Planning your summer adventures? Why not head to Cumbria and discover a county rich in charm, with plenty to see and do. From a family holiday to a romantic getaway, this is the perfect place to be. There are cultural attractions, stunning landscapes, great places to eat and drink and so much more. Read on for 11 ways to make the most of your summer holiday in Cumbria.

Find great places to eat and drink outdoors

When the sun comes out, there’s nothing quite like sipping a locally brewed beer or an iced coffee on a terrace or in a pub garden. Cumbria has plenty to choose from, with breathtaking views to match the quality of food and drink you’ll find here. Local ingredients and seasonal dishes are on the menu as our talented chefs create meals to enjoy both indoors and out.

11 things to do in Cumbria this summer - Sedbergh Artisan Market

Head to a local market

Summer is the time to head to a local market: there are several taking place across the county, with at least one to be found every week! There are the popular Sedbergh Artisan Markets, which take place during the warmer months; as well as farmer’s markets in towns like Orton, Brampton, Penrith and Kendal.

Food and drink lovers will enjoy a trip to Maryport Taste of the Sea festival (12 - 13 August): a food festival with local producers, tastings, live music and more.

11 things to do in Cumbria  this summer - Walby Farm Park

Visit an animal attraction

From horse riding on the beach to getting close to some of the world’s most amazing creatures, there’s lots for animal lovers to enjoy in the Lake District, Cumbria. Head to Walby Farm Park near Carlisle for interactive experiences and indoor activities on a working farm. The Lake District Wildlife Park is home to animals like zebra, meerkats and eagles.

Then there’s husky hiking and sledding with Horse and Husky, which offers experiences to support their pack of rescue huskies and help them live a happy life. You can even go horse riding on the beach: gallop along the sands with Cumbrian Heavy Horses.

Go for a walk

Take a walk off the beaten path and discover long distance trails across Cumbria - each of which can be split into shorter sections if you fancy something a little more manageable.

The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail stretches for 84 miles along the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, taking in the city of Carlisle as well as Roman forts and museums. Meanwhile, Cumbria’s section of the King Charles III England Coast Path is simply stunning, with sweeping ocean views as well as towns and villages like Whitehaven, St Bees and Barrow.

Then there are our hills and mountains: from the rugged landscapes of the western Lakes to the rolling green fields of the Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales, it’s time to lace up your walking shoes and get outdoors.

11 things to do in Cumbria this summer - Relax on a beach

Relax on the beach

Did you know? We’ve got some beautiful beaches here in Cumbria, from wide sandy expanses perfect for sunbathing; to rugged pebblestone shorelines packed with wildlife. Discover the beaches of Barrow, from Earnse Bay on Walney Island to Roanhead, popular with locals and visitors during the summer months.

Further along the coast, Haverigg and Silecroft near Millom are both great places to relax, with the Lake District providing a striking backdrop.

The mile-long, sandy St Bees beach is a fantastic place to while away a summer’s day, with a promenade forming part of the Coast to Coast walk. Dogs are welcome, and there are rock pools for little ones to explore - so make sure to pack a fishing net!

11 things to do in Cumbria this summer - Discover Hadrian's Wall

Discover Hadrian’s Wall

Did you know? A large section of Hadrian’s Wall runs through Cumbria, with the Hadrians’ Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching as far down the coast as the Lakeland village of Ravenglass. Along the way, there’s plenty to explore - from the remains of ancient Roman forts, to modern museums telling the story of the Wall. Birdoswald and Banks Turret are two of the main sites to see; while the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport is a must-visit.

11 things to do in Cumbria this summer - Explore a historic country house

Explore a historic country house

From majestic castles to grand country manors, summer is the perfect time to discover our historic houses. Their gardens are in full bloom, ready to be explored; and there are events and festivals to enjoy while you’re there.

The Eden Valley is home to a whole host of halls and mansions. Highlights include Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, home to the Marmalade Awards & Festival; Hutton in the Forest, with its walled garden and woodland walk; and Lowther Castle, which boasts the Lost Castle Adventure Playground - one of the largest adventure playgrounds in England.

Along the western coast, the historic Muncaster Castle is said to be one of Britain’s most haunted castles: explore the grounds, and check out the on-site hawk and owl centre.

Holker Hall near Grange-over-Sands is a beautiful place to while away a morning, with an on-site cafe and plenty of events taking place throughout the year.

11 things to do in Cumbria this summer - Marvel at the local wildlife

Marvel at the local wildlife

Cumbria is home to three National Landscapes, each well worth a visit.

Overlooking Morecambe Bay, the Arnside & Silverdale National Landscape is known for its abundance of butterflies, birds and wildflowers. There are nature reserves, woodland, coast and more to explore.

A hidden gem on the Cumbrian coast, the Solway Coast National Landscape is known for the quality of its landscapes, and its significant historic and scientific interest.

Did you know? Part of the North Pennines National Landscape lies within Cumbria. It’s also a UNESCO Global Geopark, with a rich industrial and mining history alongside its natural beauty.

11 things to do in Cumbria this summer - Stroll through a seaside town or village

Stroll through a seaside town or village

With over 120 miles of stunning coastline to explore, there’s no shortage of seaside towns and villages to visit in Cumbria. From the Edwardian charm of Grange-over-Sands, with its sweeping views over Morecambe Bay; to the Victorian seaside town of Silloth, which boasts views across the Solway Firth towards Scotland, there’s plenty to discover. Along the way, enjoy fish & chips in Arnside as the sun sets; visit the Lake District’s only coastal town at Ravenglass; and explore the maritime port of Whitehaven.

11 things to do in Cumbria this summer - Explore on two wheels

Explore on two wheels

If cycling is your thing, we’ve got you more than covered here in Cumbria! From leisurely rides perfect for all the family; to long distance routes covering miles and miles, we’ve got it all. Take in our beautiful landscapes as you cycle past sea, land and lakes; make sure to stop along the way at a local cafe or pub for a well-earned break. From the Bay Cycle Way to the Hadrian’s Wall Cycle Way, check out long distance cycle routes here.

We’ve also got great places to stay

Looking for somewhere to stay on your visit to Cumbria? There are so many fantastic accommodation options across the region, you’ll be positively spoilt for choice. Choose from hotels, B&Bs, camping and glamping sites, self-catering cottages and so much more. Book your perfect place to stay in Cumbria here.




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