GlaraMara Outdoor Centre

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GlaraMara Outdoor Centre: Glaramara Outdoor Centre is ideally located to offer a wide variety of outdoor adventures, giving you fantastic opportunities to discover and explore the real English Lake District. Activities are designed for all age ranges and abilities: for individuals, groups or families. You can concentrate on one activity for half a day or a full day session, or you can choose to experience two activities over a full day. You will be coached and encouraged throughout your time with us by our team of highly qualified and experienced instructors. All specialist and safety equipment is provided and issued to you from our well equipped store.

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Whilst discovering the fascinating vertical worlds offered by the waterfalls, gorges and cliffs of the Lake District. Our experienced team will provide a supportive and sympathetic introduction allowing you to develop your confidence, skills and technique on a variety of impressive descents.


Ever though that you could be the next Robin Hood? Why not come along and learn the basics of this technical and rewarding sport?
Our experienced team will provide a supportive and energetic introduction, allowing you to develop your confidence, skills and technique. This is a fun session for all the family or group and you can learn the necessary skills to help you feel confident.
Specialist up-to-date equipment is included in this activity.


This full day adventure gives you access to the incredible underground world beneath the Yorkshire Dales. Under the guidance of highly experienced professionals who have extensive local knowledge, you will be introduced to the many features of limestone cave and karst scenery. You will learn to move safely and surely through water-worn passages, streams and pools; identifying stalactites and stalagmites, curtains, straws, flowstone and perhaps some cave dwelling creatures. For those wishing to explore their limits, optional routes include squeezes, crawls, potholes, slides and swims!
All specialist clothing and equipment is provided to prepare you for this exhilarating adventure.

Fell Walking

The exceptional range and variety of walks on offer provide many opportunities for ramblers of all backgrounds to experience these hills. Our instructors will guide you to such summits as Gable and Scafell or away from the crowds to sample some of the Lakes best kept secrets.

Gorge Adventures

These fast flowing watercourses have cut deep into the hillsides, providing the backdrop for the jumps, slides, dives and climbs which make this activity so different, exciting, popular and memorable. So come and join us in this action packed activity where you will find yourself climbing waterfalls, sliding down chutes, jumping into plunge pools and crawling through tunnels.

Mine Exploration

Generations of miners have carved tunnels and shafts to extract the valuable rocks and minerals of the Lake District. The exact date of the discovery of graphite in this area is not known for certain, but it appears likely that the medieval Furness monks knew of this resource and there are records of German miners exploiting it in the early 1600s.
Explore with us the depths of the exciting and historically interesting Plumbago graphite mine. Your underground journey into this fascinating world will involve navigating a route through spectacular corridors linked by vertical shafts accessible only via abseil.

Mountain Biking

Borrowdale and the surrounding area offer miles of scenic off-road all weather trails, from steep mountain challenges to relaxing introductory rides. Your session will start with a comprehensive induction to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable with the equipment and techniques. Half or full day rides take you through forests and across fells, with stops at cafes to refuel and relax along the way. For the more experienced, expert coaching in more advanced techniques is available.


If you are ready for a challenge that is both mental and physical and gets you off the beaten track, then orienteering is for you! You will learn to read and interpret a variety of specialist orienteering maps and use these to help you navigate interesting and challenging routes through forest and woodland on foot or by bike. This activity can be a fun-based family trip, be used to improve your navigation in the mountains or act as a stepping stone to participation in competitive events.

Problem Solving

An enthralling way to test your mental and physical prowess, to work as a team and have fun with others. Activities are offered over a half or full day programme. Favourite challenges and experiences include: The Blindfold Trail, Tree Climbing, Crate Building, Pillars of Wisdom, Spiders Web, Balance Beam, Tantrix Challenge, Stepping Stones.

Rock Climbing

The craggy rock outcrops of Borrowdale have long been recognised as superb venues for the introduction and development of rock climbing skills. Our team of highly qualified and motivated instructors will introduce you to the vertical world of this magical sport.
Your session will start with a comprehensive introduction to the equipment and skills needed to scale these cliffs safely. You will leave us with all the basic skills necessary to take part in further guided rock climbs.

Tyrolean Gorge Crossing

This is one of the most exciting and accessible activities in the Lake District. From rope bridges to aerial runways, you will be taught to construct and operate your own systems for crossing that big drop.

Canoeing Kayaking

Derwent Water features five islands, is three miles long, just over a mile wide and 72 feet deep. Watched over by the fells of Derwent and Castlerigg, the lake was described by Keats as being shut in with rich-toned mountains. You will be based at our lake-side site which has recently enhanced facilities. You will be introduced progressively to all the necessary techniques needed to move your canoe or kayak on a safe and exciting journey around the lake. With lots of games to play along the way you will enhance your skills, discover ancient burial sites and have opportunities to study local wildlife and history.

Coracle Building

Our experienced staff will teach you the necessary crafts and skills needed to construct your own modern-day coracle. Once you are happy with your craft it will be time to put it to the test! You and your team will experience the challenge of negotiating a local river in a race against the neighbouring tribes.

Raft Building

You will be based at our comprehensively up-dated site on the lake side. You will be introduced to all the necessary materials and techniques, then work as part of a team to construct a water-worthy craft. Once built, you will pit your vessel and your wits against others in challenges and races.

Viking Boating

Learn what it was like to live as a Viking! In either a half or a full day session you will discover the clothes the Vikings used to wear, the tented dwellings they inhabited, then make and sample the food that they used to eat. Spend time learning to make Viking craft items of the sort that they would sell at market, then set out on an exciting journey around Derwent Water in a Viking Long Boat.


How to get here


Take the M6 motorway to junction 40 (Penrith). Follow signs to Keswick and West Cumbria (A66). Head into Keswick, at the mini roundabout take the B5289 (signposted Borrowdale) which leads you south beside the lake (Derwentwater). Go past the village of Grange (on your right) and proceed through Rosthwaite. 7 miles from Keswick, just before the village of Seatoller, find Glaramara Outdoor Centre on your right.

Public Transport

The nearest station is Penrith which lies on the west coast main line. Penrith is 25 miles from Glaramara and we can arrange transport from the station if required. Trains run regularly from all over the country to Penrith station and from there regular bus services link to Keswick (number. X4 X5) and then on to Borrowdale (number 77 77a 79).


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Address: GlaraMara Outdoor Centre, Seatoller, Borrowdale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5XQ, UK
Phone: +44 17687 77222
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