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Dark Sky Activities

Lake District

Explore the secret world of the Lake District by night and observe our galaxy at its very best.

The Lake District is one of the most excellent venues in England for Stargazing. 80% of UK residences live under light-polluted skies and can only see about 30 stars in the night sky. Cumbria is listed in the top 5% of the darkest areas in the whole of Britain. On a clear night, we are lucky enough to be able to see thousands of stars, constellations and the Milky Way just with the naked eye.

When Dark Sky Sessions are available: 

Sessions from Nov to March (when the clocks have gone back). Watch this space for dates!

How to Book:

You can book our activities online here. (Dark sky activities Nov - March only)

 

If you are looking for alternative dates/times, cannot find your chosen activity or have children below the stated age please do contact us to arrange your activity - we will do our best to accommodate you. For some of our more bespoke activities please contact us.

Please note: All under 18's must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Rest assured - all our bookings come with a no quibble Covid-19 refund policy.

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Dark Sky

Canoeing

A magical experience on the water

Experience something truly unique. Join us on a tranquil night-time canoe paddle on Coniston Water and enjoy the beauty and vastness of the night sky in the heart of the Lake District. Expect to meet like minded people on this magical experience.

The guided canoe tour will start in the day-light, giving you time to get to grips with paddling the canoe.

We will find a secluded bay where we will light a small fire and enjoy hot soup and crumpets toasted over the fire and watch as the sun sets over the magnificent mountain scenery.

Once the sun has set, we will continue our canoe journey stopping along the way to look up and marvel at the stars, identify some constellations and see the beauty of the Milky Way.

Suitable for: Age 12+ 

Fitness Level: Moderate

We provide: Buoyancy Aids, Head torches. Hot brews and food. All safety kit. A local expert instructor. Insurance

Bring with you: Lots of warm layers, Waterproof Jacket and Trousers, Warm Hat and Gloves. Wellies or trainers.

Full kit list and directions here.

Price: £49 pp 

Duration: 3 hrs

Available from Nov 21 - March 2022 - watch this space for dates.

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Dates:

March 13th 2021   5.00 - 8.00pm

March 26th 2021   5.30 - 8.30pm

 
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Date:

March 20th 2021   5.00 - 9.00pm

Stargazing, Dinner 

& Spoon Whittling

Stargazing with a difference.

Join us on our beautiful private country estate for an evening of Food, Spoon Whittling and Star Gazing. A truly memorable experience.

After a short walk into a stunning Oak Woodland, we will congregate around an open fire. Here, you'll be shown how to use a bushcraft knife, hook knife and an axe safely as well as some handy techniques and grips needed for wood whittling. After this, under the watchful eye and guidance of the instructor, you can have a go at carving your very own spoon - which you can take away with you as a memento of the evening.

Over the camp fire, a Chilli Con Carne will be cooking away, along with rice and garlic bread to enjoy for our evening meal (Vegan Chilli option available).

After the meal, we will exit the wood and sit out on the fell land and look up at the night sky. Here we can marvel at the stars, identify some constellations and see the beauty of the Milky Way.

The event takes place on our private country estate, nestled between the Coniston Fells and the Duddon estuary. There is a central area covered with a large parachute so you can stay dry whatever the weather and also a composting toilet provided for your comfort throughout the evening.

Suitable for: Age 14+   

Fitness Level: This is a very relaxed activity.

We provide: All specialist equipment. Food and Hot Drinks. Insurance

Bring with you: Lots of warm layers, Waterproof Jacket and Trousers, Warm Hat and Gloves. Warm footwear 

Location: Grizebeck nr Broughton in Furness

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Price: £55 pp 

Duration: 4 hrs

Available from Nov 21 - March 2022 - watch this space for dates.

 

Dark Sky 

Walk

The Lake District in all its glory

A truly unforgettable night-time adventure in the Lake District National Park and one that not many people get to experience.

This Dark Sky walk has it all; remote open fell land, stepping stones over a bubbling beck, paths alongside the beautiful Beacon Tarn and a 255m peak with stunning 360° views that overlook Coniston Water, the Old Man of Coniston, the Western Lakes fells and of the Duddon Estuary.

You will meet your friendly local guide at dusk, where they will lead you up the fell when everyone else is heading home. Expect to meet like-minded people on this fantastic night time experience.

Suitable for: Age 16+ 

Fitness Level: Good - Expect strenuous and uneven terrain.

We provide: Head torches. All safety kit. A local expert instructor. Insurance

Bring with you: Lots of warm layers, Waterproof Jacket and Trousers, Warm Hat and Gloves. Walking Boots - Snacks and water. 

Location: 10 minutes drive from Coniston

Price: £29 pp 

Duration: 2 -3hrs

Available from Nov 2021 - March 2022 - watch this space for dates.

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Date:

 March 19th 2021   6.30 - 9.30pm

 
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Dates:

March 12th 2021  4.30 - 8.30pm

March 27th 2021  5.00 - 9.00pm

Stargazing & Bushcraft Cookery

Fire, Food & Stars... A perfect evening!

The session involves you learning how to fillet a whole Rainbow Trout and cook it indigenous style over an open fire. You will of course have a go at lighting the fire, only using traditional methods, such as flint and steel with natural tinder or even try out the fire bow! You will also bake fresh bread and roast potatoes over the fire. 

If we are lucky, we may get a glimpse of a few of our nocturnal residences, such as badgers and foxes who live in our woodland. Afterwards you'll have a chance to Stargaze out on the open fell beside the Wood.

The event takes place on a private country estate overlooking the Duddon estuary. There is a central area covered with a large parachute so you can stay dry whatever the weather and also a composting toilet provided for your comfort throughout the evening.

Our Bushcraft Cookery and Stargazing evening is fun way to get out with like minded people, learn some new skills and enjoy the peace and tranquilly of the woodland and all it has to offer.

Suitable for: Age 14+   

Fitness Level: This is a very relaxed activity.

We provide: All specialist equipment. Food and Hot Drinks. Insurance

Bring with you: Lots of warm layers, Waterproof Jacket and Trousers, Warm Hat and Gloves. Warm footwear 

Location: Grizebeck nr Broughton in Furness

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Price: £55 pp 

Duration: 4 hrs

Available from Nov 2021 - March 2022 - watch this space for dates.

 

Path to Adventure Ltd

Keepers Cottage, 

Ashlack 

Grizebeck

Kirkby in Furness

LA17 7XN

England