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The Adventure Capital, the Lake District, Cumbria is famous for its stunning landscapes of lakes and fells and the country's biggest adventure playground is breathtaking, in every sense of the word!

This series of walking routes is perfect for families. Starting from classic destinations throughout the county there is a shorter route for little ones and a longer one for the more adventurous, so the whole family can get out and enjoy the best of the Adventure Capital. Children are not essential to complete these walks, so families of all ages can enjoy them!

Sprayway - for all walks of life. Whatever puts the ‘great' into the outdoors for you and your family, Sprayway has the right gear to keep you all comfortable. Our clothing and equipment has been designed to keep you warm and dry in the winter, cool and happy in the summer. So, whether your visit to the Lake District takes you up in the fells or for a lakeside walk, Sprayway has everything you need for a day out in our ever changing weather!


Borrowdale, Castle Crag and Watendlath

South of Keswick, and with the beautiful Derwentwater at its heart, the long valley of Borrowdale is perfect for a family adventure. These two routes start from Rosthwaite and have lots of fun things for children to do. A shorter 3.4 mile walk will keep the little ones occupied while the older ones can set out on an 8 mile expedition!
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 Coniston Water - Torver Back Common

The western shore at the southern end of Coniston Water is overlooked by a little group of hills called Torver Back Common. The slopes of the hills sweep right down to the lake where a mixture of fast running becks, old gnarled trees and secretive gravel beaches make the perfect backdrop for fun and adventure. Little ones can explore just over a mile of shoreline while the bigger children can discover some lovely tarns on a longer 3 mile route.

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Patterdale - Place Fell and the Ullswater bridleway

Place Fell towers over the southern end of Ullswater like some mythical castle. Its craggy flanks soar skywards and when viewed from the tranquil waters of the lake they look impossibly steep with no obvious route up to the summit. This though is just an illusion and Place Fell is perfect for families with a desire for adventure!
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Buttermere and Scales Force

Since the early days of the first Victorian tourists, the walk around Buttermere has become something of a classic. There are lots of opportunities to explore; becks, trees, gravel beaches and even a short exciting tunnel!! The older children can take off on a 7.5 mile adventure while the little ones are kept entertained on a shorter 4.3 mile route.
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Eskdale - Walks with 'Ratty'

Forest glades and bright green fields enclosed by dry stone walls, crystal clear rivers and becks all topped off with the magic of a narrow gauge steam railway make Eskdale the perfect place for a family adventure.

These two walks of about 4 miles can easily be shortened for younger ones by making use of the ‘la'al ratty'; the resident steam train!
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Rydal and Loughrigg Terrace

Both of the routes start and finish at Rydal Water car park and follow the same directions until you reach Rydal Caves. Once you have finished exploring the caves the little ones can complete the shorter green route and older ones can carry on along the blue route for another 1.2km before meeting up back at the car park.
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