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Lake District & Cumbria

Sport and Leisure Pursuits Clubs

The following are clubs associations etc representing and offering participation in sports and leisure activities in the Lake District & Cumbria area. Our Activity Providers page also lists commercial organisations and businesses providing activities, coaching and activity holidays.

On this page (click to see) – Abseiling Rock Climbing and Mountaineering, Caving and Potholing, Diving, Hang Gliding and Paragliding, Rallying and Motorsport, Running and Orienteering, Water and Paddle Sports


Cumbria Archery Association

Beacon Archers – May to September we shoot at Langwathby sports field on a Wednesday and Friday evening

Bowmen of Furness – “can cater for all forms of target archery and ability, all the ranges are wheel chair accessible.”

Cockermouth Company of Archers – Visitors with Archery GB – formerly GNAS (Grand National Archery Society) – membership can shoot with us on a casual basis.

Eagle Bowmen – Penrith – practising target archery and clout with recurve, compound and longbow

Kendal Bowmen – We shoot outdoors (April – October) at the Kendal Cricket Club

Keswick Archery Club – welcomes all Recurve, Compound, and Longbow Archers to shoot on its 90m range located at the Keswick Rugby Club fields on Davidson Park

Maryport archery club – a target archery club and is affiliated to the Cumbria County Archery Association (CCAA)

Morecambe Bay Archers – “If you are an experienced Archer, or have never shot a bow in your life and would just like to come and have a go please look around the site and then get in touch”

Pennington Archers – welcomes other NFAS members

Rheged Bowmen – Field Archery club shooting under the auspices of the National Field Archery Society (NFAS)


Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering

www.climbers-club.co.uk – The Climbers’ Club was founded in 1898 and is a national club whose objectives are to encourage mountaineering and rock-climbing

Barrow Mountaineering and Ski Club –  We are an active, friendly and informal club with over 100 members, the club is based in Barrow in Furness

Carlisle Mountaineering Club is a long established club, close to the English Lake District, catering for people with a wide range of hill walking and climbing interests

Eden Valley Mountaineering Club

Fell & Rock Climbing Club Of The English Lake District – The Fell & Rock Climbing Club is the premier rock climbing and mountaineering club in the English Lake District.

K Fellfarers – welcomes walkers, climbers, mountaineers, and anyone who loves the outdoors

Kendal Climbing Club – The club will now be holding an ‘official’ club night on the first Thursday of every month at the Castle Inn in Kendal, from 9:30pm. It would be great to see lots of new members

Keswick Mountaineering Club –  Re-formed in 1999, the club aims to bring Lake District climbers together so that, whatever their standard, there should always be someone available to climb with

West Cumbria Mountaineering Club –  – for mountain experiences locally and further afield. Founded around 1953, the club welcomes new members into a community of like-minded individuals who share a love of the outdoors.


Caving and Potholing

British Caving Association – the Governing Body for Underground Exploration in the UK.


The Red Rose Cave & Pothole Club – formed in 1946 and was based around the town of Lancaster in the North of England. Since then it has become one of the country’s leading caving clubs with a growing membership of nearly 200 living all over Britain, as well as a number of overseas members



Carlisle Sub Aqua Club – We dive all year round and visit the local Lakes, Firth of Clyde, St Abbs; Eyemouth, Loch Long and Loch Fyne for both recreational and training dives

Carlisle and District Divers the BSAC dive club for Carlisle, Wigton, north & west Cumbria, the Lake District and south west Scotland.

Kendal and Lakes Sub Aqua Club – a branch of the British Sub Aqua Club and a Community Amateur Sports Club, with a long established aim to promote safe and enjoyable recreational diving, by providing high quality BSAC training  and opportunities for skill development & practice.

Penrith Divers – We hold pool training sessions for divers (over 15 years) and snorkelers at Penrith Leisure Centre

Solway Sub-Aqua Club – formed in 1963 and is based in the historic port of Whitehaven on the west coast of Cumbria

West Cumbria Branch BSAC


Gliding, Hang Gliding and Paragliding

www.bhpa.co.uk – British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA)

Cumbria Soaring Club –  The Home of Paragliding and Hang-Gliding in Cumbria!

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

Rallying and Motorsport

West Cumbria Motorsport Club

Running and Orienteering

Border Harriers & Athletic Club

Cumberland AC – West Cumbrian Running Club

Ellenborough AC – Maryport and the surrounding areas of West Cumbria

Keswick Athletic Club -Fell and Road running club

Kendal Athletic Club – track & field, fell, cross country and road

Water and Paddle Sports

Sailing, kayak and canoeing is available across the area on the rivers lakes reservoirs and sea.

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club – It is privileged to enjoy the right to sail on the ONLY lake in the Lake District; there is no public right of navigation over the lake and it is undisturbed by motor boats other than rescue craft.

Carlisle Canoe Club – a large, family friendly recreational canoe club, based next to the beautiful river Eden in Carlisle

Coniston Sailing Club – New members and visitors are welcome to our Club. To see details of Membership fees and temporary memberships for visitors

Copeland Canoe Club – based in Whitehaven on the western coast of England`s Lake District and enjoy some of the most varied canoeing in the UK, from lakes and rivers to surf and sea

Cumbria Canoeists (website) – The website is intended to be an information portal to all those involved in paddlesport in Cumbria and the Lake District.

Duddon Canoe Club – The club is open to all types of canoeists of all abilities. Members take part in lake and flat water paddling, white water kayaking and canoeing, sea kayaking, canoe touring and camping, and BCU star scheme courses

Lakeland Canoe Club – A friendly club based around Kendal in the Lake District, offering many canoeing opportunities for our members

Lancaster and District Canoe Club (LDCC) – Run on an entirely voluntary basis, the club has over the years introduced the sport to many local people, several of which are now fully qualified instructors!

Roa Island Boating Club –  With 24 hour launching facilities in Walney Channel we are blessed with some of the finest coastal sailing to be found. The club has a full racing program for both cruisers and dinghies.

Royal Windermere Yacht Club – The club sits in an idyllic position in Bowness Bay on the shores of England’s largest Lake. It has a well designed comfortable clubhouse with a bar, lounge, dining room and changing facilities

South Windermere Sailing Club – We welcome all sailors to our club, from the novice to the keen racer

Ullswater Yacht Club –  situated on the North East shore of the beautiful Lake Ullswater. Being at the northern end of the Lake District National Park Ullswater Yacht Club is unrivaled in its facilities both on and off the water

West Cumbria Canoe Club – West Cumbria Canoe Club is open to all types of canoeists of all abilities. Our members take part in white water kayaking and canoeing, sea kayaking, canoe touring and camping, the occasional slalom, or just socialising on (or in) the lake

Whitehaven Sailing & Boating Association – We encourage people with an interest in sailing and boating to enrol in one of our Royal Yachting Association’ approved navigation classes, for Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster, RYA First Aid and VHF (inc DSC). W.S.B.A. is a recognised RYA training establishment

Windermere Canoe Club – Windermere canoe club runs pools sessions, river and lake trips in the South Lakes area of Cumbria. We hope to encourage new and existing paddlers to canoe and kayak in our beautiful local area