The Lake District is a haven for families searching for adventure, with qualified and accredited groups offering a huge variety of adventure holidays. With such diverse and spectacular scenery, outdoor activities and sports are the best way to experience the countryside up close and personal. Adventure holidays are, in turn, the perfect way to ensure that you can experience the thrills of such activities while keeping things safe – essential for any family break.
Many of the groups offering family adventure breaks can also devise a series of events to last the length of the holiday and provide an itinerary of recommended activities, taking into account different ages, ability levels – and even the desire to take part in any or all of the activities on offer. There are even groups that have arrangements with some of the best Lake District hotels and neighbouring farms to enable many of the adventure activities – such as archery, horse riding, fishing, water sports or quad biking.
If the facilities and service of the best Lake District hotels does not suit your rugged image of what an adventure holiday should all be about, there are “rougher” options, such as a stay in a yurt, a wigwam or traditional camping. Of course, there are different levels of comfort to be had here as well, such as “glamping” in state-of-the art tents, complete with fridges and air conditioning, to the sumptuous and spacious interiors of some yurts. It all depends on the families in question what is right for them.
But enough, to the adventures themselves! The activities that can be found on Lake District holidays are staggeringly diverse, encompassing abseiling, archery, canoeing, dinghy sailing, gorge walking, kayaking, mountain biking, pony trekking, raft building, rock climbing, ghyll scrambling and trail cycling. Whether you are an old hand at these, or trying them for the first time, there will be a group to ensure you get the most out of your experience. And when you return footsore and aching but glowing to your room at one of the best Lake District hotels at the end of the day, you’ll know you deserve that pampering hot bath and slap-up meal!
Photo: Leon Wilson