Lake District Short Break
- This is a self-drive holiday*
- Transfers to and from activities are all included
- Accommodation: 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in a standard double/twin room at either Keswick Country House Hotel or Glaramara Hotel (subject to availability)
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- Two half-day activities: choose from fell walking, ghyll scrambling, climbing, archery and water sports (canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding) (the order of activities is subject to change)
- All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors
*Please note that, as you will not require your own vehicle once in the area, we can provide you with local taxi details, so that you can arrange your own transfers from Penrith train station to the hotel, should you choose to arrive by train. Please speak to our Family Travel Experts for further information.
The Lake District is perhaps one of Britain’s most picturesque regions and a firm favourite for family holidays. With an array of pristine lakes surrounded by looming colourful fells, it is an ideal location for multiple adventurous activities and provides a peaceful and idyllic setting.
The carefully chosen activities during this adventure are based in the magnificent Borrowdale Valley whose scenery is the very image of the English countryside. Water-based activities take place at Derwentwater which offers otherworldly views of the surrounding landscape and is aptly known as ‘The Queen of the English Lakes’. This short break adventure includes two half-day activities as standard, which your family can pick from a choice of fell walking, climbing, ghyll scrambling, archery and water sports (including canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding). These activities are hugely popular with families as they allow children to develop and be challenged whilst also having a great deal of fun in complete safety!Read more
Throughout your trip, you have the choice of two different, yet equally fantastic, accommodation options (subject to availability). For families with younger children, we recommend staying at Keswick Country House Hotel, which is ideally situated in the delightful market town of Keswick. The town remains very traditional and is the very essence of the Lake District with its abundance of independent shops, outdoor equipment stores, cafés and cosy traditional pubs. Alternatively, for those with older children, Glaramara Hotel is also an option, with its double/twin rooms and rural setting close to the River Derwent.
This is a self-drive family activity holiday but if you would prefer not to drive and take a scenic train route to Penrith train station, we can provide you with local taxi details, so that you can arrange your own transfers to the hotels. Please call our Travel Experts for further information.
Image credits: Keswick Country House Hotel, Glaramara Hotel, Visit England and Alex Hare
Day 1 Arrival and Welcome
Upon arrival in the spectacularly scenic Lake District, you will make for your accommodation at either the Keswick Country House Hotel, or Glaramara, where you can check in this afternoon.
Depending on your arrival time, you might be able to fit in an additional afternoon activity today; please speak to our Travel Experts for further information on costs and timings.
During the evening, a welcome meeting will be held with your guide to discuss the programme. This will be followed by a delicious welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.Included Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - 3 Choose Your Included Activities
We have included two half-day activities as standard within this holiday and you can pick and choose which ones you would like to do as a family.
The activities will take place in either the morning or afternoon, with time for you to enjoy lunch on your own (payable locally). If you’d like to include more activities, please speak to our Travel Experts for a quotation.
You can pick two activities from the following choices: fell walking, climbing, ghyll scrambling, archery and water sports (including canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding). Each activity allows you to experience the Lake District in a different way, from mountain top to lakeside.
Fell walking will take you into the mountains in search of enchanting panoramic views of the surrounding colourful landscapes, while climbing will challenge you to search for rocky routes to the top of the crags. Ghyll scrambling will have you journeying through a scenic gorge, descending downstream in a series of jumps, slides, scrambles and swims.
For those of you who’d like to make the most of the stunning lakes, you can also choose to go canoeing or kayaking, or maybe even try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding. The spectacular location provides the perfect backdrop for these fun-filled family activities.
If you’d like to try something even more adventurous, we can also offer an additional activity to Honister Slate Mine, where your family can enjoy climbing along the Via-Ferrata with its breath-taking views of the surrounding scenery. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for further details.
Following your days’ adventures, you will return to your cosy accommodation and enjoy an evening meal each night.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Departure
Following your final breakfast, today you will return home, or we can also arrange for you to extend your stay in the Lake District.Included Meals: Breakfast
Guest can choose between accommodation options (depending on availability). The Keswick Country House Hotel offers family rooms (two adults and a child on an extra bed), whilst the Glaramara Hotel has twin and double rooms, ideal for families with older children who can stay in their own room.
Included in price
Keswick Country House Hotel
The Keswick Country House Hotel is an elegant Victorian building beautifully situated in four acres of award-winning gardens, offering a welcoming family-friendly base for your adventure in the lakes. The staff members here are extremely friendly and welcoming and will be sure to make your stay an enjoyable one.
Its ideal location on the outskirts of the charming town of Keswick means families have the freedom to explore on foot and enjoy a multitude of popular visitor attractions, walking trails and independent shops, restaurants and cafés. You can wander down to Derwentwater with relative ease and enjoy a dip in the lake if you wish.
- One of our favourite things about this hotel is the restaurant - it offers a tasty and varied evening menu with something to suit everyone and a focus on local produce. We can arrange half board for you for your stay should you wish. There are also many good restaurants in the town itself
- Free Wi-Fi in public areas
- Guests can park here free of charge
- Families can enjoy walking trails and croquet on the surrounding lawns and gardens
- The hotel is just next door to a great public swimming pool with a wave machine, slides and Jacuzzi
Double and twin rooms: the hotel has 74 bedrooms in total. These are all en-suite with TV, radio, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The rooms can also accommodate an extra bed if needed. They are all comfortably furnished.
Some of the guest rooms are situated in an annexe building a very short walk from the main hotel.
Image credits: Keswick Country House Hotel
Glaramara Hotel is situated in a superbly rural location, surrounded by dramatic fells, lush, green fields and the meandering River Derwent. Only 20 minutes’ drive from the market town of Keswick, it’s easy to pop along for a visit.
It has 33 rooms in total and is aimed at families with older children, as the majority of the rooms are double or twin capacity.Read more about this accommodation
- The fantastic hotel restaurant and bar offers a variety of tasty dishes, with plenty of locally-sourced ingredients to enjoy, all cooked by their award-winning chef
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
- A drying room, should you get caught in a Lake District downpour!
- Families can enjoy several walking routes from the hotel’s doorstep
Double and twin rooms: there are 25 double and twin rooms and 8 single rooms, all of which are en-suite. Each room is decorated in a stylish and comfortable fashion and most of them have views of the surrounding fells. Each room comes equipped with complimentary tea and coffee. Toiletries and towels are also provided.
Personalise this tour
Honister Slate Mine - Via Ferrata
This is the perfect option to fill your free day with adventure at a height and is great for families with older children. Honister Slate Mine’s ‘Via Ferrata Xtreme’ makes for an excellent introduction to climbing. This mountainside ‘iron road’ of rungs and ladders allows beginner climbers to safely scale incredible heights and take in some spectacular views.
Please note that there is a minimum height of 1.3m and a minimum age of 10 years old for this activity
Duration: half dayFrom £67 per adult
Upgrade to full day fell walk
If you have chosen to do the half-day fell walk as part of our standard package, we can upgrade this to a longer, full-day activity if you would like to spend more time exploring the Lakeland Mountains with your expert guide. There are a variety of different walking routes available, which your guide will select based upon the conditions and ability of the group. There will be games along the way to allow the group the chance to get to know one another and for the children to make friends. A picnic lunch is included with this full-day activity.
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Price based on: 2 adults sharing a standard double/twin room with 1 child (extra bed) at the Keswick Country House Hotel OR 2 people (paying the adult price) sharing a twin or double room at the Glaramara Hotel. There is no child discount when staying at Glaramara Hotel.
|Departure dates between|
Thu 01 Jul 2021
to Fri 29 Oct 2021
|Child (8 - 13): £345.00||Adult (14 and over): £475.00||Enquire|
|Keswick Country House Hotel||ADULT||CHILD|
|Child sharing with 1 adult or 2 children sharing an adult free room||£80|
|Single supplement in double/twin room (no single rooms available)||£354|
|Bank holiday supplement (Friday, Saturday and Sunday all applicable) per day||£14||£14|
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying an initial deposit of only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you do proceed, then a further deposit of £350 per person will be payable. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation. Please note: pre-sales prices do not include flights.
|Departure dates between|
Thu 30 Jun 2022
to Fri 28 Oct 2022
|Child (8 - 13): £385.00||Adult (14 and over): £530.00||Enquire|
For our full booking terms and conditions please click here
Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum group size of 4 people and maximum 24 (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
Minimum and maximum age
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
It is vitally important that you advise us prior to departure of any medical or dietary condition relating to any member of your party so that we may notify our local staff before you arrive. We recommend only drinking bottled water from bottles with unbroken seals and be vigilant about the use of ice in drinks and ice cream.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are correctly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc.) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.activitiesabroad.com/booking-conditions
We all had a great time. 04 August 2018 by The Eisenberg Family
Simon was an excellent guide/instructor- very good with the kids, pushing them but also having fun with them. Thank you so much.