Adventure

Why Arthur Ransome Made Coniston Magical for Kids of All Ages

Coniston is an idyllic place, it is more secluded, and moves at a slower pace to other parts of the bust Lake District but has all the beauty, charm and amenities you would expect from a world class destination. This part of Lakeland is made a little bit more special, as it was the inspiration for the children’s adventure series Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.

Adventures in Coniston

10 Great Things to Do with Kids in The Lake District

The Lake District is the UK’s biggest playground and whether it is running free in the great outdoors or having adventures with activity providers, Lakeland is the perfect place for kids to explore and have adventures.
One of the great things about booking a holiday cottage in the Lake District when you have kids with you is that you have your own kitchen so you can prepare the family packed lunch just as they like it and also have a family meal together cosy in the cottage after a great day out adventuring in the fells.

First Time Fell Walks for Children and Families

If you’re looking to introduce younger ones to fell-walking. Or if you’re looking for a gentle introduction to the joys of taking to the fells yourself, then we have put together a list of family-friendly fell walks, perfect for first-timers. All these walks are suitable for most abilities and there are no significant dangers, such as drops, scree or scrambling to worry about. Just make sure everyone has suitable footwear, clothing and a map and off you go!

Fabulous Family Walks – Part 2.

By Rachael Parkin

Whether they’re done on short legs or long, young legs or slightly older, wearing size 1 wellies or size 12 boots, get on your feet and stretch your legs on one of these fantastic family walks. These short, easily achievable walks allow the whole family to get out and about, enjoying the fresh air and stunning surroundings of the Lakes together.

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #12 Bagging those Tarns

Munro bagging. Bag a Wainwright. Bag that mountain summit. These we have all heard of but there is one more thing that I love to ‘bag’ in the Lake District, and that is the humble tarn. A tarn is defined as a small mountain lake and there are hundreds of them. What’s better is they are often quite high up a mountainside.

The rules are simple. Hike up to a tarn, and jump in. You don’t need to do a big swim but you need to at least get your entire body underwater. No, dipping your toes in does not count.

Lake District Lake Walks – Low Level Walks Along or Around Lakes

By Rachael Parkin

If you’re coming to the Lake District, chances are it’s because you want to enjoy one of the many serene, shimmering lakes, tarns, meres and waters the area has to offer. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite lakeside walks from short, wheelchair-friendly strolls to more rugged 10-mile hikes; there are walks below for all ability levels.

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #10 Trouté Diem – Seize the Trout

Now when I decided to start this blog series about adventures in and around my home in Coniston, I have to admit it was all adrenalin this, running that, cycling here, canoeing there and all other manor of activities to get your heart racing. Don’t get me wrong. My next blog after this one is probably one of the toughest local challenges I’ve come up with, but for now, I fancied doing something a little more relaxing. OK, a lot more relaxing – fishing.

Six Easy Wainwright Fells to Bag on your Holiday

by Rachael Parkin
If you fancy bragging about bagging half a dozen Wainwrights during your Lake District holiday but don't feel like your legs are quite up to scaling over 3,000 feet up the dizzying heights of Scafell or Helvellyn and the likes, or if you are coming on holiday with children and are looking for lower, safer summits to conquer without missing out on the spectacular scenery the Lakes has to offer then we've put together a list of some the easier, but no less rewarding, fells to climb during your stay.

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #9 The Double-Double Awakener!

It’s been almost exactly a year since I finished my world record bike ride across Europe. And in this year, I have cycled only three times and one of those times was to get some bread from the bakery 200 meters from our house. I always do this - go cold turkey right after a big block of cycling and I have to admit, I always regret it. It’s far easier keeping a steady fitness than trying to build it up again from scratch. Never the less, it’s now May, the sun is out (sometimes, this is The Lake District after all), it’s warm and I’m in desperate need to get back on the bike.

#Explorefromthedoor with Sean Conway - #8 My Favourite Low Level Hike

Winter walks are, in the words of Tina Turner, simply the best. Layering up, a flask of boiling hot tea in your thermos and a map snugly sealed in a zip-lock bag you’re ready to hit the trails. With winter, however, it can be extremely windy which can make heading up the hills feel somewhat out of your comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong. I love it when the elements are giving you a Rocky Balboa style battering but it’s not for everyone. Luckily there are many low level, easier routes that can turn your dreary winter day into an adventurous one.

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