Family Activities

Trip Advisor Quote

"The location is good for walking, activities (we did ghyll scrambling and rock climbing through a company the owners recommended) and probably group activities with an educational element as there is a large open downstairs area."

There's loads to do for families close to the Felldyke location, listed below are just a few within striking distance of the bunkhouse:

Keswick has two indoor climbing walls, which is a great bad wet weather option.  They can provide instructors and all the gear you need at either  or

If you fancy a less serious climbing experience, Maryport has got a clip and climb where kids and adults can all have go, without the need for prior experience or an instructor.
                                             Climbing Wall Image                    clip n climb
                                                Keswick Climbing Wall                                           Maryport Clip and Climb              
It might seem a bit obvious, but kids can walk for miles, with the right incentive and occasional  distraction.  Flat Lake side walks include circuits of Buttermere (4-5 miles) but you don't have to go all the way round........and then there are the Fells.  There are hills to suit all ages and aspirations from donders up Sale Fell or Low Fell (one of the best views in the lakes) and Binsey Beacon, to full on mountain Days on Pillar Rock.  Whatever you plan on doing, check the weather before going and carry a map, compass and decent waterproofs for everybody.

                                                                Grisdale Pike in the background                                 On Top of Grisdale Pike
Ennerdale has miles of quiet, wide, gravel forest tracks with gentle gradients, brilliant for children gaining confidence and needing a few miles under their belts or just a nice way to spend the day.

At the bottom of this page is a Pdf file which contains the Ennerdale cycle routes.
Cyling Keswick to Threlkeld is brilliant, there's gentle gradients and loads of interest  in the scenery and a pub to aim for in Thelkeld. Once you finish, its a short walk into Keswick for a bite to eat or a swim (you park close to the pool) 

For bigger kids....Whinlatter Forest has fantastic mountain bike trails including an easier Blue Trail suitable for older children

Go-Ape and Whinlatter Adventure Playgrounds
High level, high wire aerial runways and wire bridges can be found at Go-Ape.

Whinlatter Forest Park

At the same site is an extensive adventure and multi-activity play park and number of forest walks suitable for smaller children and a great cafe.

Outdoor Swimming- If you are feeling adventurous, Crummock Water is a great place to swim, it has parking at the northern end (closest to Cockermouth) near to the beaches with gently sloping sides.
Indoor Swimming - Keswick fun pool has slides, a wave machine and lagoon type pool.  Cockermouth Pool is a more traditional swimming pool, but good for learning or practising.  Both can be found at

Steam Railway
The La al Ratty or more formally the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a brilliant narrow gauge steam railway.

                                                                La al Ratty Steam Trains                                                                             Eskdale in the sunshine
Derwent Water Steamers
Jump on and off the Steamers which carry-out circular routes, stopping at a number of stops around Derwent Water.  Walking between stops is within the capability of even the smallest children and Nickel End Marina does fantastic (and big) home baked scones, which are fresh out of the oven at around 11am.

Cockermouth has a softplay in the form of Jordans Jungle.

Felldyke Bunkhouse,
7 Aug 2016, 13:14