Lake District Family Adventure

This holiday is for active families, looking for a spectacular location, staying in comfortable accommodation, with plenty of local facilities for eating and entertainment, and with a great mix of activities to keep everyone in the tribe happy. If that sounds like your family, book now and start looking forward to your Lake District family adventure.

Prices are per person based on twin share and include all accommodation in twin share rooms on bed & breakfast basis, activities as described, transfers as described, information pack including maps & route cards plus information on local facilities, and our emergency contact.

Single rooms are available. We only apply a supplement for single accommodation when there is a direct cost to us and we cap this in line with our ‘Fair pricing’ policy.

Itinerary

If you are travelling by train, we can arrange a pre-paid taxi to collect you from Penrith Railway Station. After check in, take a stroll down to the Lake or explore the town.

Detailed route notes and a map are provided for all self-guided walks. The walks are designed for active families and are suitable for all ages from 10 years and up.

Option 1: The circuit of Derwentwater is a varied walk which will take you on a mix of lake-shore paths, woodland trails and some sections of boardwalk with lots of interest on the way. A full circuit is 10 miles, mostly on level trails. There are opportunities throughout the walk to shorten the route by catching the regular Keswick Launch (extra cost) from one of eight jetties around the lake.

Option 2: The ascent of Catbells is a relatively short climb to a spectacular viewpoint over the lake. The climb is steep in places but on a good, clear path. This walk is 9 miles with a total accumulated ascent of 700m. The walk can be shortened by catching the Keswick launch across the lake one or both ways (extra cost)

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This is an opportunity to be more adventurous, hiking with a Lake District guide (included). Challenge yourself with the climb of Scafell Pike, England's highest peak, or introduce the family to the fun of scrambling on one of the Lake District’s famous ‘edges’, or explore one of our our hidden gems. The choice is yours. Your guide will meet you on your arrival or on the evening of day 2, to discuss your options and will devise a route that best suits you. During the hike, your guide can also teach basic navigation skills to family members.
Today you head for Whinlatter forest (transfer included) where you can take the tree-top challenge (included). With canopy high tree-to-trees crossings, free-fall Tarzan swings and super-fast zip wires, this will provide thrills for all ages. It takes approximately 2 – 3 hours to complete the tree-top challenge course, after which you can take advantage of the other options available at Whinlatter (extra cost). These include riding an all-terrain Segway out on the forest trail, or hiring bikes for a variety of graded off-road routes. There are also several walking trails through the forest and there is a cafe for refreshments. Afterwards, return to Keswick (transfer included).
Using the route notes provided in your information pack, today you will visit an ancient Bronze-Age stone circle set among the hills, and the local viewpoint of Castle Head. The route starts at the old Keswick Railway station and follows the disused line, now a leisure track, crossing the River Greta several times on refurbished railway bridges, before heading along quiet contry lanes to the site of the stone circle. From here you will head across pastures and into Springs Wood before making the gentle ascent to Castle Head, with it's spectacular view over Keswick and the lake. Afterwards the path from the summit winds down to the lake shore emerging close to the Theatre-by-the Lake on the edge of Hope Park.
This is a free day to catch your breath and/or enjoy the many amenities of Keswick town. Visit the Pencil Museum or the Puzzling Place, walk through Hope Park where you can have a round of crazy golf or pitch and putt, hire a rowing boat or a motor boat and go out onto the lake. If you prefer, you can also follow whichever self-guided walk option you didn’t choose on Day 2.
A chance to learn this brilliant water sport, or to hone your skills, with a two hour session (included). Stand up paddle boarding is a surprisingly easy activity to learn and you can become an expert paddle boarder in no time. After the session there is the opportunity to hire paddle boards or kayaks (extra cost) to explore the lake on your own.
Starting from the heart of Keswick Town, you will follow footpaths which take you up to the top of Walla Crag for fabulous views across Derwentwater and to the fells beyond. The trail now heads down Borrowdale along the top of the rock-climbing crags of this beautiful valley, staying above the tree-line for continuous views, before dropping down to the picturesque Ashness Bridge. This is one of the most recognisable images of the Lake District, yet hard to find for most visitors. The return to Keswick is by a different lower-level trail and through Great Wood to the lake shore.
If you are travelling by train, we can arrange a pre-paid taxi to collect you from your hotel and take you to Penrith Railway Station.

The price includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation in twin/double rooms (with ensuite or private bathroom) in a guest house, inn or hotel in Keswick
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Guide for full day of walking or scrambling on day 3
  • Instructor for paddle-boarding on day 7 (2 hour session)
  • Use of paddle board, paddle, buoyancy aid and wetsuit (if required) during session
  • Entry to Whinlatter 'Go Ape' Tree-Top Challenge course.
  • Private transfers (as indicated in the itinerary)
  • A Wandering Aengus information pack containing all necessary maps and route cards, plus 'info sheets' with local information - including locations and opening times of restaurants, cafes, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
  • Our emergency contact number

Not included:

  • Lunches and evening meals (we provide full details of your options)
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses such as drinks etc.
  • Optional extra activities

Our Accommodation:

We appreciate the importance of the place you stay to the overall success of a family holiday. Your accommodation for this family activity holiday is a comfortable hotel or guest house in the heart of Keswick, carefully chosen by us. Wandering Aengus Treks are based in the Lake District close to Keswick and we know the accommodation options in the town very well. All our accommodation has en-suite bathrooms for twin or double share. Depending on availability we can arrange triple rooms for three children together. Single occupancy of rooms is also available for a supplementary cost.

Meals:

Breakfasts are provided by your accommodation. Keswick has many excellent restaurants and pubs and our extensive notes will help you choose the best place to suit your taste and budget for your evening meal. For lunch your accommodation will be able to prepare a packed lunch if ordered the evening before. There are also several sandwich bars in the town and several supermarkets.

By car: Keswick is best accessed from junction 40 on the M6. We will provide directions to your accommodation.
By train: The nearest railway station is at Penrith on the main North-West rail link between London and Glasgow. From Penrith there are taxis and a regular bus service to Keswick - a journey of 16 miles. We can arrange a pr-paid taxi to collect you from the station on request (extra cost)

Here are some 3rd party websites with useful information to help plan your holiday to the Lake District.

The Lake District National Park website is a mine of information and here you can also download a range of maps and leaflets to local attractions.

'Go Lakes' is the official website for Cumbria Tourism and provides up-to-the-minute information on events as well as insight guides to the different areas that make up the Lake District.

The Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) provides weather analysis and forecasts specifically aimed at mountaineers and walkers. Download 3 day forecasts for specific regions including the Lake District.

Cumbria County Council conveniently gathers all Lake District bus timetables onto a single searchable page

Mike Brockhurst's Walking Englishman website is a free walking resource which provides information on numerous walking routes. Here you can find a list of Englands's highest peaks.

Use thetrainline.com to find cheap fares to the Lake District rail access towns of Windermere and Penrith.

Book this Holiday

Derwentwater and Keswick
Located on the shores of Derwentwater in the finest mountain scenery of the Lake District, Keswick is an ideal base for a family adventure. It is also a great place to make the most of your evening having a wide selection of pubs, cafes, wine bars, and restaurants, as well as the Theatre-by-the-Lake, a cinema, and Hope Park with its gardens, pitch and putt, and crazy golf courses. The park and the lake are just a stroll away from your accommodation. There are boats available for hire and a regular launch takes cruises around the lake.