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Wild swimming

Duddon Valley: Ulpha Bridge, Birks Bridge

Eskdale: Stanley Ghyll Force, Eskdale Bridge, Tongue Pot and Kail Pot

Little Langdale: Blea Tarn



Loughrigg Tarn near Ambleside

Rydal: Buckstones Jum (upstream of Rydal Hall)



Mountain biking

There are several routes in south west Cumbria – routes to borrow in

plastic sleeves in our bookcase: Wasdale and Wastwater, Eskdale Trail,

Duddon Valley, Haverigg Seascape, Black Combe, Grizedale Forest:

check out more routes at and


From the cottage:

If you are feeling energetic, you can cycle from the cottage to Coniston (approx. 9 miles each way): head up New Street, take the A593 towards Coniston, take next left on the small road over Woodland Fell and Subberthwaite Common, drop back onto the A593, then right on A5084 followed soon by a left onto Rectory Lane. Head right on the bridleway which takes you down to the shores of Coniston, follow this through the grounds of Coniston Hall campsite into Coniston itself.  Enjoy a well-earned break! 


There is a short ride (4.5km/ 2.8 miles return) up the old railway track to Woodland Valley (start at bottom of hill past garage in Broughton) – suitable for children


Climbing, scrambling

The Cumbria Fells offer a wide variety of climbs from mid-grade classics to upper grades

If you are not an experienced climber, several companies run experiences for you to enjoy:

Joint Adventures, Coniston: indoor climbing wall and bouldering, outside activities


Ambleside Climbing Wall, 101 Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0DB, 015394 33794.  Includes 35 foot lead climbing wall.

Kendal Climbing Wall

Climb365 is a family-run business offering rock climbing and mountaineering courses

Mountain Adventure: climbing courses, half- and one- day activities: climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling


Honister slate mine, Honister Pass, CA12 5XN, 017687 77230. The last working slate mine in Cumbria, it includes a via ferrata for the intrepid, mine tours, café and shop.

River Deep Mountain High: rock climbing courses

More Than Mountains run rock climbing and scrambling courses


Treetop adventures

GoApe, Grizedale: zip trekking also available

Treetop Treks, Brockhole near Ambleside

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