Look no further than the Lake District, Cumbria for inspiration.

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2017? Perhaps you want to conquer new heights on an iconic Lakeland mountain, switch off with a meditation break, or take part in the ultimate outdoor challenge event? The Lake District, Cumbria is the perfect place to inspire you. With breath-taking scenery, tranquil places, and quirky venues on offer, there is only one thing left to do…go for it!

  • Conquer new heights on an iconic Lakeland mountain:

Twice as high as the Shard and seven times the height of Big Ben, Via Ferrata Xtreme at Honister Slate Mine, near Keswick, is the ultimate way to broaden your horizons and boost your confidence.  Boasting Europe’s longest Burma Bridge, it’s packed with plenty of vertical climbs, cliff-edge ladders, rock-face rungs, and rope-bridge crossings. You don’t need any previous climbing experience for this high-octane adventure, as you’re attached to a cable at all times and guided by professionals up the rock face. Cost is at £45 per adult.



  • Learn how to make whisky like the experts:

Join the award-winning team at the Lakes Distillery at its idyllic site near Bassenthwaite and take part in the magical art (and science) of whisky making. The Stillman Masterclass Experience gives participants exclusive access to the distillery and its closely guarded distilling processes of The Lakes Single malt. The experience includes lunch in the award-winning Bistro at the Distillery and your very own bottles to take home. Price is £195 per person.



  • Get back to Mother Nature with an organic spa retreat:

Lakeside Hotel & Spa has just become the first destination spa in the country to launch AVEDA‘s new Tulasāra skin care range, based on the ancient healing art of Ayurveda. The AVEDA brand is a pioneer in organic, holistic beauty and Tulasāra means ‘moving toward balance’ in Sanskrit. With that in mind, the spa’s tranquil location on the southern shore of England’s largest natural lake is the perfect location for a radiant winter pick-me-up. Tulasāra’s Dual Exfoliation Peel costs £99 for 1hr 45min or £79 for 1hr 15min.



  • Find your inner peach with a meditation break:

Enjoy a break at the Buddhist Temple at Conishead Priory in Ulverston. Unwind and learn how to relax through mediation techniques and develop a positive state of mind and inner peace. This artistic temple is located in quiet and tranquil surroundings by Morecambe Bay, making it the perfect place to retreat to on selected weeks and weekends throughout the year. Prices start from £65 per person.

Conishead Priory


  • Take part in a challenge event:

The Lake District is the perfect backdrop for any outdoor adventure, so why not put months of training to the test by entering a challenge event to really get the adrenaline going. Take to the estate of Dalemain Historic House near Ullswater and run your socks off at the Trail 10 Dalemain event on Sunday 26th February. This 10k race takes in figure of eight loops across open fields and sections of road within the grounds of this impressive stately home; it’s the perfect event to kick start your running year. Entry is £25 per person.


  • Enhance your culinary skills:

Roll your sleeves up and get stuck in with a one day practical cookery course at Lucy Cooks in Staveley, near Kendal. From spicy Thai and vibrant Spanish, to fantastic Italian and great British dishes, you’ll be cooking up good food in good company. With courses designed to suit everyone from novice to Nigella… there’s something for all reasons and all seasons! Costs £108.25 per person for a Daytime Practical Course with a Love Cumbria Card.


  • Reunite with old friends:

Visit Rosetrees on the Lingholm Estate, a Lake District hideaway designed by the Victorian architect who created London’s Natural History Museum. Split over eight levels, the six-bedroom house on the tranquil shore of Derwentwater has been newly restored and opened as a holiday home for the first time. Combining period features with mod cons including a TV and games room, it’s an ideal meeting place to catch up with old friends. A 3-night weekend stay is £1,520.



  • Learn a quirky new skill:

Are you looking to learn something new which is a little bit quirky? How about making your own drum lampshade from wonderful, fresh fabrics; being a blacksmith for the day and creating a fire poker, chestnut roaster, or dragon hook; or trying your hand at Raku pottery – one of the most dramatic ways to fire pottery. Greystoke Cycle Café in Penrith delivers many quirky one day courses, from £25 per person.


  • Navigate your way to the hills:

Enhance your map reading skills and never get lost again with a navigation skills course designed to help you confidently find your way on the fells, whatever the weather. Learn how to read a map and use a compass to help you plan for your days out. Choose from a one or two day course with experts Mountain Adventure Lake District and spend a day at altitude. Prices start from £100 per person.



  • Visit Cumbria’s top attractions:

Make your ‘to do list’ a little different this year and visit as many tourist attractions as you can with the new Love Cumbria Card. Valid for 2 weeks, this new rewards card gives two people access to over 40 exclusive offers across Cumbria such as ‘2 for 1s’ and up to 30% off entrance prices to popular attractions. The Love Cumbria Card costs just £10 and is valid until 31st March 2017.

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