Best outdoor adventure activities in the Lake District
20 July 2019
With acres of stunning landscape to explore, the Lake District is one of the best places to get stuck into some outdoor activities. From exhilarating treetop adventures to exploring the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere by canoe, there really is something for everyone.
Here’s our pick of the best outdoor adventure activities in the Lake District.
Go Ape at Grizedale Forest
The treetops of Grizedale Forest are the perfect place to enjoy an action-packed adventure with the whole family. Suitable for those aged 10 and over, Go Ape’s high ropes activity course features a range of obstacles including zip wires and free-fall Tarzan swings. There’s also a Tree Top Junior course which is suitable for all ages, or, if heights aren’t for you, you can embark on a Segway experience around the forest and enjoy breathtaking views of enchanting waterfalls and the nearby Coniston Lake and mountains.
Mountain biking at Whinlatter Forest
If you’re looking for something a little more challenging than a leisurely, lakeside bike ride, why not hit the mountain bike trails at Whinlatter Forest? From the white knuckle Altura Trail, which is perfect for experienced riders, to the fantastic blue grade Quercus Trail, there’s something for all abilities. There’s even an orienteering trail, which offers a unique and challenging way to explore the forest. If you don’t have your own bike, or if you need to pick up spare parts or clothing, there’s also a fantastic bike shop on-site that you can hire from.
Via Ferrata at Honister
Via Ferrata is a unique climbing experience at Honister Slate Mine. Using cables and metal foot holds, you climb the historic Miners track up the mountain taking in stunning panoramic views as you go. Perfect for adrenaline junkies, or families who want to take on a challenge together, this amazing experience is without a doubt the best way to enjoy remarkable views of the Lake District. No climbing experience is necessary, however, children must be over the age of 10 to take part.
Watersports at Windermere
If you’re staying in Britain’s largest natural water park, it would almost be rude not to take part in some kind of watersport during your time here! As the largest lake in the National Park, Windermere is one of the best places to dive head-first into a range of water-based activities. From adrenaline-fueled sports including wakeboarding and waterskiing, to more laidback pursuits such as paddle boarding and canoeing, there’s no better way to experience the beautiful Lakeland landscape.
Ghyll scrambling at Stoneycroft Ghyll
Also known as gorge scrambling, ghyll scrambling involves navigating the Lake District’s many streams, rivers and gorges, jumping into plunge pools and climbing over obstacles such as waterfalls along the way. While it may not be for the faint-hearted, ghyll scrambling is heaps of fun and is actually one of the most popular outdoor activities available in the Lakes! It’s also suitable for all ages and abilities and is the perfect rainy day activity.
If you’re in need of further inspiration ahead of your trip to the Lake District, please feel free to get in touch with our team at Whitbarrow who will be happy to help you plan your trip.