Family Lake district short break

This family Lake District short break includes two half-day activities specially designed to challenge and delight your kids and push the whole family out of their comfort zone.
Based in Borrowdale Valley Choice of two instructed half-day activities Choice of hotel in Keswick town centre or rural hotel near River Derwent Breakfasts and dinners included
£645To£695 excluding flights
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4 Days
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Includes: transfers to and from activities, accommodation, half board, two half-day activities (choose from 7 options), equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors.
Child (8-13) from £425.
Departs June to October.
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Description of Family Lake district short break

Choose your own adventure: on this family holiday you’ll pick your activities and then join a group of families led by an experienced local guide in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley.

It feels like the Lake District’s picturesque valleys were made for outdoor activities. For your four day stay, your family can choose two of seven activities on offer. If you fancy water sports, the Lake District’s many lakes come into their own when you’re splashing through on a paddleboard or kayak. There’s nothing like a classic fell walk for enjoying the hills and – most importantly – the views from the top of them. Borrowdale Valley’s low-level crags are popular with rock climbers, but the keen-eyed might be sizing up the archery range. Or you could try gyll scrambling – venturing down a rocky gorge via slides and plunges.

This trip runs between July and October and is based in the Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District, either at a hotel in Keswick town centre, or a more rural hotel near the River Derwent. Both are great bases for an adventure – sending you off on an adventure with a hearty breakfast, and luring you back off the fells with a hot dinner.

Take car so that you can explore under your own steam in your free time. Charming Keswick town is nearby, and a great café might be a nice stop after all that time in the great outdoors. You could also travel by train to Penrith, and onward taxi to the hotel.

What's included:
- Transfers to and from activities are all included
- Accommodation: 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in a standard double/twin room at either Keswick Country House Hotel or Glaramara Hotel (subject to availability)
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- Two half-day activities: choose from fell walking, ghyll scrambling, climbing, archery and water sports (canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding) (the order of activities is subject to change)
- All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors

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Price information

£645To£695 excluding flights
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Includes: transfers to and from activities, accommodation, half board, two half-day activities (choose from 7 options), equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors.
Child (8-13) from £425.
Departs June to October.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made from July to October to suit your requirements

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1 Reviews of Family Lake district short break

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2021 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Ghyll Scrambling!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If you are afraid of heights you may want to skip the abseiling!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. The local guide from Glaramara who was with us for the week was amazing. His knowledge of the locality, his professionalism and more importantly his sense of fun gave us the best experience.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Brilliant holiday Kids loved it! 14 year old and 11year old thought it was fantastic!

Responsible Travel

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Our activity centre on the Lake District family activity holiday is located at the head of the stunningly beautiful Borrowdale Valley in the Lake District National Park. The centre offers a large range of outdoor activities and is operated in an environmentally responsible and community-friendly manner. The Centre’s management prides itself on employing local people on long-term contracts, allowing staff to stay resident in this beautiful area. All of the centre’s instructors and staff are briefed on responsible travel and use of the environment, in turn passing on this message to the many customers.

The centre uses only produce provided by local suppliers, thus providing only the freshest produce for its customers whilst supporting the local economy. The centre has an active recycling programme, which all staff and customers are briefed in and encouraged to use. Each year the staff monitor the centre’s energy consumption and investments are made in new energy-saving appliances and procedures. The ideal location in the heart of Borrowdale means that use of transport for activities can be kept to a minimum. If transport is needed local companies are used to help boost the local economy.

The centre on our Lake District family activity holiday works closely with the National Trust, the National Park Authority, the local community and other nearby outdoor centres to ensure that the local area and activity sites are managed thoughtfully, with any environmental impact kept to a minimum. The centre is also a key member of the Borrowdale User Group (BUG), through which they assist in reporting and informing other users about any areas of concern and implement plans to deal with any current or potential problems.

Our accommodation is situated just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Keswick. Despite being owned by a small chain the hotel adopts a sound environmental policy. In this respect, recent changes have been made in the housekeeping department. In order to cut down on plastic containers being used and liquids, the hotel now uses concentrated chemicals and have re-usable containers for these.

The amount of full linen changes on stayovers has been reduced to cut down on laundry and kitchen aprons, clothes and restaurant serving clothes are washed in-house. Guests are asked to place towels in the bath if they require them to be changed otherwise they would be placed back on the towel rail to be re-used. If a bedroom is for single occupancy we always use a twin room (2 single beds so only 1 bed will be used instead of a double bed) and make sure only one set of towels are in the room.

The hotel has invested in a compressor for cardboard boxes which are then sent away to the council for recycling and all paper is put into a recycle bin in reception which is then transferred to the outside large recycling bin. There are 3 bottle bins which all bottles from the bar and restaurant are put into each day. All printer cartridges are kept and sent back to the supplier to be re-cycled. When ordering copier paper we always use recycled. The night porter turns all lights and lamps off I public areas once the guests have gone to bed and then turns them back on at 7 am. Housekeeping turn lights and TV`s off in rooms once they are serviced. Radiators are checked in warmer months to ensure they are turned off. The heating times are reduced in warmer months.


The hotel endeavours to employ local people wherever possible but admits that it is difficult to attract residents into the lower-paid jobs such as waiting and kitchen portering. Nevertheless, job vacancies are always advertised in local papers and the local jobcentre first, if no suitable employee is found then the hotel broadens the advertising.

The hotel strives to support local businesses by using only local tradesmen for any building and maintenance issues. With being in a chain of hotels, most of the contractors are signed to the company for the Lake District and the Blackpool hotels and are all local.

All the food is supplied from the North West ranging between Keswick and Blackpool (Head Office suppliers) and the head chef endeavours to use local ingredients where possible. As a chain, the hotel raises thousands of pounds every year through events for many different charities and have provided many vouchers for various fundraising events.

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