A Day Out In The Lake District
There may be a minimum age limit to visit Go Ape (ten years and over) but there certainly isn't a maximum age. Booking a trip to Grizedale Forest Park's Go Ape is such a good thing, on so many levels. For one, you are up high (and built on the side of a hill it feels even higher). Whilst up there you are surrounded by some of the most glorious scenery the Lakes have to offer. It is also damn good fun. See just how quickly your ape-like instincts kick into action when you are 18 metres high standing on Go Ape's highest platform. It is the ultimate adventure for anyone who loves to monkey around whilst ignoring convention. Here are a few things to do so you can make a day of it.
A Day Out In And Around the Lake District Over 50s
Where to go?
Into the water
Fancy a dip? You are in the Lake District, after all. Swimming is permitted in most of the Lakes with some being busier than others. Coniston Water and Lake Windermere both allow swimming but you do have to mindful of the boating traffic. Head further north within the park and you will find lakes that have far less boats. Try Grasmere, Rydal Water, Buttermere or Wast Water if you enjoy a spot of open water swimming.
What to do?
Re-live your youth
If you were a fan of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series when you were younger (or still are) you will be familiar with the Walker and Blackett children. The books follow the adventures of these youngsters as they explore the Lake District and everything it has to offer. From camping on islands, mining for gold and conquering mountains, now is the perfect time to follow in their footsteps and prove that age is nothing but a number. Head to Wild Cat Island (also known as Peel Island) or Kanchenjunga (also known as the Old Man of Coniston). Even if you haven't read the books, a visit to the Lake District may inspire you to do just that.
Where to eat?
Drunken Duck Inn
A short drive from Grizedale Forest Park you will find the Drunken Duck Inn, perched on a hilltop. This is the Lake District's original gastropub serving restaurant standard food. With its rustic charm this pub serves food that is locally sourced and seasonal. Lunch includes generously filled sandwiches, moules frites and beef skirt. On the evening menu you can find veal tongue, duck breast and spiced cauliflower heart. It also offers a wide range of traditional ales brewed in the pub's own Barngates Brewery.
And something for a rainy day?
Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Ulverston
With its perfect natural leafy canopy, Go Ape is the perfect all-weather activity. If you want to avoid the rain later on in the day a good destination might be Stott Park Bobbin Mill. This working mill once produced millions of wooden bobbins that were essential to Lancashire's spinning and weaving industries. With an exhibition charting the mill's history, a Victorian steam engine and guided tours you can immerse yourself in the building's history. Free for English Heritage members.