A sense of adventure in the Lakes

A sense of adventure in the Lakes



Lots of our guests are happy to come to the Lake District, walk up a hill or two, admire the views, enjoy the cream teas (and our amazing breakfasts, of course).

But there’s a new generation that wants a bigger piece of the action. They don’t want to watch what’s happening around them, they want to be out there doing it, being a part of it.

So here’s our favourite adventure activities in the Lake District for those of you looking for the adrenaline rush.

1: Take to the water with a Lake District Ranger.  These are the people who sail up and down Windermere keeping an eye on everyone’s safety, and helping to maintain the ecology and wildlife of the lake. This trip combines incredible views with a very different and distinctive kind of adventure. You can learn to drive the boat yourself, or just sit back and learn about the work of the Rangers and the history of Windermere.


2. Or you could jump IN the lake. Open water swimming is one of the fastest growing pastimes here in the Lake District. Once you’ve experienced the waters of our lakes and rivers, you’ll never be happy with a chlorine-filled pool again. You can try long distance challenges, or if you’re new to the sport, there’s plenty of help available, along with kit to keep you a bit warmer in the water! Ambleside-based Swim the Lakes run training sessions and a wide range of activity days. We like the sound of the adventure swim to one of Ullswater’s more intriguing features – Devil’s Chimney, plus some of the less visited islands of Ullswater. This one is suitable for swimmers who can comfortably swim two miles in open water. And you get tea and cake as well.


3. Want to stay on dry land but get a real sense of adventure? Head to Honister and the Lake District’s own Via Ferrata, which uses a series of rungs, ladders and bridges along an old Victorian miners’ footpath to give you a high level thrill. It’s different from traditional rock climbing but still gives a sense of exposure on a rock face, while you’re securely clipped on. High? The Via Ferrata Extreme is twice as high as the Shard, and seven times the height of Big Ben. Skywalkers, step forward.


4. Prefer to be a bit closer to the ground? Why not try horse riding while you’re here in the Lakes. If you have some experience already, there’s a wonderful series of guided treks on fell ponies, using bridleways and fell paths, with different options for those who can already walk and trot, and even canter.


5. If you’re always drawn back to the water, the latest craze here and throughout the UK is SUP – stand-up paddle boarding. The boards look like surf boards and are paddled using a single blade paddle from a standing position. The simplicity and versatility of SUP means they can be ridden easily on our lakes and rivers. It’s easy to learn and great fun as well as being an excellent core muscle workout


But what would WE choose ourselves? To be honest, there’s nothing finer than to try the most basic but most satisfying adventure of all. Get yourself a map, a Wainwright guide, a compass, decent walking shoes and a few extra layers, and DIY it. Head up into the hills, under your own steam, for the ultimate sense of satisfaction.

And ALWAYS be adventure smart: the best advice comes  together here in a new campaign launched in the Lakes.


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