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Lake District the adventure capital of the UK

Date: 22nd March 2013
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: kendal climbing wall, cumbria karting, windermere canoe kayak, mountain bike hire, kankku 4x4 off road experience, zorbing, mountain boards, bmx track, archery, gorge walking, abseiling, hot air balloon flights, grizedale forest segway, quad biking, tank driving, shooting

The lake district is often referred to as the adventure capital of the UK and with good reason. Below is a list of 10 companies who are based in the South Lakes or South Lakes Peninsula's, offering some of the more unusual, adventurous and adrenaline fuelled activities:

1. Fancy paddling on lake Windermere? You can either go on one of their tuition courses, or if more experienced you can hire a kayak or canoe for half or full days. For more information and rates please telephone 015394 44451 or visit


2. How about a guided off road driving adventure in the Lake District National Park. Drive rough and rocky offroad trails in breathtaking mountain surroundings where you will learn technical new offroad driving skills. Contact 015394 47414 or visit

3. If you've a head for heights why not visit the largest indoor rock climbing wall in the country at Lakeland Climbing Centre in Kendal. They welcome the young and old, and climbers of all abilities. To find out more visit or telephone 01539 721766.

4. If your looking for something to do one evening or on a wet day then Cumbria Karting in Barrow in Furness is open until 10pm every day. They offer various packages from practice laps right up to grand prix and teamendurance (which both include free bowling). For younger children aged 6-13 a compulsory driving licence course where there is an indepth safety talk then 30 minutes on the indoor racing circuit. Its always best to book in advance therefore please telephone 01229 833250 for details and prices.

5. Staveley a small village between Kendal and Windermere, and at the foot of Kentmere is a mecca for mountain bikers. Kentmere and Garburn Pass are very well known routes and have been published numerous times over the years in various mountain biking magazines. If you require mountain bike hire or just want some advice on routes in the area then pop in and see the friendly staff at Wheelbase who are in the old woodyard in the centre of the village. During the main season it is probably best to book your bike hire in advance 01539 821443.

6. Surf The Turf Adrenaline Sports Action Park is based just outside the market town of Kendal in the South Lake District. They offer a range of activities including Zorbing and Mountain Board lessons by experienced instructors. Various Mountain Board hire options. They also have a range of dirt and wooden jumps, a large quarter pipe and a 450 yard Boarder X / 4x racetrack that can be ridden by Mountain Boards and also BMX and Mountain Bikes. Check or phone 07740 861019 for further details.

7. A balloon ride over Lake Windermere with High Adventure Balloons is the perfect way for you to mark any special occassion. Your airborne adventure will be celebrated in the balloonists' traditional way by having a glass of chilled Champagne and you will be presented with a commemorative Flight Certificate.The ride lasts an hour, but the memories will last a lifetime. For prices please visit or telephone 0845 337 1566.

8. Go and explore Grizedale Forest on the latest in green technology a self balancing two wheeled electric segway. The experience lasts an hour which includes a brief safety talk before you follow your guide through the forest. Users need to be over 10 years old AND over 7 stone. To book please phone 0845 643 9215.

9. River Deep Mountain High Outdoor Activities based near Ulverston in the South Lakes Peninsula's offer a range of activities including gorge walking, abseiling, rock climbing, archery, sailing and raft building. For further details and prices please telephone 015395 28666.

10. Holmescale Activity centre is set in over 300 acres of glorious countryside just outside Kendal, the gateway to the South Lakes. Activities include quad biking, rally buggies, paintball, air rifle shooting, and even tank driving. For more details visit or telephone 01539 722147.


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