Lake District Activities

Local activities

On Land:

Feeling active? Get a taste of the outdoors in the Lake District before returning to the luxury of Lakeside Hotel to relax and reflect on your day.

Mountain Biking

Explore the Lake District on two wheels at Grizedale Forest. With woodland trails suitable for all, bring you own bike or even hire one for the day.

Off-Road Driving

Take to the Hills - get straight behind the wheel of a specially prepared 4x4 vehicle for your own personal off-road driving experience in the Lake District. Drive rough and rocky off-road trails in breathtaking mountain surroundings with Kankku.

Outdoor Activities

Holmescales activity centre in the heart of the Lakes - large and ever expanding range of outdoor activities.

Tree Top Trek

A great high wire adventure for the whole family at Brockhole, Windermere. Open all year round with 35 exciting treetop challenges to swing, climb, balance and fly your way through the ancient woodland canopy.


Based in nearby Grizedale Forest, Go-Ape is a network of rope bridges, trapezes and death slides that stretches for roughly a mile through the tree canopy...this impressively extensive cat's cradle of ropes, netting and platforms, set high in the trees is an aerial assault course!

Indoor and Outdoor Climbing

Kendal Wall offers high quality instruction at all levels. All staff are enthusiastic local climbers with extensive knowledge and experience. Courses are run by nationally qualified instructors with small instructor-client ratios so you get maximum benefit and enjoyment.

Hawkshead Brewery

An independent brewery in the heart of the Lake District. Scheduled guided tours are available on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 2pm. Complete the experience with Food & Drink at the Tap House. Lakeside residents receive 10% of food & drink and tours.


Visit Zeffirellis on Compston Road, Ambleside for a wide range of jazz music and of course the latest films. Zeffirellis Double Feature: A two course dinner and reserved cinema seat for £16.95. Booking essential. For film screening times please call 015394 33845.

Bigland Hall Outdoor Days

For the more adventurous who fancy a combination of clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery, and quad biking.

Cookery School

LucyCooks is a dedicated cookery school with a fresh and vibrant ambience where you can be inspired, educated and above all entertained.

Whether you're 9 or 90, they offer a whole range of one day courses and distinctly different demonstrations designed to suit everyone from novice to Nigella! There really is something for everyone - a course for all reasons and all seasons!

Exclusive use of LucyCooks is a speciality - tailor made courses to suit any occasion, be it corporate, family or simply a gathering of friends...

Hot Air Ballooning

With a balloon flight over this spectacular scenery you can absorb an unforgettable view of Lakeland and perhaps a little of the cultural inspiration of Britain's heritage.


The Lake District is renowned for its fells, and there is an abundance of opportunity to explore. Routes abound.

Mountain Based Activities

Enjoy rock climbing, mountain walking and navigation, scrambling, winter skills and ice climbing under the instruction and private guiding of Ascent Training. Private guiding is 1:1 or 1:2 from one day. Courses are between 2 days and a week long.


The Lake District has no shortage of water for a variety of fishing. For more information please visit the 'Fishing in the English Lake District Guide' Esthwaite Trout Fishery Hawkshead offers year round fishing

Horse Riding

Holmescales riding centre welcomes both novice and experienced riders from 5 years old upwards, and offers treks and hacks through beautiful Lake District countryside. They have superb riding facilities - for both dressage and jumping, with excellent tuition on well-schooled horses.


For those who can't go without their daily dose of golf here is a comprehensive list of golf clubs and driving ranges in the region.

Ulverston Golf Club

01229 582824
Approximately 15 minutes car drive from Lakeside

Grange Golf Club

015395 33180
Approximately 20 minutes car drive from Lakeside

Grange Fell Golf Club (9 holes)

015395 32536
Approximately 20 minutes car drive from Lakeside.

Windermere Golf Club

015394 43123
Approximately 30 minutes car drive from Lakeside


Private charter of a 32 foot yacht - depart from our hotel jetties under sail in your own skippered yacht and enjoy an exclusive sail on Lake Windermere.

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