3 Valleys in 3 Days - Family groups

Are you an adrenaline seeking family?

Then look no further! Spend three exciting days together in the Northern Lake District exploring three valleys via mountain walk, rock climb, ghyll scramble and Kayak!

Suitable for families with little or no experience of adventurous outdoor activities, with a reasonable level of fitness, and a can-do attitude!

Day One

Arrive late afternoon

Meet your Outdoor Leaders; get kit prepared, informal discussion regarding activities and venues

Evening meal then Catbells Terrace Night Walk.

The terrace path is a public bridleway, and runs along the flank of Catbells, about 50 metres above the road. Depending on light levels the terrace walk provides stunning views across Derwentwater to Keswick. The nearest island is St Herbert's Island, named after the 7th Century monk who lived there.

Day Two


Breakfast, then head off for Rock Climbing. A Borrowdale Valley classic, a climb on Shepherds Crag.

Borrowdale is 8 miles long and has over 1200 climbs to choose from, it is often claimed to be the most beautiful valley in the Lake District.  The first recorded rock climb in Borrowdale was by the Abraham brothers from Keswick in 1892.

Lunchtime - Back to the centre for soup and sandwiches 


Time to get wet! Ghyll Descent in the Newlands Valley, Stoneycroft Ghyll

Stoneycroft Ghyll is one of the best gorge scrambles in the Northern Lake District, there is the opportunity to dive and slide, with an option of jumping into the renowned 'washing machine'!


Dinner at 7.30pm with the option of a Derwentwater Lakeshore Night Walk, or social, feet up time!

Day Three


Breakfast, kit up in boots, packed lunches in rucksacks, journey up and over Honister Pass to Rannerdale Knotts, in the Buttermere Valley.

The Rannerdale fell walk is 4.5 miles and includes an undulating rocky ridge walk that takes in views of Buttermere village and lake. The summit of Rannerdale provides an excellent viewing point of Crummock Water and Melbreak Fell.  Dependent on weather, views can extend to the Solway Plain, Solway Firth, and across to Scotland. 

Rannerdale Knotts standing at 1165ft high, is said to be the site of a battle between native Cumbrians and Norsemen and the invading Normans in late 11th, early 12th century.  The famous bluebells (which can be seen in April and May), according to local folklore, are said to have sprung from the spilt blood of the slain Norman warriors. 


Final Activity - Kayaking on Derwentwater 

A Quajaq (Icelandic for kayak) is a small narrow boat, powered by one person with a double blade paddle.  They are so much fun!  Explore Derwentwater, one of The Lake District's most iconic lakes, featured in Beatrix Potter novels and used for the remake of Arthur Ransoms' Swallows and Amazons.  Journey to St Herbert's Island, named after the 6th century monk who loved there.  Finish off with a jetty jump, swim, and capsize!

Return to Centre

Tea and Cake - then goodbyes, travel home with a wealth of memories.

  • 3 day, 2 night

  • available all year

  • offsite activity

  • available from Hawse End Centre and Hawse End Cottage

  • all equipment, transport (pick up/drop off), full board accommodation included

  • from £310

  • additional cost if climbing wall used

  • minimum group charge applies