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1. Go Ape Grizedale

Location: Hawkshead

Do they have what it takes to swing high in the trees, with bustling wind in your ears and birds for company? Go Ape Grizedale has an array of action packed goodness, that will get your hearts racing and your blood pumping indeed. Whether you are a gorilla or baboon, enjoy limitless fun, of a daredevil, with your family and friends. Hit the skyscrapers and experience the alpine zip wire, Tarzan swing and Bosun’s chair in mid-air. There are slightly less adrenaline infused activities for the youngsters, but youngsters who are still up for a cunning challenge all the same. From the age of 6, they can participate in the small zip wire, button bridge, crossed wires and a good old forest scramble. Perhaps, get involved in a zip wire trail adventure and take it all in by air or roam the woodland by Segway. Unwind and dine back at Holmthwaite, reliving your outdoor pursuits into the evening.

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2. Crags Adventures

Location: Windermere

Crags Adventures, set in Windermere, is an extraordinary family-run business, that has outdoor fun down to a fine art. If exciting escapades are your thing and you get a thrill from water activities or climbing, then this is a one-stop-shop for you and your teenagers. Envelope the great outdoors with open arms by taking part in Ghyll Scrambling (Gorge Walking), climbing waterfalls and jumping and sliding into pools of water. Or try abseiling down a cliff face, which is sure to get the pulse racing, as you discover the delights of disused quarries and tunnels.

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3. Joint Adventures

Location: Coniston

Visit the likes of Joint Adventures for non-stop water action and seek the lake for endless exhilaration in kayaks and upon hand-made rafts. Whether you want to have light-hearted fun or a lengthier glide along the water, they can cater for all your special specifics. Learn basic skills, encourage existing ones or enjoy a good old splash in a canoe or two. Deliciously envelope yourselves in a ‘Swallows and Amazon’s’ adventure, at ‘Wild Cat Island’. Be amongst Mother Nature herself, as you disembark at ‘The Secret Harbour’, for a spot of exploring and rock jumping. You can also embrace the cunning challenge of raft building, with your family. Express your inner creative and imaginative side, until you are the last raft floating! If those do not float your boat, then why not try abseiling, archery, fell walking or rock climbing. After the brilliant buzz simmers and you are dry once more, reminisce about your day on the lake over delicious cake and coffee, at The Bluebird Café.

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4. Predator Experience

Location: Cartmel

How about something utterly unique? In the lovely village of Cartmel, ‘Predator Experience’ dwells within the National Park. What was once a home for thriving protection of bio-diversity, is now a home for wild animals and man to walk side by side. Stride with hybrid pack duo, Maska and Kajika, and discover the magical countryside with your new furry friends. There are also a couple of red foxes, Fynn and Todd, which will amaze and captivate you. Encounter how different in nature these beings are and how they adapt to their habitat and rear their young. Walk with the humble hawks through the woodlands, as they dance from tree to tree and then glove. Then head up the mountains to experience the freedom of air and get lost in the views, with Golden Eagles for company. Or have a day of discovery with the tarantula families and reptiles, in their organic environments. This original organisation has been seen on ITV, Countrywise and written about in The Guardian. A clever mix of fun and wisdom, as well as plenty of memories and scrapbook-worthy photographs.

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5. Honister Slate Mine

Location: Keswick

How about an afternoon of courageous climbing, at Honister Slate Mine? Go all Via Ferrata and show the mountains some respect, as you travel their paths, in the last working slate mine in England. Walk upon the steep original miner’s tracks of Fleetwith Pike, either with ease on the classic route or slightly more daring, on the extreme. Either way, there are sure to be moments of breath-taking views. Climb the mine and relate to the miners of the past, as you walk along bridges, go up ladders and explore the inner beauty of hidden passages and caverns. Taste a piece of this iconic slice of English history, as it unfolds before you.

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Read what our customers have to say

Just a note to say we had a brilliant weekend your Holmthwaite was perfect for us. We had an age range from 5 months to 89 year and the layout of the house and facilities were ideal. Thanks for taking such a late booking it was well appreciated. Sandy also did a good job of the meet and greet!
I booked this holiday let for our village book club. There were a few of us but we slotted in nicely due to the size of the place. We loved the local museums and read and discussed the poems of John Ruskin. Loved the views from the rooms and the friendly Coniston folk. The pub grub was excellent, especially the Cumberland sausage. We hope to book next year.
The Hunts
We recommend this holiday home if you have a large party. We stayed with our walking group friends, as we hadn't tackled The Coniston Old Man, which we thoroughly enjoyed. A perfect base, practical and pretty.
Bob and Anne

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