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Get active in the Lake District this summer

Walk, climb, scramble, abseil, canoe, paddleboard, and sail around this open-air adventure playground accompanied by some of the best guides in the business.

Adventure holidays in the Lake District offer a thrilling combination of stunning natural landscapes and exciting outdoor activities. Located in the northwest of England, the Lake District National Park is renowned for its picturesque lakes, rugged mountains, and verdant valleys, making it an ideal destination for adventurous travellers. Here’s what you can expect from adventure holidays in the Lake District:
 
Hiking and Walking: The Lake District is a paradise for hikers and walkers, with an extensive network of trails catering to all levels of experience. From gentle strolls along tranquil lakeshores to challenging hikes up towering peaks like Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, there are routes to suit every preference.
 
Rock Climbing: With its craggy fells and rocky outcrops, the Lake District offers fantastic opportunities for rock climbing and bouldering. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, there are plenty of cliffs and crags to conquer under the guidance of qualified instructors.
 
Water Sports: The numerous lakes and tarns in the Lake District provide an ideal setting for water sports enthusiasts. You can try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, or even wild swimming in the pristine waters of Coniston Water, Derwentwater, or Windermere.
 
Mountain Biking: The Lake District boasts a variety of mountain biking trails, ranging from leisurely rides through scenic valleys to adrenaline-pumping descents down rugged mountain tracks. Rent a bike or join a guided tour to explore the region’s diverse terrain on two wheels.
 
Caving and Gorge Walking: Delve into the Lake District’s underground world by exploring its fascinating limestone caves and caverns. Alternatively, embark on a thrilling gorge walking adventure, navigating through rocky gorges, waterfalls, and natural pools under the supervision of experienced guides.
 
Wilderness Camping: Spend a night under the stars amidst the tranquillity of the Lake District wilderness. Whether you prefer pitching a tent by a secluded lake or opting for a more luxurious glamping experience, there are plenty of campsites and accommodation options available to suit your preferences.
 
Guided Tours and Outdoor Adventures: If you’re new to the Lake District or prefer having expert guidance, consider joining a guided adventure tour. From multi-day hiking expeditions to adrenaline-fueled activities like zip-lining and paragliding, there are numerous tour operators offering tailored experiences to help you make the most of your adventure holiday.
 
How do I go about booking an adventure holiday in the Lake District?
We’re taking a closer look at responsibleholidays.com who, The Guardian quoted as “the first place to look for environmentally friendly holidays”, so if it’s good enough for them it’s good enough for us too!
 
The Lake District is undeniably one of the most beautiful regions in England, with its glistening lakes and towering fells providing an exceptional setting for a family activity holiday.
 
The activities included with this holiday are based around the picturesque Borrowdale Valley and ‘The Queen of the English Lakes’; Derwentwater and your family will walk, climb, scramble, abseil, canoe and sail around this open-air adventure playground accompanied by some of the best guides in the business. 
 
These are always hugely popular activities with families, allowing children to be challenged whilst also having a great deal of fun!
 
Your hotel accommodation is situated at the southern end of Derwentwater, just a scenic 20-minute drive, skirting the lake, from Keswick. Your hotel is also the starting point for your activities. 
 
This is a self-drive holiday and although it is possible to do without a car, a car does give you some added flexibility in getting to Keswick if you wish to make the most of this traditional Lake District town with its delightful mix of independent shops, outdoor equipment stores, cafés and cosy traditional hikers’ pubs. We highly recommend wandering around the town centre during any free time, especially visiting the local farmers’ market on Thursday.
 
Just a short walk from the centre of Keswick is Castlerigg stone circle, the Stonehenge of the North! It is not on the same scale as its more showy cousin, but there is no doubt the surrounding scenery is more impressive – definitely worth a visit during any free time.
 
The Glaramara Hotel is situated in a superbly rural location, surrounded by dramatic fells, lush, green fields and the meandering River Derwent. Only 20 minutes drive from the market town of Keswick, it’s easy to pop along for a visit.
 
Hotel facilities:
• The fantastic hotel restaurant and bar offers a variety of tasty dishes, with plenty of locally-sourced ingredients to enjoy, all cooked by their award-winning chef
• Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
• A drying room, should you get caught in a Lake District downpour!
• Families can enjoy several walking routes from the hotel’s doorstep
 
What’s included in my Lake District adventure holiday?
• Transport to and from all activities
• Accommodation: 6 nights’ hotel accommodation in a standard double/twin room
• Six breakfasts, four lunches (with activities) and three evening meals
• Activities: Exploration hike, watersports day (canoeing and paddleboarding), climbing and abseiling, Borrowdale challenge day
• Fully qualified expert instructors
• All equipment, instruction and supervision during activities
 
Prices are from £1,215 and includes all of the above with children (8-12) from £885. Under 8’s are welcome but may not be able to do all activities.
 
• Go to responsibleholidays.com for more information on how to start your environmentally friendly holiday today.
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