Top 5 Outdoor Activities in the Lakes


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Blessed with an abundance of mountains, hills, lakes and rivers, the Lake District is the ultimate destination for those seeking outdoor adventure. In the post, we highlight some of the best outdoor activities in the Lakes and where you can find them.

1. Ghyll Scrambling in Newlands (near Keswick)

Ghyll Scrambling in Newlands - outdoor activities in keswick

Keswick is a great destination for those searching for an adrenaline rush and what better way than scrambling your way down a Ghyll?

A Ghyll (or Gill) is a narrow valley in the North of England and is an extremely popular activity in the Lake District because of its abundance of valleys and streams. The water running along a Ghyll is referred to as a Beck, and during Ghyll scrambling, you will scramble your up or down the Beck. This is a very family friendly activity, however, a level of fitness and a head for heights will be required

Prices start from £25 per person and this includes all equipment. View more information here.

2. Canoe or Kayak in Windermere

Canoe and Kayak - outdoor activities in windermere

With lakeWindermere being over 10-miles long, it is the ultimate location for those wanting to try their hand at canoeing or kayaking. Its beautiful shorelines offer plenty to explore and it is a perfect way to reconnect with the great outdoors. Guided tours and instruction courses are available for those with limited experience.

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3. Take to the Fells in Ambleside

Loughrigg Fell - outdoor activities in Ambleside

A trip to the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without taking to the fells. This walk is suitable for the whole family and along the way you’ll experience both steep climbs and relaxing stretches. The route takes you across Loughrigg Fell to the tarn, before heading to Skelwith Bridge. This is not a circular walk, but, if you’re feeling energetic, you can always head back the way you came.

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4. Navigate a Maize Maze in Kendal

The Lakeland Maze Farm Park - outdoor activities in kendal

Located not too far from Kendal, The Lakeland Maze Farm Park is a great destination for families or couples wanting to take in the fresh air whilst attempting to conquer a challenging maze. There is a map available in the event you get truly lost, although we’re confident you’ll want to conquer this challenge without one!

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5. Rock Climbing in Coniston

Rock Climbing - outdoor activities in Coniston

Prove your nerve and rock climbing skills by climbing up a secluded quarry in Brown Howe, Coniston. ‘River Deep Mountain High’ offer a variety of courses aimed at different abilities, ranging from beginners to people with more experience. Introductory sessions will include basic skills and you’ll climb a few single pitches. Full day sessions will progress in difficulty and may include some boldering.

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