The best socially distanced places to visit in the Lake District

Things to do in the Lakes – post lockdown!

The Lake District is one of the most popular and beloved tourist destinations in the UK, with thousands of visitors from across the world visiting each year to take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy a wide range of fun activities. In fact, the Cumbrian region welcomed an estimated 47 million visitors in 2019 alone. The great news is that as lockdown restrictions begin to ease, we are now able to welcome tourists, explorers and adventurers, to visit the Lake District once again!

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of things to do in the Lake District – especially in light of social distancing rules and regulations!

Places to visit in the Lake District

1) Lake District Walks

The Lake District is known for its beauty and is home to glacial ribbon lakes and rugged fell mountains. This means it is the perfect location for walking or hiking, especially during the summer months when the weather is much nicer. is a great resource for finding the perfect walk for you/your family, as you can specify the difficulty of the walk as well as the distance.

Be sure to pack plenty of snacks for along the way! If you are staying with us at The Swan, we would be more than happy to put together a picnic for you to take on your walks! The walk lakes website will also help you chose the perfect location for your walk, as there are simply hundreds of places to visit.

Walking is a great COVID Lake District activity, as you will be able to ensure you keep a safe distance from others during this time. 

As one of the most dog friendly hotels in the Lake District we know that walking/hiking is also a great dog-friendly Lake District activity. Who doesn’t want their four-legged friend to be able to join in the fun? In fact, visiting the Lake District with dogs is widely popular and if you come and stay with us we will give your pooch their very own towel, blanket and bowl to use on their travels. Bring them along for some lunch or dinner too, there is plenty of room – both inside and outside!

2) Lake District Spa

Why not kick back and relax after a long day of walking with a swanderful spa treatment? At the Swan Hotel, we offer a range of luxurious spa services, from back massages to shellac nails. Even better, we have also been able to safely reopen our pool and jacuzzi! During this difficult time, we’re following strict government guidelines to protect the safety of our guests and staff, whilst ensuring you stay relaxed and comfortable during your time with us.Find out more about our spa hotel in The Lake District! and why not take a look at our amazing health club memberships

3) Levens Hall

Levens Hall is a historic 13th-century manor house and gardens, located in the beautiful Kent Valley. It is also one of the most popular Lake District attractions – perfect for those who want to learn more about the diverse history of the area. Exploring the manor brings history to life right before your eyes. Right now, Levens Hall has safely reopened and you can pre-book your tickets for the Gardens online! Tickets for admission into the House are available at the kiosk on arrival and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, to ensure the safety of guests.

Find out more on their site or check out their Facebook or Instagram

4) Beatrix Potter Museum

The Lake District is also known as being the birthplace of many famous authors, including the beloved children’s writer Beatrix Potter – creator of Peter Rabbit! The world of Beatrix Potter is a widely popular attraction, perfect for family days out in the Lake District. Once inside, you will be welcomed into the magical world of Beatrix Potter, coming face-to-face with your favourite characters and exploring the stories that children have enjoyed for generations.

Hop skip, jump and check them out on Facebook and Twitter too.

5) Cartmel

Cartmel is an ancient village, home to many beautiful walks, tea rooms and historic locations such as the Cartmel Priory. Visiting a village such as this is one of many socially distanced things to do in the Lake District area. Be sure to keep your distance from others and wear a mask (if you are able) as you explore the historic streets.

If you fancy a bite to eat, Cartmel is also home to many fine-dining and gourmet restaurants such as the infamous L’enclume restaurant, there’s plenty that is sure to tickle your taste-buds, including the delicious, award-winning sticky toffee pudding.Find out more about what Cartmel has to offer!

6) Windermere

There are plenty of things to do at Lake District, Windermere. To begin with, Windermere is home to many beautiful villages that are perfect to explore – such as Ambleside and Waterhead. However, Windermere is also one of the best locations for Lake District boat hire.

The Swan Marina

Surrounded by national parks and mountains, Lake Windermere is one of the larger lakes in the Lake District area, and as such is home to some of the best things to do in the Lake District! Whether you want to hire a motorboat, a rowboat, or try your hand at something more adventurous such as canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding, you’ll find a way to do it in Windermere. These activities are perfect for both seasoned professionals and beginners – fun for the whole family!

So, what are you waiting for?

The above list includes some of the Lake District top attractions – but there are so many opportunities to discover new places, activities and things to do during your time here that may not even be included on this list. After all, it is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations for a reason! So, whether you are seeking adventure by taking a dip in one of the many glacial lakes, or rediscovering history in an ancient chapel – you are sure to find something you can enjoy in the Lake District. In addition to natural beauty and a wealth of activities, the Lake District is also home to delicious food and drink – which can be sampled across the region!

In light of recent events and COVID-19 restrictions, we’re happy that the Lake District can once again begin to safely welcome visitors from across the country, allowing them to enjoy the beauty that we get to see each and every day.

Why not come and stay with us!?