The Lake District is the place to go for adventure, whatever your age or ability there is something for everyone. Have a look at a few ideas below.
Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft Based in Keswick www.keswickcanoeandbushcraft.co.uk
Canoeing and bushcraft activities to suit all ages, abilities and requirements – families, couples, individuals and groups are all welcome. Try a half day canoe session and journey into the quiet bays around Derwent water and visit the islands. Or why not try your hand at bushcraft and learn the essential skills such as wood collection and preparation, safe knife work, building shelters and fire lighting.
Tree Top Trek & Tree Top Nets Brockhole, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LJ www.treetopnets.co.uk
Challenge yourself at Treetop Trek to 35 exciting treetop challenges designed to enable you to swing, climb, balance and fly your way through the ancient woodland canopy at Brockhole Visitor Centre, Windermere, whilst discovering views previously reserved for the squirrels and bats.
Treetop Nets offers a whole different treetop experience! It is the UK’s first Aerial Netting adventure park. Featuring over 1500m2 of sky trampolines, aerial walkways, tunnels and slides.
Lakeland Segway Cartmel Village Car Park, Cartmel LA11 6QB www.lakelandsegway.co.uk
A unique way to explore the Lakeland countryside. Take a guided Segway tour around the prestigious Cartmel Racecourse, Holker Hall Estate and the surrounding ancient woodland. An enjoyable and fulfilling tour allowing you to enjoy the Segway and this scenic Lakeland Estate with your own guide close at hand.
For more information on activities and attractions in Cumbria visit www.golakes.co.uk/winter
Honister Slate Mine Honister Pass, Keswick CA12 5XN www.honister.com
England’s last working slate mine provides the backdrop for some unique adventures on an iconic Lake District mountain. The Via Ferrata Classic (or ‘Iron Way’) uses a series of rungs, ladders and bridges along the old Victorian miner’s footpath. While different from traditional rock climbing, it gives the sensation of being exposed on a rock face, but with the additional of a continuous cable. The more daunting Via Ferrata Xtreme is twice as high as The Shard and seven times the height of Big Ben. Here participants can ‘skywalk’ across the daunting Infiniti Bridge, more than 2,000 feet above the valley floor, before approaching the summit of Fleetwith Pike over a huge vertical scramble net.
Whinlatter Forest Keswick CA12 5TW www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter
The perfect place to be for all things adventure. The only mountain forest in England, Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play. With mountain bike trails, walking routes, Segways, Go Ape and wildlife watch areas there is something to suit everyone’s outdoor needs.
4×4 Kankku Victoria Forge, Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD www.kankku.co.uk
A Kankku Self Drive 4×4 Safari is about discovery – finding normally unseen parts of the Lake District by specialist 4×4. Kankku’s tough and capable ex-army Land Rovers take you back to basics to simply enjoy the inspirational Lake District environment. For beginners, guided off road adventures and expeditions allow you to experience a 4×4 journey off the beaten track.
Kong Adventure Heads Rd, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5EZ www.kongadventure.com
Using all 15 years’ worth of experience of building climbing walls Kong Adventure have created a dedicated climbing centre that aims to suit everyone’s needs.
Whether you’re a family looking for fun, a beginner looking to learn or expert looking for a challenge they have a wall, course or instructor for you, including an indoor real ice wall.
For more information on activities and attractions in the Lake District visit the Golakes website