Newlands Adventure Centre is Keswick's largest provider of outdoor activities and the UK's longest established outdoor activity centre. With some of the best facilities in the Lake District and located in a truly beautiful and unique environment, we are an AALS licensed centre committed to providing you with the best instruction and accommodation available. Have a look at our website for much more information and photos.
Providing half and full activity days for residential and non residential groups, families and individuals. National Governing Body courses available
Climbing with Abseiling
A visit to either a local crag or Keswick Climbing Wall where you will be introduced to basic skills enabling you to reach the top of climbs which become increasingly harder as you gain in experience and confidence. Then, once at the top, you will abseil down, ready to start again.
Once you have all your kit on, an Instructor will walk you to the head of a mountain stream and then lead you on a wet decent of the ghyll; leaping off waterfalls, sliding down through plunge pools and generally getting very wet!! Suitable for non swimmers as long as they are confident in the water.
Canoes are the boats which can seat two or three people together and have a single ended paddle. After some instruction on basic paddle strokes and safety, you will head out to explore Derwentwater, maybe visiting an island or two.
Kayaks are the single seated boats with a double ended paddle and after some instruction on basic paddle strokes and safety, you will head out to explore Derwentwater, maybe visiting an island or two.
After a safety briefing and some instruction on basic skills, you will soon be going for gold in this most ancient of sports. An ideal option for the less energetic but one that is full of skill and concentration.
Starting with an introduction to map work, you will soon be finding your way around the local area looking for hidden points.
Explore the Lakeland fells on two wheels. After an introduction to riding techniques, you will be led on a route suited to your groups ability.
A full or half day exploring the surrounding fells, led by an instructor on a route to suit your groups ability and the weather.
High Ropes Course
1. The Woods: A series of high level challenges set in the centre's woodlands. Go on a blindfolded Bear Hunt, scale the Lumber Ladder, solve the Monkey Puzzle, swing off the Crow's Nest, cross Causey Causeway if you can, meet the challenge of the Stair Rod, cross the rapids on the Canyon Crossing and leap from the Major Oak's summit. Suitable for everyone, old and young and does involve climbing heights.
2. The High Ropes: A high level course set in the woods of a nearby farm. Attached by a harness to a safety line, you will meet a series of challenges set high in the trees, culminating in a high speed zip wire.
Summer Mountain Leader Training
Summer Mountain Leader Training and Assessment Course are being run throughout the year. Based at Newlands Adventure Centre, these courses make the most of the wonderful fells and mountains in this area. Please contact Newlands to find out dates and prices.
Single Pitch Supervisors Award Training
Single Pitch Supervisors Award Training and Assesment courses are being run throughout the year. Based at Newlands Adventure Centre, these courses make the most of the wonderful crags in this area. Please contact Newlands to find out dates and prices.
Newlands is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. Changing rooms available. Team building and corporate events catered for. Navigation Training also available.
From the A66, turn into the village of Portinscale. Go through the village and out into the countryside until you see the right turn to Swinside and Buttermere. Pass the Swinside Inn pub, head down the hill and you will see a games field on your right. The road takes a 90 degree turn to the right, Newlands is immediately on your left, just before a hump backed bridge.The nearest railway station is Penrith, which is 20 miles away.
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