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Adventure stag do weekend in the Lake District

5 Aug 2014 - Emma

On all or stag party events we throw ourselves into whatever weird and colourful activities each group of lads want.  Unlike Hen parties, where we are slightly more delicate and forgiving (at times), stag parties always tend to get a healthy dose of ‘Man up pills’ and ‘Attitude adjustment lessons’ from Jason and Dan.  So when one particular group of enthusiastic gents approached us about having a wilderness camping experience we happily said, ‘YES’.

Arrival at Distant Horizons

After…

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Pond Life at Distant Horizons

17 Jul 2014 - Emma

Not only is Distant Horizons surrounded by 30 acres of meadows and woodland, teeming with wildlife, but is now in the process of gaining a pond.

The hole is dug and now all it needs is a bit of liquid sunshine, but we can manage without that for a few months yet.  The pond is roughly 60m x 40m and 5ft deep and once established nature will be encouraged to take over, and we hope to see a host of insects and pond life including butterflies and dragon flies.

200 native trees will be planted around the pond and surrounding meadow…

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CIOB. North West -Novus Cross Lakes Challenge 2014

8 Jul 2014 - Emma

On Saturday the 5th June, four students from The University of Central Lancashire’s School of Architecture, Construction and Environment took part in the Chartered Institute of Building’s Novus Cross Lakes Challenge in the Lake District with Distant Horizons:

Edward Clegg, Matthew Lakey, Mark Ruscoe and Daniel Tempest, all first year Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors were given the opportunity…

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An adventure team building day for Greencore in the Lake District

Over the years Distant Horizons has had the pleasure of working with wide range of companies in a huge range of outdoor adventurous activities.  This time, ‘Greencore’ a leading international producer of convenience foods, came to visit our beautiful part of the Lake District National Park.  

Briefing

After arranging a nice gentle 10am start the group arrived on site seemingly confident and ready to go.  We sat them down, introduced ourselves, put the kettle on and calmly explained that the next six…

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Spayne Lindsay Charity Challenge

12 Jun 2014 - Emma

Proudly, Distant Horizons designed and hosted a charity challenge event for a wonderful group of people from Spayne Lindsay and its associates.  By utilizing our stunning natural surroundings we created a 9 hour, 3 stage challenge event that would make any daring participants mum proud.  The participants in their teams of four would each have to complete an orienteering style challenge in 3 different disciplines; walking, cycling and canoeing.  Each section had a time cap of 3 hours and failing to return to the challenge base within…

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Do you need some team building ideas?

Team building is a diverse subject but essentially it is about a group of people having a shared experience, for fun or development.  Although having fun is a key component of what we do we focus on using the outdoors as a tool for development, and we feel that for a team to truly realise their potential they must leave the comfort zone and try the unknown.  So, in short here are our 4 main ideas for creating an effective developmental team building experience.

Challenging Activities

The first of our team building…

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Canoe and Cream Tea?

Enjoy the breath taking beauty of Ullswater lake on one of our canoe tours and then gorge yourself on a delicious cream tea in a luxury 4* hotel.

The tranquil nature of Ullswater is a big draw and makes this part of the Lake District a real gem in the crown, and being out on the lake offers a fantastic view point from which to take in the surrounding scenery.  Our canoe tours do just that by journeying down and around the lake to see it from all angles and to explore the islands and beaches along the way. 

Although it…

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Work experience at Distant Horizons

18 Apr 2014 - Emma

Here is an account of life at Distant Horizons by our recent work experience placement:

I have found my time at Distant Horizons really beneficial regarding my understanding of how an outdoor centre works, from doing maintenance to canoe sessions on the lake and also how an event is ran and planned out.

I have enjoyed my work experience with Distant Horizons as it has been a good laugh but also a learning processes at the same time. I have learned a range of things including tying knots and the importance of looking…

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Lake District rainy days

10 Apr 2014 - Emma

The clue is in the name so yes the ‘Lake District’ does experience rainy days, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in your tent or hotel.  Rainy days in the Lake District just encourage you to think outside the box and we are here to help. 

If you still want to get into the outdoors don’t let the rainy days stop you, gorge walking (or Gyhll scrambling or canyoning) is the perfect activity…

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Unicef Adventure Challenge 2014

Unicef are back for more!  

After taking up the challenge of the Lake District 3 Peaks last year we are now hosting their next event which is a Multi-Activity Adventure Challenge which individuals can join to help raise money for disadvantaged children in Syria.

The challenge involves: 

  • Hiking up Helvellyn, one of England's highest mountains, via the famous ridge scrambles of Swirral and Striding Edge
  • Undertaking a 12km sea kayaking journey on Ullswater, England's…

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