After a few days of beautiful weather The Hiking Household started to think about what walks, and excursions, we hope to do during the school summer holidays. I had a great conversation with my eldest child and we have managed to group together a few ideas that we hope you will find helpful for the summer months, you will notice a common theme – water!!! Please do follow all water safety rules when wild swimming with your children, the water can be very cold and the current fast.
Swimming pools that are outside are not something that we regularly use here in Cumbria! With the recent warm weather my children and I have ventured to a few of the pools close to us and we had the most amazing time. Below I have listed a few Cumbrian outdoor pools that you, and your family, might enjoy this summer.
– Askham & Helton Community: This outdoor pool can be found in the village of Askham, Penrith. The 2022 season started on the 7th of May and all pool sessions should be booked online to avoid disappointment. There are various pool opening times over the summer months, to find out more you can view their website here.
– Haltwhistle: The Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre can be found in Haltwhistle, Northumberland NE49 9DW. The leisure centre is home to a 25m outdoor (seasonal) heated pool. Your entry to the pool allows you unlimited all day use of the pool, adventure play area and picnic area. There is free parking at the site. To find out exact pool times please follow the link to their website here.
– Greystoke: Located in the beautiful village of Greystoke in Penrith this heated outdoor pool and play area is a perfect afternoon out with the children. This outdoor pool reopened for the 2022 season on Saturday the 21st of May and is open for public swimming from 1pm-6pm. Whilst there is no need to book for the use of this pool we do recommend you check their website here before you make a visit.
Family friendly hikes to enjoy in the sunshine:
No summer would be complete without a family hike in this household! Below are a few of my eldest child’s more recent favourite walks for you to enjoy during the warm summer days.
– Buckstones Jump: If you are after a hike with a view, and an outdoor swim, then this is the one for you. Based in Rydal this 2.6 mile out and back walk is always a huge success with adults, and children, of all ages! There is nothing nicer than reaching the top of a hike and being able to have a little dip in the water. For a full review of our trip to Buckstones Jump click here.
– Fleswick Bay: Found 2 miles from St Bees this really is a hidden gem of West Cumbria, and one of the many reasons as to why the Cumbria Coastal Way is stealing our hearts at the moment. The hike to Fleswick Bay is breathtaking and your children will not be disappointed when you arrive at the bay, the full review of our walk can be found here.
– Catbells: A family favourite for many, this Wainwright walk never disappoints. Whilst it might be a little busier over the summer months we never pass up an opportunity to enjoy this hike in the beautiful weather. With breathtaking views, and facilities in the nearby Keswick and Portinscale, this is a lovely action packed family day out. The review of our trip to Catbells can be found here.
– High Dam: This picturesque tarn is a real hidden gem here in the Lake District. The walk can be found near Finsthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Lake Windermere and will be sure to entertain children of all ages. Offering shelter on those warmer days, and plenty of opportunities to dip your toes in the water, this walk is a family favourite of ours and further details can be found here.