Things to do

With two of England’s most beautiful and wild National Parks and two Areas of Outstanding National Beauty on the door step, Kendal is an ideal location from which to start your campervan holiday. The bigger question is with so much to see and do…where will your adventure take you?

With so very many amazing places to see, things to do and out of the way gems to explore, it’s tricky to know where to start planning your campervan adventure. To help you get the most out of your holiday we have teamed up with the guys at Wild Things Publishing who are the experts in all things wild, fun, outdoors and ‘off the beaten track’ to bring you some of the very best of what the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales have to offer

In partnership with Wild Things Publishing and using the following guidebooks we have put together a list of some of our favourite places to go in and around the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Put the kettle on, sit back and start getting excited about your holiday.

Simply click on any of the guidebook images below to explore the adventures that await!


The Thriver
Full Day

A bushcraft experience which include: shelter building, fire making, water collecting, foraging & plant identification, navigation, signalling, medical knowledge and movement over rough ground. A minimum of 2 adults required when booking.

Woodland Wanderer
Half Day

A family-friendly guided walk and bushcraft adventure which may include wildlife observation and tracking. A minimum of 2 adults required when booking.  

Canoe and Bushcraft
Full day

“The open canoe and the ethos of bushcraft go together perfectly. Marrying impact free travel to reach areas unattainable by any other means, with the self sufficient, low impact tradition of bushcraft!” This is not a survival course! But a fun, and educational day journeying in stable open boat canoes to venues on and around the lake. Along the way...

Outdoor Activities

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
(SUP) Half Day

An outdoor water sports activity where a rider (you!) stands up on a large board and uses a paddle to move through the water. Derwentwater’s numerous islands, beautiful bays and sheltered river mouths provide a stunning background for your stand-up paddleboarding experience. With part of the lake a designated nature reserve there can be plenty of wild life around, so...

Esk Gorge Scramble
Full Day

Gorge Walking is a more ‘extreme’ version of ghyll scrambling experience often known as Canyoning or gorge scrambling! You will be rock climbing, scrambling, diving and swimming through a natural gorge with some really physical moments as you climb up and under the waterfalls. We will cover swimming into and out of waterfalls, how to read the water, and how...

Climb the Mine
(Underground Via Ferrata) Half Day

Climb the Mine is a completely unique experience that can be found nowhere else in the country! Set inside the Honister slate mine, Climb the Mine is an underground adrenaline filled adventure course travelling deep underground a Lake District Mountain. Tackle the steep Ladders, wire bridges, Tarzan swing, zip wire, etc. Based on the outside Via Ferrata course, you are...

Our Providers

We have also teamed up with some of the Lake District’s finest and most experienced outdoor providers to bring you an array of adventures you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Ideal for families, friends and anyone with a sense of adventure, there is something here for everyone, the only question is which one will you choose…

Mobile Adventure

A small, adaptable, professional and highly flexible outdoor company which runs a wide variety of activities across the Lake District, and sometimes further afield. If you want to do something outdoors these guys can make it happen for you.

For the last 15 years, MobileAdventure have provided a whole range of outdoor activities to suit all ages and abilities. They are a small, independent company focused on providing families, groups and individuals with a great outdoor activity experience at an affordable price; from taking on the UK’s original Via Ferrata, rock climbing in the Borrowdale Valley and Canoeing to Kayaking, Paddleboarding or Ghyll Scrambling, they can show you the very best outdoor adventures in the Lake District.

Keswick Canoe & Bushcraft

Based in the heart of the Lakes, Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft are group of professional, committed instructors with years of experience ready to take your outdoor experience to the next level!

Specialist providers of canoe tours, river trips and bushcraft and wilderness skills, they are able to offer courses and activity days for both beginners and advanced level to better suit your needs. Choose from an array of unique experiences and activities, from learning the fine art of spoon carving, shelter building and flint and steel fire lighting, to their signature Canoe and Bushcraft day on beautiful Derwentwater.

Whether you are out on the water, in a forest or on a hill, you can relax and enjoy your time as every member of their team is extremely knowledgeable and highly qualified.

Green Man Survival

Immerse yourself in the outdoors, reconnect with nature and learn some new skills with Green Man Survival on one of their bushcraft and survival experiences. Located in the heart of the Lake District and specialising in real world, reality based survival training there really is something for everyone. Offering courses and survival experiences suitable for all from adventurous young families to born survivors and everyone in between.

All experiences are offered on a private booking basis for you and your group so you have complete flexibility to choose dates that work for you.