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Fun family activities in the Lake District

Family Activities In The Lake District Provided By The Swan Hotel

From high energy Ghyll Scrambling to peaceful and adventurous guided walks, we have an array of activities for you and the whole family to enjoy, no matter your fitness level!

Take a look below at all the different options we can provide either through our partners or here at The Swan itself - you are sure to find something to suit your whole party.

From Ghyll Scrambling to bushcraft and archery, we have an array of activities for you and the whole family to enjoy. Take a look below at all the different options we can provide either through our partners or here at The Swan itself!

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Take a look at all the activities we have on offer in our 2021 brochure!

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Ghyll Scrambling

Ghyll scrambling - also known as Canyoning or Gorge Walking is a truly unique activity – surrounded by nature and the sounds and feel of rushing water - this something that will stay with you forever. All the challenges, jumps, pools and climbs are optional. You will be guided up a rocky mountain river and take on its natural obstacles such as; jumps, crystal clear plunge pools, rocky scrambles, roped climbs up waterfalls, flowing rapids and even caves! Our expert guides know each ghyll intimately and will tailor the day to your group offering up loads of fun challenges along the way.

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We guide full, half day trips on Coniston Water, Lake Windermere and Wastwater. See the magnificent scenery from a Canadian Canoe. You'll be coached by an experienced instructor who will equip you with everything you need to have a safe and amazing adventure. On Coniston, you’ll visit Wild Cat Island from the book and feature film 'Swallows and Amazons'. Visits Wastwater’s famous Screes and learn about the Divers secret gnome garden all under the magnificent backdrop of Scafell Pike. On Windermere you see the beautiful views looking up to Fairfield Horseshoe and Red Screes and view some of the luxurious Lake Shore Mansions.

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Rock climbing & Abseiling

We also use venues in the Eskdale Valley and Coniston. Our small participant to instructor’s ratio will give you plenty of opportunities to climb and learn. Challenge yourself to climb various routes up the rock face and learn some useful techniques and tips that will help your climbing. During the session, our local instructor will show you the ropes, how to tie knots and teaching you to belay safely. Join us in the beautiful Langdale valley where you will spend the morning at an elevated crag where you will have stunning views along the valley throughout your climbing. Both of these have an abseil too.
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This half day session will be a hands-on experience of shelter building, foraging, wild cooking and fire lighting. After this you will find a good shelter building site and construct a shelter from natural materials. The session will start with a walk around the woodland, getting used to your surroundings and identifying potential resources.Get back to nature, share a new experience and join us in our private woodland. After this you will have a go at lighting your very own fire using flint, steel and natural tinder. You'll use your fire for cooking damper bread or mini pizzas and boiling some water in a Ghillie kettle for making hot chocolate and brews.

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Fancy yourself as the next Robin Hood or Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games? Join us for a fun packed archery session. Your instructor will provide expert tuition on how to fire arrows safely. Once everyone is firing straight and true - competitions and action-packed games and prizes will follow.

This session takes place in a stunning, elevated location on a private country estate with lovely views of the Coniston Fells in the distance.

Great fun for all.

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Mountain Walking

Your local guide will navigate the way, so that you can make the most of being out in the mountains. They will share their local knowledge and give you an insight into the local history, geology and nature of the area. How about climbing the Old Man of Coniston and exploring its wealth of Copper mining history on the way? If you’d like to brush up on your navigation your guide can show you some map reading skills along the way. Walking is seemingly limitless when it comes to the Lake District National Park. Wherever you wish to go, let us take the stress out of your day.

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Ghyll Scrambling

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