Grizedale Forest extends over the fells separating Coniston Water and Hawkshead from Windermere, and the picnic spots, open-air sculptures, children’s activities, cycle trails and tree-top adventure course make for a great day out away from the main lakes. The best starting point is the Grizedale Forest Centre, where there’s a café and information point.

Go Ape

Go Ape, a high-ropes adventure course in the thick of Grizedale Forest, has you frolicking in the tree canopy for a couple of hours. You get a quick safety briefing and then make your own way around the fixed-ropes course – fantastic fun involving zip-wires, Tarzan-swings and aerial walkways.