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The Lake District & Cumbria

Outdoor Adventure and Activity Centres and Providers

We have tried to list on these pages as many outdoor adventure and activity providers as possible in the Lake District & Cumbria area, offering outdoor activities, team building and adventure like – guided walking, cycling / cycle hire, mountain biking, navigation, hang gliding, fishing, and water / paddle sports like sailing, canoeing, kayaking, scrambling, windsurfing etc for individuals, families, groups, corporate, schools, stag and hen groups.

– we make no endorsements or recommendations, the information is provided on a best endeavours basis, we suggest you check that CRB checks and insurance are in place along with qualifications etc before booking any activity.

The following may be of use – The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority
and Mountain Training is a number of related organisations which share a common purpose: the provision of education and training in the leadership, instruction and coaching of climbing, walking and mountaineering activities in the UK.

On this page (click to see) – Walking, Cycling, Horse Riding, Handgliding / Paragliding, Water and Paddle Sports and Activities, Other Activities

Walking – Escorted / Group Walking

David Matthews Professional Mountain Leader – Holding the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Mountain Walking Leader’ Qualification (ML) and the ‘Single Pitch Award’ (SPA) for rock climbing

Eden Outdoor Adventures – can organise a half or full day or short tour to suit you and help you get the most from your time in the area.

Keswick Rambles, Lake District Guided Walks – The walks leaders are not just experienced fell walkers who are passionate about the Lakes, we have a wealth of local knowledge that is second to none. also see Fell Walking in the Lake District with Cathy

Lake District Guided Walks – We can cater for private individuals, groups, walking groups, corporate days and charity fundraising and find the perfect guided walks to meet your requirements.

Lake District Guided Walking – Richard, who leads the walking, is a qualified Mountain Leaderwith 40 years hill walking and climbing experience in these and many other mountain areas.

Lakes Guided Walks – “would like to share our love of the Lakes with you; holding the heights, camping under the stars or walking around the famous sites of Lakeland”

Lakeland Mountain Experience – Lakeland Mountain Experience provides professionally guided walks

The Lake District Walker – Since 2002 The Lake District Walker have been providing guided walking days in the Lake District and beyond

Mickledore Walking Holidays Cumbria

Walkwise – a specialist Walking Holiday Tour Operator, organising walking, hiking, rambling and ambling breaks throughout the UK and Abroad

Wandering Cloud – The best way to get the most from your visit to the Lake District or Cumbria is to have a personal guide by your side for the day

see our multi activity provider listings page for more walking guides and activity providers


Cycling / Cycle Hire / Mountain Biking

Adventure Cycling – You will have an experienced & fully qualified guide to lead you so you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of magnificent scenery throughout the Lake District

Country Lanes Lake District Cycle Hire Centre – cycle hire, mountain bike hire, group cycle or mountain bike hire events, cycling activities, cycle tours, bespoke holidays and corporate events.

CycleActive – Choosing a cycle holiday or course with CycleActive means choosing a small, specialist company that really knows about, and cares about, cycling

Cyclewise – We are the UK’s premier mountain bike training company. Based near the picturesque town of Keswick in the beautiful Lake District – Whinlatter Forest Park

Grizedale Mountain Bikes – Based at the newly developed forest visitor centre our shop and hire centre are open 7 days a week and here to help you enjoy your day in the forest.

Keswick Bikes – Keswick Bikes have a variety of Cycle Hire options. All are current model bikes not more than a few months old.

The Bike Barn – Ullswater bike hire and repair shop

Whinlatter Bikes – situated in the heart of the English Lake district. We are surrounded by some of Englands most awesome cycling terrain + The Whinlatter Altura Mountain Bike Trail

see our multi activity provider listings page for more cycling, cycle hire and MTB activity providers


Horse Riding

Bigland Hall Equestrian – trekking, horse riding, hacking, trail riding and children’s lead rein rides for people of all abilities. Riding lessons, Riding Holidays Full / Working livery. Schooling livery

Cumbrian Heavy Horses – UK’s only specialised Heavy Horse Riding establishment! small, professional, family run Equestrian Centre unique in the use of our magnificent Clydesdale, Shire and Ardennes

Holmescales Riding Centre – Treks and hacks through beautiful Lake District countryside, Excellent tuition on well-schooled horses, Superb riding facilities – for both dressage and jumping.

Horse Riding Holidays in the Lake District – Hipshow Riding Stables provide horse riding holidays in the Lake District – quiet country lanes, bridleways and open fields

Lakeland Pony Treks – at Limefitt Park – fully supervised treks from half an hour to full day rides

Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre – friendly and professional family-run horse riding centre specialising in beach rides, with its five miles of golden sands and shallow waters

Rookin House Farm Equestrian and Activity Centre – wide variety of activities from horse riding to quad biking to the zip wire and the Madtrax All Terrain Vehicles.


Hang Gliding / Paragliding / Gliding

Air Ventures Paragliding – Paragliding Courses in the Lake District, Elementary Pilot course, Club Pilot course, Advanced and Special courses.

Eden Soaring (Gliding) – we have two-seaters that allow you to fly with a BGA qualified instructor

Escape Paragliding Adventures – one of the world’s top international paragliding training companies run by Jocky Sanderson, a world renowned figure on Paraglider safety and cross country flying

SunSoar Paragliding – Elementary Pilot course , Introductory Course, Club Pilot Certificate Course


Water and Paddle Sports and Activities

Blackwell Sailing – “available to people in Cumbria, young or old who have a disability”

Coniston Boating Centre – Try out kayaks and canoes, hire sailing dinghies, motor boats, rowing boats or hire a bike or even an electric bike

Derwent Water Marina – Taster / refresher sessions and RYA courses in sailing and windsurfing. Groups and individuals also canoeing, kayaking, ghyll scrambling, rock climbing or raft-building

Glenridding Sailing Centre – provides a wide range of sailing dinghies and traditional boats, canoes and kayaks. RYA qualified staff.

Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre – wide variety of Watersports instruction and boat hire suitable for all ages and abilities

OB Sailing – offer RYA training courses for both Sail and Power & yacht charter

Outrun Sailing – sailing on Windermere – instruction, RYA Sailing courses, & corporate days

Platty + – “a small friendly family run water sports centre” – Derwentwater

Sail ‘n’ Dine – sailing on Windermere combined with fine wines and first class food

Windermere Canoe and Kayak – Canoe and kayak hire also bike hire.

see our Multi Activity Provider listings page for more water and paddle sport and activity providers


Other Activities

Classic Car Hire North – “Have a great day out in the Lake District by hiring one of our wide range of classics”

Cumbria Fly Fishing – Fly fishing experiences with tuition in Cumbria on the river Eden for salmon, trout and grayling

Hemmingways Fishing – offering unique guided fishing trips and fly casting tuition to individuals, groups and corporate clients, on the beautiful lakes and rivers of the English Lake District

Kankku 4×4 – Lake District Off-Road / 4X4 adventure for beginners to experienced 4×4 drivers

Lakeland Segway Cartmel – A guided Segway tour around the grounds of Cartmel Racecourse and The Holker Estate or more challenging tour of the ancient woodland areas

Source to Sea Fly Fishing – Lee Cummings holds both the AAPGAI and FFF Masters level certifications – specialty is fly casting tuition to all levels of abilities