Cumbria for Adventurers

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Extreme sports from gorge scrambling to a high adventure assault course

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The Lake District has many attractions, but its mountainous countryside is made for adventure for those who wish to give it their all.

Off-road driving in Cumbria

Nobody sees the Lake District quite like Kankku who take you out on off-road driving adventures on wild trail routes throughout the National Park. Whether you want to take the wheel of a 4×4 for the first time, upgrade your existing skills, take along your own motor, or just sit back and enjoy the ride, Kankku does it all. There are opportunities for individuals, groups and Kankku also has a Rally team which you can join for the day on a Live Championship Rally.

Go Ape in Grizedale Forest

Enjoy a forest like never before by taking part in this high adventure assault course up to 18.2m off the ground as you negotiate the tree tops of Grizedale Forest. You will tackle a series of breath-taking zipwires, hair-raising Tarzan swings and wobbly rope bridges in two-hours of adrenaline- soaked fun. Definitely not one for the faint-hearted.

Canoe Ullswater

Ullswater is one of the most dramatic lakes in the whole of the Lake District, surrounded on all side by amazing mountains, not least Helvellyn, the third largest in England. For another way to see the Lake pick up a copy of the Ullswater Canoe Trail. The leaflet explains where to hire canoes, park vehicles, launch boats and profiles a number of short canoeing trips including one and two- dayers. There’s also information about accommodation and facilities in the area.

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Honister Slate Mine Via Ferrata

In May 2007, Honister Slate Mine opened England’s first ever mountain Via Ferrata. Combining the skills of climbing, scrambling and walking you don’t need to be proficient in any of them. Don a hard hat and negotiate the craggy sheer cliff-face of Fleetwith Pike hundreds of feet up. Walkers are secured to a fixed cable and then use steel ladders, solid bridges and a challenging slate pathway to reach the 648m summit. The reward is uninterrupted views down the magnificent Borrowdale Valley

Build A Raft

How do you build a raft from garden cane, tape and tarpaulin? More importantly, would it float? Keswick Climbing Wall and Activity Centre has the answers in a fun supervised day which involves testing your creations on Derwentwater. Your whole crew has to fit onboard so will you be the one to sink it? If Robinson Crusoe days aren’t your thing, have a go at the Bungy Trampoline which allows you to pull off gymnastic-like somersaults, and back flips at heights of up to eight metres.

Learn To Paraglide

Seeing the Lake District from the heavens is to see it in all its glory and one way to achieve this is through Air Ventures Paragliding School. As well as a range of paragliding courses, tandem flights, and gift vouchers, for £110 you can have a taster day to introduce yourself to the sport. The emphasis of the day is on fun and enjoyment, with theory being kept to a minimum. Once you have mastered taking off and landing, flights are gradually increased until you try one off a 60 – 91m hill…under the guidance of instructors.


Another good thing about all the hills in the Lake District is that you can cycle down many of them! Cumbria is home to thousands, yes thousands of different cycle routes depending on your type of bike, and many of them are of the off-road variety in forests, woods, and open countryside.


Glaramara offers caving, amongst a variety of other adventure packages. Take a trip underground and discover the caves that lie beneath the Yorkshire Dales. An instructor will be with you throughout, teaching you the all-important difference between stalactites and stalagmites. You may even get to meet some of the underground inhabitants! There are a number of different routes, with caves of different sizes, depending on how much you want to have to squeeze your way through those passageways. There are even routes with slides and swims for the very adventurous.

Gorge Scrambling

It doesn’t sound all that logical but walking up a mountain river sure is a lot of fun! An opportunity to climb up waterfalls and dive into rock pools. What’s more, trips are organized for most abilities and it’s up to you just how wet and daring you get. Rain or shine, guaranteed thrill factor.

Abseiling at Dave’s Adventure Company

Learn to abseil with Dave, working your way up from smaller to bigger challenges in the birthplace of British climbing, The Lake District. All very secure, with an additional safety rope, although with some abseils at 40m up, it’s sure to get the adrenaline pumping! If that doesn’t sound scary enough, then why not be really daring and try Dave’s night abseil?

Skydiving at the Northwest Parachute Centre

The North West Parachute Centre is one of the longest established skydiving and parachuting centres in Europe. Skydive North West has introduced thousands of people from all over the world to the magical sport of skydiving and is considered to be the friendliest skydiving centre in the country. Set in the beautiful Lake District amongst some of the finest scenery in England we boast excellent facilities for new and experienced skydivers. If you want to experience a tandem skydive, learn to skydive, skydive for fun or skydive for charity you should choose Skydive North West.

Sea Cliff Climbing & Rock with Go Higher Mountaineering

Rock climbing, scrambling and mountaineering holidays in the Lake District, wherever adventure is to be found. The Morgan family has been providing mountain adventure holidays and courses based in the Lake District since 1976 and enjoy sharing our love of the hills with kindred spirits, whatever their levels of experience. Why not join them and roam throughout the Lake District to make the most of the varied landscape and to take advantage of the best conditions. The family farm house at High Dyonside is particularly well placed for access to the wilder western valleys.

Itineraries compliments of Visit Cumbria.

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