’s not until your out in the countryside that you truly appreciate the clear skies. With little light pollution, Ennerdale is one of best places to look up at the stars. You can even have an outdoor camping adventure at Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre, an accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site.

Holehird Gardens

While the whole of the Lake District is a recognised World Heritage Site, as are some of its stately homes and gardens. With an abundance of fauna and flora these gardens attract wildlife and are a great insight for nature enthusiasts.

Muncaster Castle

Another place to see well looked after gardens are the grounds at Muncaster Castle. You can also purchase tickets online in advance and have a historical tour of the privately owned estate overlooking the Esk River. Keep an eye out for special family days and experiences.

South Lakes Safari Zoo

The South Lakes Safari Zoo may not be a safari adventure of India or Africa, but it’s a chance to see wild animals in safe environment. You can also participate in animal feeling experiences and become a zookeeper for the day.

Lake District Wildlife Park

Another wildlife park in the Lake District where you can buy an experience. Meet the meerkats, encounter a lemur or have a short experience with the hawk walk.

Whatever you decide to do when visiting Cumbria, there are lots of activities in the Lake District for Wildlife and Nature Enthusiasts. Windermere boutique spa suites

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