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With autumn colours decorating our wonderous landscape, the Lake District in October is a truly awe-inspiring place to be. 

Think burnt orange foliage, crisp leaves underfoot and an autumnal breeze flowing freely through the air.

We’ve compiled a handy list of all of our favourite things to do in the Lake District this October. Keep reading to find out more…

Things to do in the Lake District in October

The October Half Term Collection

With October half term on the horizon, why not whisk the little ones away on a much-needed escape. There’s an exciting selection of things to do in the Lake District in October, sure to keep you entertained.

There’s so much to choose from, from walks through the fells, pottering around lakes, gardens or houses, or more organised outdoor adventure, such as boat trips or kayaking.

Even on the wettest of days, there’s plenty of indoor fun to be had here. October in the Lake District caters to all.

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Children following a wooden bridge at a treetop adventure course

Situated on the edge of Windermere, the Brockhole Visitor Centre offers one of the best days out for families.

With bike & boat hire, mini-golf, an outdoor adventure play area and a Treetop Trek, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Why not try something new with a spot of laser clay shooting or archery?

Treetop Trek takes adrenalin junkies high above the canopy, with an exhilirating zip offering the ultimate adrenaline buzz. There’s also a lower version for those who are a bit more cautious!

When stomachs start to rumble, there’s a cafe and restaurant available on-site. Enjoy a delicious bite to eat whilst you enjoy far-reaching views stretching over Lake Windermere.

Parking is easy, with a pay and display car park available on-site.

Rheged Visitor Centre

An external shot of the brick exterior of the Rheged Centre

The Rheged Visitor Centre is one of the most popular attractions in the Lake District. A must-visit with this little ones during October half term in the Lake District, there’s a whole host of exciting things to see and do.

There’s galleries showcasing the local Lakeland talent along with a cinema playing Blockbuster names along with a host of theatre and musical performances.

If you fancy a bit of retail therapy there’s shops selling clothing, homeware and lifestyle products. Here you’ll find highstreet names including Birkenstock, Patagonia and an exciting array of boutiques.

You can keep little ones happy on their day out with a bite to eat at the Rheged Cafe. Dine from a hearty menu of seasonal goods, all locally sourced to provide the freshest ingredients.

Pony Trekking Adventures

One of our favourite things to do at any time of year, but especially in October in the Lake District, equestrians will delight with a hack across the ancient fell routes that were once used by pack ponies.

Cumbria has more bridleways than any other county in the UK. Our varied terrain offeres riders an exciting mix of trekking experiences.

Are you an experienced rider? Why not book an unforgettable beach canter with on a majestic shire horse with Millom’s Heavy Horses. Find out more on Cumbrian Heavy Horses Facebook.

There’s something for beginners too! Have a look at Lakeland Pony Treks in Troutbeck, the Grizedale Riding Centre; or Park Foot Trekking in Howtown, all offering experiences for varying levels.

Set Sail

A white boat on the water nearing the dock at Lakeside Pier

Home to nearly 100 bodies of water, there’s no better way to experience the natural beauty of the Lake District this October than by setting sail on an adventure.

Whether you’re looking to take to the waters aboard a kayak or canoe, or enjoy a leisurely journey aboard a cruiser or steamer, there’s something for everyone!

Windermere Lake Cruises operate regular voyages from Ambleside, Brockhole, Bowness & Lakeside, lasting between 45 minutes to 3 hours. There’s also combined attraction tickets, where you can set sail before visiting the Motor Museum, the Lakes Aquarium and many more.

The Ullswater Steamers boast a float of heritage steam boats, with cruises traveling between Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding. Remember to wrap up warm, as it tends to be a little bit chilly in the Lake District in October.

If you’re feeling adventurous, the Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre is the perfect place. Try your hand at kayaking, windsurfing and sailing, all with qualified and experienced instructors to hand.

Honister Slate Mine


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If you’re looking for an adrenalin rush, be sure to check out the Honister Slate Mine. The perfect wet-weather activity Honister Slate Mine is a must if you’re looking to escape the elements.

England’s last working slate mine, here you can delve deep under the surface on an underground mine climbing experience. Follow old mining routes to discover hidden caverns and passages, where rope bridge, zip line and Tarzan swing obstacles add to the excitement.

Discover hidden caverns and corridors by following the former miners paths; the adventure is enhanced by Tarzan swings, rope bridges and zip line obstacles along the way.

If you’re brave enough, follow the Via Ferrata Xtreme. An exposed adventure climbing course tackling mountain edges, sky ladders and Burma bridges, this one is not for the faint of heart.

Honister Slate Mine is proudly home to Europe’s longest high-wire, The Infinity Bridge. Standing at a staggering 1,000 feet above sea level, why not take in the Lakeland scenery from a different perspective?

Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre

A child riding a bike on a track in the forest

The Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre promises a day of adventure for anyone looking for things to do in the Lake District in October Half Term.

You’ll find countless trails winding their way through the forest floor, perfect for cycling, pony trekking and alpaca adventures. There’s on-site bike hire along with a forest segway experience.

You’ll also find an exhillirating Go Ape course in Grizedale Forest, perfect for the bigger kids, whilst the little ones will delight with the excitement of the outdoor play area.

Feel free to pack a picnic and enjoy a spot of alfresco dining, or head to the on-site cafe where you can enjoy a warming meal or snack.

Fancy venturing off to enjoy October in the Lake District this year? Find the perfect spot to base your adventures with a browse through these wonderful October Half Term lodges.

And for more inspiration on how to spend your time in our awe-inspiring region, give our guides on things to do in the Lake District, things to do in the Lake District when it rains and 11 of the best Lake District walks a read. 

Images courtesy of: Christopher R Ware(CC BY-SA 2.0); David Dixon (CC BY-SA 2.0);

This blog has been adapted based on original content written by Lake District Lodge Holidays