So you want to entertain the kids for the day, or perhaps you’d like to get your own adrenaline pumping… then visit one of the nearby outdoor activity centres for an unforgettable day out. Brochures for each are available from the Estate office
Patterdale Hall(in the Estate grounds)
017684 82233
www.patterdalehall.org.uk
Just metres away from your door, you can organise a variety of activities here including kayaking, sailing, canoeing, fell walking, rock-climbing, abseiling, caving, orienteering, gorge exploring, archery, and ropes courses! You will have to book in advance to be sure, and a minimum group size of six is preferable, although they say it’s “always worth asking” if you have fewer folk than that.
Ullswater Outward Bound(6 miles up the lake road, in Watermillock)
0870 5134227
www.outwardbound-uk.org
Tackle the famous Outward Bound ropes courses or the heart-stopping zip-wire, plus many other exciting challenges. Again you should book in advance, but the OB can cater for individuals and groups alike. You can book in for a morning, afternoon or full day session in which you’ll enjoy canoeing, climbing, orienteering games and much more!
Rookin House Equestrian & Activity Centre(5 miles towards Keswick, near Dockray)
017684 83561
www.rookinhouse.co.uk
A wide range of activities suitable for adults and children include horse riding lessons, pony trekking, quad biking, the argo cat off-road experience (?), go-karting, archery, clay pigeon shooting and even riding in an amphibious army truck! Again, booking is essential.
Greystoke Castle Estate(10 miles, across the A66 from here)
017684 83722
www.greystoke.com
An off road driving Centre with over 3000 acres for playing around on quad bikes – they even have mini-quads for children of 12 years and over.
Pony TrekkingRookin House Farm (near Dockray, 5 miles away),Park Foot (near Pooley Bridge, 9 miles away)

Sockbridge Trekking Centre (past Pooley Bridge, 10 miles away)

All offer horsey days out for beginners and experienced riders alike.