It may be one of the most picturesque places in the UK, but the Lake District offers more than just stunning landscapes. While many visit the district to unwind and forget the stressful city life, some are adrenaline junkies looking for their next fix. And perhaps surprisingly, the Lake District offers a variety of activities for the more wild at heart. Take a look at our top five adventure activities for outdoor enthusiasts.
The beauty of biking through the Lake District is that it appeals to both the novice and experienced adventure seeker. With over a dozen cycle paths of varying difficulty, cyclists can choose the route that best suits their fitness level. For those that may not have their own bike, there are plenty of rental services throughout the district. And for the die-hard bike fanatics? There are hotels that cater to cyclists, offering repair and maintenance equipment for bikes as well as hearty meals to keep that stamina going throughout your trip.
Although it may be named the Lake District, this wonderland of water also has some impressive mountains for adventurers that like more of a vertical challenge. Those that are new to defying gravity can practise indoors at Keswick Adventure Centre, where climbing walls and bouldering facilities will help you get familiar with the activity. For more experienced climbers, however, Scafell Mountain, the tallest in the district stretching 978 metres above sea level, is a must.
Fancy a relaxed boat ride through the district? Or how about some white-water kayaking to really experience the Cumbrian landscape up-close like at Coniston Boating Centre? The Lake District offers these water activities as well as sailing, rafting, water skiing and windsurfing to name a few. The perfect activities for the whole family or a group of friends.
Fancy getting a bird's-eye view of the Lake District? Lake District Gyroplanes offers flying lessons to visitors so you can learn a new skill as well as take in the breathtaking scenery below. If you want more of a relaxed ride through the skies, piloted tours are also available so you can soak up every inch of the beautiful Cumbrian landscape.
For those who want to experience the countryside just like their ancestors did, adventurers can get back to basics by enrolling in bushcraft workshops, offered by Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft in Keswick. Create your very own soup made of foraged nettles or get to grips with building a fire from scratch. Some workshops even teach axe use, so you can relieve that tension and return home feeling refreshed.