The 10 best outdoor activities & adventures in the Lake District to insure you have the most adrenaline-fuelled fun!

Honister via ferrata - Lake district - best Outdoor Activity Insurance Public Liability
If you want some adrenaline-fuelled action then the Lake District has plenty to offer, such as the scrambles along sheer cliff faces at Honister via Ferrata

These 10 Outdoor Activities & Adventures are your insurance policy to make sure you have the most fun in the Lake District 

Most people visit the Lake District to admire the amazing natural scenery, visit quaint villages, do a spot of walking or sample the food & drink from it's many fine pubs & restaurants. But if you are looking for something a bit different and adrenaline-fuelled, then read on to discover the 10 Best Outdoor Activities in the Lake District.

#1. Ghyll Scrambling in the Lake District:

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The Lake District is famous for Lakes, and with lakes comes water! There are lot's of cascading waterfalls and rivers in the Lakes and what better way to sample them than to jump right in! Ghyll Scrambling (also called Gorge walking or Canyoning) is a really fun adventure activity in the Lake District. A quick google will give you a few activity centres that offer this such as www.keswickmountainadventures.co.uk/ghyll-scrambling/

#2. Honister via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine, near Keswick:

Honister via ferrata - Lake district - best Outdoor Activity Insurance Public Liability
The outdoor activities at Honister via Ferrata is perhaps one of the most extreme outdoor activities you can do in the Lake District. The award winning Honister Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine in the Lake District is an adrenaline-pumping activity that consists of a series of exposed scrambles along the mountainside linked by metal ladders, wire bridges and cargo nets that lets you climb sheer cliff faces. You’ll need a head for heights on this outdoor activity but it’s definitely one to add to your Lake District must-do list! Find out more here www.honister.com

#3. Mountain Biking at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick:

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Whinlatter Forest Park is home to the longest purpose built-mountain bike trail in the Lake District for some serious action, as well as also having routes for the less-experienced. You'll encounter amazing views, challenging climbs & rewarding decents. You can also hire Mountain Bikes there if you don't have one! Find out more www.forestryengland.uk/whinlatter-forest-cycling

#4. Kayaking or Canoeing on lakes like Ullswater

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Kayaking is a great way to take to the water and views of the Lake District that you just can't get any other way. Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced paddler, in a couple, family group the Lake District will have something for you. Check out Ullswater Outdoor Adventures on the Lake Districts 2nd biggest lake www.ullswateroutdooradventures.co.uk/kayaking

#5. Abseiling in the Lake District

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Have you ever stood on a cliff top and peered over the edge? It sure get's the heart pumping - how about putting a rope on and abseiling down that sheer edge? Like the sound of that? Or maybe the thought makes you shudder but you fancy trying it anyway! There are plenty of Outdoor Activity Centres offering Abseling in the Lake District such as Mountain Journeys: www.mountain-journeys.co.uk

#6. Tackle one of the Lake District's famous edge walks - Striding Edge or Sharp Edge

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Striding Edge en-route to Helvellyn is one of the Lakes most popular ridge walks and every serious hiker to the Lake District should give it a go. It may look precarious from a distance but it looks worse than it actually is once you are on Striding Edge and is quite safe. In good weather you'll need no specialist equipment other than good walking boots and may have to use your hands a few times. There are multiple paths you can take on Striding Edge, either right on the ridge top or less exposed paths to the side. It certainly offers something a bit different to your usual walk up a hill and is a good sense of achievement once you have completed it. I've created a dedicated blog post for advice on the best walking route to take, check out this Helvellyn walk via Striding Edge

#7. GoApe at Grizedale or Whinlatter Forest 

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GoApe is a national outdoor adventure company and they have 2 locations in the Lake District, In Grizedale Forest & Whinlatter Forest, where you can have fun amongst the tree tops walking across high-rise bridges, jump onto cargo nets and zip wire through the forest. Find out more at www.goape.co.uk

#8. Wild Swimming in the Lake District

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The Lake District has perhaps some of the best Wild Swimming locations in the whole of the Uk, from big lakes, to little tarns perched up a mountain to rivers, streams and deep plunge pools. Pictured above is Blackmoss Pot in Langstrath Beck where you can jump from 6m Cliffs into deep pools. But there are lots of others places too, check out www.wildswimming.co.uk/northern-england/lake-district-and-cumbria

#9. 4x4 Off-roading

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Walking is not the only way to move around the steep & muddy fells in the Lake District. How about trying a more engine powered experience like 4 x 4 off-roading! Check out www.graythwaiteadventure.co.uk to get some ideas!

#10. Climb Scafell Pike (via the best route)

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Last but not least, anyone in search of adventure in the Lake District will want to hike to the top of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike! On a clear day the views are magnificent. There are quite a few walking routes up to Scafell Pike (the most popular from Wasdale) - but the route from Seathwaite via the Corridor Route is the best in my humble opinion. You may well only ever climb Scafell Pike once in your life, so make sure you choose the best route - and I've created this blog post to show you the route I prefer: The best Scafell Pike walk via the Corridor Route from Seathwaite

And that wraps this blog post up! I hope it's inspired you to try out something a bit different in the Lake District! Let me know what you get up to an Dif you can recommend any other similar Outdoor Activities

Blog post by Stuart Hodgson, 'The Hiking Photographer' 

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Before I go - make sure whatever you do that any company you choose is fully legal and has suitable adventure & outdoor activity insurance in case of personal injury. Even with the best safety systems in place injuries are not uncommon in the outdoor activity industry, making outdoor activity insurance a highly beneficial legal cover for businesses to have. The correct insurance will cover costs in claims, including personal accidents & injuries. So do your background checks! 


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