Have a go at new sports and fitness activities

Go Active at Brathay is all about promoting sports and fitness activities aimed at getting local people and visitors more active. Taster sessions will be available on the Brathay Hall site while the ASICS Windermere Marathon is taking place.

In a stunning setting visitors will be able to have a go at: entry level trail run; junior trail races; orienteering; open water swimming; climbing wall & high ropes activities; paddle boarding and archery. And, while cheering finishers in the Marathon and Brathay 10in10, enjoy the local food and drink on offer.

Sunday 20th May    11.00am to 4.00pm

Car parking available at the event - £5 per car.

Directions to Go Active at Brathay

Directions to Brathay Hall, LA22 0HP

Download the Directions To Brathay Hall PDF

Directions to Go Active at Brathay

Directions to Brathay Hall, LA22 0HP

Download the Directions To Brathay Hall PDF

Key Facts

Kilometres on our 'taster' trail run

Go Active at Brathay activities

Degrees C - Windermere water temperature in May

Runners in our junior races last year

with Kendal Bowmen


Kendal Bowmen Archery Club was formed in April 1972 by Father Frances Hughes, a Catholic Priest who had recently moved to Kendal. They run beginners courses throughout the year as well as supporting experienced and competitive archers. If you fancy having a go at archery, but are not sure if it is the sport for you, Go Active at Brathay is a good way to start.

Available: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Price: £3

with Brathay Trust

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Brathay's experienced team of instructors will teach you the basic skills needed to keep yourself safe and have a good time while high off the ground. Learn techniques for climbing on our climbing tower or experience the thrill of our zip wire and high ropes challenge course. All while enjoying an aerial view of other Go Active at Brathay sports and activities.

Available: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Price: Climbing Wall £3    Zip Wire £3    High Ropes Course £3

with Swim the Lakes

Open Water Swimming

Open water swimming adventures are a fantastic way to explore the Lake District. Be part of the rapidly expanding band of swimming enthusiasts who get a unique water level view of the surrounding fells.

Swim the Lakes are excited to be providing a perfect wild swimming experience as part of Go Active at Brathay. If you've ever been tempted to dive into an inviting, shimmering lake but just didn’t quite make the jump…then this is your moment! All you'll need to bring are towel and swimmers - everything else you need will be provided, just book, turn up and have fun!

Swim Ability & Fitness Level: Suitable for over 16’s who can swim well, but who are new to swimming in open water. Wetsuit and accessory hire included.

Duration: Each session lasts for approximately 1 hour.

Session start times: 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:30.

with Lakeland Orienteering Club

Family Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport that combines map reading and running or walking. Participants find their way between a series of checkpoints, called controls, as quickly and efficiently as possible. There’s no set route between the controls, so you have to decide which way to go and then find your way there without getting lost!

Available: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Price: £3 per map

with Windermere Canoe and Kayak

Paddle Boarding

Launch on to Windermere from Brathay Bay and have a go at stand up paddle boarding. Within the shelter of the bay to make for a comfortable first experience and with support from Windermere Canoe and Kayak you never know you may be discovering your new hobby.

Available: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Price: £5

with Jogging Pals


Trail running is a fantastic way to exercise in the great outdoors with friends and family. People of all ages can enjoy running in the countryside at their own pace, over varied terrain and always with great views of the surrounding landscape.

Another advantage of trail running is that it tends to be hillier(!?), requires more directional changes and demands more variation in stride length and footfall to avoid obstacles. Experts in running bio-mechanics believe these variations accelerate the process by which the stride becomes more efficient and muscles more engaged.

Our 2.62 km trail run is a fantastic opportunity to experience off-road running under the supervision of experienced run leaders.

Starts at 12.10pm

We are also holding junior mixed terrain races on the Brathay Hall Estate. Laps of a 1km course will be run by U8 & U10 (1 lap); U12 (2 laps) and U14 & U17 (3 laps). Starts at 11.00am.

Entry fee: £3

Trophies will be awarded to first girl and first boy in all age categories and will be presented by Joss Naylor, MBE.


A special thank you to all our sponsors and partners. Without your support we wouldn't be able to make Go Active at Brathay the successful event that it is.

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Other events

If Go Active at Brathay has inspired you to take your training and fitness to another level you might be interested in our Brathay Running and Brathay Cycling events. We have a number of events to suit your goals. You may also prefer to undertake your own challenge to support Brathay Trust's work.


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