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- The Lake District Challenge. Bike it. Hike it. Paddle it
- The ultimate way to explore this Unesco World Heritage Site
- Tackle all terrains as you bike, hike and kayak in the heart of the Lake District National Park
- Conquer the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks – Old Man of Coniston
- Experience the beauty and the brawn of England’s best adventure playground
- Bike & kayak and associated equipment hire all included
- Organise your own accommodation that suits your comfort levels and budget
- Private bubble trips available for groups over 10 people.
The Lake District’s postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes paints the perfect landscape for your multi activity adventure! Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston, tackle the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale forest and kayak across the picturesque Coniston water.
The hire of all bikes, kayaks and safety equipment is included in the challenge. The Lakes Multi Activity Adventure includes approximately 10 miles of cycling, 5 miles of trekking and 2 miles of kayaking. The sense of achievement is huge as you conquer this 17 mile route of steep climbs, gruelling hills and paddle along one of the largest natural lakes in the UK.
Booking with Adventurous Ewe means you not only will you experience these iconic mountains with locally based Mountain Leaders, your summit achievements will be in support of Cool Earth. A big win-win and a big thank ewe.
Private bubble groups
Do you have a group of 10 or more people? We can tailor The Lake District Challenge to your requirements. We’re here to make this iconic Lake District multi activity adventure a great success for all involved. We offer this challenge between the months of May – September For more info on Private Bubble Trips please contact us at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01492 588 069.
This multi activity adventure provides a fantastic way to explore and experience both the well known and some off the beaten track gems of the Lake District National Park. You’ll have a central base to which you will start and finish each of your activity sections. You will complete the adventure in teams of no more than 10 people per team and will be accompanied by a certified Bike, Mountain & Kayak Leader at all times.
First leg – 10 miles cycling
After a short safety briefing you will be kitted out with your bike to tackle the first leg of The Lake District Challenge. With the Old Man of Coniston rugged peak looming behind you in the distance you will follow the shores of Coniston Water winding into the impressive Grizedale Forest. With tackling a step climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Old Man of Coniston and the lake which eagerly await. You will then have a sweeping descent before following the scenic route skirting the shores of Coniston Lake and back to base.
Included: Bike hire – mountain bikes provided and will be fitted according to your height and helmets will also be provided and must be worn at all times whilst on your bike.
Distance covered: approx. 10 miles on road and forest track
Second leg – 5 miles Old Man of Coniston Trek
Arriving back at base, you’ll swap your bikes for boots and begin the ascent of The Old Man of Coniston at 803m. Your climb will start on the quiet country lane which climbs steeply for the first half mile. Following another steady climb you’ll come to Low Water Lake, a great place to stop and take in your surroundings. The path continues up the hillside, zigzagging as it ascends where you’ll notice the remains of old copper workings as the lakeside village of Coniston was originally established to support the local mining industry. The final section will see you trekking a few steep steps before reaching the summit!! From the peak your view will take in the surrounding lakes and mountains and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the Lake District. Following your obligatory photo snap, your descent takes you down the same path before arriving back at base.
Distance covered: Approx. 5 miles
Trekking time: Approx. 2 – 3 hours
Third and final leg – 2 miles kayaking (weather dependent)
Your final activity awaits at the shores of Coniston Water – a 2 mile kayak. You’ll be kitted out for the water element of your challenge and following a briefing you’ll have the chance for a practice before venturing out onto the lake. This is the perfect well-earned rest for those legs after your bike and mountain climb. Coniston Water is a magnificent glacially formed lake nestled amidst some of the Lake District most spectacular scenery. Weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the summit of the Old Man of Coniston and Grizedale Forest which gives an incredible sense of achievement.
On returning to the shores you can celebrate the completion of this epic Lakes Multi Activity with your fellow team mates.
Included: Kayak hire – double sit-on-top kayaks, buoyancy aid & paddle
Homegrown multi activity adventure
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local communities and livelihoods, we’re keen to promote adventures on home ground particularly to help support the local tourism industry here whilst also giving you the chance to get out and explore our incredible Lake District landscapes in a safe and fun manner.
This multi activity has been designed to deliver an amazing experience and showcase the some of the most stunning landscapes across the Lake District whilst also giving you the chance to step out of your comfort zone and gain a greater understanding of the mountains, local environment and local communities. Plus you can experience different activities, learn new skills and traverse across the Lake District under your own power with bikes, boots & boats.
We’ve crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of The Lake District Challenge, and plant or protect enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.
What’s the number?
It works out on average at 20kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, leaders, crew and office operations.
The only thing not included is travel to the Lake District. Given that our beloved guests travel from all parts of the UK for this adventure we have no way of reliably knowing their travel plans therefore we’re unable to include an individual number in the figure on display here.
What does the number mean?
To give you a snapshot of the numbers:
- Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you).
- A return economy class flight London – New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
- 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air over a period of 5 – 10 years.
What are we doing about it?
Our adventures are relatively low-carbon by design, and we’re working to develop long term carbon reduction plan. Following much research into climate change organisations, we carefully selected to support the environmental charity, Cool Earth. They’re a sustainable operation and work with rainforest communities across the globe to halt deforestation and it’s impact on climate change. We invest 1% of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects world-wild with Cool Earth.
On a local level in the UK, we’re an ongoing business member of the Snowdonia Society, plus Jim and Sue, together with some of our local leaders, also help the Society with their local projects such as planting native trees in Snowdonia. This is to help preserve the landscape and enhance wildlife habitat here in Snowdonia.
Want to know more?
We believe that with great travel, comes even greater responsibility. Tourism is one of the most important and largest industries on the planet. It employs more people worldwide than any other, with millions of families relying on tourism for their daily needs. At Adventurous Ewe we believe that our type of small scale, positive impact tourism can bring benefits to many communities, help preserve the environments we travel to see, and provide real and positive social exchanges. Here is our plan to do our part towards helping reduce factors that we can contributing to climate change as part of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency.
On booking your Lake District Challenge, you’ll receive all the exciting event info via our free mobile travel app.
You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper to benefit the environment and the need of carrying around documents with you. A’ppy days.
With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service for your Lake District Challenge. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this adventure and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the UK in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.
Having hosted this fantastic adventure on numerous occasions, both Jim & Sue are well placed to answer any of your questions, no matter how big or small.
Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.
The Lake District Challenge is intentionally a challenging adventure which is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something great. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place.
For more info, please visit our Safety and Well-being page.
You’ll be accompanied by certified Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew for each activity of your Lake District Challenge. Our Leaders are first aid qualified and have extensive experience in leading biking, hiking and kayaking events in the UK. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. Leaders and Crew will carrying full safety equipment and first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items. The Leaders and Crew will also be in constant radio communication with the vehicle drivers and base throughout your event.
We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety and wellbeing and to make your experience more authentic.
The minimum group size for this challenge to run is 10 people and the maximum group size is 40 people.
You’re most welcome to join this adventure as a group of family, friends, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo adventurer. If you have a group of over 10 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trip for your team, your charity or your company. You are also welcome to use this trek as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.
For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trek, we’d love to hear from you at email@example.com or call 01492 588 069.
The Lake District Challenge is a team event and is not designed to be individual competitive race. You will be taking part in teams of between 10 people with a dedicated Leader for each leg. We encourage team spirit and support of each other to ensure everyone has the best opportunity to complete the challenge and enjoy the journey along the way too. This event is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and share an incredible adventure whilst being accompanied and supported by friendly and experienced Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew.
This Lake District Challenge is graded as a ‘Medium’ challenge and an ideal introduction to multi-activity events. Preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this adventure. A good level of fitness is required. During the cycling leg you will be travelling on roads and forest cycle trails on a mountain bike. You do not need to have previous mountain biking experience for these trails though please note, there is some challenging hill climbs. For the kayak section you do not need any previous paddling experience. You will receive a full kayak brief and instruction and have the chance to practice your new skills prior to starting your paddling journey. For trekking the Old Man of Coniston, a good level of fitness will really help you tackle some of the steeper slopes. The terrain is rough and rocky in parts.
A training programme will be provided. It’s a fantastic challenge and the sense of achievement is huge on completion of this epic one day adventure in the heart of the Lake District.
A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations.
We also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities – Her Spirit and the Bath Kettlebell Society. For more info, please visit our Training and Preparation page.
The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!
A full kit list will be provided when you sign up for The Lake District Challenge. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic event and an uncomfortable one.
Bikes, helmets, double sit-on-top kayaks, paddles & buoyancy aids are provided. Rest assured any equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised and was not used 72 hours before you use it and then will not be used for the next 72 hours.
To help you get the very best from your Lake District Challenge we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in independent Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and this adventure.
The weather in The Lake District can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. In the week leading up to your trip we recommend checking the Mountain Weather Information Service. You will also receive weather updates via our mobile travel app.
Please note, the Leader/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it as your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
There is no accommodation provided on The Lake District Challenge to give you the flexibility of booking a suitable accommodation place where you feel most comfortable and within your budget. A list of camping, hostel, B&B and hotel details will be provided upon registration.
You will need to make your own way to the event start point for the Lake District Challenge. The closest train station is Windermere and there are trains available from London Euston. A transfer can be provided from Windermere train station to Coniston at a set time if pre-booked with us one month in advance of the event. Further information will be provided once you have registered for this challenge.
As part of your Lake District Challenge you’ll be provided with a packed lunch of local produce and the checkpoints will have snacks and water refilling stations. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know when booking your trip.
Please bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your trek) and refill at the checkpoints to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water bottles.
The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’
You can make a difference too with taking part in the Lake District Challenge and purchasing one of these environmentally friendly reusable alternative bottles compared to single-use plastic water bottles. Grab a Water-to-Go bottle through Adventurous Ewe and receive a 15% discount. Even better, Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% to our charity partner, Cool Earth. For more info please click here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.
There will be toilet facilities at the event base however if nature call when you’re on the trek, you will be limited to the great outdoors. Therefore, please be prepared with biodegradable waste bags (dog poop bags are ideal) and biodegradable loo paper and leave no trace of your paper items.
Deposit: £45 per person payable on booking.
Remaining balance: of £120 per person is due for payment no later than 4 weeks prior to the event start date.
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You’re welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.
As well as carefully crafting amazing and meaningful adventures across the planet, we’ve made booking them as flexible, safe and as simple as possible. With the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we’ve made a number of updates to our safety guidelines, flexible booking conditions and trip departures. For more info, please our Book and Travel with Confidence page.
Adventurous Ewe Financial Guarantee
Any monies paid to Adventurous Ewe for a trip are immediately placed into a Trust account and not used for the day-to-day operations of the company. So, in the unlikely event of our insolvency, money paid in respect of future travel will be refunded, in full. This pledge has been honoured since the foundation of Adventurous Ewe in 2007. No client has suffered financial loss outside our T&C’s whilst travelling with us.
Rest assured, your money is safe in any and all circumstances. There has been and always will be full financial protection on your booking. If your adventure needs to be cancelled for any reason, like say a global pandemic, you won’t be left stuck and you’ll be offered plenty of alternative options thanks to our financial protection through our insurance with Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC. What’s more, in the very unlikely event of Adventurous Ewe going under, you’ll get your money back and be repatriated if you were on a trip at the time.
All your trip info will be sent to you through our mobile travel app which is free to download. You will receive an email from Adventurous Ewe with your personalised log in code for this app.
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Your Adventurous Ewe Leader/s and Crew will have a mobile phones and radios communications in case of emergencies. The team are trained to deal with these situations. Please ensure you listen to your Leader during these times and refrain from putting any posts on social media during this time. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trek, your Leader and crew will make the necessary arrangements. Depending on the situation, you will be met by the support vehicle (depending on access) and you will be transferred back to your accommodation or nearby medical facility as required. Your Emergency Contact at Adventurous Ewe HQ is Jim Young on 07747 346 588.
We are very excited to have teamed up with leading climate change charity Cool Earth, who share our mission to protect the planet’s precious environment in a sustainable manner. The future of rainforest protection is where everyone makes a difference to climate change! We invest a % of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects around the world through Cool Earth. You are most welcome to help make a difference too by sparing a few pennies. Please give what you can and help save the world’s rainforests today by clicking here. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. Thank-ewe.
Before your challenge:
- All trip info supplied via our free online travel platform
- Personalised support from the Adventurous Ewe team
- Exclusive discount code for equipment & kit from Joe Brown and The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel. Online code provided on booking
- Multi Activity Training Programme
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and emergency management planning.
During your challenge:
- Cycle & Mountain Leaders and Kayak Instructors
- Hire bikes and helmets
- Kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
- Kayak briefing, instruction & support on the lake
- Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
- Entrance permission to national park & lake
- Snacks, hand sanitiser, water and packed lunch during your challenge
- Celebratory fizz on completion of your challenge
- All logistical management and transport of kit and equipment.
What's Not Included?
- Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
- Getting to the start and finish of the event
- Accommodation & dinner the night before the event. This can be organised at an additional cost
- Any additional snacks & electrolytes
- Any expenses incurred with leaving the event early; ie. change of rail tickets, etc.
- Personal spending money.
Sustainable and Responsible Travel
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering events in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at the core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!
Some of the sustainable features embedded in our Lakes District Multi Activity are:
- We only operate with small groups which have less impact on local communities and the environment and give you a more authentic experience
- Using local crew who are qualified leaders and extremely experienced, passionate and knowledgeable
- We do not use any single use plastic and refill water bottles and flasks to avoid the need to purchase bottled water
- We recommend locally owned accommodation wherever possible
- Encourage our suppliers to adopt more sustainable practices and also choose suppliers who already have greener practices in place
- We do not use any route markers which are often made from plastic based products and non-biodegradable
- Where possible, our Leaders collect any rubbish enroute
- We recycle and reuse wherever possible
- We always operate by our ‘Leave no trave ethos’ – Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.
- By taking part in this trip you are helping us support the climate change charity, Cool Earth, and local environmental charity, the Snowdonia Society.