You may be surprised by how much the Lakes has to offer

The Lake District (and beyond) offers a huge-range of activities, attractions & places to visit that suit all interests, age ranges, budget &weather conditions.  Below is a handful of these things to do, along with suggestions of who might enjoy them the most ...

Kankku

 

Real off road driving adventure; KANKKU puts you in the driving seat of specially prepared 4x4 vehicles, where you can discover the Lake District from a new angle.

 

First time or advanced expeditions for individuals, families or groups to take the wheel... or you can bring your own 4x4. Learn new driving skills as you are expertly guided on challenging rough and rocky off road terrain on a gripping journey with a spectacular lake and mountain backdrop. Trips can start and finish at Langdale or Windermere and can be guided or self-guided whichever you prefer.

 

For groups there is the Team Convoy where a technical off road challenge can be taken in a convoy of vehicles full of friends, colleagues or family. A great shared Lake District experience.

 

If you fancy being let loose without a guide the self-drive safari lets you lose behind the wheel with all the appropriate navigation equipment and maps to enjoy some great off road challenges and locations around the Lake District while you either enjoy great teamwork or fall out over who got you lost https://youtu.be/rulBZslMHZI

 

Distance from Langdale - 8.5 miles

 

015394 47414 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Windermere Canoe Kayak

 

There are really no better ways to see the real Lake District than to be out on the water under your own steam

 

At Windermere canoe Kayak you can hire canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards (SUP) on which to explore the lake. Their base is a boathouse at Ferry nab in Bowness from where you can set off to paddle around the islands many of which are sanctuary’s for local birds.

 

The views of the surrounding hills are some of the best you will see in the UK and you can go as far along the lake as your time, inclination and fitness will allow.

 

Try something which is likely to be new to many with a stand up paddle board, think big surfboard with long paddle. As long as it not too windy you can learn a new skill and take in some good distance .

 

Mountain Bike Hire is also available and with the Windermere Ferry just a few yards away it is a great opportunity to cycle the trail that runs alongside the lake to Wray Castle and back, or along to Ambleside for refreshment or for those that want to really explore the area a ride around Claife Heights. The team at Windermere Canoe Kayak will be happy to give you all the right information and routes to make a great day out

 

Distance from Langdale - 8.5 miles

 

015394 44451 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Indoor Climbing

 

 

The Lake District is the home of Rock Climbing in the UK along with Elbe in Saxony and the Dolomites in the late 19th century. The well reported first solo ascent of Napes Needle in the late 1880s resulted in increasing participants in the Lakes, the Langdale valley being increasingly popular as a destination. The Lake District continues to be a popular destination for traditional climbers of all skill levels.

 

A great way to have a first taste of climbing with ropes is at an indoor climbing facility and we are very lucky to have three in the area. Located in Ambleside, Kendal and Keswick the three climbing centres can provide expert training and experiences for beginners as well as great climbing for the more experienced climbers on rainy days (we do have a few of those in the Lakes)

 

Ambleside

 

Not the biggest in the area but certainly the most convenient. 35ft of lead climbing and 40 routes will keep anyone busy for a while and check out their website for demos, training and competitions.  Tuition is available for all levels including regular elite coaching. Check out their website for the latest news offers and events and their shop for a great range of shoes and equipment.

 

 

Kendal

 

The biggest and best indoor climbing in the area is The Lakeland Climbing Centre which offers superb indoor rock climbing experiences and is Cumbria’s premier climbing centre with the tallest indoor climbing wall in the country and some of the finest bouldering walls in the Lake District and North West of England. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping people experience the exhilaration that climbing has to offer in a truly unique and atmospheric venue. Whatever your climbing goals are we offer a wide range of sessions, courses, and climbing facilities to suit beginners through to experts.

 

The centre offers an indoor Via Farrata (go on Google it) for adults and kids to enjoy an ariel adventure that includes ladders, tunnels, swings and the wonderfully named Sky Jump Extreme – a rapid 20 metre descent with 6 metres of free fall (optional according to the website but it sounds like the best bit so not sure why anyone would opt out)

 

Distance from Langdale - 17.7 miles

 

01539 721766 - Visit Website

 

 

Keswick

 

The King Kong climbing centre in Keswick like the others offers facilities for novice to experts, kids and adults in a safe and welcoming environment. Kids sessions, learn to climb lessons and expert coaching are all available. What sets this facility apart is the indoor Ice Climbing.

 

The ice wall is made from real ice in a chilled room (read big fridge/freezer) where the ice walls are frozen to -20 at night then held at -6 during the day for great climbing conditions. Taster sessions are available as are unsupervised sessions for more the experienced.

 

 

The Lake District is the home of Rock Climbing in the UK along with Elbe in Saxony and the Dolomites in the late 19th century. The well reported first solo ascent of Napes Needle in the late 1880s resulted in increasing participants in the Lakes, the Langdale valley being increasingly popular as a destination. The Lake District continues to be a popular destination for traditional climbers of all skill levels.

 

A great way to have a first taste of climbing with ropes is at an indoor climbing facility and we are very lucky to have three in the area. Located in Ambleside, Kendal and Keswick the three climbing centres can provide expert training and experiences for beginners as well as great climbing for the more experienced climbers on rainy days (we do have a few of those in the Lakes)

 

 

 

 

 

Edensoaring - Gliding Experience

 

What is Gliding?

 

Gliding is to fly gracefully and silently without the vibration and noise of an engine. Modern gliders are reliable and very strong - stronger than the equivalent sized power plane yet their slender wings allow them to glide smoothly, climbing in the air as it passes over the mountains. Most gliders have a single-seat (i.e. just carry a pilot) but we have two-seaters that allow you to fly with a BGA qualified instructor. Gliding can be as exciting and challenging as you

 

Distance from Langdale - 37.3 miles

 

07866 730273 - Visit Website

 

 

 

GoApe!

 

Grizedale Forrest is one of the locations for the nationwide Go Ape operation and is home to their highest platform at 18 metres. Great fun and easy to do, its is a great family adventure. Grizedale Go Ape is also home to some great zip wires so you can swing, climb, walk, and zip through the trees in complete safety or go find a big one in the forest and climb up it.

 

Distance from Langdale - 10 miles

 

0845 643 92 15 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Tree Top Treks

 

Read as above but at Brockhole between Windermere and Ambleside.  They also have Tree Top Nets which are essentially a big trampoline net strung up between some trees. In fact 1500square metres of them so plenty of space to bounce around with the children and tire them out whatever the weather, almost. Suitable for age 3 upwards.

 

Distance from Langdale - 7 miles

 

01539 447186 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Predator Experience

 

Predator Experience provides innovative bird of prey falconry days and reptile experiences within the stunning Lake District National Park in Cumbria. Motivated by the need to protect bio-versity within the natural world, will won't just show you how these birds live, we'll take you there!

 

Distance from Langdale - 20 miles

 

07500 956348 / 07733 366748 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Windermere Lake Cruises

 

Not quite as adventurous as the last one but still one of the best ways to see Windermere at any time of year with cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Starting from Bowness (Windermere to many) Lakeside and Ambleside any of the cruises will provide stunning views of the lake and surrounding hills. But there is much more on offer than a cruise round a lake.

 

Stop at Lakeside for the Aquarium and Motor Museum (via a steam train). Stop at Wray for the Castle.  Stop at Brockhole for Treetop Treks …now that’s a rally busy day out. In the summer Jazz Cruises are available with live band, bar and buffet.

 

Distance from Langdale - 9.8 miles

 

015394 43360 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Ullswater Steamers

 

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ is an award winning environmental accredited Lake District attraction celebrating over 150 years of operating lake cruises on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.

 

Distance from Langdale - 13.4 miles

 

017684 82229 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Levens Hall & Gardens

 

 

Elizabethan mansion and world famous topiary gardens designed by M Beaumont in 1694, fountain garden and buttery, licenced restaurant and gift shop. There is a collection of steam engines and day fishing tickets are available in Levens Park.

 

In the same family since 1590 and with the latest family members taking over in 2014 you can probably expect the traditions of a stately home and gardens to be continued for some time. Open from April each year the artist in residence and topiary are must sees

 

Distance from Langdale - 22.5 miles

 

01539 560321 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Muncaster Castle

 

Historic haunted Castle home to the Pennington family for 800 years. A 70-acre garden famous for its collection of rhododendrons and azaleas set against the stunning backdrop of the Lakeland fells. Owl centre, Himalayan Gardens, afternoon teas, ghosts outdoor cinema add to the traditional castle and gardens offering.

 

Open all year round with special events around Halloween and Christmas

 

Distance from Langdale - 34.2 miles

 

01229 717614 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Holker Hall & Gardens

 

Never bought or sold in over 400 years the home of the Cavendish family is a grand stately home with fantastic gardens best known for their Garden Festival in June. The Garden festival attracts displays from top horticulturists as well as food producers, music and much more.

 

As well as the traditional stately home kind of goings on Chilli Fest in September is a great celebration of all foods that are hot and surprise surprise Chilli’s

 

Distance from Langdale - 24.2 miles

 

015395 58328 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Lakeland Maize Maze

 

Family attraction, maze, soft play, go karts, animals, pets, events, parties and refreshments.

 

Distance from Langdale - 20 miles

 

015395 61760 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre

 

Grizedale Forest has activities for all ages from mountain biking to relaxing walks, Go-Ape to sculpture in the forest. The visitor centre includes the forest shop, Cafe in the Forest and Grizedale Mountain Bikes bike hire and shop.

 

Distance from Langdale - 20 miles

 

01229 860010 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Lakeland Motor Museum

 

A unique combination of interrelated stories and a fascinating visitor experience. Over 100 years of motoring history, the Campbell Bluebird exhibition, IOM TT tribute display and the Leven Valley heritage centre. Gift shop and Cafe Ambio.

 

Distance from Langdale - 18 miles

 

015395 30400 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Lakes Aquarium

 

Explore worlds of watery fun at Lakes Aquarium. Discover otters, pike, perch and char aswell as marmoset monkeys, caiman and British sharks and rays.

 

Distance from Langdale - 18 miles

 

015395 30153 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Kendal Museum

 

One of the oldest museums in the country with outstanding collections of natural history, archaeology and local history. Programme of exhibitions and events.

 

Distance from Langdale - 16 miles

 

01539 815597 - Visit Website

 

 

 

 

Lakeland Segway

 

As the UK's longest established "SegwayAuthorized" tour provider, let Lakeland Segway introduce you to this innovative and novel way of "gliding" around a private Lakeland Estate that borders the western shores of Windermere. We offer full training followed by personally guided tours of a scenic and tranquil privately owned 5,000 acre estate nestling in the Lake District National Park.

 

Distance from Langdale - 12 miles

 

07500 956348 / 07733 366748 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Keswick Adventure Centre

 

Keswick Adventure Centre (A founder member of the Lakes Adventure Partnership) has been established in order to provide excellent, affordable outdoor adventure activities for all visitors to our stunning Lake District National Park. We operate in and around the beautiful Borrowdale and Newlands valleys and utilise the fantastic Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine.

 

Distance from Langdale - 15.7 miles

 

017687 75687 - Visit Website

 

 

 

Cartmel Racecourse

 

Against the backdrop of the beautiful English Lake District, Cartmel Races rekindles the spirit of the original steeplechases. Large crowds descend on the centre of the racecourse for picnics and parties while the horses race around the outside

 

Distance from Langdale - 23.5 miles

 

015395 36340 - Visit Website

 

 

 

 

 

Cycling

 

The Lake District is undoubtedly one of the best areas in the UK for road and off road cycling. Road cyclists will not enjoy the poor state of the roads but this is more than made up for by the stunning landscape and the superb hills on which to challenge oneself.  Plenty of routes to suit all levels can be found on the GoLakes website along with some information on hire and events.

 

There are many cycling events to be enjoyed in the area and here are our favourites (plenty more can be found with a Google search)

 

 

Sam Houghton Challenge

 

Mountain bike timed 25k and 46k routes with beer festival and after party based in Stavely in June. Sounds perfect, well it pretty much is

 

 

Fred Whitton Challenge

 

A proper challenge aimed at those with some experience of longer rides. From Grasmere the route takes in Kirksone Pass, Keswick, Ennerdale, Eskdale, Hardknott and Wrynose Paasses and back to the finish in Grasmere. 112 miles and many thousands of feet of climbing the fastest riders complete the sportive in under six hours but eleven plus hours is not uncommon.

 

 

Lake District Enduro Racing

 

The Hope PMBA Enduro series is a great way to have a ride out in the Lakes with the downhill sections timed. With up to three races in the Lake District each year it is a great way to try the best and fastest growing form of mountain bike racing.

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a selection of attractions and activities in The Lake District.  Please visit GoLakes Attractions for information on other activities and attractions available.

 

 

 

Langdale Leisure Ltd does not endorse any of these companies, and we recommend that you contact them direct before you visit, to ensure they are open and any information is up to date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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