Cumbria

Stunning scenery, endless outdoor pursuits and a wealth of historic sites, there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our caravan parks or holiday parks in Cumbria. Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in Cumbria.

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1.Cross the sands of Morecambe Bay

The expansive shifting sands of Morecambe Bay are the setting for an exhilarating 8-mile Cross Bay Walk to Grange-over-Sands, led by Cedric Robinson the official Queen’s Guide to the Sands since 1963. For almost half a century, he has guided countless groups of people over a safe path across the potentially treacherous bay – and he has done it for a ‘salary’ of just £15 a year. Morecambe Bay is incredibly dangerous and this walk should not be undertaken alone. The way the sea twists and turns into the Bay changes each year and so do the dangers – there is deep water as well as quicksand. Reassuringly Cedric says: ‘I can read the sands like others can read a newspaper’.  The guided walks take place between May and September each year and the times vary depending on the tides.

2. Take a boat trip on a lake

One of the most pleasurable ways to take in the scenery of the Lake District is onboard a boat. Choose from the small launches that ply Derwentwater and Coniston Water, a steamer on Ullswater or a large cruiser on Windermere. Often with halts along the shoreline, a boat trip can be combined with an enjoyable return walk along the lakeside.

3. Wonder at one of Britain’s finest stone circles

Cumbria has a wealth of historic sites, including some of the earliest stone circles in Britain, and none better than Castlerigg, one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in the country. Lying on the top of a low hill it has magnificent views across some of the finest fells in the northern lakes including Skiddaw, Blencathra and Helvellyn

4. Visit one of the most spectacular spots in England

High Cup Nick is a classic U-shaped valley high on the western flanks of the Pennines, probably one of the most spectacular places in England. The route along the Pennine Way from Dufton is a relatively straight forward ascent, with the valley opening up before you as you reach the ‘Nick’. To return via the valley itself provides the best views, however the descent immediately below the Nick is steep and quite rocky, but well worth it!

5. Enjoy the atmosphere at Britain’s most boisterous traditional festival

The normally sleepy town of Appleby hosts its famous Horse Fair in early June, when Gypsies and Travellers gather from all over the country to meet up with old friends. The 300-year-old event is an annual occasion celebrating their music, history and folklore and provides an opportunity to conduct business – particularly the buying and selling of horses. During the Fair, horses may be found everywhere – in the river, on its banks, along the roadsides or tethered outside hotels and shops. Young people wash the horses in the River Eden and are then ready to show them off. The tradition of racing and trotting the horses along Flashing Lane takes place throughout the day. There is a lively atmosphere with over 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers in attendance and up to 30,000 other visitors soaking up the atmosphere of the Fair, with Sunday being the traditional main visitors’ day. It transforms the town of Appleby for the week, from a sedate, elegant town into an animated and boisterous festival.

6. Visit Britain’s finest topiary garden

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th-century Pele tower – a small fortified keep, one of many in this part of the country, serving as watch towers to warn of approaching Scots invaders. The gardens have probably the finest collection of topiary in Britain, dating back to the 17th-century. The clipped yew and box hedges are under-planted with bedding in spring and summer, making for excellent colour. A rose garden and herbaceous borders complete this fascinating garden.

7. Admire the beauty of Ruskin’s View

Kirkby Lonsdale is a picturesque market town on the banks of the River Lune. Its attractive setting is epitomised by the glorious view up the Lune Valley from Ruskin’s View. The artist and poet John Ruskin visited the spot, just through the town’s churchyard, after viewing Turner’s now famous painting of it, and was enchanted, stating that it was, ‘one of the loveliest scenes in England – therefore in the world’.

8. Ride England’s most scenic railway

The famous Settle to Carlisle railway passes through some of the finest scenery in England, from the Yorkshire Dales up the Ribble Valley, between the Three Peaks and through the Eden Valley to the historic city of Carlisle. It is hard believe that not many years ago this line was nearly closed done.

9. Cycle up to the finest view in the Lake District

A 12-mile circular ride on country lanes to Wastwater, England’s deepest and most awe-inspiring lake, offers perhaps the finest view in the Lake District. In 2007 it was named as Britain’s favourite view in a television programme. The road winding along the lakeshore to the head of the Wasdale Valley offers impressive views of the famous screes that drop dramatically to the water’s edge.

10. Walk in Wainwright’s footsteps

Britain’s most famous hill walker Arthur Wainwright is best known for his famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells which offer beautiful drawings as well as descriptions and routes up over 200 hills. Many are the classic high peaks of the Lakes but some are more modest tops, usually providing sublime panoramas of surrounding hills, allowing walkers of all levels to appreciate the fells that Wainwright was so passionate about.

If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in Cumbria, and see what catches your eye?

Holiday Parks in Cumbria

Avon Wood

This small quiet park offers you the perfect setting for a peaceful and secluded holiday. It nestles in grounds of natural woodland...

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£269 - £789 per week

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Thanet Well Lodges

Commanding one of the most spectacular views towards Carrock Fell, Blencathra and Bowscale Fell, Thanet Well offers you a secluded rural retreat...

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£310 - £1039 per week

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Solway Holiday Village

Situated in one of the most beautiful corners of England, Solway Holiday Village offers you the perfect setting for your family holiday,...

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£159 - £1113 per week

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Rowanbank Caravan Park

Enjoying a quiet position on the shores of the Solway Firth, this friendly, family run park is ideal for exploring the Lake...

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£172 - £535 per week

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Brockwood Hall Lodges

Nestling deep in the spectacular Whicham Valley, surrounded by protected ancient woodland and overlooked by Blackcombe mountain, Brockwood Hall commands stunning views...

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£249 - £1449 per week

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Lakeland Leisure Park

Located close to Grange-over-Sands, in the heart of the majestic Lake District, this friendly park combines spectacular scenery with excellent facilities –...

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£197 - £1000 per week

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Pound Farm

Peacefully located amidst mature grounds in one of the Lake District’s most beautiful areas, Pound Farm offers a perfect base for a...

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£299 - £729 per week

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White Cross Bay

Enviably situated in the heart of the Lake District, White Cross Bay enjoys 60 acres of delightful wooded parkland running down to...

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£219 - £1356 per week

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Wild Rose Park

Nestling in the picturesque Eden Valley and boasting outstanding views of the Pennines, this beautifully landscaped park, awarded the David Bellamy Gold...

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£169 - £620 per week

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Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges

Nestling at the foot of the dramatic Skiddaw Mountain, on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, these superb lodges offer an idyllic setting...

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£419 - £1449 per week

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Stanwix Park

Stanwix Park has everything you need for the perfect holiday. Situated on Cumbria’s Solway coast next to a designated area of outstanding...

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£135 - £680 per week

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Port Haverigg

In the beautiful Duddon Estuary and close to magnificent beaches and sand dunes, you are ideally placed for exploring the Lake District....

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£279 - £465 per week

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Chapel Farm

Close to beautiful Eden Valley yet within easy reach of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Chapel Farm offers a tranquil base...

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£161 - £475 per week

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Crake Valley

This small wooded holiday park with an abundance of birds and wildlife on your doorstep, holds the David Bellamy Gold Award for...

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£249 - £620 per week

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Meadow’s End Lodges

Meadows End Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection. Nestling peacefully in tranquil meadowland which boasts a David Bellamy Gold...

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£445 - £1005 per week

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Hillcroft Holiday Park

Allow yourself to be immersed in the peaceful and tranquil environment that Hillcroft Holiday Park has to offer. Set on a rolling...

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£355 - £1109 per week

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Seacote Park

Situated right next to the sea and the beautiful St Bees beach and surrounded by the dramatic rolling Cumbrian countryside, Seacote Park...

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£229 - £555 per week

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Tarnside Park

Enjoying a delightful, location on the edge of the Lake District National Park, Tarnside Park surrounds a freshwater tarn, with clubhouse and...

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£229 - £555 per week

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Seven Acres

Seven Acres sits between the charming villages of Holmrook and Gosforth at the gateway to Eskdale and Wasdale valleys – perfect for...

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£229 - £555 per week

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Lakes Village Retreat

Ideally positioned in the glorious Lake District midway between Penrith and Keswick, Lakes Village Retreat offers the perfect base from which to...

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£239 - £1065 per week

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North Lakes Lodges

North Lakes Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Collection, nestling close to the Lake District National Park and engulfed by the...

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£420 - £1145 per week

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