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  • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
  • Member of Cumbria Tourism





What does the activity involve?
Travel to your bivi site in a group canoe or rafted canoe and set up camp by the lake. The group is taught some basic outdoor skills and must choose a suitable site to build their shelters and prepare their food. There is often an opportunity for games or reflection time in the evening before sleeping out. In the morning the group eat breakfast, break camp and walk back to the centre for clean up.

What are the aims of this activity?
Have an overnight experience in the outdoor environment promoting independence, self-resilience and personal challenge. This requires both team and personal organisation and provides a sense of achievement.

This option is subject to lakeside bivi sites being available.

Opening details

Duration: 3 hour afternoon, all evening and over night, 3 hour morning
Ages: 8– Adult


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome


Newby Bridge,
LA12 8BD


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Map reference: SD 374897  Lat: 54.29904 Long: -2.96338

By Road
The southern Lake District is conveniently linked to the M6 motorway. To find Lakeside, leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow the A590 which is sign-posted Barrow-in- Furness. Approximately 18 miles after leaving the motorway you will reach the Newby Bridge roundabout. Continue through the roundabout on the A590 and turn first right over a bridge and past the Swan Hotel. Lakeside is sign-posted three and a half miles along this road on the right. The Main entrance is based at North Camp which is the second turning after South Camp.

By Rail
South Lakeland is linked to all mainline services. The nearest station is at Grange-Over-Sands which is connected with the stations of Lancaster and Carnforth on the West Coast Line making it an easy destination from London, Scotland, or continental Europe. It is also possible to reach Lakeside from the east of Britain by taking the picturesque Leeds to Lancaster line that also connects at Carnforth. From Grange-Over-Sands station, road transport to Lakeside is required.

Parking: free

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