The Lake District is currently closed to visitors and we must abide by Government advice to stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS. However, we know many of you will be missing our beautiful scenery and everything the National Park has to offer, so we’ve compiled a list of just some of the ways you can enjoy this fantastic region from home.
1. Admire our beautiful scenery via webcam
There are over 50 webcams on the Visit Cumbria website broadcasting live feeds from some of the Lake District’s most scenic spots. With webcams situated next to lakes, rivers and quaint Lakeland villages, you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our beautiful county from the comfort of your home.
2. Recreate a traditional Lakeland dish at home
No trip to Cumbria is complete without sampling some of the traditional dishes, for which our county is renowned. Whilst bakeries and delicatessens remain closed for the foreseeable future, why not try to recreate some of your favourite foods at home? You can find plenty of Lake District recipes online, which will give you step by step instructions on how to make sticky toffee pudding, gingerbread men and even Kendal Mint cake!
3. Experience the Lake District from above
Video credit: Michael Lazenby, Youtube
Fly high above the National Park by watching this stunning drone flight video. Experience a bird’s eye view of Lake District mountains, waterfalls, and the lakes themselves taking all the sights and sounds as you go. From this unique perspective you can truly appreciate the sheer size and beauty of our wonderful home. It will be here waiting for you when you return, so you can explore these fantastic locations in person, albeit from ground level!
4. Immerse yourself in our wildlife
The Lake District boasts an abundance of wildlife, including a number of rare and protected species. The Cumbria Wildlife Trust has wildlife cams situated throughout the National Park, allowing you to see some of our most iconic residents and their habitats up close. On their website you can see live streams from a seal colony, badger set, wild bird feeder, and our personal favourite, an osprey nest.
5. Buy Lake District produce online
Picture credit: Love the Lakes
We know many of you like to support local industry when visiting the Lake District by treating yourself to come produce from some of our independent shops and retailers. Whilst we kindly ask you to refrain from visiting the Lake District, until the time is right, you can enjoy some of your favourite food and drink at home, by purchasing a Land Land inspired hamper delivered to your door.
6. Listen to a Lake District Podcast
Picture credit: Countrystride
The Countrystride podcast celebrates the beautiful landscapes of the Lake District National Park, through a series of interviews, field recordings and commentaries. Together author and ex farmer, Mark Richard and producer David Felton explore a range of important topics, touching on Cumbria’s culture, heritage and people.
7. Explore our mountains (virtually)
Climb to the peak of the Lake Districts mountains on a virtual walking tour. Discover the beauty of the mountain passes as you ‘walk’ through farmland, alongside rivers and across fells in this interactive online experience. Choose a starting place on the map and use the arrows to progress further along the route. You can also use your curser to spin 360 degrees to admire far reaching views in every direction!
8. Watch live performances from home
Art and culture are an important part of what makes the Lake District special. We’re incredibly fortunate to have so many talented people working hard to put on exhibitions and shows throughout the year. Whilst these shows have been postponed for the time being, there are ways you can get involved from home. The Theatre by the Lake’s Facebook page is brimming with home videos from actors due to play at this fantastic venue. There’s also links to stream performances from the English Touring Opera and popular children show, Raddlesham Mumps.
9. Put your Lake District knowledge to the test
Many of our guests visit the Lake District multiple times each year and think of the region as their second home. Put your knowledge to the test by taking an online quiz to see how much you really know about this beautiful part of the world. There are many quizzes available online, so you can download the questions and make a night of it with your family. Here are just some of our favourites to try – Lake District quiz questions.
10. Relax with some Lakeland literature
The Lake District has helped shape the work of some of the nation’s best loved writers and poets, including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and famed children’s author, Beatrix Potter. Relax, unwind and immerse yourself in the works of these acclaimed wordsmiths – we’re sure their words will help transport you to happier times!
11. Explore our museums
The Lake District is steeped in history with plenty of museums, art galleries, historic houses and mines to explore. In light of the current situation, many of these attractions have teamed up to offer a glimpse of their impressive collections on social media through an exciting digital project called ‘Curated at Home’. As part of this initiative you are also invited to share stories about your special objects using the hash tag #curatedathome
12. Lake District themed home learning activities
We know many of our visitors will be adjusting to home schooling and looking for ways to entertain younger members of the family. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out these Lake District inspired learning resources. They contain plenty of activities to inspire home learning and spark children’s interest in the outdoors.
13. Spot Lake District landmarks in a blockbuster film
Location scouts in the TV and film industry are drawn to the Lake District’s natural and rugged landscape. Consequently, the National Park has served as a backdrop in many box offices hits, including Snow White and the Huntsman, Miss Potter, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the classic, Swallows and Amazons. If you’re missing The Lakes, why not settle down to watch some of these popular films with the family and see how many places you recognise!