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ADVENTURE & ACTIVITIES

 

The Lake District, Cumbria is the adventure capital of the UK.

Whatever kind of holiday adventure or outdoor activity interests you, the Lake District is the best UK destination for an action packed adventure holiday. From walking to abseiling, zorbing to kayaking, there is something for everyone.

The unique landscape of the Lake District provides the best natural outdoor terrain in the UK for adventure activities. Home to England's highest mountain, Scafall Pike, what better place to visit for a walking, hiking or climbing adventure break. Close to the base of Scafell Pike is Wastwater - England's deepest lake, with its majestic scree slopes rising from the water. Many of the English lakes provide the perfect environment to participate in watersports such as swimming and kayaking.

Whatever your level of adventure - gentle outdoor walks, a few rounds of golf with a dramatic mountain backdrop, or extreme sports, the Lake District Cumbria is the perfect destination for your outdoor adventure break.

 

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ADVENTURE

Adventure is easy to find in Cumbria. One moment you might be flying through the trees on a zipwire in Grizedale Forest, the next you're trying to keep your balance on a paddleboard on Lake Windermere! Famous as the birthplace of modern rock climbing, the Lake District is the perfect place to begin your climbing career.

Have fun with the family or embrace some well needed solitude walking and taking in the breathtaking Lake District scenery. In Cumbria there is always something new to try and a new adventure to be had, so where better for a UK adventure break.

Browse the different types of holiday adventure activities available below and book your place.

Grab your running shoes, dig out the bike or better yet...watch someone else do it!
Here are some Challenge Events happening in Cumbria.
Dry Tooling Competition

Dry Tooling Competition

Keswick

Sat 4 Mar 2017

An afternoon of figure fouring madness and tool popping fun.

The Endurance Store Eden Valley Epic Cycle

The Endurance Store Eden Valley Epic Cycle

Penrith

Sun 5 Mar 2017

The Eden Valley Epic Cycle Sportive is a cycle ride which will take place from Penrith Leisure Centre.

Wheelbase Spring Classic Cycle Sportive

Wheelbase Spring Classic Cycle Sportive

Kendal

Sun 19 Mar 2017

Two cycle distances available 40 miles and 66 miles.

Trust10 Run

Trust10 Run

Ambleside

Sun 26 Mar 2017

Trust10 – a new trail run series in the Lakes.

Kendal Sprint Triathlons

Kendal Sprint Triathlons

Kendal

Sun 23 Apr 2017

First hosted in 2009 Kendal Sprint Triathlon has grown in popularity and offers the ideal opportunity to test early season fitness with its sister event in September.

The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive

The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive

Ambleside

Sun 23 Apr 2017

The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive is a challenging cycling sportive.

Trust10 Run

Trust10 Run

Ambleside

Sun 23 Apr 2017

Trust10 – a new trail run series in the Lakes.

Kendal Colour Dash

Kendal Colour Dash

Kendal

Sun 7 May 2017

Who wants to paint the Auld Grey Town again?

The Cumbrian Challenge

The Cumbrian Challenge

Grasmere

Fri 12 - Sat 13 May 2017

The Cumbrian Challenge, presented by BAE Systems, is Walking With The Wounded’s fun and testing, flagship, annual fundraising event in the Lake District.

Eden Valley Hospice Colour Run

Eden Valley Hospice Colour Run

Carlisle

Sun 14 May 2017

The hospice’s kaleidoscopic day of fundraising will return to Carlisle Racecourse for the third time in 2017. Bigger and better than ever before!

Carlisle City Urban Trail Race

Carlisle City Urban Trail Race

Carlisle

Wed 17 May 2017

Staring from Carlisle Cathedral and finishing behind The Sands Centre.

Workington GO

Workington GO

Workington

Sat 27 May 2017

This seriously cool event, offers a variety of activities totally Free. That's right, Free! All you have to do is book and turn up.

Hospice at Home 20 Challenge

Hospice at Home 20 Challenge

Keswick

Sat 3 Jun 2017

2017 is a special year for Hospice at Home, as it celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Join hundreds of walkers to raise funds during this celebratory year by taking on this tough challenge covering 20 miles of stunning Lake District scenery.

Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim

Ullswater Epic Lakes Swim

Glenridding

Sun 4 Jun 2017

The Epic Lakes Swim Series consists of either 2 or 3 open water swim events at 3 different locations in Cumbria. Ullswater is the first event in the series.

Race for Life

Race for Life

Carlisle

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Jun 2017

The Race for Life events taking place in Bitts Park, Carlisle this year are a Pretty Muddy 5k, a 5k Race and a 10k Race.

Coast to Coast in a Day Cycle Sportive

Coast to Coast in a Day Cycle Sportive

Seascale

Sat 24 Jun 2017

The Coast to Coast; West Cumbria to North Yorkshire is attempted by scores of cyclists each year, but only a handful try it in one go.

Colour Run

Colour Run for Hospice at Home West Cumbria

Ravenglass

Sun 2 Jul 2017

Choice of 1k or 5k routes and your race entry fee includes access to the gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre for the rest of the day.

Derwent Epic Lakes Swim

Derwent Epic Lakes Swim

Keswick

Sun 9 Jul 2017

The Epic Lakes Swim Series consists of either 2 or 3 open water swim events at 3 different locations in Cumbria. Derwent is the second event in the series.

The Mighty Corinthian

The Mighty Corinthian

Ulverston

Sat 15 Jul 2017

The Mighty Corinthian now joins our other retro events, À L’ancienne and Le Loafeur as part of the weekend-long Velo Retro.

À L’ancienne Classic

À L’ancienne Classic

Ulverston

Sun 16 Jul 2017

À L’ancienne is our classic, 84km retro bike challenge. It’s hard enough to feel like a real day out but easy enough to be tackled by any reasonably fit cyclist.

Le Loafeur

Le Loafeur

Ulverston

Sun 16 Jul 2017

Le Loafeur, does what it says on the tin! It meanders around the beautiful Coniston Water on a 47km loop which is about as easy as we can make it in this part of the world.

Howgills Triathlon

Howgills Triathlon

Sedbergh

Sat 12 Aug 2017

Based in Sedbergh, the triathlon is a 400m pool swim at Sedbergh School, followed by a 33.5k ‘out and back’ cycle ride, finishing with a 8.3k run which takes in the beautiful views from the top of Winder Fell.

The Epic Lakes Swim Series – Coniston

Coniston Epic Lakes Swim

Coniston

Sun 20 Aug 2017

The Epic Lakes Swim Series consists of either 2 or 3 open water swim events at 3 different locations in Cumbria. Coniston is the final event in the series.

Race The Tide

Race The Tide

Ravenglass

Sat 26 Aug 2017

Muncaster Castle is hosting the Lake District’s best all-natural adventure race, “Race the Tide” on Saturday 26th August.

ACTIVITIES

Looking for some relaxing leisure time? Play a few rounds of golf with a dramatic Cumbrian mountain backdrop or take part in some wild river fishing. There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy during your Lake District activity holiday or short break.

Browse the different types of holiday activities available in the categories below.

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If you are looking for a specific outdoor activity or pursuit, please complete and submit our activity request form by clicking the button below and wherever possible the people providing this activity will get in touch with you.

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