Enjoy an activity-filled family break in the Lake District.
Enjoy an activity-filled family break in the Lake District.

Active Family Adventure in the Lake District

Head off to the Lake District to the pretty town of Keswick for a fun-filled week of family activities. With a local guide, you will explore the surrounding hills, hiking, orienteering, climbing and abseiling. You will of course also head out onto one of the lakes, with canoes and sailing dinghies. One of the highlights for many is ghyll scrambling (others call it canyoning) - jumping, splashing and sliding your way down a rocky stream. Then the week culminates in a family challenge day, working together to complete the challenges set for you, such as raft building and problem-solving. Altogether this is a fantastic week for the whole family to have fun together, try new things and enjoy this beautiful area.

The min. age for this trip is 8 years (younger children may join but may not be able to participate in all activities). 

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When

This Lake District trip is planned for school holiday dates in October half-term, Easter, May half-term and the summer holidays.

 

 

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This is a beautiful area for the whole family to explore.

Stay

Accommodation is at the Keswick Country House Hotel, on the outskirts of Keswick, in the north of the Lake District. The hotel is set in attractive grounds and has a great restaurant with a varied menu. There is also free parking and free Wi-Fi in public areas. The hotel is next to the popular public swimming pool, which has a wave machine, slides and a Jacuzzi. 

The hotel has 74 bedrooms, in the main hotel and an annexe building. There are a variety of room types, including family rooms that sleep 4. 

This trip includes 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. There is the option to upgrade to half board (so that all dinners are included) or you can choose to try some of the excellent local restaurants.

Jump into some ghyll scrambling!

Jump into some ghyll scrambling!

Stay at the Keswick Country House Hotel, surrounded by views of the Lake District Hills.

Stay at the Keswick Country House Hotel, surrounded by views of the Lake District Hills.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the Lake District and check into the Keswick Country House Hotel. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting to meet your guide and discuss the planned week's activities. This is followed by dinner in the hotel.

Day 2: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading up into the surrounding hills on an exploratory hike with your guide, who will tell you about the local scenery and wildlife along the way. You may also visit caves or mines, depending on the day's route. There will also be a stop for a picnic lunch.

Day 3: Take to the water on Derwentwater, known as the 'Queen of the English Lakes'. There will be a choice of activities on offer, including Canadian canoeing and dinghy sailing, with instructors on hand to ensure everyone has as much fun as possible.

After a picnic lunch, you'll head off for some ghyll scrambling. Your instructor will lead you downstream through a series of jumps, slides and scrambles, with swimming or wading through deeper water. 

Day 4: Today you are free to explore by yourselves. There are a number of nearby attractions you might like to visit or activities you can book locally. For families with older children, a popular option is the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine - exploring a series of ladders and rungs that take you around the mine, allowing inexperienced climbers to reach areas they would otherwise be unable to reach - with a few adrenaline rushed and some amazing views, along the way.

Day 5: Weather permitting, today your guide will take you to a local rock face to climb and abseil (in inclement weather, you will use the indoor Keswick climbing wall instead). During the day you will have a picnic lunch. 

Day 6: Your last day sees you take on the Borrowdale Challenge - a fun-filled family day, packed with games, activities and challenges such as archery, raft building, problem-solving and orienteering. A picnic lunch is included and then you will have a farewell dinner at the hotel in the evening.

Day 7: Today you say goodbye to the Lake District and head home - or, if you want, your stay can be extended for you.

Transfers to and from activities are included, along with all equipment, tuition and supervision from qualified instructors.

This is a self-drive holiday, so you will make your own way to the Lake District. However, if you'd prefer to travel by train, transfers from Penrith Railway Station can be arranged (extra charge). Once in Keswick, you won't need your own transport during the week.