Visiting The Lake District? Major sport activities you should not miss


Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling is a traditional sport introduced by the Vikings and it takes place in the Lakes during summer shows, with the first game held in 1785. Such traditional undertakings and countless attraction centres in this region facilitate a wide range of sporting activities for both locals and international visitors. In fact, the sports and holiday destinations here make the district so popular that 15% of all its homes are holiday homes. The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this park assisting visitors to explore and experience its beauty as well as promoting their welfare and security.

Water Regatta

King Pocky’s Derwent water regatta is a combination of fun activities and competitions in and out of the water. The water activities here include riding kayaks, canoes, sailing dinghies, catamaran and Viking longboat. On dry land, there are spectator sports at Crow park beside Keswick’s theater. Here, you can enjoy badminton, volleyball, frisbee, golf and bike racing. As if not enough, you can participate in trail runs and the Scafell Mountain marathon as part of this regatta. What makes it even more fun is the performances by music bands, local community choirs, and youth groups.

Wild swimming and diving

When you visit the Lake District, you can not help but think of the natural lakes and rivers spread across the region. Some of the best spots for swimming include Burnmoor Tan, Black Moss Pot, and Rydal Water which is among the smallest lakes but popular because of its connection with the poet, William Wordsworth. You can also dive at sites such as Capernwray towards the edge of the district or Wastwater, which ranks as the deepest lake in England. These diving centres are characterised by crystal-clear water, breathtaking underwater sites and incredible fish life. While instructors are always around, it is important to stay watchful while diving so as to avoid injury.

Cycling and zip lining

The Lake District features excellent cycle networks and routes both off road and on road. Most of these trails are in close proximity to cottages, lakes and hills. As a cyclist, you can choose to either bring your bike or hire one from spots such as Low Wray campsite and Claife viewing station. Well-known cycling centres here include Windermere, Silverthwaite, and Sizergh. When it comes to zip lining, the Keswick Climbing Wall center boasts a 170m long zip wire which is their resident feature. Keswick’s visitors can also enjoy the Rookery woods play area or go to an adventure and enjoy activities such as orientering and archery.

When it comes to sports, the Lake District is packed with diverse opportunities. The games here are designed for all abilities and ages. Also, the hospitality shown by the operators ensures an amazing experience for all visitors. If you are an experienced gamer or are just looking to create an unforgettable memory with your loved ones, the Lake District should be your ultimate destination.


Article written and published by Jane Upson