This experience combines two of our most popular, all-year round, activities. We’ve listened to guest feedback and put together a 2-hour activity that combines 4x4 off-road driving with a mini bushcraft experience. With stunning views of Lake Windermere on the private Graythwaite Estate, our off-road course is a real gem taking in the natural landscape with instruction delivered by our qualified, enthusiastic and knowledge team. Whether you’re a first-time off-road driver or an experience 4x4’er, the course will provide you with thrills and challenges and we’ll tailor the tuition and input accordingly. With you instructor in the passenger seat, you’ll negotiate steep inclines, jaw dropping descents, epic leans and water crossings, all with unrivalled views. After an hour of driving, you’ll either park up or head to our bushcraft base, to learn about one of the essential survival skills; fire lighting. You’ll build the fire to boil the ghillie kettle and to toast marshmallows and make s’mores – all of which taste so much better in the outdoors. Campfire chat will include many aspects of outdoor survival, the local habitat and life on the estate. The Land Rover comfortably allows up to 4 adults who can share the driving, or some may prefer to simply enjoy the ride. Children love the experience just as much and are more than welcome to join in and are actively encouraged to take the lead on the fire lighting. For groups of 5 or more, we either assign a 7-seater Land Rover or you may opt for 2 vehicles and journey in a convoy.
Guests to Graythwaite Adventure can enjoy a variety of other awesome land and water-based experiences; just 4x4 off-road driving or just bushcraft, archery, axe throwing, clay pigeon shooting, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing and RIB boat tours. Land-based activities are available all year, watersports April to October. Experience : Explore : Escape.
Upon arrival at our 4x4 and Shooting Site, please make use of our free parking before meeting with one of our friendly and experienced instructors. Following introductions, you’ll board the Land Rover for a 2-minute drive through the estate to the start of the off-road course. During the short drive, your instructor will discuss any previous off-road driving experience, any reservations, and your aims for the adventure. Once at the course, your instructor will talk you through the manual controls, sustainable driving techniques and safety considerations before you get behind the wheel. Then, it’s over to you, with your instructor in the passenger seat to help you navigate the course. Drive time is one hour, which will be shared between those of you in your party who’d like to drive. Then it’s on to the bushcraft experience, in the ancient woodland – an ideal activity to complement the driving. As with all our activities, we only offer private experiences meaning we don’t mix bookings, which allows us to concentrate on you and your guest(s) exclusively. Convoys available for larger groups.
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From Ambleside (The North) Continue along the B5825 until you reach Hawkshead. From Hawkshead, follow signs towards Newby Bridge. Stay on this road for roughly 5 miles. You’ll pass Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery on your left, continue on past. You’ll then see Graythwaite Saw Mill on your right then you’ll pass the entrance to Graythwaite Gardens which are also on your right. From here continue for approximately 150m. The entrance gate to the car park is on your left and marked with a Graythwaite Adventure sign either side of the gate. Please turn into the field and follow the track to our car park. If you miss the gate and reach the main entrance to Graythwaite Hall, please turn around. From Newby Bridge (The South) Follow signs towards Lakeside, YMCA Centre and Hawkshead and continue on the B5825. You’ll pass the YMCA Centre on your right before passing the entrance to Silverholme Manor. When you see a small post box installed in a wall on your right continue straight on, the main entrance to Graythwaite Hall will be on your left. After a few hundred yards you’ll reach our entrance gate on the right with the Graythwaite Adventure either side. Please turn into the field and follow the track to our car park. From the Windermere Car Ferry When you disembark the ferry continue on the road until you come to the first left turning, the turning is just before a white and black sign for Far Sawrey. Take this turning and follow the road for approx. 2.9 miles. At the end of this road you will reach a T junction. Turn right at the T junction. Follow the road for 0.2 miles and the entrance to our site will be on your right with a Graythwaite Adventure sign either side of the gate. Please turn into the field and follow the track to our car park. Transport available by request. We’re happy to collect you from your accommodation by 4x4, boat or minibus!
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