Now that Spring has officially arrived, I thought it might be a good time to write about some of the adventures that one can enjoy in the Lake District. Not all adventures need to risk life and limb, so here are a few that I thought might be of interest to visitors of all physical capabilities and none!

A climber looks out over the Lowther Valley, where greyish white clouds part to reveal blue skies. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of
A climber looks out over the Lowther Valley, where greyish white clouds part to reveal blue skies. (Photo by Dave Willis, courtesy of
  • Zoo-keeping for a day

I bet you never thought I would bring something like that up. There is a wildlife zoo about 45-60 minutes’ drive from us which invites both adults and children to become zoo keepers for a day. I think this sounds like great fun – and what a wonderful adventure it must be to do something so exciting and extraordinary as zoo-keeping!

  • Llama trekking

Just how many of us actually get close up and very friendly with llamas? This adventure involves walking the Lakeland fells with these gentle creatures. The walks are graded to suit everybody, and even parents with pushchairs can take part!

  • Ghyll scrambling

Here is one of the more active adventures to be had in the Lakes. It is also a wet one, although participants are provided with all the necessary safety equipment and guidance by enthusiastic guides. What a way to discover a waterfall or river close up!

  • Mountaineering

Try climbing the Lake District’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, and feel on top of the world once you reach your destination. Guides can be arranged to take you hiking if you prefer. Enjoy the scenic landscapes around you from your topside viewpoint and pretend you are emperor of all you survey!

  • Sailing

Get a rush from sailing on one of Lakeland’s lovely lakes. With the wind in your sails, indulge in childhood dreams of adventure that recall Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons. Why not visit those places in the Lake District that are said to have inspired the author’s locations in his books?

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A couple takes a well-earned rest after canoeing to Peel Island, Coniston. This island is supposed to be the inspiration for Wild Cat Island in Swallows and Amazons,(Photo by Tony West.)
  • Walking

Take short or longer walkabouts in the Lakes. Explore and discover narrow tracks that open up onto peaceful glades. Perhaps an unlikely trek leads to a hidden cave? Or take the more civilised option of walking along village lanes where you might find tiny teashops awaiting your custom. There are many picturesque hamlets and villages in the Lakes. Your challenge is to discover their nooks and crannies for yourself!

So, here are some adventures that visitors may find in the Lakes. There are many more, of course, which I hope to enumerate in another post some other time. Meanwhile, if you are seeking adventures  in the Lakes this Spring time, do consider booking accommodation with us at Blenheim Lodge. I have just put up new Special Offers on our website, which can be booked by contacting us directly or using the Book Now buttons on our blog.

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This gorgeous view can be seen from most of our bedrooms at Blenheim Lodge, as well as from the lounge and porch. One Japanese visitor, an artist, painted this view as a keepsake of their visit to our guest house.

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