Lake District family activity holiday

“Get active outdoors for a week in the Lake District under the guidance of qualified instructors and within close proximity to a family-friendly hotel near Keswick.”

Highlights

Keswick | Fitz Park | Borrowdale Valley | Derwent Water | the Borrowdale Challenge | Lakeland Mountains | free day | indoor climbing wall | ghyll scrambling | Via Ferrate | Canadian canoeing | dinghy sailing | Further games and activities include: climbing, archery, raft building, problem solving, orienteering and abseiling |

Description of Lake District family activity holiday

The Lake District is undeniably one of the most beautiful regions in England, with its glistening lakes and towering fells providing an exceptional setting for a family activity holiday.

The activities available during this holiday are based around the picturesque Borrowdale Valley and ‘The Queen of the English Lakes’; Derwentwater and your family can pick and choose how many to take part in during your holiday (we recommend them all of course!). If you take part in the full experience then your family will walk, climb, scramble, abseil, canoe and sail around this open-air adventure playground accompanied by some of the best guides in the business. These are always hugely popular activities with families, allowing children to be challenged whilst also having a great deal of fun!

Your country house hotel accommodation is ideally situated in the charming market town of Keswick. The town is full of traditional Lake District appeal with its delightful mix of independent shops, outdoor equipment stores, cafés and cosy traditional hikers’ pubs. We highly recommend wandering around the town centre during any free time, especially to visit the local farmers’ market on Thursday! It is not far from here to the stunning valley which forms the starting point for your activities.

This is a self-drive activity holiday but if you would prefer not to drive and take a scenic train route to Penrith train station, we can provide you with local taxi details, so that you can arrange your own transfers. Please call our Travel Experts for further information.

The holiday price will depend on the number of activities selected. Four activities included in the price are hiking, ghyll scrambling, climbing and abseiling within an outdoor adventure play area in the Borrowdale Valley and on Derwentwater whilst under the watchful tutelage of some of the Lake District's most experienced professional guides. If you would prefer fewer activities, the price can be adjusted accordingly.

Where you'll be staying during this Lake District activity holiday:

The Keswick Country House Hotel is an elegant Victorian building beautifully situated in four acres of award-winning gardens, offering a welcoming family-friendly base for your adventure in the lakes. The staff members here are extremely friendly and welcoming and will be sure to make your stay an enjoyable one.

Its ideal location on the outskirts of the charming town of Keswick means families have the freedom to explore on foot and enjoy a multitude of popular visitor attractions, walking trails and independent shops, restaurants and cafés. You can wander down to Derwentwater with relative ease and enjoy a dip in the lake if you wish.

What's included on Lake District adventure holidays:

- Transport to and from all activities
- Transfer from Penrith station available on request
- Accommodation: 6 nights’ hotel accommodation in a standard double/twin room
- Six breakfasts, four lunches (with activities) and two evening meals
- Four activities to choose from (price varies depending on the number of activities chosen): Exploration hike, Derwentwater and ghyll scrambling, climbing and abseiling, the Borrowdale Challenge (order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified expert instructors
- All equipment, instruction and supervision during activities

This is a self-drive activity holiday but if you would prefer not to drive and take a scenic train route to Penrith train station, we can provide you with local taxi details, so that you can arrange your own transfers. Please call our Travel Experts for further information.

PLEASE NOTE: Summer 2021 dates and prices are provisional and subject to change.

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Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrival and Welcome: Upon arrival in the beautifully scenic Lake District, you will be able to check into your accommodation at the Keswick Country House Hotel from around 2pm onwards (approximate timing), allowing you the chance to settle in and explore. This evening a welcome meeting will be held with your guide to discuss the week’s programme. This will be followed by a delicious welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 2:Exploration Hike: After a hearty breakfast, you will be picked up to spend a day exploring one of the Lakeland Mountains. Your guide will discuss the local scenery and wildlife and, depending on the route, it may include visits to caves and mines which can be found throughout the region. There will be games along the way to allow the group the chance to get to know one another and for the children to make friends. There is no better introduction to The Lakes than this, as the guides here are all local experts. A picnic lunch is included today.
Day 3:Water Sports and Ghyll Scrambling: This morning will be spent on Derwentwater, known as the 'Queen of the English Lakes'. There will be a range of water based activities for you to experience, including Canadian canoeing and dinghy sailing. Whether you have tried these activities before or are a complete beginner, our instructors will be on hand to ensure you have as much fun as possible and everyone gets the most from the experience. After a picnic lunch, you will head off to enjoy some ghyll scrambling. Beginning at Stonycroft Ghyll, with the guidance of the instructor, you will make your way downstream with a series of jumps, slides and scrambles; often swimming or wading through the deeper water. This is a brilliant adventure for families!
Day 4:Free Day: Today your family will have the opportunity to explore at your own pace. You may like to enjoy a stroll around the numerous attractions of Keswick, an independent hike up one of the nearby fells or perhaps an additional local activity (bookable and payable locally). One of the most popular options for families with older children is the Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine. A series of ladders and rungs are installed into the rock face around the mine and allow inexperienced climbers access to areas they would otherwise be unable to reach. There are some real adrenaline rushes to be had and some fantastic views can be seen from the top of the route. The activity lasts approximately two hours and the price includes transfers to and from the activity. Please see the 'Personalise' section for full details or speak to one of our Travel Experts.
Day 5:Climbing and Abseiling: Following a full safety briefing, the group and your guide will head to a local rock face to enjoy a full day of climbing and abseiling. If the weather is unsuitable we will arrange for you to visit the renowned indoor Keswick climbing wall as an alternative. A picnic lunch is included today.
Day 6:Borrowdale Challenge: The perfect competition to end your week in the Lake District! This fun-filled family day is packed with games, activities and challenges including archery, raft building, problem-solving and orienteering. A great way to round off the activity week on a high... especially if your family wins! A picnic lunch is included today.
Day 7:Depart or Extend Your Stay: Today you will return home or we can also arrange for you to extend your stay in the Lake District.

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Family activity centre holiday

For many families, flexibility is the key on a holiday and we have used our operational experience to offer just that. Activity centres have one base from which we offer a range of exciting, fun and educational activities that may appeal to all the family or just some. You can choose how many you do and who in the family does them. You will not be forced into a group (although there are normally other families around) and if you want free time to explore as a family our staff are there to advise what there is to see. Each activity has a stated minimum age and children must be accompanied by at least 1 parent while undertaking an activity.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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 bed and then turns them back on at 7am. 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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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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5 Reviews of Lake District family activity holiday

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Reviewed on 03 Sep 2020 by

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


We loved all of it. Probably Ghyll scrambling

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


One family recommended change of clothes ++ : we would thoroughly endorse this (although there is a laundrette around the corner from the hotel). Also,
having your own towels, hats and gloves, even in summer, keeps your options open when you are up on the fells

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


Yes, we felt very close to the local community and were pleased to support local businesses recovering from Covid

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


Very highly: we were looked after very well by Duane and the team at the hotel. Hotel was in a good location and just right for us.

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020 by

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


Ghyll scrambling!

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


If you can only do one of the activities do the ghyll scrambling!

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


It benefited local people because we used local facilities, shops, restaurants etc.
The activity centre used non-plastic bags for packed lunches; the activity leaders
shared their knowledge about the local environment, wildlife, geology etc. & ensured we were respecting it at all times.

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


It was absolutely brilliant and surpassed all our expectations. Our activities were
tailored to suit our abilities and preferences, the leaders were infinitely patient and helped all of us achieve what we could, the accommodation was really lovely and comfortable with plenty of space and friendly staff. The only minor point is that vegan options at the hotel were limited although what we had was excellent and the chef even prepared a special vegan meal one night when there was nothing on the menu. The lack of choice in no way detracted from what was a truly outstanding holiday.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2013 by

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


Ghyll scrambling down Stoneycroft ghyll - going head first down a waterfall down the hillside - incredible!

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


Take plenty of changes of clothes and towels as you will get wet. Try everything - you'll be amazed what you can do even if you've never tried it before. And this is a fantastic holiday for parents and children to try things together where you're all out of your comfort zone.

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


Definitely. Everything we did was directly with local providers. The outdoor activities team were very knowledgeable about the area so we learned lots about the history of the place, and the impact of their work. They were also great at educating the children (and adults) about nature and doing things naturally which we have carried with us.

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


It was truly amazing and we will definitely be going again.

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2013 by

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


Watching my son abseil without any sign of fear

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


1- that there is a half day free
2- that it is possible to change the activities if you don't like them
3 - that warm over clothes are provided for the gyll scrambling (not really mentioned in the trip details)
4 - book table for dinner in the restaurant at latest in the morning if eating in the hotel
5 - bring more clothes than you think you will need

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


I suppose it helped support local employment

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


Very enjoyable and offered both something for adults and children. Although you were with a group for activities you could still do your own thing in the evening which meant that it still felt like an independent holiday.

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2012 by

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


We had a great guide for the week - Simon. Also Ghyll scrambling and rock climbing with the whole family (children from 4 to 19) was special.

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


Go for the full board option at the Keswick hotel - the food is excellent.

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


Yes - our guide was local.

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


Great fun. Unfortunately we had very wet weather but managed to keep busy everyday nonetheless.

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