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Lake District Adventures: Best Outdoor Adventures for All Ages

Lake District Family Activities: Best Outdoor Adventures

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A stunning shot of the Lake District at Keswick

It’s time to forget the usual holiday routine! 

The Lake District is calling your family to an adventure you won’t find anywhere else, and now is your time to answer. Whether you’re bored of lounging on the beach, going through the same motions year in year out, or just looking for a break where you do something different with your family, the Lake District provides.

And we know this all too well as here at Lake District Activities, we’re going above and beyond when it comes to your next adventures.

Think scrambling over rocks, splashing through waterfalls, exploring the best of UK nature, all backdropped by views that’ll take your breath away.  

Whether you’ve got little explorers or full-grown thrill-seekers, this place has something to get everyone’s hearts pumping. Get ready for a holiday packed with laughter, challenges, and those “remember that time…” stories you’ll be telling for years!

Here are the best Lake District outdoor activities we offer that you need to know about.

Best Activities for All Ages in the Lake District

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Ghyll scrambling in Stoneycroft Ghyll

Ghyll Scrambling

Ages: 8+

Get ready for the ultimate family adventure – ghyll scrambling! (Don’t worry, it’s way more fun than it sounds). 

Ghyll scrambling (also known as “gorge scrambling”) essentially involves climbing up waterfalls, leaping into plunge pools, and scrambling over rocks like real explorers. It’s wet, it’s wild, and it’s guaranteed to get everyone laughing.

The Lake District is famous for its ghylls, those hidden, mossy gorges tucked away in the mountains, and our experts will show you exactly how to explore them in the best, most adventurous manner.

Picture crystal-clear water, ancient rock faces, and maybe even a natural waterslide or two! Perfect for unleashing your inner adventurer, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a chance to splash around? Great memories to be made here.

The best places to get adventurous include:

You can find out more about this adventure here.


Ages: 8+

Who doesn’t love the idea of abseiling?

Forget climbing up—this is all about the thrill of the journey down. Picture the world laid out at your feet, the wind whistling past, and that heart-pounding moment before you lean back and trust the ropes.

There’s something seriously epic about dangling high above a plunging waterfall or a rocky crag, gently lowering yourself with every step. 

It’s a test of bravery, and oh boy, the feeling when you touch back down – that’s pure accomplishment.

And don’t worry, this adventure activity is way more accessible than you may think. Our excursions are run by experienced instructors who’ll show you the ropes (literally), so even if you’re new to this, you’ll be in good hands.

We recommend the abseiling course over at Coniston. Best for families or larger groups, although individuals can come and enjoy the ride, too!

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Rock climbing in sunny Langdale

Rock Climbing

Ages: 8+

Okay, maybe you want to make your way up instead of down, so rock climbing is the way to go.

Think your family has what it takes to scale those iconic Lake District peaks? Well, our exciting rock climbing sessions let you put that to the test! 

And rock climbing in the Lake District is the real deal. We’re talking chalked-up hands, finding those hidden footholds, and the view getting bigger and more spectacular with every upward pull. 

It’s tough but oh-so-satisfying. A surreal mix of problem-solving and fitness.

And again, don’t worry, you don’t have to be a pro right away. 

There are loads of spots where our instructors will show you the ropes, help you learn to trust the gear and cheer you on every step of the way. It’s the perfect mix of challenge, teamwork, and that “I did it!” feeling you won’t get anywhere else.

Great Langdale is our recommended go-to for amazing views and just an overall brilliant day out with the family. You can check it out here.

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Rock scrambling in Coniston

Rock Scrambling

Ages: 12+

If rock climbing and gorge scrambling had a baby, then yeah, rock scrambling. It’s in the name.

If you’re ready to ditch the regular trails and get your hands dirty, then rock scrambling is calling your name! 

Oh, you still get the ropes holding you to the rock, but it’s less flat surface and more clambering up rocky ridges using your hands to find hidden grips and your feet to balance on those tiny nooks. 

It’s like hiking but with an extra dose of adventure.

Again, this outdoor activity is fine for beginners since we have a ton of awesome guides and instructors on hand to help. 

They’ll find you the perfect scrambles to build your skills and get those hearts pumping. Picture the sense of achievement when you reach the top – that view is your reward!  

The site near Coniston has some great adventures lined up, which you can check out here.

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60m above the valley during the Lakeland Legend Challenge

Alt: 60m above the valley during the Lakeland Legend Challenge

Lakeland Legend Challenge 

Ages: 16+

Think you’ve got what it takes to become a Lake District legend? Then, it’s time for the ultimate challenge! 

The Lakeland Legend is all about teamwork, pushing yourself further than you thought possible, and tackling some of the most epic terrain around.

It’s essentially three extreme activities in one, which includes:

  • 50m Vertical Abseil
  • 60m Traverse Line (also 60m above the ground)
  • 200m Vertical Grade 2 Rock Scrambling

If you’re looking for the best night sleep you’ve had in a long time, led by some of the best adventures the Lake District offers, this is it.

This isn’t just a hike; it’s a test of body and mind and a chance to bond with your team like never before. You’ll be tired, you’ll be muddy, but oh man, the stories you’ll take home? 


If you’re the kind of teen or adult who thrives on adventure, if pushing your limits sounds fun, then this is for you. 

Forget the usual holiday – this is an experience that’ll change you.

Check it out here!


As you can see, the Lake District is your adventure playground, and our team here at Lake District Activities has got you covered.

Whether you want thrills, peace, or a whole lot of both, you’ll find it here. And you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. We’re here to help.

So, what are you waiting for? 

Leap into your next adventure. 

Start planning your Lake District journey with Lake District Activities today, start exploring, and start making those memories! 


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Based on 159 reviews
What a brilliant experience !! We Loved every minute of it and can't recommend it enough. Thank you for the organisation and instruction throughout. Still buzzing :-)
Nick Duffield
Nick Duffield
Had an excellent time canyoning with Si! Booked by my partner who is much more adventurous than me but we both had an amazing time. There was one jump I was too scared to do and Si made an adjustment allowing me to continue with the journey in a way I felt comfortable. If you're thinking about booking this but are scared to take the plunge, my advice is go for it!!
Megan Copley
Megan Copley
We had brilliant fun doing the ghyll scrambling with Si this morning at Stickle Ghyll. We were really well kitted out so soon forgot about the damp, chilly morning and had a fantastic time with lots of laughs and challenges along the way. The kids are already planning for when they can do their next ghyll scrambling adventure!
Kate Towers
Kate Towers
Really great experience with excellent leadership. Kids left wanting to come back again as soon as possible!
Sophie Hopkins
Sophie Hopkins
My husband had an awesome afternoon Ghyll Scrambling in Coniston. Our son bought him a voucher for his birthday and I've never seen him grin so much when he came home wet and exhausted. I would highly recommend
Debbie Smith
Debbie Smith
We had a wonderful morning Ghyll scrambling in Coniston led by Si. It was a great adventure with lots of laughs and Si was a great leader. Would definitely recommend and we'll definitely be back. Thank you!
Roast Designs
Roast Designs
I took my daughter for her 18th, we both enjoyed it (more me then her🤣) it wasn’t as cold as I expected it to be and it was a lot of fun all round, I would Recommend to anyone and il be returning again soon.
Shane Hunt
Shane Hunt
Had the best afternoon gyhll scrambling with Rob. He was very thoughtful and knowledgeable throughout our experience guided us safely up the ghyll it was breathtakingly beautiful area so much fun was had too.
Tiff Walker
Tiff Walker
Excellent. Had a really good time didn’t think I’d like it at the start but Rob knows his stuff and made it fun for us. Would definitely do it again.
jay w
jay w
Ghyll scrambling with Steve was a great experience! Our original location was changed last minute due weather conditions but Steve made sure we could still complete our booking at another location. Would definitely recommend and will be booking again! Thanks again for Steve and the team 😁
Callum Robertson
Callum Robertson

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