The Lakes – an inspirational education

The Lake Distict has always had a special connection with childhood, from the charming tales of Beatrix Potter, with which many of us grew up and which are still enchanting children today, to the piratical adventures of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, to John Cunliffe’s Postman Pat, the inspiration for which came from the Cumbrian countryside and its inhabitants. There is certainly ‘something in the water’ in the Lake District, the lakes, tarns, fells and woodland providing the perfect ingredients for unforgettable summers of adventure and magic.

To discover the real locations which inspired the world of Arthur Ransome’s novels, you can take a Swallows and Amazons cruise on Coniston Water, and see Wild Cat Island and the Amazons boathouse for yourself. For more information please visit click here. No Lake District visit would be complete without a trip to the ever-popular Hilltop, the idyllic house of Beatrix Potter. The beautiful garden is not to be missed, and you might even spot a few familiar characters hiding in the cabbage patch. Visit the National Trust Hilltop Website for more information. And, of course, the wonderful World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness is perfect for a rainy afternoon. Visit the website here.

With so much already on offer for children, summer in the Lakes is made even more exciting by the wonderful range of events going on every day. Despite the occasional showers, the best way to experience the breathtaking countryside is to get out in it, so why not take a guided walk, or attend an activity day with a ranger, and find out about the history and wildlife of the Lakes. There are plenty of events like this going on all summer. For information on guided walks and other activities please visit the Lake District Nation Park website or take a look at the events calendar on the Colwith website.

The Lake District is renowned for its wildlife, and there are plenty of ways to get closer to some rare and wonderful creatures. On July 15th Brockhole Visitors’ Centre are offering the chance to meet the owls of the Lakes. Please see here for more information. Throughout the summer (and beyond) you can visit the bird hide at Brockhole, where volunteers will be on hand to help you identify the birds and wildlife that can be spied in the surrounding area. Dates and more information here.

With all that’s on offer, its impossible not to be moved and inspired by the Lakes, whatever your age.