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Pedal or paddle, hike or climb, conquer your competitive spirit or just get out there and enjoy. The Lake District, Cumbria your next adventure destination.

Each page features a taster image and description of a different adventure that has been sponsored by an activity provider who, amongst others, offers that particular activity.

In this brochure there is information and advice on a whole variety of adventure and outdoor activities that can be done in and around the Lake District and Cumbria, the Adventure Capital.

To book the activity is easy: either contact the activity provider directly or call the booking hotline number at the bottom of each page.

If your taste for adventure is high adrenaline, extreme sports or something a little more relaxed for all the family to enjoy, you'll find there's a great choice of activities for you to try: horse-trekking, quad biking, gorge scrambling, high ropes, canoeing, mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting, caving and much more!

The prices are the same however you choose to place your booking, our aim is to help you get involved and on your way to your own adventure! For more information on each operator and the exciting adventures they provide, take a look at the directory at the back of this brochure.

When you make a booking, please mention the adventure directory and you will be entered into our monthly draw, to WIN one of our adventure days!

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


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Often called ghyll (or gill) scrambling, gorge scrambling involves making your way UP a steep lakeland stream. Climbing around pools, jumping from rock to rock and scaling waterfalls, with jumps back into the deepest pools! There are dry, wet and really wet options available. This is the most popular activity in the area with trips all over the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.

You will get wet you will have great fun!

Make a big splash when you go with the flow!

Sponsored by:

Sponsored by:

Total Adventure

Keswick Adventure Centre

Tel: 015394 44451 www.total-adventure.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

This is a variation of gorge scrambling but the direction of travel is DOWN rather than up. Lots of jumps and slides are involved, with waterfall abseils on the more advanced trips. Canyoning is a get-wet activity for those with a go-for-it attitude. The most popular trip is out of Keswick, with others available near Coniston and Sedbergh.

Tel: 01768 775687 www.keswickadventurecentre.com

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


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Explore the islands and bays of the many lakes. Either get the extra value of a guide who can awaken lost skills or go it alone in a hired sit-on-top boat. Sea kayaking or river trips are available depending on weather conditions. Canoeing: red indian type boats with a single bladed paddle. Kayaking: closed topped with a double bladed paddle.

Have a dabble with a paddle!

A great time on the water is just plain sailing!

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Sponsored by:

Windermere Canoe and Kayak

Coniston Boating Centre

Tel: 015394 44451 www.windermerecanoekayak.com

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Tel: 015394 41366 www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

With a stunning backdrop of fells and mountains sailing in the Lake District is an amazing experience. Beginners can learn from the experts in Toppers, Picos or Wayfarers, whilst larger families may be more suited to bigger traditional boats or Hawk 20s. The area has plenty to offer from hire to tuition on all sorts of sailing boats.

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria. co. uk


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Swing through the trees, cross perilous rope bridges and slide down the many zip wires on the ultimate do it yourself adventure. The country’s leading operator has fantastic courses at Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests (minimum age of 10). There are also many privately owned courses with instructor sessions for children aged as young as 8.

Something for the monkey in us all!

Get to grips with some real Lakeland rock!

The Lake District is home to some of the best climbing in the UK. Beginner’s or advanced climbing trips run daily either as half or full day sessions getting you out onto natural rock no matter what your experience or ability. For those wet or cold days there is no better way to test the skills than to visit one of the climbing walls in the area.

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Go Ape!

Keswick Climbing Wall

Tel: 0845 643 1738 www.goape.co.uk

Tel: 017687 72000 www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


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There is a whole new world of adventure waiting to be discovered underground. Crawling, squeezing and getting wet, you’ll be amazed at the fun you can have in the dark. Great for beginners. Potholing trips require abseiling to get into and out of the more spectacular cave systems. For the more adventurous.

countryto cango be found in the Lake Line here District. With stunning man Neil supply made to routes in Grizedale and Some of the best rides in the

Great things are found in small places!

Caution - use with the rubber side down!

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Yorkshire Dales Guides

Grizedale Mountain Bikes

Tel: 01729 824455 www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Whinlatter Forests and classic cross county routes on to the open fells. These down hill blasts are classed as “must do”, especially the trails outside the national parks. Bike hire is a good way to go but, to get the best, trial the demo bikes and go with a guide.

Tel: 01229 860369 www.grizedalemountainbikes.co.uk

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


Lakeland

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Your chance to get muddy as you tackle some of the toughest tracks and trails in the Lake District on an all-terrain quad bike. There is a variety of challenging routes for both the novice or more experienced rider to enjoy. Factual Information: Aged over 16 you ride on the big bikes, aged 12-16 midi bikes, and 8-11 mini quads.

Full throttle adventure!

We don’t go fast... we go anywhere!

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Lakeland Quads

Lakes Off-Road

Tel: 07881 919 940 www.lakelandquads.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Where most roads end, that’s where your 4x4 adventure begins! A true test to your nerves and skills a driving experience is one of the best ways to fully appreciate the beauty of the Lake District. Routes are of various lengths 1hr, 2hr, half or full day. All operators work to the green code to ensure the Lakes benefits from your trip. Now it’s your turn.

Tel: 07912 109 726 www.lakesoffroad.co.uk

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


the lake district and cumbria is the country's biggest adventure playground and it's breathtaking in every sense of the word! with england's five tallest mountains and the deepest and largest lakes, cumbria's rich natural environment is simply unique

accommodation The choice of where to stay in the Lake District and Cumbria is endless, from large, luxurious hotels and cosy B&B’s to well equipped caravan and camping parks, comfortable self-catering cottages and tourist hostels or camping barns.

pedal, paddle, hike or climb, conquer your competitive spirit or just get out there and enjoy!

Wherever you choose to stay you can be sure of a warm welcome, great service and some of the most picturesque surroundings to be found anywhere.

www.golakes.co.uk/adventure

www.golakes.co.uk/stay

www.golakes.co.uk/shop Buy tickets to award-winning attractions, choose from over 100 books and guides including the famous Wainwright pictorial guides, or buy a unique gift or treat for someone special.


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A combination of rock climbing and hill walking these trips are designed to get adventurers into places the average rambler will never go. The exposed ridges and out-there rock climbs on these routes require hands on climbing so helmets, harnesses and ropes are required in the most exposed places. The family will never be bored.

When normal paths just aren’t good enough!

Finding the forgotten places.

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Mountain Journeys

The Lake District Walker

Tel: 015394 31806 www.mountain-journeys.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Fell walking is the most popular activity in the Lake District and the smartest, safest and most pleasurable way to tackle the fells is by joining a guide. Reach the highest summits or explore hidden valleys, waterfalls and woodlands on low level walks there's something for all ages and abilities.

Tel: 01900 822448 www.thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


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With miles of quiet bridleways and unspoilt countryside, there is no better place than Cumbria to experience on horseback. Stables provide short rides for little people; for the beginner, 1hr, 90min or 2hrs rides are possible. Longer half day, full day and multi day routes give the seasoned rider the best experience possible.

When four legs are better than two...

The best adventures are the ones you have together.

Sponsored by:

Sponsored by:

Witherslack Equestrian Centre

Joint Adventures

Tel: 015395 52244 www.whec.co.uk

Tel: 015394 49003 www.jointadventures.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

A range of adventure trips to meet the needs of families looking for something a ‘little extra’ from their holidays. Our family adventures offer real experiences and a chance to enjoy quality time together. You’ll be totally absorbed in the fascination of new places, new challenges and accidental adventures on your family holiday.

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


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A steady hand is needed but it is easy to have a shot at clay pigeon or target shooting. Expert instruction quickly gets you up to speed with aiming, firing and hitting the targets you are aiming at. For the serious shooter, simulated game and game shooting is also available in season. It’s time you pulled your trigger finger out!

Try an activity that’s a real blast!

Spots are in... colour up your life!

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Bigland Outdoor

Holmescales Activity Centre

Tel: 01229 861517 www.biglandoutdoordays.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Tel: 01539 722147 www.holmescales.com

The terrain is as varied as the participants, with construction site and forest battlefields being the most popular. Paintball centres run open days so smaller groups can join existing battles. There are many archery variations on offer, all giving the shooter the best opportunity to develop their skills whatever their ability, strength or age. 1hr and half day options available.

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


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There are several centres providing what is best described as ‘adventurous country pursuits’. At the centres you can try out all the following activities in short taster sessions. Archery, clay pigeon shooting, target shooting, quad biking, horse-trekking, paintball, 4x4 off road driving, all terrain driving and much much more.

Wherever you look, there is something mad to do.

Amazing birds in an inspirational landscape

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Rookin House

Predator Experience

Tel: 017684 83561 www.rookinhouse.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Get up close and hands on with these majestic birds, hawks, owls, falcons and the most spectacular of all birds, the Golden Eagle. This is the perfect opportunity to fly one of these great raptors in some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Trips go daily – an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Tel: 07733 366 748 www.predatorexperience.co.uk

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


Destination Cumbria and The Adventure Partnership are constantly working with operators to create new and exciting trips for you to enjoy everytime you come to the Lake District.

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Serious Fun Gorge Scrambling has opened 6 new gorge scrambles on the edges of the Lake District, so you can avoid the crowds. Blackwater Rafting: Currently under development with The Dales Adventure Centre. This is a great new trip that gives you the opportunity to float through a flooded cave system in a padded inner tube. A willingness to get wet is necessary as the jumps, slides and scrambles require total commitment.

White Water Tubing:

Today is a great day to try something new! Sponsored by:

Another great new activity in the Lake District, this challenge uses similar tubes to the Black Water Rafting to tackle the white water of several of the bigger rivers, floating serenely down the calmest sections as you learn the skills to take on the bigger rapids with confidence.

Water Rollers and Water Walkers: The main craze for 2011 is the opportunity to walk on water. These inflatable balls and tubes can be found in sheltered locations on the main lakes, giving you the opportunity to run around like a mad idiot to everyone’s amusement.

Serious Fun Gorge Scrambling Tel: 01539 736006 www.gorgescrambling.com

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk

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The Lake District has long been a popular retreat for groups to come and have an adventure. From team days, corporate breaks, fun social events and team building trips for your work mates or associates, a relaxing trip with the girls or the insane activity of a stag or hen party then we have it all taken care of. Activities, accommodation, management training or ideas for a great night out. Just give us a call.

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Combination Adventures: There are many opportunities to combine similar adventures into a full day of adrenaline! The most popular of our adventures are:

The Triple Thriller: a combination of via ferrata, mountain biking and gorge scrambling.

The Lake District Double: via ferrata and gorge scrambling.

Forest Madness: high ropes (Go Ape) and mountain biking or high ropes (Go Ape), mountain biking and gorge scrambling.

Been there, did the lot!

Country Combos: different arrangements of archery, clay pigeon shooting, target shooting, tank driving and quad biking.

Sponsored by:

Destination Cumbria Tel: 01539 736006 or email: lindsay@destinationcumbria.co.uk www.destinationcumbria.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 your activities booking hotline

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk

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Total Adventure

Windermere Canoe and Kayak

Gorge Scrambling, Canyoning, Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Raft Building, Zip Wire, Team Building.

Canoeing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Canoe Hire, Stand Up Paddle Boards.

T: 015394 44451 E: daz@total-adventure.co.uk W: www.total-adventure.co.uk

T: 015394 44451 E: office@windermerecanoekayak.com W: www.windermerecanoekayak.com

Keswick Adventure Centre

Mountain Journeys

Gorge Scrambling, Canyoning, Via Ferrata, Canoeing, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Hill Walking, Mountain Biking, Whitewater Tubing, Water Rollers, Snow Tubing.

Family Adventure Days, Rock Climbing & Abseiling, Guided Walking, Gorge Scrambling, Navigation Courses, Rock Scrambling.

T: 01768 775687 E: al@keswickadventurecentre.com W: www.keswickadventurecentre.com

T: 07971 622616 / 01539 431806 E: mountain.journeys@yahoo.co.uk W: www.mountain-journeys.co.uk

Keswick Climbing Wall and Activity Centre

Specialist Quad Treks.

Lakeland Quads

Lakeland

Gorge Scrambling, High Ropes Course, Kayaking, Canoeing, Mountain Walks, Multi-Pitch Climbing, Mountain Skills Courses.

T: 017687 72000 E: info@keswickclimbingwall.co.uk W: www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk

T: 07881 919 940 E: info@lakelandquads.co.uk W: www.lakelandquads.co.uk

Yorkshire Dales Guides

Lakes Off-Road

Caving, Potholing, Navigation & GPS Skills, Team Building, Climbing, Abseiling, Challenge Events.

Off Road Driving Adventures, 4x4 Experiences, Bespoke Lakes and Dales Tours, Bring your Own Vehicle Convoy Trips, Guidance and Tuition.

T: 01729 824455 E: info@yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk W: www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk

T: 07912 109726 E: info@lakesoffroad.co.uk W: www.lakesoffroad.co.uk

Joint Adventures

Bigland Outdoor

Gorge Scrambling, Kayaking, Canoeing, Raft Building, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Hill Walking, Orienteering, Mountain Biking, Bush Craft, Archery, Island Adventures, Team Building.

Clay Pigeon Shooting, Target Shooting, Archery, Simulated and Wild Game Shooting, Corporate Days.

T: 015394 49003 E: info@jointadventures.co.uk W: www.jointadventures.co.uk

T: 01229 861517 E: biglandoutdoors@hotmail.co.uk W: www.biglandoutdoordays.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 to book with Destination Cumbria

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk


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Predator Experience

Grizedale Mountain Bikes

Eagle Experiences, Hawk Walks, Falconry Tuition, Predator Experiences.

Mountain Biking.

T: 07733 366 748 E: dmitchell@predatorexperience.co.uk W: www.predatorexperience.co.uk

T: 01229 860369 E: grizedale@btconnect.com W: www.grizedalemountainbikes.co.uk

Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Holmescales Activity Centre

Grizedale Forest Park LA22 0QJ Whinlatter Forest Park CA12 5TW

Archery, Paintballing, Quad Biking, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Rally Buggies, Target Shooting, Tank Driving, Target Golf, Stag Parties, Family Activities.

High Ropes, Zip Wire, Team Building, Family Adventure Days.

T: 0845 643 1738 W: www.goape.co.uk Coniston Boating Centre

T: 01539 722147 E: info@holmescales.com W: www.holmescales.com Rookin House

Sailing and Watersports Tuition, Hire of Self-Drive Motorboats, Rowing Boats and Sailing Dinghies.

Quad Biking, Horse-Trekking, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Go Karts, Off-Road Driving (including Rally-Cross, Argo Cat and Stalwart), Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Human Bowling, Paintball, Stag and Hen Parties, Family Activities.

T: 015394 41366 E: conistonbc@lakedistrict.gov.uk W: www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

T: 01768 483561 E: deborah@rookinhouse.co.uk W: www.rookinhouse.co.uk

The Lake District Walker Guided Walks, Private Hire, Navigation Training, NNAS, Wild Camping, Challenge Events, Winter Skills and Rock Climbing 365 days a year.

Serious Fun Gorge Scrambling Gorge Scrambling, Ghyll Scrambling, Canyoning, Aqua Sailing.

T: 01900 822448 E: info@thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk W: www.thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk

T: 01539 736006 W: www.gorgescrambling.com

Witherslack Equestrian Centre

Destination Cumbria

Horse-Trekking, Pony Rides, Riding Lessons.

T: 015395 52244 E: info@whec.co.uk W: www.whec.co.uk

Call 01539 736006 to book with Destination Cumbria

Last minute booking for every activity in this brochure! T: 01539 736006 E: info@destinationcumbria.co.uk W: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk

Book online at: www.destinationcumbria.co.uk



Lake District Adventure Directory