Outdoor Adventures with Children - Lake District

40 family days with under 12s exploring, biking, scrambling, on the water and more

By Rachel Crolla, Carl McKeating

Guidebook to 40 outdoor adventures in the Lake District with children under 12, including walking, cycling, orienteering, paddling, boating, hostelling and more. Graded activities for varying age ranges or for families with children of different ages.

Seasons

Seasons

April to October are best, but many routes can be tackled year round.
Centres

Centres

Bases in the southern Lakes include Ambleside, Coniston, Grasmere and Windermere; in the north Keswick, Cockermouth or Glenridding.
Difficulty

Difficulty

There are adventures to suit all abilities graded from easy-to-manage green routes, building up through blues to more challenging red and black outings. Most routes have options for families with children of different ages and capabilities.
Must See

Must See

Includes adventures around all of the major lakes: Derwent Water, Coniston, Buttermere, Windermere and Ullswater. Visit Cathedral Cave, Castlerigg Stone Circle, Wray Castle and classic summits such as Catbells, Coniston Old Man and Scafell Pike. Discover hidden gems such as Hodbarrow Point, Hampsfell and Dunnerdale's Fickle Steps.
ISBN
9781852849566
Availability
Published
Published
11 Apr 2019
Edition
First
Pages
224
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
250g
  • Overview

    Guidebook to 40 outdoor adventures in the Lake District with children under 12, including hiking, biking, scrambling, boating, swimming, paddling, camping, bothying and hostelling. The adventures are graded, with alternatives given where they exist so families can embark on the level of adventure that suits them best. Similarly, the guide is designed for long-term use, so as children grow up they can progress to more exciting and challenging adventures.

    All featured routes have been rigorously road-tested and have got the thumbs up from the harshest of critics - the under-12s. In addition to OS mapping and easy-to-follow route description, the guide also includes invaluable practical information on bike/boat hire, bases and transport in the Lake District, plus notes on adventuring safely, getting close to nature and responsibly using national parks. The guide is also visually appealing, showcasing stunning photography guaranteed to inspire.

    With its twinkling tarns for skimming stones and craggy summits for scrambling, the Lake District is a natural adventure playground for children of all ages. It is the perfect place for families to share outdoor adventures, have fun together and inspire youngsters to love and cherish wild and rural landscapes.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Making this guide
    Introduction
    The Lake District with children
    Bases and transport
    When to go
    Hiking with children
    Biking with children
    Getting wet
    Wild nights: camping, bothying and hostelling
    Adventuring safely
    Responsible use of our national park
    Getting close to nature
    How to use this guide and grading
    The Southern Lakes
    The Northern Lakes

    Appendix A Routes by activity
    Appendix B Where to hire bikes and boats
    Appendix C Attractions and playgrounds
    Appendix D Outdoor activity providers
    Appendix E Useful contacts

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Rachel Crolla

Rachel Crolla

Rachel Crolla is an outdoors all-rounder who loves hiking, biking, scrambling and climbing. Rachel is an outdoors writer and photographer who is also trained as a journalist and teacher. She has hiked and climbed across the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2007 Rachel became the first woman to reach the summit of every country in Europe, and co-wrote the Cicerone guide book Europe's High Points soon afterwards. She is passionate about enthusing the next generation of hikers and cyclists with a love of the outdoors.

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Carl McKeating

Carl McKeating

Carl McKeating is from Yorkshire. He is the co-author with Rachel Crolla of the books, Europe's High Points and Walking in the Auvergne published by Cicerone. A rock climbing and mountaineering enthusiast, in addition to ascending all of Europe's national high points, in 2010 he completed a long-standing ambition to climb all the routes in Ken Wilson's Classic Rock which he followed with a three-month climbing and mountaineering tour of America. A qualified English teacher, in 2014 Carl started work on a doctorate about Mont Blanc in British Culture.

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