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Outdoor and Indoor activities for all ages in the North Lakes

Date: 25th March 2013
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: rookin house, honister via ferrata, whinlatter forest, mountain biking, bushcraft, lake district adventure capital of uk, watersports on ullswater, rock climbing, tale trails - family walks ullswater, keswick leisure pool, ghyll scrambling, gliding flight with eden soaring

Our previous blog post listed 10 companies who offer adrenaline or adventurous activities that visitors to the South Lakes might like to try. With the lake district being the adventure capital of the UK there is still plenty of activities for all ages in the Northern Lake District, so here is another 10 for you to consider:

1. Most of Ullswater's (the lake district's second largest lake) shoreline is privately owned, however there are various points around the lake where you are permitted to launch sailboards and small craft. The Glenridding Sailing School and Boat Hire based at The Spit, Glenridding offer a range of courses in sailing, kayaking and canoeing. They also hire out sailboats, canoes and kayaks and are open seven days a week from Easter to the end of October. Telephone 017684 82541 or visit

2. Keswick Cimbing Wall is ideal for a wet day as it brings the outdoors indoors. They also offer ghyll scrambling also known as canyoning which is their most popular activity (see video below). You can contact them on 017687 72000.


3. Rookin House activity centre is just 4 miles from Ullswater and only 8 miles from Penrith. They offer a range of packages and a wide variety of activities including escorted quad bike trek, archery, clay pigeon shooting, indoor go karting rally cross, jcb driving, horse riding, argo cat off roading, human bowling and paintball. For further details please telephone 017684 83561.



4. Whinlatter Englands only true mountain forest, is the home of the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. The Altura Trail puts altitude into Mountain Biking by offering stunning views and a great single track trail which rises to 500m (1600ft) above Keswick and the northern lake district. If you require bike hire then contact Whinlatter Bikes on 017687 73940. The forest also has 9 different play areas for children, Goape, and is also a great place for walking with unrivalled views across Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake and Keswick.

5. Reach Beyond Adventure offer you the chance to try canoeing, rock climbing, ghyll scrambling or bushcraft survival activities in the Ullswater area. All activities are suitable for children, adults & families and are open for anyone to join. Each activity lasts for approx. 3hrs and prices start from £25 per person. For further details please visit or telephone 01768 483867 to book your place now.


6. Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine. The original Via Ferrata`s (Latin for Iron Way) were routes literally across The Alps that soldiers  used to carry supplies to their Allies in World War One and Two. Introduced at Honister back in 2007 by Mark Weir, the Honister Via Ferratas were the very first in the UK. Using the original Miners track up the dangerously steep outer incline of Fleetwith Pike, the addition of a continuous cable made climbing this magnificent mountain achievable and safe for everyone. To book a ticket please telephone 01768 777714. The video makes for interesting viewing as it was an exclusive first climb for Trail magazine back in April 2007, before the wires were even finished.


7. Fancy learning some Bushcraft skills such as shelter building or campfire cooking? then give Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft a call on 07944 735 010 or visit their website Recommended in the Telegraph's "The Rough Guide to the Lake District' In 2012, and in 2013 by 'The Sunday Times'.

keswick canoe and bushcraft

8. Tale Trails are ideal for families staying in the Ullswater area and looking for a fun way to entertain their younger children whilst getting them out in the fresh air exploring. Kids can follow their own colourful map and use the story to spot things and search for clues along the trail. Each Tale Trail has a map on one side and a fun story on the other which links to features on the map. Walks range from 1 to 2 hours. Each walk is £4.95 including postage, or you can buy the boxset of 7 walks for £22.95. To buy the walks you will need to visit

tale trails family walks around ullswater


9. Another one that the kids will love but suitable for all ages is Keswick Leisure Pool, Station Road, Keswick, CA12 4NE  Telephone: 017687 72760. The pool has a 30 metre waterslide plus regular wave machine sessions, making it a firm favourite with the youngsters. The pool timetable has many different sessions available throughout the week including Parent & Toddler.

keswick pool and waterslide


10. Is it a bird? is it a plane? no its Eden Soaring. Go gliding with a BGA qualified instuctor and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush as you go from 0-60 mph as you are winched into the air. Experience breath taking views as you soar above the Eden Valley towards the Lake District. The flying season is usually May to October, and Eden Soaring is open Wednesday to Sunday (weather permitting). For further information and bookings please visit their website or telephone 07866 730273. For approx £65 you will receive either two short flights of 5-15 minutes, or depending on weather and soaring conditions one flight of 20 minutes.


If you are looking for self catering cottages in the Ullswater area, Northern Lake District or Eden Valley then please browse through the selection Goosemire Cottages has to offer.