Family outdoor adventures in the Lake District

Children on the summit of a Lake District fell

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A Lake District holiday for an active family should be filled with an irresistible variety of adventures for the kids to explore and gain experience. But coming up with ideas that are achievable and fun for both parents and kids needs a little preparation and good information, and that’s where a new guidebook to 40 Outdoor Adventures with Children in the Lake District comes in really handy!

There are walks, bike rides, orienteering, paddling and boating suggestions, each one graded so you can build confidence, and match the activity to the abilities and ages of the children’s, and your own, abilities. Not everyone has expertise in orienteering for example, but there’s plenty of fun to be had teaching and learning how to navigate confidently and safely!

Child climbing onto a lake island from a kayak

The various adventures are located throughout the Lake District, including around all of the major lakes; Derwent Water, Coniston, Buttermere, Windermere and Ullswater. Visit Cathedral Cave, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Wray Castle and classic summits such as Catbells, Coniston Old Man and even Scafell Pike when everyone is ready for the challenge. But there are also some great adventures to be had in less busy parts of the Lake District, where you can discover hidden gems such as Hodbarrow Point, Hampsfell and Dunnerdale's Fickle Steps.

Mountain biking in the Lake District

When it comes to evening, you will have some happy kids ready for a good nights sleep in preparation for the next day – but where to sleep? The book also has some great suggestions for sleeping out, including camping, bothying and hostelling. One thing is for sure, the kids will love every minute of their adventures!

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40 Outdoor Adventures with Children in the Lake District is published by

Date: 25 Aug 2020