Family Adventure Capital Seasons

Cumbria Adventure Capital UK for Families Season

Adventure Capital UK Steve Messam Ben Barden
Written by Kirstie Pelling

Cumbria Adventure Capital for Families Season

Cumbria is the UK’s Capital of Adventure. Or so it claims. But it’s not just a claim, it’s a long term project which aims to attract outdoor, adventure-minded people to the county, give them world class opportunities to adventure when they get here, and encourage them to spend their dollars, pounds and euros while they’re out and about.

Image: Cumbria Tourism, Ben Barden. Sign: Steve Messam

But what does being an ‘Adventure Capital’ actually mean? And what can this iconic landscape that has inspired everything from poets to climbers, offer a wealth of diverse age groups with all their different needs and demands?

Over the next year we’re on a mission to find out. And as a family oriented site, we’ll be concentrating on what Cumbria Adventure Capital UK can offer families. Yes that’s everything from Granny to the newborns. No pressure then, Cumbria as we launch our Family Adventure Capital UK season!

The Cumbrian Fells? Family Adventure Capital UK?

We’ll be chatting to adventure providers about what they do for a living, but also what they like to do for fun and bringing you their personal tips on the very best adventures for families visiting Cumbria.

We’ll be talking to the people who came up with the initiative and those who are driving it through. We’ll be finding out what they think an Adventure Capital is, what it takes to be one, why it matters and trying to unearth who the competition is.

Derwent Water Freezes – A once in a lifetime walk?

We’ll be exploring how you can book your adventures, how easy it is to access them, how much value for money they offer and ultimately if they’re any fun.

And of course we fully intend to have a go ourselves throughout the year, at activities we haven’t tried before and a few of those we have, reporting back on what it’s like to adventure in different ways.

To kick off the season, we’ll be cycling across the county on the famous C2C (coast to coast) route during February, blogging about some of the people, places and passions we find along the way. We’ll start with our toes in the Irish Sea and end with them in the North Sea which seems an adventurous enough proposition in the middle of winter even without the cycling in between.

On the fells, on the water, indoors, outdoors, the options are endless

Whether you’re first time family adventurers, family adventure addicts or more inclined to adventure from your armchair, we’ll be inviting you to get involved as the season develops.

Cumbria may have England’s five tallest mountains and its deepest and largest lakes, it might even be the Adventure Capital of the UK; but we want to know is it the Family Adventure Capital?

Find all our Cumbria Adventure Capital UK for families season of posts here.

Read some of Cumbria Adventure Capital UK posts

  1. “What is an Adventure Capital?” we asked Cumbria Tourism
  2. Imagine an adventure island: kids design their Capital of Adventure  
  3. Are you a purist or not bothered? 
  4. C2C Day 1: Setting Out: Workington to Cockermouth
  5. C2C Day 2: Northern Lakes: Over Whinlatter and into Keswick
  6. C2C Day 3: In the Shadow of Blencathra: Keswick to Penrith
  7. C2C Day 4: Goodbye Lakes, Hello Pennines: Penrith, Hartside Summit & Alston
  8. C2C Day 5: Over the Pennines: Nenthead to Allenhead and onto Consett
  9. C2C Day 6: Welcome to the North East: Consett to Beamish & Sunderland
  10. C2C Day 7: The end of the ride: Along the Wear in Sunderland
  11. Climbing the Walls: Ever tried family climbing? Keswick Climbing Wall
  12. Welcome in a wild place: Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel
  13. Bushcraft survival expert Woodsmoke shows us firelighting
  14. We climbed out of Cumbria and into Iceland, meeting Dick Phillips
  15. Ever felt like you were destined to meet? Lyzzick Hall Hotel 
  16. You’re in the North East Now Laddie; Visiting Beamish on C2C 
  17. A journey’s never over until it’s over, completing the C2C
  18. A special proposal for Leap Year: 29ers in Keswick
  19. Counting Sheep.. in Cumbrian: Yan, Tyan, Tethera..
  20. Lake District hills with no sweat and no tears… Electric Bike Network
  21. Our blue sky, go green, 10 point, Go Lakes travel plan!
  22. Helen Skelton at Keswick Mountain Festival
  23. In a tent with Chris Bonnington at Keswick Mountain Festival
  24. Adventure! on the timetable in Cumbrian Adventure Schools 
  25. Jubilee beacon lighting on Catbells – Night Hike with a purpose
  26. How do you find tranquility in busy places? Roving Tai Chi in The Lakes
  27. Lake District Via Ferrata at Honister 
  28. Has the Olympic torch lost its way? Torch relay arrives in Winderemere
  29. Passion, percussion and pyrotechnics blows away the Lake District
  30. What lies beneath? The invisible volunteers that fix the fells 
  31. The Tallest Wall in England: Lakeland Climbing Centre

  • What would you like us to find out about Family Adventures in Cumbria? 
  • Got any questions, suggestions, recommendations? 
  • We’d love to hear from you. Click comments below and get typing. 

About the author

Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the Editor of The Family Adventure Project. A professional writer and poet, she's the creative and journalistic force behind many of the stories and features published here. She's a co-founder and co-director of The Family Adventure Project and also works as the #poetinmotion producing and performing poetry for print, video and live performance.


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