The Lake District, Cumbria is a wonderful place to explore the great outdoors. We’ve got mountains for hiking, lakes for water sports, forests for exploring, coastal routes for cycling, and plenty more! In short, it’s the perfect place for an adventure – but before you go, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared.

The specific safety measures you take will depend on what you’re heading out to do – be it water sports, wild swimming, hiking or climbing. But there are some general points which apply to most situations. Take a look at our tips for staying safe and being Adventure Smart in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Be adventure smart in the Lake District, Cumbria

Be prepared

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have the right gear for the great outdoors. Essentials include a paper map and compass; a fully charged mobile phone; and a torch and whistle. Clothing wise, ensure you have everything you need to stay warm and dry – including a waterproof jacket and thermals if rain and cold weather are forecast. Well fitting, comfortable and practical footwear is also a must!

If you’re heading out onto the water, make sure you have the right buoyancy aids, as well as anything you may need to ensure you’re warm and visible – like a wetsuit and tow float.

Check out the Adventure Smart guide to what gear to take on your trip.

Keep an eye on the weather

The Great British weather can be full of surprises, so keep an eye on the forecast to know what to expect, and pack accordingly. Make sure you have everything you’ll need, whether that’s thermals and waterproofs, or sun cream and a hat.

If poor weather is on the horizon, don’t be afraid to change your plans to suit the conditions – whether that means opting for a lower level walk, or turning back altogether.

Be adventure smart in the Lake District, Cumbria

Know your limits

Getting out into the great outdoors is a fantastic way to enjoy something new, develop your skills and confidence, and have fun at the same time! However, it is a good idea to be honest with yourself about your knowledge and ability. Think about whether you will be able to confidently complete your planned route without becoming too tired, and always plan for the least able member of your group.

If you do want to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new, consider hiring an instructor or guide who knows the terrain and will be able to assist you along the way.

Let someone know where you’re going

We would always recommend going out with at least one other person, however if you are planning to head out alone, it pays to be prepared. Always let someone know where you’re going, and when you plan to be back; and make sure you take a fully charged phone with you.

Be adventure smart in the Lake District, Cumbria

Follow the Countryside Code

When exploring the Lake District, Cumbria it’s important to be aware of the countryside code. After all, we’ve got plenty of beautiful natural landscapes to be proud of, and take care of too!

The five main takeaways from the Countryside Code are:

  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • leave gates and property as you find them
  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • be nice, say hello, share the space
  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Head to the government website for the full Countryside Code. Thank you for taking such good care of our beautiful part of the world.

Have fun!

The Lake District, Cumbria really is an amazing place to get outdoors, with so much for everyone to enjoy. We’ve got accessible paths, England’s highest mountain, stunning views, and so much more to experience. Once you’re confident you’re well prepared, all that’s left to do is get out there and make the most of it! 

Check out the Adventure Smart website for more tips and advice on staying safe and having fun in the great outdoors.




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