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Allerdale is the capital of doing

Lake District Activities


Allerdale is the capital of doing

Lake District Activities

Allerdale is definitely the capital of doing. Whether you love a gentle walk in the Lake District, cycling along the Solway Coast, or even some exciting white water action in the mountains, you’ll find them all – and everything in between – here in Allerdale. We reckon the best of the Lake District’s activities are here – with the added bonus that we have a fabulous stretch of coastline too.

Let’s start with Derwentwater and the adventure capital that is Keswick. Get out on the lake in a kayak or rowing boat, or let the motorised launches take the strain. Head up into the becks and rivers for some high-adrenaline ghyll scrambling or dive deep below the surface of our lakes.

You could bag some Wainwrights – those Lake District peaks of all shapes and sizes – written about by by AW Wainwright in his famous pictorial guides. They’re all over 1,000 feet high, apart from one very special one here in Allerdale – Castle Crag at the southern end of Derwentwater is the perfect mini mountain for a family walk.

If you love the water but like something a little more sedate, how about some wild swimming? It’s said to be good for the soul. Those of you who want to stay on dry land will be in your element.

Try climbing and bouldering indoors and out, discover horse trekking or tree-top adventures, take a walk on the beaches of the Solway Coast, do a bit of archery or orienteering, or even go walking with llamas.

Or why don’t you try getting out on two wheels? The cycling opportunities here are endless. Head for the coast for miles of flat routes, or get into the Lake District National Park for some fantastic mountain biking. Try the marked routes around Whinlattter Forest Park or make your own way across the valleys and fells.

You could even see Allerdale from the air. This is a popular spot for paragliders or you could take a pleasure flight from Carlisle Lake District Airport.

Whatever you want from the great outdoors, you could find it in Allerdale.

Great outdoors

Sailing, walking, cycling, paragliding, climbing, horse riding, canoeing, swimming, climbing, canyoning… The list goes on. And, with two of England’s highest peaks close by, you won’t be short of a challenge.

Stunning fells

Explore Britain’s most stunning scenery and walks, with a hike up Skiddaw or a gentle amble along the shores of Buttermere. And don’t forget a walk along the Solway’s beaches for some reviving sea air.

Road Cycling

For a cycling buff, Allerdale has it all being home of the Coast to Coast and Hadrian’s Cycleway. For budding Kings of the Mountains, head over the Honister or Newlands Pass – or the aptly named Fangs Brow near Loweswater.

Get up high

See the Lake District in a whole new way from a paraglider or, if you like to keep your feet on the ground, how do you fancy climbing or bouldering? You could also take in the view from one of our mountain peaks.

Cycle paths

To get the miles in, the rolling Solway coast is perfect cycling country too and don’t forget about the smooth, off-road cycle path up the coast from Maryport to Allonby (and which may, by the time you read this, have reached Silloth).

Mountain biking

We’re a mountain biker’s paradise with loads of off-road routes and the fantastic Whinlatter Forest Park at our heart. You can hire bikes there, or take your own, and there are marked routes for you to follow.

On the water

If water’s your thing, take a dip in a lake, scull a paddle board or canoe, or just relax on Derwentwater’s lakes cruises. You could go wild swimming or paddle boarding, leap into ghylls and gullies, or simply take a paddle on the Solway Coast.

Animal magic

If your four-legged friends are with you, there are miles of paths to explore. The Solway Coast is a great place to take your horse, or go trekking in one of Allerdale’s riding centres. You can even take a llama for a walk here…