At Newlands Adventure Centre & Keswick Climbing Wall

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You can’t come to the Lake District without taking to the water and trying your hand at Kayaking. Our water base is at the northern end of Derwentwater, one of the most beautiful lakes in England and close to the Centre. Kayaking is one of our more demanding but ultimately rewarding activities.

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Ghyll Scrambling

Ghyll Scrambling is hard to define but is invariably is the favourite activity of visitors to Newlands. A wet decent of a Lakeland mountain stream, Ghyll Scrambling starts with a twenty minute walk from our front door to the top of the ghyll.

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High Ropes Course

Climb, slide, balance and swing you way through the trees at height (approx.30 feet). Always under the supervision of your Instructor, you will travel through the tree tops to the final zip-line back to terra firma.

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You can’t come to the Lake District without taking to the water. Our water base is at the northern end of Derwentwater, one of the most beautiful lakes in England and close to the Centre.

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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing is one of our most popular activities. We use local crags which are best suited to beginners and intermediates and on the rare occasion that it rains, we have access to the Keswick indoor climbing wall.

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Archery is one of the oldest outdoor leisure activities in the UK, practiced by peasants and Kings alike. Based at our onsite range, you will be introduced to the necessary skills and safety rules.

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Field Archery

After a session on traditional archery targets to hone your shooting skills you are led by an Instructor through the woodland around the centre “hunting” our specially made foam creatures.

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The Tower Experience

After meeting your Instructor and getting fitted with a harness and helmet, you will climb to the top of the 14m Tower, pausing to take in a sweeping views of the Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Blencathera ranges; unique and stunning views of the heart of the Lake District.

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Bike Tour

What better way to explore the surrounding Newlands valley than on a mountain bike? This popular outdoor pursuit allows you to take in the beautiful Lake District at your own pace while learning to mountain bike safely and effectively.

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Orienteering lessons will give you the skills you need to navigate the Newlands Valley near Keswick and the surrounding Lake District without getting lost or missing a checkpoint.

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Group Accommodation

On site facilities include a Residents Bar, a large dining room (special diets can be catered for), a large and efficient drying room for wet gear and a comfortable lounge.

With spacious grounds, a river running right past our front door and with direct access on to the fells, rivers and lakes, where could be better than Newlands?

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We get asked a lot of questions about Rookery Woods so we hope thought we would answer some of them here for you! 

Where is Rookery Woods? 

  • Rookery Woods is based at Keswick Climbing Wall next to Castlerigg Stone Circle!

Do I need to Book? 

  • No! Rookery Woods does not require a Booking! However if we are really busy there may be a short way until we can let you in the Woods! During that wait you could use our onsite Café, The Hungry Heifer! 

How Much does it Cost? 

  • Rookery Woods is £5 per Child for all day! That’s it! Adult’s do not need to pay to enter Rookery Woods however you did need to be supervising your children in the Woodland at all times.

What is the Age Limit? 

  • Rookery Woods is designed for Children aged 8 and under!