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    Located in Kendal town centre
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    Overlooking Lake Windermere
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    Close to Lake Windermere
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Looking for adventure? Look no further than the Lake District. The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike and the deepest lake, Wastwater. We haven’t even touched on the plethora of outdoor activities available in the Lake District. Year round access to outdoor activities is one of the many benefits.

Whether you are after fun, leisure, adrenalin or personal challenges, the Lakes have something for everyone, inculding:

  • rock climbing/scrambling
  • abseiling/mega abseiling
  • caving expeditions
  • sky diving, orienteering
  • 4 x 4 off road adventures
  • tree top adventures and zip-lining
  • water skiing
  • wake boarding 
  • paddle boarding

Why go climbing in the Lake District?

The Lake District is the home of rock climbing with the first ascent being made here by W.P. Haskett Smith in 1886 when he climbed Napes Needle, Wasdale. There is enough outdoor climbing in the Lake District that you are generally the only people at the crag. Cumbria is home to both gentle scrambles and challenging climbs.


Where to go rock climbing in the Lake District

Where to go rock climbing in the Lake District

Indoor rock climbing
  • Kendal Climbing Wall – All weather climbing and bouldering walls to suit all ages and abilities - visit website
  • King Kong Climbing Centre - Brand new climbing centre in the heart of Keswick, with an indoor ice wall, children’s play area. They also run a range of indoor and outdoor activities, to suit all abilities - visit website
Outdoor rock climbing
  • For beginners looking to try their hand at outdoor rock climbing, Climb 365 is based in the Lake District and caters for all levels of ability from the complete novice trying rock climbing or scrambling for the first time, to the experienced mountaineer wanting to learn to lead in winter. They take children as young as 6, and adults as old as 70! - visit website
  • The Fell & Rock CLimbing Club is a useful site for anyone looking for a climbing guide for the Lakeland and outlying crags. It is updated weekly with new routes, comments and useful views from other climbers - visit website

Skydiving in the Lake District

Skydiving in the Lake District

The Lake District is a great choice for anyone wanting to try skydiving. Free-falling from 14,000 feet with amazing views of the lakes and fells, is the experience of a life time. You can either do a 5-6 hour course ad jump out of a plane on yor own, or do a tandem skydive with a qualified instructor.

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Abseiling/Mega Abseiling in the Lakes

Abseiling/Mega Abseiling in the Lakes

Abseiling is walking backwards over the edge of a steep drop with only a couple of ropes (and your composure) to keep you safe!!!! There’s a variety of abseil venues throughout the Lake District, varying from 50 feet to 130 feet. It’s not weather dependant, if its cold, wrap up warm, if it’s raining, wear waterproof clothing! You will get a huge sense of achievement when you lower yourself down a huge rock face, be buzzing and wanting to do it again and again!
  • River Deep Mountain High offering abseiling sessions, ranging from beginner to intermediate, a couple of hours to a whole day out on the rock face
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  • Crags Adventures, offer mountaineering days, and hen/stag days out!
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  • West Lakes Adventure, based in Eskdale offer abseiling activities for individuals, couples, families and groups
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4x4 Off Road Adventures

4x4 Off Road Adventures

Want to discover the Lake District from a new angle? Kankku is a real off-road driving adventure. Kankku puts you in the driving seat of specially prepared 4 x 4 vehicles, where you can discover the Lake District. Hire you own ex-army Land Rover for the day and explore on Kankku self-drive 4 x 4 safari.
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Tree-top adventures and zip lining

Tree-top adventures and zip lining

Live life more adventurously and release you inner ape! At Go Ape! in Grizedale, you are offered everything from Tree-top Adventure to Zip-trekking through the Grizedale Forest. There’s something for the whole family here!
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  • One need not be a poet to appreciate the timeless beauty and majesty of the Lake District, much of it
  • Lake District Heritage and Culture.
    Recommended places to visit including historic homes.
  • The Lake District is without doubt one of the best places to visit as a family. There is something for
  • For those who think taking a holiday in England will cost a fortune, let us put your mind at rest.
  • The Lake District is the perfect location for cycling with quiet country lanes, tough mountain passes and a choice of
  • The Lake District is the ideal destination when it comes to walking, whether you are wanting an easy lake stroll,
  • The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike and the deepest lake, Wastwater.
  • The Lake District is a great place to bring your pooch!! Lots of places to see and lots to do

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  • Damson Dene Hotel - 015395 68676
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  • Newby Bridge Hotel - 015395 31222
  • Cuckoo Brow - 015394 43425
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