Summer in the Lakes: The Best Ways to Spend Summer in the Water

May 3, 2023

Summer is the perfect time to visit the Lake District and enjoy all that this stunning region has to offer. With its beautiful lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the water. Here are some of the best ways to spend summer in the water in the Lake District.


Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and canoeing are great for exploring the waterways of the Lake District. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced paddler, there are plenty of options for all skill levels.

You can rent kayaks or canoes from local businesses such as Alfresco Adventures or North Star Adventure UK.

Explore the hidden coves and bays of Ullswater and experience the beauty of the Lakes from a different perspective.


Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has become a popular water activity in recent years and for good reason. It’s a fun and relaxing way to explore the lakes and rivers of the Lake District.

Lake District Paddle Boarding on Derwent Water or Ullswater Wake and Surf located down the road are just a couple of the local businesses that offer SUP rentals and guided tours.

SUP is easy to learn, and you’ll be standing up and paddling in no time. Plus, it’s a great workout for your core and upper body.

Sailing and Yachting

The Lake District is a great place for sailing and yachting, with Ullswater, just a short drive away, being one of the most popular spots. 

You can rent a sailboat or yacht from local businesses like the Glenridding Sailing Centre or Ullswater Yacht Club.

There are also sailing schools that offer lessons for beginners, or race coaching for those more experienced.

Perfect for exploring the water of the Lake District. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a complete novice, there’s something for everyone.


Swimming and Wild Swimming

If you’re looking for a refreshing dip in the water, the Lake District has plenty of options. You can swim in the clear waters of Ullswater or take a dip in one of the many rivers and waterfalls in the area. A great way to keep cool, wild swimming is one of the best ways to spend summer in the water.

For a more adventurous experience, try wild swimming in one of the secluded tarns or pools in the fells. Just remember to always take caution and be aware of the risks associated with wild swimming.

If you’re a complete beginner, check out these handy tips.


Waterfall Jumping

For the adrenaline junkies out there, waterfall jumping is a unique and exhilarating way to experience the waterfalls of the Lake District. It’s important to note that this activity can be dangerous and should only be attempted with the proper equipment and training.

Lake District Adventuring offers guided tours for those interested in waterfall jumping.

The Lake District is a beautiful and exciting place to spend your summer. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day on the water or an adrenaline-fueled adventure, there’s something for everyone. 

After a day of fun in the water, there’s nothing better than relaxing and rejuvenating at the Hutton John Estate. Book an appointment at Icon Beauty for an in-house spa treatment or unwind in your chosen accommodation, complete with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. And for a hearty warm dinner after a busy day check out our journal post on the best pubs in the Lake District for a great atmosphere.

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