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5 child friendly hidden gems in the Lake District

Updated: Jan 3

Your Ultimate Guide to exploring child-friendly hidden gems scattered around the Lake District.


Even though majority of the Lake District hidden gems are infinity pools and secret waterfalls, it may be hard to find some suitable for your children. However, if you look hard enough, there's much more to discover in the Lake District with your kids than just hills and scenery.


This article explores Lake District's child-friendly hidden gems that you won't want to miss on any trip there! There's plenty of hikes and hills to explore, however if you want to explore some real hidden gems, keep reading.


Please note: we recommend double checking these hidden gems to ensure they are suitable for your child. We know each child is different, which is why it's best that you as the parent make the decision. Happy exploring!




1) Rydal Cave


There's much more to see than just the Rydal Cave. We suggest doing the whole complete walk! It gives you amazing views over Rydal Water, aswell as views across Heron Pike and Rydal Fell. The whole walk is just under 2 hours, so we'd say its suitable for kids.


To get to Rydal Cave, we recommend parking in the South White Moss Walks car park (the postcode is LA22 9SE).



2) Cathedral Cave


Cathedral Cave/Quarry is an awesome place to take the kids; we're sure they'll love the adventure! The views outside are spectacular and the views outside the quarry are breath-taking. We recommend taking torches which you'll need to explore the tunnels at the end.


Cathedral Cave isn't too far away from Slater's Bridge which is another child-friendly hidden gem that we feature in this article. Keep reading to learn more about Slater's Bridge!




3) Aira Force Waterfall


Now this hidden gem is a tricky one. It totally depends on your child and if they dont mind a more-complex walking route. The walk is made up of a mixture of level/stepped pathways, so it won't be suitable for pushchairs. During the walk there are also some steep drops, so we totally recommend supervising at all times!


During the walk of Aira Force Waterfall there is plenty to keep the kids engaged and interested. There's also a natural playground by the entrance they may enjoy.




4) Ashness Bridge


A traditional and must-visit hidden gem in the Lake District. It's a stone bridge which was built on a single track road located in Cumbria. It's best known for being a breath-taking viewpoint across Borrowdale towards Skiddaw. It also includes views of the amazing Derwent Water nearby.



5) Slater's Bridge


This interesting ancient bridge is located in Little Langdale in the Lake District. It was made to allow workers to travel across the River Brathay. The workers would cross this bridge in order to access the slate quarries (Hodge Close and Little Langdale). Visitors often cross this bridge in order to access Cathedral Quarry, as mentioned previously in this article.



We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known places which are child friendly scattered in and around the Lake District. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems with your little ones will make your adventure around Lake District even more memorable!


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