If you are planning a trip to England’s Lake District, book a range of guided outdoor activities in the Lakes to make the most of your stay! Some of the most awesome outdoor activities in the Lake District include:
Whinlatter Forest Park is the place to go if you’re a committed mountain-biker. The Altura Trail is one of two routes at Whinlatter, and this one is red-graded, 19km long, and described as suitable for experienced riders with good off-road skills and a high level of fitness. If you can take your eyes off the berms, jumps, rock features, skinnies and cork screws, you’ll see fabulous views of Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater, Helvellyn and Skiddaw from your position 500m above Keswick.
Zip Wires and Adventure Parks
The two Go Ape courses at Whinlatter and Grizedale are designed to suit all ages and would be included on anyone’s list of great outdoor activities in the Lake District. Have a go on their high-wire tree crossings, zip wires and ‘Tarzan drops’. The Go Ape Centre at Whinlatter has the highest such course in the country at 360m above sea level, with a zip wire that roves through the forest, over water and clear blue skies (hopefully). The views on a good day can stretch all the way across the county to the Scottish border.
The Go Ape Course at Grizedale Forest travels the side of steep hill, 200m above Grizedale Beck.
The Via Ferrata
The Via Ferrata, or ‘iron road’ at Honister Slate Mines is not for the faint-hearted. The route, constructed of rungs and cables, allows you to climb 2,126 feet with relative ease. Combine the trip with a visit to the mine itself, or ramp up the adrenaline further with a trip on their zip wire.
Keswick Adventure Centre
The Keswick Adventure Centre is a great one-stop shop for a myriad of awesome outdoor activities in the Lake District. Beginners aged 7 to 70 can join ‘taster’ sessions or the more experienced can enjoy more challenging sessions. Choose from rock climbing (on the indoor climbing wall or outdoors), abseiling or walking.
Lakes and rivers
Derwentwater Marina is a great place to go for all things watery – sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, and raft-building. You can learn the skills from scratch, or just hire a canoe, kayak, sailing dinghy, surfboard or rowing boat and set off across the lake. There are also plenty of Keswick cottages in the area as an added bonus.
The Glenridding Sailing Centre, at the pretty village of Glenridding on Ullswater, offers the opportunity to learn to sail dinghies and traditional boats, or more modest, but just as enjoyable, canoes and kayaks. You can also hire craft to take out on the lake yourself.
Awesome outdoor activities in the Lake District
Whatever you want to do in the Lake District you will find a host of great indoor and outdoor activities to choose from.
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