Perfect Cottages for adventures in the Lake District

If you are the adventurous type and want direct access to the fells, a chance to explore the Lakes at its fullest, or even get the chance to kayak or paddle board direct from the doorstep of your retreat, we’ve got you covered!

Get inspired with our guide to adventure in the Lake District below the property results.

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Popular adventure activities in the Lake District

The Lake District is a great place to enjoy outdoor adventure activities. Here are some of the most popular:


There are miles of trails to explore in the Lake District, from easy walks to challenging hikes. Some of the most popular trails include the Buttermere Loop, the Helvellyn Range, and the Wainwrights.

Take a look at The Hiking Photographer to get inspired!

Rock climbing

The Lake District has some great rock climbing spots, both for beginners and experienced climbers. Some of the most popular climbing areas include Scafell Pike, Langdale Pikes, and Borrowdale.

Try Lost Art Adventures for some tips on where to head for some fantastic rock.

SUP, Canoeing and kayaking

The lakes of the Lake District are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. You can paddle through calm waters or explore the more challenging rapids.

The Lake District Gov site has a great guide with tips on where to hire equipment, and where to go once you have your kit.


There are several sailing lakes in the Lake District, including Windermere, Ullswater, and Coniston Water. You can rent a boat or take a sailing lesson.

Fancy trying your hand at the tiller? Have a word with Chris Plumb at Sail Windermere.

Mountain biking

The Lake District has some great mountain biking trails, with varying levels of difficulty. Whinlatter and Grizedale are great starting points for those wanting to get a taste without having to drop a pile of money on buying a bike straight away.

For those that are keen to just get out there, LakesMTB has a good selection of mountain biking routes.

Ghyll scrambling & Canyoning

Ghyll scrambling is a fun and adventurous activity that involves scrambling over rocks and waterfalls in a mountain stream. It is a great way to get up close to the natural beauty of the Lake District.

Canyoning is a more extreme activity that involves abseiling, swimming, and jumping down waterfalls. It is a great way to test your limits and experience the thrill of adventure.

Safety tips

Remember, if you are heading out into the hills and lakes, it’s very important to stay safe while you adventure! Here’s some tips that could keep you out of trouble, should the worst happen.

  1. Plan your trip carefully: Before you go, make sure you have a plan for your adventure. This includes knowing the route you will be taking, the weather forecast, and the time of day you will be starting and finishing your trip.
  2. Tell someone where you are going: Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. This is especially important if you are hiking or climbing in remote areas.
  3. Check the weather forecast: The weather in the Lake District can change quickly, so it is important to check the forecast before you go. If there is bad weather forecast, it is best to postpone your trip.
  4. Wear appropriate clothing: The weather in the Lake District can be unpredictable, so it is important to wear layers of clothing that you can adjust as needed. You should also wear waterproof and windproof clothing, as well as sturdy footwear.
  5. Bring the essentials: In addition to clothing, you should also bring the essentials with you on your adventure, such as food, water, a first aid kit, a map and compass, and a charged mobile phone.
  6. Be prepared for anything: The Lake District is a wild place, so it is important to be prepared for anything. This includes being aware of the risks of altitude sickness, hypothermia, and other hazards.
  7. Listen to your body: If you are feeling tired, take a break. If you are feeling sick, stop and seek help. It is important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard.

Essential Gear

Here’s a brief list of the kit you should bring on your adventures in the Lake District

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers: It is important to be prepared for rain in the Lake District. A waterproof jacket and trousers will keep you dry and comfortable.
  • Sturdy footwear: You will need sturdy footwear for hiking and climbing in the Lake District. Make sure your boots are waterproof and have good ankle support.
  • Hat and gloves: It can get cold in the Lake District, even in summer, the peaks can be cold. A hat and gloves will help you stay warm.
  • Sunglasses: The sun can be very strong, even on cloudy days. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Sunscreen: It is important to wear sunscreen when spending long days out in the Lake District, even on cloudy days. This is especially important when on water as the sun’s rays can reflect off of the surface, increasing your risk of sunburn.
  • First aid kit: A first aid kit is essential for any adventure. Make sure your kit is stocked with bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain medication, and other essentials.
  • Map and compass: A map and compass are essential for navigation in the Lake District. Make sure you know how to use them before you go.
  • Mobile phone: A mobile phone is a good way to call for help in an emergency. Make sure your phone is charged and that you have a signal in the area you will be visiting.

By following these safety tips and packing the essential gear, you can have a safe and enjoyable adventure in the Lake District.

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