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 - click on the logos to learn more. 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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  • Distant Horizons

    A wide range of professionally run family or group activities, on the fells or on Ullswater, including rock climbing, canoe and kayaking, and ghyll scrambling.

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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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  • Penrith Golf Centre

    A 300yd floodlit driving range, also with putting and bunker practice areas and even foot-golf! Adjoins a 9 hole course, ideal for beginners.

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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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  • 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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  • Talkin Adventures

    Boat hire and other water based adventure activities at Talkin Tarn Country Park near Carlisle.

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