Packing Guide: The Lake District

What to Pack for a Trip to the Serene Cumbria Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. While it is obviously famous for its lakes, the forest and mountains in the region are equally as stunning. Together they make for a truly incredible landscape. Much famous literature has been written about the region. Titles include in poems by William Wordsworth and in parts of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Eyre.

This page begins by looking at some of the standout features of the Lake District, followed by a detailed look at the best items you need to pack for a trip.

Highlights: The Top Destinations in the Lake District

Lake Windermere

One of the most famous lakes in the whole of the region, Lake Windermere stretches for 16 kilometres. You can take a trip on the lake via one of the popular cruises. You can also combine the cruise with a trip on the Haverthwaite Steam Railway. The Lakes Aquarium is the place to go if you want to get to know the fish of the area.

View the Lake District from Scafell Pike

The very best view of the Lake District just might be from the summit of Scafell Pike. The challenge is that you will have to climb nearly a 1,000-metres to get there. The highest mountain in England, the route to the top is a delight in itself.

After starting at Wasdale Head you get to view the other surrounding mountains and the stunning Wastwater. On a clear day you can view both the Isle of Man and Scotland.

Hiking Lake District

Take a Hike: Helvellyn

Helvellyn is one of the most popular hiking venues in the Lake District. While not as high as Scafell Pike, the challenging terrain is one that your average hiker will see more of a challenge. This natural horseshoe formation offers another spectacular view of the Lake District.

Ullswater Lake

This is the second largest lake in England, seven miles long and one mile across. Another popular site for hikers, as Ullswater Waya offers a 20-mile trail around the lake. Many will enjoy the 12-kilometre hike which is accompanied by boat rides to complete the trek.

Roman Lake District History: Hardknott Fort

This is the place to visit for a historic look at the Lake District. It features the ruins of a Roman fort which was built in the 2nd century. The remains you wander around are the parade grounds of the fort. Completely free, this remote site can be tricky to access, so save for a day when the weather conditions are good.

What to Pack for a Trip to the Lake District?

The following list has the essentials for any lake district trip. This includes outdoor items for enjoying the lakes. Of course, if you prefer a luxury stay, packing your wheeled spinner and enjoying the tours is just as enjoyable.

Hiking Boots:

It’s already quite clear in this article that to truly appreciate the Lake District, you need to do a lot of walking. Trainers or shoes just won’t cut it around the area, so invest in a solid and sturdy pair of boots before you depart.

These will support your ankles and give you more support on those uneven walks. Ensure your boots are waterproof, as even in the summertime, there will be parts of the area that will be sodden. No, you won’t be making a fashion statement, but you and your feet will feel the benefit.

Lakes District Packing

Pack Wind and Waterproof Jackets for Your Lake District Tour

It’s a good idea to ensure that you’re well wrapped up with waterproof jackets and even over-trousers. There can be lots of rain in the district and there is very little protection from the wind in many spots. Be aware that it can become cold in the area, even on the warmest days. As you ascend on one of your hikes, the temperature can drop, with a full 6- or 7-degrees Celsius decrease at the highest spots. It can also be an idea to wear layers underneath the outerwear, which can be taken off on a warmer day.

A Rucksack:

Invest in a large rucksack before making your trip. This can play host to water, extra clothing, food, a camera, a water bottle, and anything else you want to take with you. The Lake District is an ideal place for a picnic, so you can carry all those essentials in the rucksack. The great news is that it will be lighter on your journey back. Get one with extra pockets, and you’ll have plenty of room for your Kendal Mint Cake.

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First Aid Kit:

It can be an idea that one of your group carries a first aid kit. With the rugged walkways and the natural terrain, trips and falls are always a possibility. With a first aid kit, treating those cuts, grazes and bruises will be that much easier.

Sun cream:

When it’s windy in the Lake District (and it is windy) it doesn’t always feel like it is particularly hot. This can be a problem, as you won’t necessarily feel you need to use sun cream on a hot summer’s day. Pack sun cream and ensure to use it if the sun is shining.


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