If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary whilst on holiday in Cumbria, you’ve come to the right place!
With a backdrop of stunning scenery, the Lake District offers a playground for those wanting an action-packed adventure, a chance to try something new, or simply take an alternative approach to sightseeing.
If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve put together our top five ways to see the region from a completely different perspective!
1. Access the inaccessible – Ghyll Scrambling
If you’re a thrill-seeker at heart and want to get up close and personal with nature, why not have a go at ghyll scrambling?
Also known as gorge walking or canyoning, it can either an ascent or descent of a mountain stream. Traversing rock faces, jumping across boulders, climbing up or sliding down (mini!) waterfalls, this is a completely different way to explore the area. Your route can be determined by how wet you want to get (!) and although experience is not necessary, being confident in the water can be an advantage.
There are outdoor activity providers throughout the Lake District offering sessions with experts taking you to the best places, providing the equipment and guiding you through to get the best views, which are well worth the effort! Most companies offer family packages too, so everyone can get involved. Ghyll Scrambling website.
2. Experience the countryside behind the wheel - Off-road driving
If you’d prefer to tackle the diverse terrain of the Lake District on four wheels, why not enjoy a 4x4 adventure? A perfect day out for driving enthusiasts, choose from a two or five hour experience in a specially prepared 4x4. You’ll learn new driving skills as you take on the challenge of the rough and rocky routes through stunning lake and mountain scenery. If you have your own 4x4 the team can also arrange for you to take a guided or self drive safari navigating incredible landscapes inaccessible by road. Kankku website.
3. The sky’s the limit – Cumbria from above
For a completely different perspective on the region, why not book a sky dive?
Performing jumps over the Lake District, Lake Windermere and Morecambe Bay, Skydive North West can arrange tandem jumps for those aged from 16 to...the company says there is no upper age limit! A brilliant souvenir of your visit, this is the perfect option for those looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush whilst on holiday. For those with more time (and inclination!) you can learn to take a solo jump. If you’re brave enough to take on the challenge, make sure you book in advance. Skydivenorthwest website.
4. Climb a mountain – Take on England’s first ever mountain via ferrata
The Latin translation of via ferrata is ‘iron way’ describing the series of metal cables, rungs, ladders and bridges originally used in the Alps to help soldiers carry munitions and supplies to their Allies in World War One and Two.
At Honister Slate Mine, you can follow the original route of the miners to the top of Fleetwood Pike using the first via ferrata in England. It’s the only way to reach the summit which is 2,126 feet high (seven times higher than Big Ben!).
Choose from the Via Ferrata Classic, which is suitable for all ages, or for those wanting to push themselves, the Via Ferrata Xtreme includes edge exposure, vertical climbs, cliff edge ladders and a Burma Bridge and cargo net crossing. Both experiences are led by fully trained guides and all equipment is provided. Honister website.
If you’d prefer to enjoy the Lake District scenery at a more leisurely pace, then why not hire a classic car for the day? Choose from a selection of classic sports cars including a Triumph TR4A, Morris Mini Cooper S, Morgan 4/4, Morgan + 4, MGB Roadster, Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite, Austin Healey 3000 and a Lotus Elise S1 to step back in time and enjoy the open road.
Then all you have to do is choose your route for the day, load up the car with a picnic and get behind the wheel. This is a great way of exploring Cumbria, stopping at your leisure to take in the sights. Classic car hire website.
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