As May half term rapidly approaches, parents around the county are starting to think about how to limit ‘screen time’, make sure their kids get out in the fresh air and make the most of what’s on our doorstep.

One local company has solved it; Sue and Ross Wallace of Reach Beyond Adventure have created a week-long series of activities that encourage family time, promise plenty of exercise and most importantly, make memories. With bushcraft, ghyll scrambling, rock climbing, abseiling, cliff jumping, kayaking, canoe journeys and wild camping, there’s something to suit all ages and abilities.

Ross commented:

As parents we know that making sure children aren’t stuck in front of a screen during the holidays is crucial – for their mental, as well as physical, well being. It’s so easy to find digital distractions in this day and age, but nothing beats a family adventure day or a chance to learn (or rediscover!) bushcraft skills alongside your children.”



This May half term’s programme runs as follows:

Monday 29 May

Mountain & Ghyll Adventure

The ultimate rock and water challenge! Spend a day out in the fells above the Ullswater Valley rock climbing and ghyll scrambling.
10am – 4pm




Tuesday 30 May

Canoe & bushcraft journey

Take to the water by canoe journeying around Ullswater stopping off along the way for one or two bushcraft activities such firelighting and shelter building. Fun and adventure for families, friends, small groups & individuals.
10am – 4pm


Wednesday 31 May

Ullswater Adventure Days

Get the most out of a day in the spectacular Ullswater valley with a canoe journey stopping off along the way for a lakeside abseil and cliff jump challenge.
10am – 4pm


Thursday 1 June

Rock Climbing Adventure (am)

Rock climbing is held at a small lakeland crag amongst some spectacular Lake District scenery. This fun and exciting day is ideal for families, friends, small groups and individuals.

9.30am – 12.30pm


Ullswater Mini-adventure (pm)

Grab an afternoon of adventure with a kayak or canoe journey stopping off for a lake-level rock scramble & cliff jump challenge.

1.30pm – 4.30pm


Friday 2 June

Bushcraft Adventure

Feel the thrill of starting a fire by spark, constructing a temporary shelter, creating your own camp gadget & even cooking over an open fire.

10am – 4pm




Friday 2 June (overnight)

Wild camping

Why not extend your day into an overnight adventure with our wild camping experience?  Build your very own shelter, cook dinner over an open fire and sleep out under the stars!


Full day activities cost £40 per person while half-day activities cost £25 per person. The overnight wild camping costs £45.  Suitable for all ages and children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult (under 10 for the mountain and ghyll adventure). All specialist equipment, fully qualified instructor, public liability insurance, licensed adventure activity provider and a guaranteed fun day out!  Activities can be booked individually or combined with other activities for a 1-day or multi-day adventure.  Reach Beyond Adventure can also offer competitively priced private bookings.


All activities must be pre-booked – call 017684 83867 to book your place today. For more information on Reach Beyond Adventure, visit www.reachbeyondadventure.co.uk. For further information on the Ullswater Valley and all it has to offer, visit www.ullswater.org



For more information or images, please contact Sam Bunting on
07866 492 891 or email 

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