Sport for sceptics: the Lake District, Cumbria

Young people wearing lifejackets paddling six canoes on Derwentwater in the Lake District

If you’re looking for a taste of adventure there are few better places to visit than the Lake District. But it’s not all ice climbing and tough mountain trails. There are plenty of activities that are perfect for families and those looking for a slightly mellower adventure.


  • Cycle along the shores of Lake Windermere to Wray Castle on our newly-created Windermere West Shore Path.
  • Climb trees with ropes, knots and karabiners at Fell Foot Park. You can also hire rowing boats and kayaks here from April to October.
  • Scrambling for beginners is available at Cam Crag Ridge, in the Langstrath Valley.
  • Kids can try abseiling at Keswick.
  • Embark on a canoeing adventure, try wild swimming or hire a rowing boat on Derwentwater Lake.
  • Hire rowing boats, kayaks or canoes at Coniston.
  • Moonlit canoeing, rock climbing and scrambling await you at Low Wray Campsite.

Where to stay

Trees is a log and stone cottage for four. It’s complete with a log burner and overlooks Lake Windermere. Or, if you’re in a bigger group, book Holeslack Farmhouse for views of Sizergh Castle. Campers are spoilt for choice in the Lake District: from wooden pods to gypsy caravans and yurt-shaped delights.