Lake District Family Activity Break

4 Days

Price from: £175.00

Ref No: Activus 044

Family Activity
Ghyll Scrambling
Rock Climbing
Summer Activity

Ghyll scrambling, canoeing/kayaking & rock climbing...

Why not spend a weekend away with your children amongst mountains and lakes. With this excellent short-break package you'll take away tons of truly memorable experiences and have plenty of fun along the way.

  • Lake District Family Activity Break image
  • Highlights
  • Scramble up a mountain stream
  • Canoe across a tranquil lake
  • Climb over a rocky outcrop
  • Learn how to eskimo roll!
  • Beautiful Lakes location
Tearing young people away from their modern technologies and home comforts is getting harder and harder these days, but we're convinced that with this multi outdoor activity holiday which incorporates climbing, swimming, boating, jumping, scrambling, laughing and maybe even some happy tears, you'll have to drag them away from our great fun outdoor instructors at the end of the trip and they'll be much more up for getting involved in the future.

Designed for ultimate enjoyment as well as for keep fit exercise and personal development, these activities sum up all that is great about nature itself and enable all family members to learn something they didn't know, try something they've never done before and grab the opportunity to have lots of fun. They are also guaranteed to build up your confidence in outdoor sports. These activities will make you realise how simple having a good time together can be. We can gear the difficulty level to each individuals own ability and we supply all the necessary equipment so all you need to bring is yourselves...

Activity Information

Ghyll Scrambling (Medium) - Suitable for ages 7+ when accompanied by an adult
You will find yourself ascending or descending a mountain stream, jumping into plunge pools, traversing along rock walls, jumping across boulders, climbing up or abseiling down waterfalls, scrambling through tight squeezes and sometimes the odd bit of swimming. In short, it's alot of fun. 
  • Your instructor will take you on an amazing and unforgettable adventure: You will be provided with all safety equipment, as well as wet suits, waterproof clothing and wellington boots.
  • We will encourage and support you, so that you have a fun and enjoyable time and carry waterproof cameras to capture the highlights.
  • All our instructors take your safety as a top priority and carry first aid kits and safety equipment.
Canoeing (Medium/Hard) - Suitable for ages 10+ when accompanied by an adult
Being based in the north lakes we have easy access for paddling on one of the areas most popular lakes, Derwent Water. With calm waters and lots of interesting corners to venture into we can explore the islands and beaches whilst taking in the wonderful views. Beginners will find this session the perfect introduction to this chilled out way of getting around. Canoeing across Derwent Water is a humbling experience as you are surrounded by some beautiful green giants who have stood unmoving for thousands of years.

Experiencing the Lake District from the water is something the majority of visitors miss out on and it offers a whole new angle on your experiences. The beauty of canoeing is its ability to enter you into the natural world around us, without disturbing the peace and tranquility.

Kayaking (Medium/hard) - Suitable for ages 10+ when accompanied by an adult
Kayaking uses boats which were originally used by Eskimos for travelling on the sea. Lake District kayaking allows you to see the national park differently and on Derwent Water, the peace and quiet of the location can be fully appreciated. There is so much to enjoy about the sport of kayaking besides paddling. It is a great way to exercise and in this package it provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills.

Whether you are looking to perform the perfect Eskimo roll, or simply out for some fun: our instructors can tailor the kayaking session to suit your skills. A journey across Derwent Water will be undertaken, taking in some of the breathtaking sights of the Lake District mountains. Paddling skills will be coached in a fun environment, involving games as well as personal coaching.

Rock Climbing (Easy/medium) - Suitable for ages 10+ when accompanied by an adult
Being based in the Lake District it gives us the great advantage of being close to some of the UK's best rock climbing locations, from high mountain crags to low lying outcrops, because of this it is such a good place to learn or improve your skills. Perfect for beginners.


A wide range of accommodation options are available in and around Keswick, including first class guest houses and 2/3 star hotels and hostels in Keswick town and Borrowdale Valley. We have an excellent relationship with local accommodation providers and can provide advice and information on request. Alternatively, the Keswick Tourism Association website is an invaluable source of information.


Day 1

Arrive in the Lake District and transfer to your chosen accommodation.

Day 2

A fun-filled day that is jam packed with adventure. You'll be trying your hand at rock climbing in the morning guided by our excellent instructors and then prepare to get wet as ghyll scrambling is the afternoon's main activity. After all the exertion, you and your family will be glad of a refreshing swim at the bottom of a waterfall to cool off.

Day 3

Today we offer a relaxing contrast from the high action activities of your first day, and the itinerary is structured around a full day kayaking or open canoeing on Derwent Water. Starting out from Kettlewell Car Park we begin with a leisurely paddle around Derwent Water, stopping off for a picnic lunch on St. Herbert's Island before heading towards Keswick at the north end of the lake where we can disembark. Alternatively, if you paddle well and we have time we can also follow the river Derwent towards Bassenthwaite which offers close up views of Skiddaw and the Coledale Fells.

Day 4

Depart Keswick after breakfast and head home. Alternatively, you may also wish to depart at around 4-5pm at the end of the day 3 activity session if preferred.


Dates and Prices Info

The price for this package is based on a group size of 4 and price is listed per person.

What's Included?

  • Full event planning and client liaison
  • Rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, kayaking or canoeing session
  • Experienced outdoor instructor
  • Photographic highlights on CD
  • Lunch during the 2 activity days
  • All outdoor equipment and safety gear
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • Transport to/from Keswick
  • Accommodation
  • Evening meals
  • Personal expenses

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Grade: Easy

Suitable for...

Families with active youngsters who'd like to try their hand at a variety of outdoor activities which require different skills. Great fun for all involved.

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