Our local guide

Outdoor activities

Explore the outdoors

Mountain biking in Borrowdale


Nearby Newlands (just 2 miles from Manesty via quiet back roads) and the back of Skiddaw are great to explore; off road routes are well mapped and Whinlatter Forest Park (8 miles) specialises in mountain bike routes.

Rock climbing on Shepherd's Crag

Rock Climbing

Borrowdale abounds with crags challenging climbers of all levels; try the renowned Shepherd’s Crag (1.5 miles from Manesty by foot) and the less well known Black Crag (2 miles); the Bowder Stone, also within walking distance (2 miles), is great for bouldering; or tackle the unique Via Ferrata at Honister (5.5 miles). There is also the climbing and ice wall Kong Adventures in Keswick and the Keswick Climbing Wall at Castlerigg.

The via ferrata at Honister

Adrenaline Sports

‘Go Ape’ is a high ropes course at Whinlatter (8 miles from Manesty). The Via Ferrata at Honister is also recommended.  Or try mountain biking, a paragliding taster day with Air Ventures, or ghyll scrambling with the Keswick Climbing Wall and Activity Centre. Rookin House has activities like quad biking, human bowls and all terrain vehicles.

Wild Swimming

For outdoor swimming enthusiasts, Borrowdale is home to the famous Black Moss Pot (6 miles away), while the River Derwent has good swimming holes (less than a mile away) and the south end of Derwentwater has plenty of quiet coves. Swim the Lakes offer advice, equipment and swimming days.

Horse Riding

You can trek across the moors at nearby Rookin House Farm.


Enjoy 9 or 18 holes at any of the good golf courses in the area; Keswick is a challenging 18 hole parkland course with panoramic views.

Water Sports

Derwentwater and the Rivers Derwent and Greta are ideal for rowing, windsurfing, sailing and canoeing/kayaking. You can hire most gear at Nichol End Marine and Derwentwater Marina and at the Lodore landing stage (just 1.5 miles away) with Platty+, who offers professional instruction.

Kayaking on the River Derwent


Fish for trout in the various nearby streams and lakes such as picturesque Watendlath Tarn, or Derwentwater, one of the national park’s major lakes. Watendlath is a stocked tarn, licenses for fishing in Derwentwater can be purchased at Youdales newsagents in Keswick.

Sailing on Derwentwater


Keswick can claim to be the outdoor clothing and equipment centre of Britain with more than 30 specialist shops, so save your kit purchases for Keswick and make sure you are well equipped whatever you choose. George Fisher is well renowned for excellent service and quality products.

Paragliding above Derwentwater

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