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Outdoor Activities: Lake District

Outdoor Activities in the Lake District

The Lake District is one of the foremost locations in the UK for outdoor activities, offering enormous adventure potential at all levels and for people of all ages and capabilities. Not surprisingly, the Lake District has been crowned the Adventure Capital of the UK.

 

Outdoor activities available in the Lake District include ghyll scrambling, hillwalking, ridge scrambling, rock climbing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, sea kayaking and paddleboarding, raft building, abseiling, orienteering, sailing, archery and many, many, more.

 

The range of activities available in the Lake District outclasses most other regions of the UK significantly in both variety and scope with over 2000 square kilometres of land and water to play in, over 120 summits over 600m to ascend, (Wiki Source), 16 lakes over 1km long/wide to canoe on, many dozens of rivers for kayaking and forests for walking, picnicking, bushcraft and orienteering.

 

The Lake District also boasts an incredible array of facilities, from Forest Parks, marinas, outdoor education centres, visitor centres, hotels, hostels, campsites and bothies galore for the adventure seeking visitor eager to take part in outdoor activities in the Lake District.

 

The Lake District fells offer adventures at all levels throughout the year including gently valley and fell walking, more adventurous ascents of the higher summits of which 6 are over 900m (Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn, Skiddaw, Great End and Bowfell), scrambling on the many ridges and buttresses, and rock climbing on literally hundreds of crags ranging from the impressive Gimmer Crag overhanging Mickleden, superb on a summer evening, to the dark, forboding and often damp Dow Crag on the cold side of Consiton Old Man.

 

Many activity providers offer guided mountain activities including rock climbing and abseiling, guided hillwalks and ghyll scrambling which involves making way up or down a watercourse in a rocky gorge or ghyll, scrambling amongst the boulders, wading through torrents and pools, climbing over or under waterfalls; it's wet work. The Lake District has become a minor Mecca for ghyll scrambling and, with over 30 good ghylls to choose from, it's is one of the most popular activities here.

 

If watersports are your preference, the Lake District boasts over 30 lakes and tarns where you can canoe, kayak or paddle a stand-up paddle board, and many more where you can swim wild. The most popular lakes for non-motorised watersports are Derwentwater, Coniston and Ullswater. We also have dozens of rivers for more adventurous canoeing and white water kayaking, some linking the lakes together to offer excellent journeying potential. For a more playful option, you could try raft building and racing, which involves contructing a craft from barrels, spars and lashings and paddling or racing it on one of the lakes.

 

Key Adventures runs outdoor activities in the Lake District for pre-booked groups throughout the year, providing our customers with an amazing range of adventure activities in all weather.

 

For more information about outdoor activities in the Lake District call 07721 906030.

 

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