Canoeing

Canoeing In The Lake District

Canoeing In The Lake District

Canoeing In The Lake District

Canoeing In The Lake District

Canoeing in the Lake District is a great outdoor activity anywhere, and where better place to enjoy this sport than the Lake District.

With the right instructor and a gentle introduction you will soon be embarking upon a very special lake session learning how to hold your paddle in the correct manner, sit in your canoe the right way round, whilst steering your craft in the right direction you wish to go.

With the hills and mountains of the Lake District rising up from our world famous lakes you will be able to truly take in this stunning scenery from the sometimes tranquil waters or even the white water of one of our Lake District rivers.

Should you also enjoy walking why not take a look at our Guided Walks in the Lake District National Park.

Canoeing in the Lake District can be great fun and enjoyment for the whole family.

Ravenglass Steam Railways

Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railways

Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railways

Picturesque Ravenglass Steam Railways

The beautiful age of steam railways comes alive as you pull into the car park at Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway main station which is situated alongside the mainline station of Ravenglass, on the Barrow to Whitehaven line. You can literally smell the coal and steam from the engines as you approach the platform.

Steaming from the 1870’s through to the present day along 7 miles of track in the direction of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell range. There is no doubt in my mind that this hidden treasure is the Lakeland’s most dramatically picturesque railway line.

At Ravenglass steam railways the facilities are excellent and well looked after with the station café serving the best latte I have had for a while and if you like your home made cakes early in the morning before a walk, then washed down with caffeine this is heaven.

Sipping my coffee and talking to Trevor the General Manager and today’s signal operator it was astounding to learn that a full maintenance overhaul of just one of the steam railways engines can cost up to £40,000 and I think I will stick to servicing the car !!

Ravenglass Steam Railways History

The Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railways has survived against the odds since the 1870’s with the express purpose of exploiting existing local iron mines, although the line was opened to passenger traffic from 20th November 1876. Sadly the venture did not prosper and in early 1877 the Railway Company was declared bankrupt. Shifting to local traffic and granite haulage as the main income, more trouble lay ahead when in 1908 the railway was deemed unsafe to operate a passenger service.

The formation of a new company, The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Co with grandiose schemes came to no avail, until the final death knell came in late 1912, when the Nab Gill Mines were flooded out in 1913 the Railway closed.

With a chequered history, stability finally came in the early 1960’s with Colin Gilbert, a Midlands stockbroker, and Sir Wavell Wakefield MP, whose business interests included the tourist attraction, Ullswater Steamers had both been interested in the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for a long time, and were sufficiently encouraged by the enthusiasm of the Preservation Society to undertake to provide not only the necessary balance to secure the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway in auction, but also as much again in working capital to safeguard the steam railways future. Since the railway has been under its present owners, a great deal has been done to ensure it holds a place as one of the top Lake District visitor attractions.

 Wildlife On The Ravenglass And Eskdale Steam Railways

Leaving the coastal estuary of Ravenglass you may easily spot a Blue Heron wading in the low water, or a Kingfisher, whilst not forgetting my favourite, the Oystercatcher. Travelling from the salt water flats of the estuary and Barrow Mash, brings you towards Miteside Halt and the eagle-eyed will be rewarded with Britain’s native Red Squirrel, Roe Deer and Buzzards. Buzzards with a wing span of 20” to 22” make this considerably larger than the Kestrel, although one of the most common birds of prey.

Ravenglass And Eskdale Steam Railways Walks

There are a multitude of great walks surrounding the railway and all the stations located along the 7 miles of track. Deservedly the most popular walk starts and finishes at Dalegarth station and takes you to Stanley Ghyll waterfall walk, one of Lakeland’s loveliest waterfalls.  If you are staying locally for a few days I would suggest buying Wainrights small booklet entitled “Walks From Ratty” which is available from all the station shops currently priced at £3 which includes 10 walks. The 1o walks are simple rambles and can easily be completed between Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railways times.

Should you wish to see better quality photographs of this Ravenglass Steam Railways please visit Ravenglass Steam Railways on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.

Enjoy your day out at Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railways.

Penrith Skate Park

Penrith Skate Park

Penrith Skate Park

Penrith Skate Park

When visiting the northern part of the Lake District with the children a great alternative day out may include a visit to Penrith Skate Park. In these tough economic times it’s nice to find a local council facility which is free and offers some fun for the children.

The skate park is located within the Penrith Leisure Centre campus and has outdoor lighting, a small seating area and car parking a long side should you wish to keep an eye on younger children. With teenagers it’s a great drop of point while you walk the short distance into the town centre. This Lake District market town has a good selection of shops, cafes and restaurants for all tastes.

The Penrith Skate Park is a purpose built concrete skate park completed in 2007 and suitable for skateboarding, inline skating, BMX Biking and scooters.  There are a selection of concrete skate ramps, boxes and transitions.

There are Penrith Skate Park Conditions of Use as set by the local council and the Leisure Centre;

  1. All persons use the facility at their own risk
  2. The facility must be used for its intended purpose
  3. Appropriate protective clothing must be worn at all times
  4. In the interests of safety do not bring dogs, glass or alcohol in to the area
  5. It is a no smoking area
  6. The park is open between 8.30am and 9pm daily.

Penrith Skate Park Address

Penrith Leisure Centre, Southend Road, Penrith, Cumbria CA11  8JH

For Further Information on Penrith Skate Park

Telephone 01768 212323 / 212473

Email leisure@eden.gov.uk

Penrith Leisure Centre

For those wet and rainy days in the Lake District remember that Penrith Leisure Centre also offers such activities as Swimming, Solarium, Sauna, 6 Court Indoor Sports Hall, Fitness Suite, Floodlit Artificial Turf Pitch, Climbing Wall, 6 Rink Indoor Bowls Green and a Café Bar.

Penrith Skate Park

I hope that you will enjoy your visit to Penrith Skate Park to enjoy these Lake District local facilities.

Secret Pencil Kits

Derwent Pencil Museum Secret Pencil Kits

Derwent Pencil Museum Secret Pencil Kits

Derwent Secret Pencil Kits

We have all at some point watched the James Bond spy movies with the thrills of the Aston Martin car chases and the intriguing spy gadgets supplied to Bond by Q. In 1942 there was a real ‘Q’ who is widely recognised as the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond quartermaster Q and his name was Charles Fraser Smith who worked for the Ministry of Supply, fabricating equipment for SEO (Special Operations Executives) operating in occupied Europe.

Ian Fleming encountered Charles Fraser Smith in his capacity at the Ministry of Supply when he worked for Naval Intelligence and for more information on this may I recommend David Porter’s book ‘The Man Who Was Q’.

The Cumberland Pencil Company (also known as Derwent) was one such company to assist Charles Fraser Smith in helping the war effort of World War II with Smith coming up with the ingenious idea of concealing a silk map of Germany within a pencil, and not only this but a compass too and thus the secret pencil kits was created.

Humble Pencil or Secret Pencil Kits

For most of us today the humble pencil is just that, something we use every day with little or no thought.  But for Royal Air Force pilots in World War II and SEO operating in occupied Europe, certain secret pencil kits from the Cumberland Pencil Company could mean the difference between life and death.

Secret Pencil Kits where manufactured, in total secret and after normal working hours by the management of the pencil company. These secret pencil kits where supplied to the RAF pilots of WWII, when opened, snapped in half, they contained a miniature compass and silk maps of Germany. When you think about how innocuous a pencil actually is it makes great sense for it to contain secret information.

In 1942, Fred Tee, a manager at the Cumberland Pencil Company  was contacted by British government official Charles Fraser-Smith to make special secret pencil kits for RAF pilots in case the pilots were shot down over enemy territory.

It was so top secret that only the managers were allowed to assemble the secret pencil kits at night after the factory had closed. It is only now with the passing of time and the Official Secrets Act that we now have access to this interesting information.

Each of the secret pencil kits was labelled with a series number to indicate the different area map hidden inside. Pencil 101 was the whole of Germany, and pencils 102 to 104 were for closer areas of occupied territory. The maps were made of silk so that they would not make a noise when opened.

Old Pencil Or Secret Pencil Kits ?

The kits were modelled on an old set of pencils to look as unsuspicious as possible. The four secret pencil sets were painted green and were the only war-time pencil to have paint on them, as paint itself was commandeered for the war effort.

Escape routes and safe houses were marked on the maps inside the secret pencil kits sent to British prisoners of war. These kits were smuggled to the POWs through the Red Cross, a neutral organization, which distributed the kits without ever knowing what they concealed.  Because of the extreme secrecy dictated by the war effort, how many kits were made between 1942 and 1945 remains a mystery and no one knows how valuable these maybe today.

Should you find an old Derwent pencil in green, check before you use it as it could be a very rare wartime piece of memorabilia and very collectable.

No official records exist of the exact number of kits that were made or who made them—or that they were even made at all.

There is still to this day a controversy as to how the original workers at the Derwent factory managed to place the silk map inside the pencils, although it is believed they wrapped the silk map around a piece of wire and pushed this down the hollow centre of the pencil before putting the rubber mount on the atop of the pencil with the miniature compass.

Should you wish to see better quality photographs of the Derwent Pencil Museum and the secret pencil kits walk please visit Secret Pencil Kits on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.

For more information on the secret pencil kits visit the Derwent Pencil Museum which is detailed on the map below.


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Should you wish to find out more about the secret pencil kits there is a fascinating display at the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick.

Derwent Pencil Museum

Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick

Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick

Derwent Pencil Museum Keswick

Having visited the Derwent Pencil Museum today in Keswick I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by my entire experience in all aspects. On arrival at the Pencil Museum you will find free parking, which to me is always a plus. There is a great coffee shop with free Wi-Fi were you may relax with a coffee and a delicious piece of cake or a sandwich, indoors or alfresco depending on the Lakeland weather, thus making this a great all weather family attraction.

The pencil museum is arguably the best value for money I have seen for a long time with a family ticket costing £10 and you can make as much or as little from this entrance fee as you and your family desire. There is a good and interesting history of the development and evolution of the pencil from the first discovery of graphite in Borrowdale. Which as legend has it in the early 1500’s, following a violent storm a tree was uprooted leading to the discovery of graphite in Borrowdale, through to today’s cutting edge new factory situated in Workington and not too far from St Bees and the start of the famous Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk

For those who like a little intrigue there is the Second World War display featuring the Secret Pencil Kits which is simply fascinating and must be the first insight into the world of James Bond and a real life Q.

The pencil factory offers a world record breaking colour pencil at nearly 26 feet long, which is supported off the ground and you can walk its length should you so desire, and there is a one time record breaking graphite pencil on display at the museum.

Pencil Museum Events

Throughout the year the pencil museum offers an array of fascinating events with a lot of these being free demonstrations run by a professional artists, the sessions being informal, full of laughter and being a great way of enjoying and experimenting with all the different types of Derwent pencils and papers. For those with a little more skill there are the paid workshops which are suitable for beginners and intermediate levels and run from 10.30 through 4.30 and pre booking is essential.

For those visitors with children you will find an abundance of ever changing displays to challenge the imagination of visitors and collages upon the vividly decorated walls of the Pencil Museum submitted by previous visitors. A great feature of the museum in my opinion is the collection of varied pencils upon the tables once you have completed your tour, wherein anyone may try their hand at doodling, sketching or for those a little better a new ‘Master’ which may be submitted to the pencil museum staff and possibly find its way onto the walls of the museum.

There are usually several on-going themed drawing and colouring competitions that the children may enter and it is well worth asking for information on this as you enter into the museum, as it can keep the children quit and especially if you would like to enjoy your tea and cake afterwards. Or alternatively anyone can have a go at the step by step drawing projects and be amazed at how quickly your drawing skills will develop.

Pencil Museum Kids Zone

This is a great themed area wherein the children may hang out after completing their tour of the pencil museum, with the current theme being to find 8 under the sea items or creatures within the museum and draw them onto the quiz sheet provided and colour it all in with the magical Derwent Pencils provided.

Should you wish to see better quality photographs of Derwent Pencil Museum please visit Derwent Pencil Museum on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.

I could now at this point burst into some form of literary genius and write all about the history of the Pencil Museum at Keswick, although firstly this is not me and secondly I believe it would spoil your visit.

Dove Cottage Grasmere

Dove Cottage Grasmere

Dove Cottage Grasmere

Dove Cottage Home To William Wordsworth

One of the main attractions within the village of Grasmere is Dove Cottage which was the home of William Wordsworth from 1799 through to 1808, paying £5 per year rent. It was at Dove Cottage that William Wordsworth wrote much of the poetry he is best remembered today, including “I wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, whilst his sister Dorothy kept her famous ‘Grasmere journals’.

Dove Cottage was originally constructed in the early 17th Century and like many buildings in the Lake District is made from local stone with white lime washed walls to keep out the damp. For over 170 years the building was an inn called the ’Dove and Olive’. The inn closed in 1793 and it was not until 1799 that William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy came to move in.

With the marriage to William, Mary Hutchinson arrived in 1802 and their three eldest children were born at Dove Cottage, John in 1803, Dora in 1804 and Thomas in 1806. Mary’s sister Sara Hutchinson and William’s friend Thomas De Quincy also lived at the small cottage.

Dove Cottage Grasmere Village

The Wordsworth family had many visitors to Dove Cottage being family and friends such as Walter Scott, Thomas De Quincy, Charles and Mary Lamb, Robert Southey and most frequent of all Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As a result and with the Wordsworth’s growing family this meant that Dove Cottage became too small, and in the May of 1808 they moved to Allan Bank, although still within the village of Grasmere.

On leaving Dove Cottage the Wordsworth’s were succeeded at the cottage by their young friends Thomas De Quincy and Mary Wordsworth’s sister Sara Hutchinson.

The downstairs rooms of Dove Cottage you may visit are the general living room, kitchen and buttery, while upstairs you may visit Dorothy’s bedroom, William’s study and the guest bedroom and the children’s bedroom. A guide will firstly take you on a 20 minute tour of the cottage and then you are also free to wander around the cottage at your leisure.

In 1891 the Wordsworth Trust was founded to secure Dove Cottage. The Trustees have built an award winning museum, first opened in 1981, which together with the Wordsworth library houses what is one of the greatest collections of manuscripts, books and paintings relating to British Romanticism.

The Jerwood centre was completed in 2004 as a secure, long term home for the museums great collection.

Dove Cottage Tea Rooms

The Dove Cottage tea rooms provide meals and snacks throughout the day made from good quality locally produced foods, with evening meals being available during the high season. The tea rooms and museum are a great place to commence or finish some of the great local Grasmere walks such as Alcock Tarn Walk which is situated upon the fells to the rear of Dove Cottage.

A favourite walk of William and Mary Wordsworth was Easedale Tarn walk with the spectacular Sourmilk Gill.

There is an excellent shop located close to Dove Cottage selling books, gifts and crafts relating to English literature and the Lake District.

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Honister Slate Mine

Honister

Honister

Honister Slate Mine

Let me ask you firstly if you have ever visited a slate mine before, if the answer is yes, then what makes Honister Slate Mine special I here you asking.

Did you Know ?

Honister slate formed from 450 million year old metamorphosed volcanic ash, is the hardest slate in the world. Honister is the ONLY working slate mine in England.

Should you have watched the recent royal wedding, did you notice the Honister Roofing Slate at Buckingham Palace, whilst you will also find Honister roofing slate at St Pauls Cathedral, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

It is believed that the first slate was probably mined from the Honister area in the Roman era, although it is quite possible that it began even earlier. Slate roofing was a feature of many thirteenth century monastic buildings and it has been used as a building material in the region for many centuries.

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine

The first confirmed records of slate mining in Honister do not appear until the early 1700’s, whilst quarrying on a significant scale was taking place in the 1750’s and from 1833, under the managerial eye of entrepreneur Sam Wright, the business expanded with the creation of underground mines as well as open quarries.

It is hard to imagine in this day and age, as the slate workers lived at Honister (often inside the mines) during the week, returning home at the weekends. In the twentieth century, some stayed in barracks at The Hause and the company built some houses for the workers in Borrowdale.

The slate was originally extracted in large blocks or ‘clogs’ which were first ‘docked’ or reduced in size with a chisel and mallet, whilst cutting across the grain. After 1856, this process was replaced by sawing. The docked or sawn block was then ‘rived’, or split down the grain, with the resulting thin slates dressed to shape on a ‘slate anvil’ using a slate knife or ‘whittle’.

This process was also mechanised in the 1890’s, whilst slates where finished in stone built huts on the mountain side near the quarries, or in the mines, until the construction of a factory at The Hause in the 1920’s.

Honister Slate Mine

Honister slate was used extensively in local buildings, but the best quality roofing slate was exported far afield.

Honister Pass

Honister Pass

Honister Slate Mine is situated near the summit of Honister pass which starts at Gatesgarth Farm, at the southern end of Buttermere. The pass connects the Buttermere valley with the eastern end of Borrowdale valley. Rising some 1167 feet in height at the summit, whilst being one of Cumbria’s highest passes, with a gradient of 1 in 4.

There are several great walks from the summit of Honister pass, where the slate mine is situated, as the start of walks  footpaths lead up to Great Gable, Dale Head (2473 ft) to the north, Fleetwith Pike to the west, Grey Knotts to the south.

There is also the Lake District Hostels of the Hause.

If you would like to explore this area by car the Honister pass forms part of a beautiful circular scenic drive from Keswick that includes Newlands Pass, Buttermere and Crummock Water, areas that are not as dominated by visitors compared with other parts of the Lake District such as Bowness on Windermere.

For more information on visiting Honister Slate Mine and tours please visit www.honister-slate-mine.co.uk and enjoy a day out at Honister.

Outdoor Survival – Bushcraft

Outdoor Survival - Bushcraft

Outdoor Survival - Bushcraft

Outdoor Survival

The Lake District National Park and Cumbria is the country’s biggest adventure and outdoor survival playground offering breath taking scenery, England’s tallest mountains with the deepest and largest lakes.

You can explore outdoor survival and discover some of England’s most beautiful scenery, although it does not matter if you are a seasoned adventurer or simply wishing to learn the ropes from a qualified guide, there are outdoor activities to suit everyone.

Whatever floats your boat and gets your pulse racing, outdoor activities from pedal power to paddle, hiking or climbing, get outdoors and enjoy.

Would you like to experience Outdoor Survival making fire to building a shelter, foraging for fungi to navigating by the stars, wilderness survival is a diverse and fascinating subject. Hands on outdoor survival courses are the perfect choice for those wanting to learn or perfect the art of bushcraft.

Outdoor Survival In The Lake District

Outdoor survival or bushcraft, are generally techniques a person may use in a dangerous situation to save themselves or others, providing the basic necessities for human life, water, food, shelter and habitat. In any dangerous situation it is a must that you think straight, signal for help, to navigate safely, to avoid unpleasant interactions with animals and plants and for first aid.

Outdoor survival skills are often basic ideas and abilities our ancient ancestors would have had to use for thousands of years, these skills are partially a re-enactment of our past. Learning outdoor survival and bushcraft skills is a great way to enjoy extended periods of time in remote places, or alternatively to thrive in nature.

Outdoor Survival and bushcraft has many areas of expertise, although mental competence and physical fitness being the main requirements. Mental competency includes the ability to admit the existence of a crisis, overcome panic and think clearly, whilst physical fitness includes the ability to carry loads over long distances on rough terrain.

The Lake District has a fascinating, beautiful landscape which is ideal for outdoor camping and indulging any ideas you might have to coexist with nature, at a fundamental basic level as our ancestors did.

Outdoor Survival

Within the Lake District there are many outdoor adventure companies offering everything you would imagine, from Walking and Hiking days out, Canoeing on the lakes, Climbing, Ghyll Scrambling, and then there are the Family Bushcraft courses and Outdoor Survival courses.

Any type of outdoor survival or simple group activity in the Lake District can be an awe inspiring day for all, helping to build and develop great team spirit, whilst not forgetting the fun which can be enjoyed for both stag and hen parties.  Team building whilst outdoors will help promote logic, creativity, leadership qualities, whilst supporting each other in different situations.

The following list of outdoor survival and bushcraft schools is for information only. Please check that any school meets your particular requirements before booking any courses.

Reach Beyond Adventure, Penruddock, Penrith www.reachbeyondadventure.co.uk

Woodsmoke, Cockermouth, Cumbria www.woodsmoke.uk.com

GlaraMara, Near Keswick, www.glaramara.co.uk

Remember on any outdoor Survival walking or camping holiday to use common sense and be careful, which in turn will result in a great time for all involved, family group, friends, stag or hen party.

Lake District National Trust

Lake District National Trust

Lake District National Trust

Lake District National Trust


The National Trust in the Lake District and Cumbria is the most important single organisation protecting and preserving the natural beauty of the Lake District and surrounding areas.

Currently in the hands of the National Trust there are over 248,000 hectares or if you are like me 612,000 acres of countryside, over 300 historic buildings, plus gardens which offer a range of visitor facilities, including car parking, restaurants and shops, whilst not forgetting 600 miles of coastline.

One of the great co-founders of the National Trust was Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, who lived in the Lake District and became its first secretary (Castlerigg Stone Circle was purchased by Canon Hardwicke Rawsley in 1913 for the National Trust) along with co-founders Miss Octavia Hill and Sir Robert Hunter in 1895. The first property of this kind was Brandelhow Park, on the shores of Derwent Water.

Lake District National Trust

Should you be out walking or hiking within the Lake District there is a good possibility you will be on National Trust land, as around one quarter of the Lake District National Park, which includes over 36,000 hectares (90,000 acres). The National Trust also owns Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater, and large sections of Derwent Water, Ullswater and Rydal. Wast Water, another trust owned lake is also the deepest lake, with the mountains of Scafell Pike being the highest in England, Great Gable, the Langdales, and Great Mell Fell are also in their trust.

Camping in the Lake District.

With the National Trust owning so much land within the Lake District, there is also the great opportunity of camping out on the Trusts designated camp sites such as Low Wray, Wasdale and Great Langdale and you can easily check for availability and bookings on the National Trust website.

Some of the most popular Lake District properties are;

Beatrix Potter Gallery, located at Hawkshead.

Fell Foot Park, located at Windermere.

Hill Top (home of Beatrix Potter, where many of her famous books where written) Near Sawrey.

Steam Gondola, located at Coniston Water.

Sizergh Castle, located near Kendal.

Stagshaw Gardens, a woodland garden, created by Cubby Acland, with some delightful walks and access to the nearby fells.

Townend, located at Troutbeck, which is a great place to visit with a wealth of family history.

Wordsworth’s House, located at Cockermouth.

Support the Lake District National Trust

The Lake District National Trust is a registered charity and rely on the generosity of its members and supporters. Family memberships are availably whilst this then allows free admission into all its properties, along with other benefits. Supporting the trust and being a member, you are helping to protect our heritage and saving the landscape for generations to come.

Five million pounds needs to be raised to repair 145 footpaths in the Lake District, visit Fix The Fells to find out more and make a donation. This initiative is supported by the National Trust, Lake District National Park, Nature Lakeland and Natural England to name but a few.

Please support the Lake District National Trust.

Go Ape

Go Ape Whinlatter Cumbria

Go Ape Whinlatter Cumbria

Go Ape In Cumbria

There are 2 Go Ape destinations within the Lake District National park. These being Go Ape at Grizedale Forest, and Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest Park. Both are award winning hire wire forest adventure courses of extreme rope bridges, Tarzan like swings and zip slides, up to 40 feet up. You can climb the trees and slide across rope bridges and zip wires high above the ground.

Go Ape provides a great fun day experience, with friends, family and colleagues. For safety you will be kitted out with climbing harnesses and all you need to enjoy this great facility without injury. You and your group will be given first hand expert instruction in the do’s and don’ts before trekking off of to enjoy the high level fun above the forest floor.

Go Ape In Cumbria

Whinlatter Forest Park is England’s only true mountain forest, rising to 790 metres above sea level, offering spectacular views of the Lake District and into Scotland. Whinlatter is also the highest Go Ape in the country at 360 metres above sea level.

Go Ape Appropriate Clothing.

Appropriate clothing should be used whilst at Go Ape, sturdy walking boots, warm clothing and waterproofs to keep the rain out. Depending on the time of year no harm is done, filling the flask for your return to the car and a well enjoyed hot drink. Do check with Go Ape for their full advised clothing list.

Height Requirements.

Here in the Lake District Go Ape at Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter are very popular tourist attractions for people of all ages, however for safety reasons there are restrictions.

Height 1m 40cm / 4feet 7 inches

Minimum age 10 years

Maximum weight 20.5 stones

Supervising children, under 18’s must be accompanied by a participating responsible adult.

For more information and bookings

Whinlatter Go Ape telephone 0845 643 9215

For more information on Go Ape please follow the link Go Ape

I hope that this article has been helpful and should you visit either of the Go Ape Lake District attractions that you have a great time and lots of fun.

Go Ape In Cumbria

Whilst holidaying in the Lake District Go Ape is a great fun day out to enjoy.