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Outdoor Activities

Cumbria is synonymous with the great outdoors, and you will find plenty of ‘organised adventure’ on land, on water and in the air.
Here is a selection of activity providers and venues. The vast majority are within a half hour drive from Monkhouse Hill.

Nichol End Marine

Hire rowing or sailing boats, kayaks, canoes on Ullswater; Nichol End Marine also offers tuition and multi-activity days for family and other groups.

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Park Foot Trekking

Accompanied pony trekking with fantastic views on the fells above Ullswater. Suitable for all ages, including complete beginners.

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Virgin Hot Air Balloons

Enjoy breathtaking views of the Northern Lakes, going where the wind takes you, in the serene yet thrilling experience of a hot air balloon flight.

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Rookin House

Farm equestrian and outdoor activity centre – quad bikes, horse riding, zip wire, human bowling, 4WD trips, archery, clay pigeon etc

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Silloth Golf Course

A dramatic coastal course set amongst the Solway dunes, sometimes known as ‘the course that every golfer has heard of, but few get to play’

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Platty+ Watersports

A small watersports centre on the shore of Derwentwater, offering Viking and Dragon boats as well as the more usual kayaks, canoes and sailing boats.

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Glenridding Sailing Centre

Learn to sail on Ullswater with RYA qualified staff, from 1 hour taster sessions to 5 day courses.

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Whinlatter Bikes

Bike hire at Whinlatter Forest, ideal for the popular mountain bike routes or forest trails. All sizes available, including buggys, and also a family package.

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GoApe Whinlatter

Swing trough the trees on Britain’s highest ‘Go Ape’ at Whinlatter, traverse high level crossings, then zip wire safely back down to earth.

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Keswick Rambles

Guided walks (as opposed to climbs or scrambles) in the fells for those not wishing to go it alone – published walks for anyone to join, or private group guiding.

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Keswick Climbing Wall

New indoor climbing centre with 40 top rope climbs and full instruction available. Also an outdoor activity centre.

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Keswick Golf Club

A unique golfing experience, with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Lakeland Fells, including Blencathra, Skiddaw and the Helvellyn Range.

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