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Outdoor Activities in the Lake District

There are many opportunities for outdoor activities in the Lake District. Lake Windermere and Coniston Water offer watersports including sailing and canoeing and lake cruises for those who are looking for something more relaxing.

More adventurous outdoor activities include mountain biking in Grizedale Forest, gorge scrambling and rock climbing. The Langdale Pikes are a famous for their rocky outcrops and stunning vistas. If you require a guide or instructor then the following should be able to help you.

Bike hire can be arranged through Ghyllside Cycles, The Slack, Ambleside 015394 33592. Details of cycling routes through Cumbria can be found at www.sustrans.org.uk.

Also in Grizedale Forest is the exciting aerial rope course running through the trees. Advanced booking is recommended for this very popular family activity. Visit goape.co.uk for more details.

For climbers visiting the Langdale Valley who are let down by the weather, there are 2 indoor climbing walls nearby in Kendal and Keswick. Visit www.kendalwall.co.uk & www.keswickclimbingwall.co.uk for more details.

Also mountain instructors who can take you walking, scrambling and climbing on the Lakeland Fells include:


Water sport instruction is available from www.southlakelandleisure.org.uk or Coniston Boating Centre can be contacted on 015394 41366.

Lake District Self Catering

Little Fell Cottage - our self catering cottage at the Three Shires Inn.

Coppermines - Self catering in the Coniston area.

Lake Cruises

www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk - Cruises on Lake Winderemere.

www.conistonlaunch.co.uk - Take a cruise on Coniston to Brantwood.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola Relax as you glide along Coniston 

Lake District Heritage and Arts

www.muncaster.co.uk - Muncaster Castle including beautiful spring gardens and Bird of Prey Centre.


www.brantwood.org.uk - Home of John Ruskin on the shore of Coniston Water.

www.english-heritage.org.uk - English Heritage have a number of sites in the Lake District including Greenburn Copper Mine in Little Langdale and Hardknott Fort in Eskdale.

www.blackwell.org.uk - A visit to Blackwell, the beautifully restored Arts and Craft house, is highly recommended.

Other attractions

Wild Swimming is very popular in our area. There are a number of lovely, quiet  locations for open water swimming close to the Three Shires Inn.  www.headtothehills.co.uk are a local company who have all the gear for wild swimming and who organise open water swimming events.

The Fred Whitton Challenge is a popular road cycling challenge which takes the keen cyclist over all the mountain passes of the Lake District, fifnishing with Harknott and Wrynose Passes. We are in a great location for accommodation for pre event training as we are situated at the foot of Wrynose Pass. We have all the facilities needed by road cyclists or mountain bikers.