Lake District Outdoor Activities Added 27th Apr 2011 by Rob Walker

The Lake District National Park is an oasis for anyone looking for outdoor activities. The many varied Lake District outdoor activities, as well as England's highest mountain – Scafell Pike, and many of the best watersports lakes in the country, rightly justify why so many people visit the Lake District for adventure weekends and adventure holidays. There are many different outdoor activities in the Lake District that anyone can try, and below I will give you a few pointers on where to look, to find the best of the Lake District outdoor activities.

Lake District National Park Location Map

Lake District National Park
Location Map

Lake District Kayaking

Whether kayaking in the Lake District on one of the many rivers, or kayaking on Windermere, kayaking on Derwent Water, or kayaking on any of the other Lake District lakes, there is kayaking available for everyone, young or old! You can find many kayaking Lake District companies that can either hire you a kayak and all the safety kit so that you can explore yourself, or provide some kayaking tuition or coaching for yourself, group or family. To get started, check out the Lake District kayaking providers page.

Lake District Rock Climbing

There is a lot or rock climbing available in the Lake District on the many rocky outcrops on the sides of the glacial valleys. A great place to look for some really good Lake District rock climbing is in Borrowdale, near to Keswick. Here you can find the Bowder Stone and Shepards Crag, both very popular locations for rock climbing in the Lake District. There are also several indoor rock climbing walls available as great rock climbing alternatives for wet weather days. There are now indoor rock climbing centres in most of the bigger towns in the Lake District, so they are easy to come by, but have a look at the 'Rock Climbing Lake District' page for a few options.

Lake District Gorge Walking

There are many great locations for gorge walking in the Lake District, some of which could be considered the best gorge walking and ghyll scrambling locations in the country. Gorge walking in the Lake District is amazing fun, and a great outdoor activity for you to try as a family, or even Lake District Stag Do activity! I would recommend you to have a look at some of these excellent gorge walking Lake District companies and book some gorge walking, you won't be disappointed! If you want to learn a little more about gorge walking and ghyll scrambling check out our article on gorge walking.


Mountain Biking Lake District

Mountain Biking in the Lake District

Lake District Mountain Biking

The varied landscape of the Lake District makes for some fun mountain bike riding! From old railway lines turned to Lake District cycle paths, such as the old railway line near Keswick, to the fast downhills and purpose built Lake District mountain bike tracks such as The North Face Trail in Grizedale, there is something for everyone. Take a look at some mountain biking Lake District companies and get out and ride with a qualified mountain bike instructor or guide! If your looking to hire some bikes, or even buy your own, check out Keswick Bikes for some great deals.


Lake District Outdoor Shops

There are literally hundreds of outdoor shops in the Lake District to choose from in the Lake District so we are not going to try to list them all, but if your near Keswick, a great outdoor shop that we would recommend is Rathbones of Keswick for great quality gear at great prices (You can also buy online!). If your elsewhere in the Lakes, just visit your nearest town and your bound to find several good outdoor shops to supply yourself with any outdoor kit that you need.

Lake District Campsites

There are many campsites dotted all over the lake district. The best way to find a suitable site is at either the Lake District Camping web site or Cumbria section of the

We hope this information has proven useful in helping you plan or participate in outdoor activities in the Lake District National Park. If you would like to learn any more about the lake district, check out The Lake District (Lonely Planet Guides), or contact any of the Lake District outdoor activity providers on Go Get Adventure.

This article was written by Rob Walker

Rob Walker is the founder of Go Get Adventure.

He frequently writes adventure articles with the aim of demystifying adventure activities, to enable more people to get themselves, their... Read more