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You cannot go to the Lake District without going out on one of the countless lakes, rivers or coastlines and inlets this beautiful district has to offer. If you’re new to watersports, then have no fear, the various operators that organise trips and activities here are used to working with people of all ages and abilities and will make sure you have best time possible. This means that if you’re going kayaking or sailing, you can go with confidence.
We’ve cherry picked the three best establishments hosting activities for families and friends so you can get out there for a September adventure:
River Deep Mountain High
This outdoor activity centre in Lowick specialises in activities for groups of friends and families but more importantly, in fun. From their centre, you can try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, raft building and dinghy sailing. With nine years of experience at managing events, the friendly staff knows how to make sure you have a safe, enjoyable time. When you’ve finished on the lake for the day, they’ll even give you a nice hot chocolate to help warm you through before you return to your accommodation.
If you really can’t be tempted to get your toes wet, there are loads of land-based alternatives that are just as, if not more exciting. Homescales specialise in
, and run activities suitable for all physical abilities including abseiling, paint balling, falconry, archery and clay pigeon shooting, all of which can be styled as teambuilding, countryman or secret agents days. Who doesn’t want to be James Bond? There isn’t space here to list all of the incredible, challenging and fun activities they offer, but on a site that has more than 300 acres of land there’s ample space to slope of for a bit of peace and quiet. Take a stroll and breathe in all that lovely Cumbrian air to either consider game tactics or hide from smug event winners.
Cumbrian Heavy Horses
This centre near Millom is the only establishment in the UK to specialise in heavy horse activities, and when they say heavy, they mean it. Few stables use Shire, Clydesdale or Ardennes breeds in their herd but Cumbrian use them exclusively. Weighing in at 1800 to 2200lbs, these magnificent animals are both strong and steady on their feel while having a nature that makes them gentle with their riders. Suitable for families and groups of friends, this site, regardless of riding ability can take you across farms, fells or beaches at a gentle trot or an exhilarating gallop.
Go for a day or weekend to one centre, or take a few days to explore all three. For group accommodation, the Lakeland Leisure Centre in Flookburgh is within a short drive of all three centres. Here, you can recover from the day’s excitement in one of the heated pools before retreating to the bar for celebratory or consolatory drinks.
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