An absolutely fantastic weekend. The facilities were perfect for what we required, clean and perfectly useable. The staff were great and really informative and professional. The location is also a great place to base yourself and has some stunning views.
Brilliant weekend had by all involved. Facilities are great and had everything we needed. Aaron and the rest of the team were brilliant on the activities. It's an ideal base for a great weekend away.
A huge thanks to Emma and Arron for another fantastic experience. We think you’re both brilliant!
Lisa - Boat Tours
From talking to Emma over email to taking on the challenge, it was really relaxed and fun. As someone who suffers badly from anxiety I was made to feel at ease and there was no question that they wouldn't go out of their way to answer.
Nikki - Windermere 21
Excellent 2-hour session learning the basics of canoeing/kayaking. Instructor very professional and tailored the session perfectly to suit our needs. Very enjoyable time spent paddling and we're looking forward to doing more of it.
Jenny - Canoe Coaching
Distant Horizons have been a brilliant company to work with, very professional and very well organized, delivering a safe and exciting event.
Dave Rollins, Dig Deeper Adventure Race
11 of us from Essex completed the 3 Lakes Challenge - kayaking 35 kms in 10 hours! We are not athletes but mixture of middle aged and young men and women. We all had the same goal - to raise money for charity.
A massive thank you to the Distant Horizons team who were fantastic and shepherded us through the day to complete the challenge. We are all so proud of ourselves despite the aching muscles... brilliant memory and experience - thank you.
Jenny, Action for Carers - 3 Lakes Challenge
We all had a fabulous time, the equipment provided was far beyond what we imagined and the organisation was excellent.
Karen, Geens Accountants - Lake District Ultra
You delivered a great experience for us; in particular I would like to thank you for doing your best to help us out, even on a weekend where you seemed to be very busy.
Iain Murray - Kayaking
Our company did the Lake District Ultra over 12 hours to raise money for charity. Very organised, lots of equipment. Emma and Aaron were very good. Aaron had the patience of a saint and made me feel at ease. We pushed ourselves to the limit and were exhausted but would definitely do it again.
Anita, Geens Accountant - Lake District Ultra
Very well managed, excellent value for money. Great way to enjoy the lakes. Pace was not too challenging, the variety of snacks were very welcome and choice of packed lunch imaginative. The accommodation was amazing and well appointed. The boats were heavy but ideal. The weather less than perfect made no difference to the overall fun.
Julia - 3 Lakes Challenge
We went to Distant Horizons for an archery session as part of a hen weekend. Arron was great at keeping 11 ladies in order and we all had a laugh. The games were really fun and really brought out our competitiveness! Lovely to have photos sent to us after the session and Emma was super helpful with all booking queries from start to finish. Would definitely recommend! Thanks very much
Sam - Archery
We had a great team building day. I am literally sore from laughing. The staff were brilliant. Would highly recommend.
Emma, Warwick Dental Care - Team Building Day
Great day today spent on the water Kayaking with family.
Stuart our instructor really brightened up the day with his knowledge of the local area and had great banter for my 7-year old daughter.
Her hi-light of the day was her cliff jump into the water that she can't stop talking about.
P - Kayak Tour
We had a fantastic time & all really enjoyed our morning kayaking so thank you for a great experience, & Arron was a great guide!
We would definitely recommend & would most definitely book again next time we are in the beautiful lakes.
Rachael - Kayak Tour
We had a family of 13 - ranging from 7 years to 75 years - booked for kayaking and a cliff jump for my 40th Birthday. It was completely brilliant. We were really well looked after and instructed, and the activity suited our big range of ages. The cold and a little rain only adding to the fun! Highly recommended!
Lisa - Kayak and cliff jump
We all had a great weekend, thank you to Emma and Arron for the organisation and delivery.
We had the most amazing stay. Great friendly staff. A guide who was lovely to put up with us 'lads'. Arron...or as we decided to rename 'Angela...or Ang for short' was a great sport, wearing our glitter and treating us as lads! Accomodation is top notch. Better than we expected. The layout inside is fab plenty of space. We enjoyed pie chips and peas and gravy all sat together at a table...then pushed the table aside for a great area for midnight pillow fighting. A fab outdoor area to sit and enjoy the fresh air even if it rains. We managed to all gather around the fire most of the evening and lay back and watched the meteor shower. We lost count how many shooting stars we saw. Marshmallows on the fire...couldnt ask for more. The value for money for the lake district was the best. All round mint mint time! Lads lads lads!!!!
Tracy - Activity Package
We had a fantastic time.Many thanks to Emma and Arron for an amazing experience. We will certainly be recommending you to friends and family on our return and hopefully will be back to have a go at something else.
Miles - Canyoning
Absolutely brilliant service from start to finish. Enjoyed every second. Emma and Aaron both great!! Thank you xx
Sarah - Canyoning
It was a great morning for me and the 3 kids (8,12 &15). We were blessed with the weather with the lake being as calm and smooth as a mirror. Arron was great with the kids, lots of encouragement and support. Particularly with the coasteering and lake jump. A truly great holiday memory.
I went with a friend to the Lake District and among all the companies we chose this one because we could canoe in a small group with an expert to guide us. Chris was AMAZING! The weather was bad but he did 200% of everything that he could in order that we had the best time!! We played games in the lake, put together 2 canoes to be easy to paddle with the wind, telling stories about the region and his experience. Distant Horizons provided all the equipment that we need to be dry (trousers, raincoat...) and the quality was really nice. Even it was raining and windy and it could end it up as a bad memory... we had a great time!!!
Maria - Canoe Tour
Went Canyoning and Rock Climbing with Arron. Fantastic teacher and guide. Great with the kids (8 &10) and flexible with the activities. Emma was very pleasant and helpful too. Highly recommended.
Claire - Multi activities
Cannyoning was brilliant, well worth the price. Great all round experience and our guide Arron was brilliant!!
Toblerone - Canyoning
Had a great time this afternoon. Enjoyed, archery, climbing wall, absailing and crate stacking, would definitely recommend to anyone to give it a try, great nstructor. Thanks for a great time.
Christine - Indoor activities
Just wanted to drop a line to say a huge thank you to Arron and Rob for Saturday – we had a fab time and they pitched everything perfectly. The bride has decided she wants to go canoeing every weekend now!!
Sarah - Canoe Tour
Thank you for a great day, Helvellyn was awesome, if not a little wet, and Rob was a great guide. Would thoroughly recommend.
Danny - Ullswater Challenge
What an absolutely stonking morning. Never been on a Kayak, but Arron had us paddling away after a few minutes safety brief. We needed some instruction before buying, really glad I did. Learned lots of new skills in a short time, felt totally safe & comfortable from putting the boats in the water to taking them out. The only downside... the time passed way to quick. Can't thank Arron enough for his sound advice, instruction and guidance.
Darren - Kayak Tuition
Mike was a very knowledgeable instructor who made everybody understand all the principles of moving together and crevasse rescue. Emma and Mike made everybody feel welcome which made the whole course very relaxing.
Laurie - Crevasse Rescue Course
Our weekend wouldn't have been the same without Distant Horizons.
Family of 11 took part in ghyll scrambling and raft building over 2 days. We contacted Distant Horizons with only a couple of weeks notice and Emma did all she could to fit us in. Both activities we had fantastic experience. Emma, Claire and Arron were great hosts especially with the members of the family who were a little nervous at times. Would definitely use them again for our next family adventure in the lakes. Thank you to the team.
Lesley - Multi activities
Thank you so very much for having us on Friday, it is safe to say that everyone had an amazing time. Thank you again for all your help.
Jade Thomson, Robert Half - Orienteering Team Build
A huge 'thank you' to Arron he was brilliant and really went out of his way to make sure we all had a fantastic day. Please pass on my and Max and Zoe's thanks to him. All of us would love to go climbing again with him, we just need to arrange our next trip.
Mark - Rock Climbing
Excellent activity with lots of fun and friendly staff! The whole day was fab!
Kristy - Canyoning
Thanks to Arron and Distant Horizons for a great day of raft building, canoeing and cliff jumping! :)
Doug - Multi activity day
Thank you for the most amazing day. Brilliant team of people - Emma, Arron, Chris and Stu. Arron/ Emma sorry for the choice words - you got me there in the end. Chris and Stu thank you for getting me in the water and helping me face my fears. Can't wait to come back!!!
Nicola Towell - Cross Lakes Challenge
Had a superb full day's kayaking tuition. Bought as a Christmas pressie and thoroughly enjoyed it. All kit taken care of and tutor patient, fun and informative.
Taken through all the safety aspects and then started gently in a sheltered bay before heading off across Ullswater. Our tutor, Sue, was very knowledgeable and really tailored the day to suit our needs. Would definitely recommend.
Beth Pipe - Sea kayak tuition
Very professional, made the activity challenging and enjoyable.
Steve Whitehead - Multi Activity Team Building Day
Thanks for a great morning. We had a super time.
Phil - Canoe Tour
Dan was an excellent tutor. He was friendly, helpful and obviously very expert. He was very patient and we both felt that we learned a lot and increased in confidence.
John - Sea kayak tuition
From the moment we checked their website, we had a feeling that Distant Horizons would be the perfect company to help with our charity challenge, and they did not disappoint! We booked 'England's longest and highest extreme' in order to raise money for Wateraid. Emma was wonderfully attentive throughout the whole process, answering all of our questions and actually coming out to meet us on the day of the challenge (despite not being one of the designated guides for the day). Come the day of the challenge, Distant Horizons brought with them everything that we could have wanted and more. Not only did they bring a wealth of knowledge, but also food, technical clothing and waterproofs (including a spare set which were super handy in the conditions). Our guides for the day, Dan and Sue, were wonderful. They were prepared to help us with everything and did their best to be supportive, whilst also letting us do our own thing. All in all, we had a really enjoyable day, it’s just a shame that the weather (and horrendous winds) stopped us reaching the peak – albeit they did make it even more of a challenge! I would 100% recommend Distant Horizons, and particularly Dan, Sue and Emma. We are already looking at the next challenge we can book with them!
Jamie T - Longest and Highest Extreme
The company were fantastic from start to finish. It was well organised and enjoyable. Emma was extremely helpful answering all my questions and our instructor Aaron was fantastic! In spite of the rain, Arron made sure we enjoyed ourselves and got the experience we wanted.
Rachel - Multi activity day
Right from the beginning of arranging the event with Emma this company were a pleasure to deal with, even providing advice on where we could stop. The Event was extremely well planned and our 2 guides (Dan & Sue) were professional but relaxed in their approach which was perfect for our group. The organisation and the catering during the event were brilliant too. We Highly recommend this company and we had a great day!
Tom - 3 Lakes Challenge
Thank you for an amazing weekend, finally conquering the 3 peaks in 22.5hrs was amazing feeling. The support from Distant Horizons was fantastic. Raised £20k in 8 months for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Again, thank you.
Arron - Lake District 3 Peaks in 24hrs
Well organised and great fun. Our instructor Dan was very professional.
Dan - Indoor Activities
Absolutely great day out, Windermere 21 is a must for everyone. I'd recommend the challenge and Distant Horizons to anyone.
From the original enquiry phone call to the actual day, Dan & Emma have been great. All the gear provided, food & snacks were in abundance, even extra clothing at half way to keep us warm. The support, the motivation and the general banter from Dan kept us all going. Honestly one of the best organised events we have done (and we've done a few).
Rachel - Windermere 21 Challenge
A group of 12 friends and I had a long weekend in The Lakes and we spent most of Saturday doing activities with Dan and Stuart of Distant Horizons. We did canoe orienteering, archery and crate stacking. Good instructions and support when needed and all with a great sense of humour as well. My friends and I had a fantastic time.
Would highly recommend Distant Horizons if you are in The Lakes and fancy an activity led day or half day out
Anil - Mulit activities
Great way to spend the time and good value for money. Really liked how Dan interacted with our 8 yo son. He had a great time.
Janet - Indoor activities
We had a lot of fun, please thank Dan for us he was great. We are already thinking of coming back and doing a canoeing trip with our dog!
Alison - Indoor activities
On behalf of myself and the participants id like to say a big thank you to you and your team. Your team were great and as flexible as they could be and the whole day was a success. Everyone enjoyed it, so much so they're talking of attempting it again next year.
Thoroughly enjoyed our ½ day Kayak tuition on Ullswater. From start to end we found Dan our instructor to be knowledgable, friendly, keen to help and explain techniques and principles involved. The session was well structured, informative and fun, all set in a superb location.
Michael - Kayak Tuition
Thanks for a great day Dan and Emma, had lots of fun on the lake and on the crag - perfect day out and a great antidote to the daily grind of work and school!
Paul - Multi activity day
Great event, perfect for what we wanted – a team building event with competitive elements. The staff were fantastic, they engaged well with the team and tailored the day perfectly to our group. They changed plans at short notice due to an issue at our end, this was a massive help for us.
Andrew, Warburtons - Canoe team building challenge
Outstanding instructor Dan for our Kayak Challenge today on Ullswater, Dan kept us all going when it tough - first class. Also a big thank you to Emma in the office - she ordered us the best weather and food ever and co-ordinated the bespoke event perfectly - fantastic company I wouldn't use anyone else xxx
Justine - Bespoke kayak charity challenge
The event was so much fun, Dan really understand what we were about and made it fun, he joined in with us and has a genuine interest in people. It was well organised and they were very welcoming and reassuring for the more nervous ones in the party.
Gillian, Mears Group - Team Building Canoe Trip
Informative website, easy to view activities. Prompt response and follow up after first enquiry made. Professional manner in a friendly, approachable way and took time to understand my needs and tailor the day accordingly. Pre-course call and run through of objectives was very useful and contributed to the success of the day. Great team building exercises and facilitation throughout which for a half-day session meant that the time was focused and well utilised. End ‘round the table’ session provided a great opportunity for the team to discuss the day and key areas of focus going forward.
We had a great day and my team have already feedback how much they enjoyed the session and I’m looking forward to taking the areas we all agreed on into the ‘office space’
Claire Smith, Warburtons - Team Building
Thanks for the pictures. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Dan, thankyou.
Emma - Multi activities
We had a fantastic time yesterday and our thanks go to Dan for making it so absorbing. I am even trying to persuade Eliza to do an exped next year.
Once again many thanks.
Chris and Eliza Patterson-Hollis - Kayak Tour
Just to say a huge 'thank you' once again to you for organising our activities this week and to Dan for looking after us so well! It was our first family experience of outdoor climbing and abseiling and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! The views (and weather) were amazing - and were replicated during our kayak tour on Ullswater. Fantastic!
Same again next year please?!
The Bansal family - Outdoor activities
Just brilliant guides. Friendly, funny, endlessly encouraging and very safe hands to guide you up and across the trickiest fells. They made climbing Helvellyn in zero visibility, rain and wind - fun! The main reason being they made us feel safe and awesome, whilst giving us the space and time to enjoy the challenge. In your face 'Lets Do It!!' guides do not help the nervous. Enough cant be said for the relaxed encouragement given to the unfittest and slowest of us (me). No patronising, no worries, just very good craic! Will recommend to all.
Julie - Challenge Events
Thank you for such a well planned and professional weekend. From water proofs to food and of course top class guides, please pass on special thanks to Sam, Mike, Emma not forgetting Elvis the dog. See you next year after we all recover, lol. Thanks from Osborne and Network Rail as OTW.
Arron - Lake District 3 Peaks in 24hrs
End of holiday treat for the kids who had wanted to do some wall climbing and abseiling. Booked an hour of instructor led indoor climbing and abseiling which was great value (checkout the family rate). Dan (our instructor) led an hour of fun, starting with some warm up exercises then wall climbing and abseiling. I recommend Distant Horizons and will be braver by booking an outdoor activity the next time we visit the Lakes.
Bano - Indoor Activities
A group of 17 of us, mostly children (9 to 14) had a fabulous day out with Distant Horizons. Flexible arrangements, prompt arrival and excellent kit combined with professional but fun instruction made a day most enjoyable. The scrambling was great, with the chance to repeat some jumps and rafting the canoes for the afternoon was definitely the way forward given the kids were deliberately jumping in and out of the lake at will. Will be back.
Thanks again, we had a fantastic time. We will be in touch within the next couple of months to book for next year.
Dr Alex Wood, University of Cambridge - Multi Activities
Good tough all day challenge taking in some iconic Lake District landmarks. Great day had by all.
David Allen, Pindar Scarborough Ltd - Longest and Highest
Everyone really enjoyed the day and the Distant Horizons staff were all great.
Emma, Thrive Tribe - Corporate Challenge Events
Amazing staff, supporting and providing excellent service. Lads and dads trip loved it.
Stuart - Activity Package
Fantastic day doing kayaking and gyll scrambling. Superb staff and facilities. Nothing too much trouble. Will definitely be returning.
Thanks from Dunc Linda Megs and Adam - Multi activities
The event was fantastic, a real challenge but made achievable by your staff’s ability to adapt elements throughout the day to suit adverse weather conditions etc. I would like to say how very grateful we are to all of you for your professionalism and support throughout the whole process. From our first telephone contact to sharing a beer at the end of one of the most memorable days ever! You have all been amazing. So thanks again Emma, Dan and Rob, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Sarah - Lake District Ultra
A wonderful morning of canoeing adventure with grandchildren..well organised from start to finish. "Greatest day ever" quote from both of them ..and we to loved every moment ..many thanks Distant Horizons.. and Dan.
Denise - Canoe Tour
Excellent Company. Well organised and friendly.
Ian - Multi activity day
Been with these guys about 5 times now - v professional and provide brilliant days out for the family, can't recommend them enough.
Sarah - Rock Climbing
As a family of 4, we took part in the archery and indoor wall climbing. The kids, 8 and 12 years old loved it that much we went back the next day! Great value for money on rainy days; £40 for the whole family! We also had the whole indoor area to ourselves on both days, for the indoor wall climbing and archery. The instructor Shelley was brilliant with the kids and whole family. We would definitely return.
Kelly - Indoor Activities
We had an absolutely brilliant time with Distant Horizons on the last weekend of July 2016. It was a laid-back (more activity-based) stag do with 11 people age range from 25-55. The staff were extremely helpful throughout the process and happy to accommodate our needs (fun, active, team-building but not too strenuous). The facilities were just what we needed in terms of housing everyone and providing a fun base. We had a great day on the water with the instructor, Dan, kayaking in 2 person sea kayaks and jumping off some (fairly high) cliffs into the water. We had a night out in Penrith followed by a spot of archery on the Sunday morning. A thoroughly and enjoyable and memorable weekend. Would recommend to anyone wishing a fun, team-building weekend with the lads (or lasses). Big thank you to all the team for making it so enjoyable.
Ashley - Activity Package
Great day out. Enjoyed by the whole party of 8 people ranging in age from 5 – 40. I look forward to joining you again sometime.
Jonny - Canoe Tour
Had a fantastic day, Dan was good fun and made both sessions very enjoyable – highly recommend him and your company and will definitely be back out again.
Michelle - Canyoning and kayaking
Well organised trip, staff were very friendly and experienced. Made everyone comfortable and very accommodating. Great value for money also. Our instructor was fab, explained everything well and ensured we all had a great time. Was a really enjoyable trip.
Phoebe - Canyoning
First class. We spent the best 2 days of our holiday with Distant Horizons, highly recommended. Dan was fantastic with the whole group, lovely guy!
Denise - Multi activities
Special mention to Shelly, Dan & Rob who were great instructors, and Emma for making the whole process very easy!
Danielle - Ullswater Ultra
We booked a canyoning session for myself, my partner and my 2 sons, aged 14 and 9. This was not our first gorge walking/canyoning experience, but it was certainly the most extreme! It knocked spots off previous gorge walking expeditions!
One thing that Distant Horizons pride themselves on is that their clients are properly "kitted out". So instead of an old pair of shorts over a ripped wetsuit and our own old trainers, they provided decent wetsuits, a kind of fisherman's dungarees and over smock, wetsuit socks and wellies as well as excellent buoyancy aids and helmets. As an adventurous mum, this was a real selling point: If my youngest son is warm and well protected, then it meant I could enjoy the experience without worrying about him!
Dan was a great guide, nothing phasing him and in particular got my youngest son to stretch way out of his comfort zone (my oldest son needs no encouragement for adventure!)
Very impressed with Distant Horizons and I'm already window shopping on their website and planning more adventures next summer with family and friends!
Amanda - Canyoning
The day was extremely well organised, the staff were well equipped, very professional & helpful. Thank you for a memorable day, and with over £5000 raised for the Great North Air Ambulance.
Jen, North Associates - Ullswater Challenge
Thanks for the photos. We had a great day again with the guys and everyone really enjoyed it.
Barry - Activity Day
Overall excellent, staff really enjoyed the two days and all of the activities were fun and interesting and kept everyone’s attention. Distant Horizons made sure that everyone had a great day. Both days were very well organised. The canoe orienteering was excellent, fantastic scenery.
Razorblue - Team Building Event
Wow! What a great day. Thank you so much for organising this climbing day at such short notice. The level was perfect and the instruction was brilliant. Matt was so good at engaging with us all and his way with the kids was amazing.
Richard - Rock Climbing Day
We had the most amazing afternoon. It was fantastic and we all had the best time together. We laughed, had fun and had a 74 year old jumping down crevices!! Dan was phenomenal and an absolute asset. He is personable, helpful, encouraging, easy going and so lovely with Trish. Please pass on our sincere thanks to him; what a great man. We truly hope that your season is a good one and if today is anything to go by it should be! Thank you so very much,
Simon, Natalie, Beth, Jacob and Trish - Canyoning
Really friendly service and good advice from your staff yet again.
Gary - Boat hire
Great accommodation, flexible and professional staff, beautiful peaceful location (well until we arrived!).
The accommodation offered us the perfect mix of convenience (dishwasher, showers and loos etc.) while being able to do all of the things we enjoy when camping (barbecues, eating outside, space for kids to run around safely etc.). It was really clean and well designed for a group of kids and adults – not at all cramped. We all thoroughly enjoyed both of the activities and loved the fun but calm way in which Dan and Shelley ran them.
I have recommended it to friends already.
We had a super time kayaking and cliff jumping. Everyone was exhausted when we got home! Whilst the experiences are wonderful in themselves, we can't praise Dan enough for his company and his expertise and we look forward to our next adventure with Distant Horizons.
Julie - Kayak Tour
We had the most amazing family day out canyoning with Dan we will be talking about if for ever can not wait to do it again next year thank you so much Dan and Emma xxx
Michelle - Canyoning
Thank you so much for yesterday getting us through the Ullswater Challenge. It was such a great day xx
Lorna - Great North Air Ambulance Ullswater Challenge
Another well organised event. DH team are always reliable and get on with things without a fuss. I never have any concerns about their events!
Ruth - Public Liaison Manager Great North Air Ambulance
Just wanted to say a massive thanks to Emma, Shelley, Stu and Tom for looking after us all so brilliantly and professionally and being so supportive when things got really tough! We were absolutely shattered but had a real sense of achievement. I don't think we'd have got through it without your excellent support, snacks and encouragement.
Louise - 3 Lakes Challenge with bikes
An absolutely brilliant trip and very tough! Organisation and expertise was fantastic, well done to you all, We had a great time..
We had a brilliant time. Thank you very much. The length of the tour was just right and we went on a really nice route round Ullswater. Enjoyed stopping off at Silver Bay and paddling beneath the trees was also fantastic!
Many thanks again,
Sophie (and Andrew!) - Kayak Tour
We had a lovely time - both Dan & Bob were fab & the kids really enjoyed it! Thanks for organising it for us, especially on such short notice!
Janine - Canoe Tour
I just wanted to say a big thanks from all of the girls who came up. They thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and were all very impressed with the accommodation and the day. They didn't stop to draw breath the whole 7 hour car journey home lol and are wanting me to plan another already. We have posted our pictures online and will definitely be recommending you guys to everyone. I hope Dan has recovered from his day with us. Please pass on our thanks, the girls couldn't praise his calm, professional patience enough. A great day making some great, fun memories.
Big thanks again.
Caron - Ullswater Ultra
From an "oldie".......You are never too old to learn kayaking.......Thanks to Dan's sensitive and skilful instruction, I changed from being terrified in a kayak to being delighted as we explored the bays and islands of Ullswater. It was a very enjoyable experience.
Jackie Ward - Kayak Tours
What an amazing weekend they have had! On behalf of everyone, pls can I express my thanks for a fabulous time. Top notch! Dan was fantastic as always and jokes are already abound about how "cool" Cedric is!
Sarah - Activity Package
Spent a lads and Dads weekend here, and it was fantastic. The Lodge is spot on, and a level above anything else I have stayed at, and the activities were excellently supervised. I would love to come back again.
David - Activity Package
A great place to stay and do a wide variety of activities. The accommodation block was superb and the staff that helped run the activities throughout the weekend were knowledgeable and entertaining. Would thoroughly recommend Distant Horizons for group events. Top Class!
Nick - Activity Package
Very professional and competent set up. Knowledable and relaxed instruction on the activity and on the local geography.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for looking after us all on Sunday afternoon. You did a fantastic job especially with me - who was totally pathetic at everything that meant me being of the ground. I think you definately earned a pint that day. Thanks again, we definatley will recommend you,
Good advice from staff about what activity to book for a family of five (kids 7, 10, 13). Decided to 'canyon' and glad we did. Staff were really knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. All the kit was good and staff spent time to ensure that it was correctly fitted (even to the mini one in our family!) The gorge was great, even though it had been dry over the few days prior. We all really enjoyed getting soaked, the rock slides and dunking's were brilliant. Totally recommend this centre and the canyoning. Thanks again to Jack Whitehall (that's what the kids said). We'll hopefully be back in August.
My son and I hired a Canadian Canoe at short notice from Distant Horizons adjacent to Ullswater and 10 minutes from the M6. Very flexible hire, great advice, friendly service, all allowed us to explore the West Coast of Scotland with friends. Thoroughly recommended. Top class service and top quality gear on hire.
A very enjoyable experience with friendly staff and amazing scenery. Our host, Dan, was very polite and professional and made it a very interesting half day activity.
Distant Horizons is a well organised company and I would recommend to anyone. Dan and the girls are really friendly and give help where needed. It was a great day all round, food, transport, and the challenge was awesome!!
Thanks once again for all your efforts last weekend, great weekend had by all aided by the weather naturally……The event remains a firm favourite with supporters and I thought the support on the mountain, briefings, maps etc etc etc delivered from your side were exceptional so many many thanks.
Andrew Cook - Walking with the Wounded
Really well organised. Really good instructor.
Lou and Fiona
Visited the lodge for my friends stag do. 10 of us went of varying ages sizes and ability and all had a great time! The lodge was spot on, BBQ for the evening, plenty of utensils and appliances inside for food prep etc. Beds were comfy and the toilets and showers were great. Pictures on the website don't do the lodge justice.
Dan looked after us over the weekend for raft building,kayaking,abseiling,cliff diving, some archery and wall climbing. Great lad who made sure we had everything we needed and looked after us throughout. Helped us plan our night out etc. Equipment was all in good nick,not over used and falling apart like you get at some places. Emma was prompt with emails when we were planning and really helped us make sure we had everything we needed. Word of warning, if you are going on a stag do up there then take ear plugs! Tiredness,food and drink don't help chronic snorers! Great weekend, thank you.
Just wanted to say thanks to you and your team for the scrambling course - Brilliant! Duncan and I learned some valuable skills and we are looking forward to trying them out on the mountains! We would certainly recommend you! Many thanks
Vince & Duncan
A big thank you to Dan, Rob and everyone else involved...! It was a really quality time I'd recommend to others!
We all had a fantastic time and would definitely look to use you again in the future.
Overall everything was excellent about location, ease of access, facilities, equipment, staff and activities. We most enjoyed having a wide range of things to do all in one location or very close by to such a great area. Eating BBQ with that view was great.
Fantastic Stag Weekend. Great value facilities, friendly, knowledgeable and relaxed staff, excellent value for money.
Pleas pass on our thanks to Dan. I and the boys had a brilliant time on both days and Dan was a great instructor and fantastic company.
Amazing weekend staying at the Lodge for a hen party. The activities were well organised and really made the weekend. Cannot fault Distant Horizons, they truly went over and above to ensure we had an amazing time. Would definitely recommend to others and would book again in the future. Thank you Emma & Dan!!
The whole weekend exceeded my expectations and all the other guys commented on the quality of the activities, organisation and accommodation. Thanks to Dan who put up with some pretty odd behaviour with great humour and who led the weekend superbly. And thanks to you for all your help supporting and organizing and making up for my slightly inefficient organisational skills. I'm sure everyone involved will be speaking very highly of Distant Horizons.
I wish you all the best and perhaps see you again some time.
I was really impressed with the setup at Distant Horizons; from the accommodation, the staff, the equipment, the games room and the location, I thought it was all brilliant. The weather on the Saturday was pretty bad but Dan was flexible enough to alter the activities to suit, enabling us to get out and canoe the length of Ullswater. We even donned wetsuits and jumped in the lake a few times too, something I won’t forget in a hurry!
All of the activities were brilliant and the accommodation was a real highlight. It was good quality accommodation and the underfloor heating made all the difference on the cold evenings. I was also impressed with the staff; well organised and always being prepared to go the extra mile to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.
Thank you to the staff of Distant Horizons for a fantastic party for my son's 7th birthday at the weekend. We all enjoyed it & the staff couldn't do enough for us. Super venue in a stunning setting. We will be back!
Great Course. Exactly what we were looking for. Jason was very knowledgeable.
Ian & Matthew
I'd just like to say that my friend and I had a brilliant time over the weekend paddling and camping on the shore of Ullswater and the service was fantastic from you guys. The price was also very good.
Please pass on my thanks to Dan and Jason for the great advice they gave us regarding securing the kayaks to the roof rack, good locations to launch and camping spots (and about the Great Glen).
I'm sure we'll use Distant Horizons again.
Thank you again for a very well organised and fun Team Building day. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Not only did we have fun but the activities and resultant team work proved to be a fantastic catalyst for our team development.
Gold Medal Travel
I wanted to say again how wonderful it was to work with you all for this past Lake District trip. The student's loved it, and the feedback we received rated distant horizons very highly!
Sheina - Gates Cambridge Orientation Trip
Just to say a huge thank you for the Ullswater kayak tour, and for being so flexible in accommodating activities for us around the weather. We thoroughly enjoyed both our indoor and outdoor half days with Dan, and have discovered new skills in such a beautiful setting (especially an impromptu 'limbo' under branches in our kayak, due to my poor steering)!
We look forward to visiting again in 2016 and hope you manage a well earned break this winter. Many Thanks and Best Wishes
The Bansal family
We had a lovely time, thank you. I learned a lot about my family!!! Dan was excellent.
Fantastic way to spend a few hours with friends. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Really appreciate the photos that were taken, a great reminder of a fantastic afternoon. Most definitely will be recommending to other people. Thanks again.
We had a fantastic day – we’ve been away a lot this summer but the kids have all gone back to school with this as their best holiday memory!
Emma was always very helpful over the phone and good communications/updates. Dan was really personable and friendly, but also very professional and knowledgeable on the activity itself. Friendly and professional staff.
Just to say had really good afternoon yesterday - thought Dan was v good - just let the kids crack on and in a day where health and safety has gone mad was a refreshing change - took no messing or no nervousness - was v good!
I really enjoyed this event even though I found it quite challenging at times. I think Dan is an amazing instructor who looked after us really well, especially me when my fear of heights kicked in! He was so kind and helped me work through it, and I now feel like I have achieved something I never thought I would. Thank you Dan.
Sally - Oaklea Trust
As someone who loves to be on a horse rather than water I have to say I enjoyed every minute. Liam was a great guide and support to us all. Well organised, friendly and safety comes first which as a horse instructor is something close to my heart! We would defiantly come back and do it all again as and when we come back up this way. Many thanks for a wonderful day and great memories.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for accommodating us at such short notice, and that we had a great experience! Liam was a great instructor, with a sense of humour and really added to the experience.
Professionally run by people who seem to genuinely love what they do and make every effort to tailor your activity to individual wishes. Thank you Jason and Emma.
We had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the experience. Liam and Dan were fantastic and I would like to thank them for making the afternoon really enjoyable for all. The bunkhouse was perfect for what we wanted.
Went ghyll walking today, sliding and walking down the water with our 2 boys. What an amazing afternoon, loved every minute, we will will all remember it for years to come. Would highly recommend to anyone.....now what to do next x
Dan, our guide over the two days made the challenge not only tolerable but also very enjoyable. He was very considerate of the slower members of the group and his reassuring manner helped build team confidence over the difficult stretches. The whole team were friendly, helpful and very approachable throughout the event.
Pete Embling, Oaklea Trust
Enjoyed the unique activity of the BBQ paddle, equipment was excellent, transport was also a first from our previous experiences, nice touch meeting up at a very impressive centre, usually it's a man in a van! Emma has been excellent, friendly and very accommodating. Everything was done in a timely manner such as pictures being e-mailed, which I've always had to chase. Dan handled the kids perfectly and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time with you.
Amazing weekend! Well worth it and cannot wait to go again for more fun. Highly recommended.
Thank you ever so much for all your advice helping us plan our trip. And please send on our thanks to Dan for staying around so late on Friday for us to pick everything up, we really appreciated it. You really made our weekend go so brilliantly!
All the best,
Dan managed the activity in a professional manner but was still very friendly and made it all enjoyable and good fun. We were all surprised and impressed with the quality and standard of the equipment which was excellent, plus the activity was good value.
Quite surprised how enjoyable and ‘value for money’ the activity was. Had a lot of fun.
Thank you all for another fantastic weekend. Not only was the challenge brilliant as always but the accommodation, kids climbing and general hospitality over the weekend made for a great team building event. Everyone who came had a great time and plenty are already signing up for next years weekend!
You've all been great as always! Thanks,
Andrew Brown - Director Architecture 519
Well organised. Welcoming. Informative. Enthusiastic. Safe.
Being informed that Distant Horizons puts back into the local community; honestly, with that type of ethos we won’t hesitate in using you guys again. You guys are a credit to the Leisure and Tourism industry.
Alessandro & Carl
Thank you so so much for this weekend. You have been really helpful the entire way through the booking process and we all had such a wonderful weekend. Jason and Dan were really helpful, and made the weekend run very smoothly and the day on the lakes incredibly fun. We look forward to seeing the photographs.
Thanks so much from all of us that took part. And we've raised almost £700 for the charity I work for - so thank you for being part of this!
We all thoroughly enjoyed the morning with Jason and Dan. They catered for everyone's needs and had our safety continually in mind throughout the scramble. The best bits were the location, weather ( for once ! ) and team effort with the instructors friendly support. Your collection / drop off of the group from the hostel made the morning more enjoyable.
Really enjoyed it, it was difficult on the first few hills of the mountain biking for some of the unfit people, including myself, but well worth it for the views. Most enjoyed having fun in a relaxed environment, jumping off the rocks into the lake, in fact everything.
A well organised and friendly operation with quality kit to use.
Tony - Wrigley
I’m an above knee amputee so for me the activity was very physically demanding and seriously challenging but incredibly good fun. I managed about half of the scramble and that included climbing two waterfalls – I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without the help, support & encouragement of Dan, Jason and all my friends! I’m still aching and feeling a bit battered but chuffed to bits with my achievement.
Dan & Jason were both fantastic – they enabled me to challenge myself and their encouragement & support were incredible. They kept me safe throughout the challenge without being over protective which is a difficult balance to achieve – well done & thank you guys.
Amazing time had by all, the staff, lodge and activity equipment were top notch. The expereince provided was just out of this world. Would WHOLE HEARTEDLY recommend Distant-Horizons to any and everyone looking to get the best experince out of the Lakes!! Thanks for everything!
Dan was Brilliant!!! Emma Very helpful.
Thanks for photos and thank you for a great day. The feed back I have had off everyone has been 100% positive. To put this feedback in to context it comes from a group of guys of which most own their own cycles, kayaks, vans etc who's initial question when I suggested this to them was 'yeah, great but why pay someone £200, lets just do it'. Obviously having stayed with you before I knew what you offered and this has been developed in the years since.
They all commented on how well the event was run, quality of all the gear provided etc. Generally how it all together made it a much more enjoyable experience than we would have had bashing round on our own and offered genuine value for money.
Ian - Sellafield
Fantastic. Jason was a great guide and made us both feel very comfortable. A great experience – we will be back!
We were really impressed with the whole activity. From the friendly way it was carried out, to the knowledge we were given and the ride to and from the climbing area. It really was perfectly organised and just what we were after! We most enjoyed the chance to have fun out on some real rock with our friends and family. And for it to be led by someone with a great sense of humour, but who is also able to impart crucial knowledge with ease.
A huge thanks to Dan and the team for a superb morning. We’re so glad we booked it and gave it a go!
The event was superb. It was tough but thoroughly enjoyable from a personal perspective. The event as a whole made it pretty special. The variety added an extra dimension and gave me the opportunity to try something completely different. The kayaking was special; I hadn’t really kayaked before so this was a great opportunity. The staff were all friendly and joined us to socialise too which was great.
Certainly a challenge, testing all abilities. Loved Kirkston Pass (down hill road biking section) and great to finish off on a cooling kayak. Loved coming together as a team, which whilst hiking we had the opportunity to do so. Liked the idea of it being totally eco friendly (no transport) yet still covering a huge area of the countryside. Liked the different activities (bike, hike, kayak), use of great equipment and whole package of the weekend.
Michelle - New Life
We had a fab time. A big thank you to Dan for looking after us, and giving Tom a helping hand when little legs started to tire.
Shell - getoutwiththekids.co.uk
Very enjoyable with excellent encouragement and support from Jason and Dan. They were relaxed and supportive which went down very well with the team – some of whom were a little nervous about the climb.
James - Growth Capital
We had a great time, with Dan being very much more imaginitive than previous clubs and instructors we've shot with. He was excellent, couldn't have wanted for anyone better. We really enjoyed ourselves and would gladly encourage anyone to visit.
We were very pleasantly surprised at the high standard of the bunkhouse. The facilities had been well thought out and the space was great and allowed us to provide a good separation of social and sleeping areas. The kitchen was well stocked for the amount of us staying, and the appliances were good quality and easy to use. The provision of television/ music speakers and quality WiFi was also very well received. The bunkhouse was very clean and tidy, and the outdoor space was a great feature. When we first arrived it was a bit chilly – but after the heating was turned up slightly the temperature and comfort was great.
We were very impressed with our options for activities, particularly for the Ghyll Scrambling. Dan took his time to explain to us the different options and the benefits of them all. The option we chose was fantastic! We had a very mixed group from serial outdoor enthusiasts to those that had a genuine fear of heights and falling! Everyone had an amazing day, and gave very positive feedback. This is definitely a credit to Dan, the route we took was challenging enough for those used to this type of activity but not too scary for others. There was always an alternative / less scary option – which was rarely used, due to the encouragement and great instruction from Dan. The archery was also very well instructed. With a big group it could have been difficult to maintain everyone’s enthusiasm, but everyone enjoyed it, and we all improved from the start. It was really useful being able to move the sessions around to allow us more time on the Saturday – as we’d been out for longer when Ghyll Scrambling.
The kit for the activities was also very impressive. The quality of the kit during Ghyll scrambling was evidently better than some of the groups around us. As someone that suffers quite severely from Raynaud’s Syndrome I was very impressed by the gloves and socks – and how warm we stayed during the activities. The Archery kit and space was also of good standard, and well looked after.
We were hugely impressed by the service from Distant Horizons. From the booking process and help from Emma, to arrival, and during our stay. We weren’t the easiest group from a booking view, with numbers and names changing regularly, long gaps of communication, last minute panics and times of arrival being varied and changing! Emma helped me through all of this, and was understanding of our situation trying to co-ordinate a hen party from Coventry, to Hemel Hempstead/ Aberystwyth/ Aberdeen! We also weren’t expecting the help and input from Dan. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough, from our welcome, to the excellent and professional instruction during activities and not only taxi-ing us but helping me to plan our night out in Penrith. Dan has a fantastic attitude and facilitates a really fun session, whilst maintaining his professionalism and duty of care. It felt like he had gone above and beyond for our party and the group had fantastic feedback. We just need to apologise to him for the terrible singing and dancing during the Ghyll Scrambling…! I was also hugely appreciative of you taking our party in the first place. Hen Parties do not have the best reputation and some accommodation was ruled out to us before we had even started, even though we were a relatively mature group – our age range from 28 – 40, most of which were either climbers/ paddlers and used to being part of large groups and bunkhouses!
Thank you again, Amy
It was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, especially our younger brothers and sister. We were very satisfied with the bookings, as they were made at very short notice. Also, Dan was an excellent and delightful instructor. The children took to his friendly and patient nature, which really put them at ease, considering it was their first time canoeing. We were never, during the whole activity, made to feel like we were under a time constraint. The instructions given were very clear and concise, and despite the physical aspects, we were all able to experience the beauty of Ullswater in a very peaceful manner.
This is the second time we have used Distant Horizons and it did not disappoint, we all enjoyed a lovely archery session, great rock climbing and a kayaking tour on Ullswater. The facilities are great, the staff very professional, helpful and friendly. Dan for the second year running really made it for us, he was so very patient and encouraging with my 12 year old son whilst climbing. His expertise and great ability to engage with anybody of any age really shows. The kayaking with Jason was great, lovely company and we made the most of the amazing weather we were blessed with by stopping at some lovely little bays along the way. He really fueled my son’s passion for the great outdoors even more!
Massive thanks to all the team at Distant Horizons for making the experience so enjoyable and easy to arrange. Right through from Emma making the bookings to Dan and Jason taking the activities, we couldn’t have asked for a better experience, we will definitely be back again !!!!
Thanks for a great time. The 2 instructors were good fun and made the whole experience on a very wet cold day good fun and an experience I would recommend to all.
Thanks for a brilliant family session today of archery, abseiling and climbing. Excellent instructor, gorgeous location and lots of fun.
If you want an adventure in a fantastic location with the best team (Jason and Dan) then look no further than Distant Horizons. I have yet again completed a full 2 day adventure with some of my colleagues walking, canoeing and mountain biking with these chaps and yet again we all had a great time. Thank you from all of us and we are looking forward to the next time (Dan said something about jumping off a cliff into Ullswater!!)
Colin Wright, Melton Foods
They were great activities for bad weather and great fun for the whole family to enjoy together. The price & offer to extend were very good so you did not feel rushed in any way.
Fantastic, we had both never kayaked or shot an arrow before but by the end of the day we felt we had learnt a lot thanks to Dan. Great games during the archery (bad idea when you have 2 incredibly competitive people tho haha). The whole experience was fantastic, couldn’t pick out a favourite as it was all great. We plan to arrange another visit this summer!
Ryan and Anna
It was an absolutely excellent session. I booked it for my 4 grandchildren who were aged between 7 & 12, so as you can imagine it can be hard to find activities that meet all their needs at the same time, but this session was ideal and Dan was an absolutely outstanding instructor.
He allowed the children to choose their activities within the time slot and ensured that each of them got the most out of their experience. He was very patient and understanding when the youngest – aged 7 – panicked when she got to the top of the abseil and did not want to come down whatever way he was suggesting. But he talked gently and patiently to her, explaining the different options and finally got a very anxious girl down safely. He engaged with all the children and enabled an atmosphere of fun, humour, excitement and achievement.
They all thought the session was great or in their words “Epic” & “Brill”. I was delighted to find something indoor and local that was open at this time of year.
In the time I had available it was just what I asked for and needed. Most enjoyable. I most enjoyed the relaxed but informative style of tuition.
Just to say a very big ‘thank you’ for our indoor climbing / abseil / archery session yesterday. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We only wish we had found you sooner, as we have been coming to the Lakes for many years! The children particularly enjoyed learning to abseil. Dan was a fabulous Instructor- very patient and reassuring with us all. We will definitely recommend you to family and friends and will be in touch to arrange a longer session next summer.
The Bansal Family
Totally catered for our individual needs and interests. Overall very flexible as I had to rebook a few times. The staff - Emma and Dan were really helpful, friendly, and Dan was really knowledgeable and interesting to chat to and we felt very confident with his guidance.
David and Angie
Thank you very much to the Distant Horizons team for your great service in providing the activities for our recent Gates Cambridge orientation weekend in the Lake District. We greatly appreciated your professionalism, warmth and engagement with the new scholars. Your kind service exceeded our expectations and we hope to be able to work with you in the future.
Gates Cambridge Orintation Organising Committee & Scholars Council
A Warm Welcome makes for a Great Holiday
Coming from overseas with a young family and no gear, we needed to rent all of our camping equipment in order to enjoy our stay on Ullswater. Distant Horizons were able to help at the last minute when our original equipment supplier fell through.
We arrived in Pooley Bridge with some concern about pitching a borrowed tent in the very windy weather. Thankfully the very friendly staff turned up with the tent and a whole heap of extra gear (just in case) and proceeded to help us pitch in the wind and rain. After finishing the pitch, all of our equipment was quickly moved from the hire car into the tent and we were able to get the kettle on for a cup of tea and settle in very quickly.
Our stay in the Lakes was wonderful but it was certainly helped by the fantastic welcome we received on our first day and the ongoing support throughout our stay. Distant Horizons proved flexible and accommodating in meeting our needs and we would have no hesitation in renting gear or attending their courses should we return to the Lakes.
Thanks very much for making our stay in the Lakes one of the best holidays we have ever had!
Ian and Karen Woods and sprogs
Well organised and instructed event catering for mixed abilities. Big thanks to Dan & Jason for their help & guidance.
David Allen - Pindar
The event organisation and advice in advance from Emma was excellent, and Dan, the Instructor on the day, was a fantastic guy to have escort me on the lake. In particular my disability was in no way seen as a barrier to me taking part, and Dan provided exactly the right level of support for me. THANKYOU!
Without doubt the best weekend we have had as a family. Every aspect of the activities, accommodation, equipment and probably most importantly hospitality was exceptional. The activities were all perfectly tailored to our abilities (and remaining energy levels!) in a really professional but subtle way by Dan, who was just incredible (and is now my youngest son's official hero). Thanks Emma, Jason, Fin and particularly Dan for helping us create memories for the whole family that they will never forget. We will be back soon if you will have us....
Thanks a lot! That tour was spectacular - we had everything from a tiny bit of sunshine and a flat sea to strong winds and some good waves. My sister and I are very pleased by how easy and professional the hire with you was and were happy to get such high quality equipment. I will definitely recommend you to everyone I meet and hope to see you again. Thanks a lot for a perfect day in the lakes.
We all had a fantastic day thank you. Dan was a great instructor and managed to get the best out of everyone. From getting Rich into the kayak, to persuading Rhianna she could find a route if she was a little more patient, he worked out everyone's limits. Organised brilliantly too thank you, will be back again soon hopefully.
Just to say a big thank you to Emma, Jason, Dan, et al for making my son's stag week-end so memorable in so many ways. We have always had a great time up in the Lakes over the last fifteen years or so, ever since they were actually fun to take out and about on the rocks or in the water - or both. So Jill and I were delighted when Ben (other son and best man) decided to contact you guys to organise this week-end. Aparently Jason singing the Proclaimers 500 miles at the Warehouse at 2 in the morning was one of the many highlights that no-one can remember! Talked to tired but happy sons on Monday and just seen the photos from the all action camera man - 25 years ago I would have been there, ah, I can see an obvious flaw in that idea!
Hope to organise something next year. Keep up the good work!
Jill and Robert Stuart
Thank you very much for the photos and for a brilliant day. Everyone had an amazing time and was asking when we could all do it again! Many thanks to Dan, Pete and Emma for everything.
Wonderful experience. It was the first time Val and I had been in a sea kayak and found it just as enjoyable in the rain, with the rain drops dancing in the water, as when the sun was shining down on us! The most enjoyable aspect were looking at the scenery from a different angle and in such tranquillity. I am used to walking the fells and to see them from a different perspective was magic. Also, Dan took us up the Goldrill beck and found us a dipper!
We had a fantastic time this morning so please pass on our mega thanks to Dan for being so brilliant. Look forward to seeing you guys again before not too long and hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. Best wishes and thanks again
George Jenny Joe and Lara
Very well planned, attention to detail and friendly delivery. All communication leading up to the activity was excellent, and the instructor was superb.
Just wanted to thank you and Dan for the rope skills course on Saturday, we really enjoyed ourselves despite the slightly unfriendly weather. We learnt just what we were after and can't wait to put our new found skills to the test.
We had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed all of it. Dan and Pete were fantastic as they made sure everyone was comfortable with what they were doing, whilst challenging those that wanted to do more and making sure that everyone had loads of fun. All of the equipment was first class and well maintained and we always felt completely safe. The day was brilliant for large family groups (we had 6 children aged 6-11 and 6 adults) as it incorporated various challenges for everyone and the instructors helped make it an unforgettable experience. The cliff jumping was incredible. Organisation was superb and Emma was great in helping us decide in what we wanted to do.
Barry and family
The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable. Dan was friendly and competent in getting us set up and into the kayaks. He was very thorough in explaining the equipment and safety aspects. The children responded well to him, he was encouraging and understood the different needs of the two girls as well as the concerns of the adults. His unhurried approach enabled us to get the most out of the afternoon’s activities, there was never any feeling that we were on a timetable. Being on the lake was a lovely experience. The kayaks felt safe and comfortable and we had Dan’s reassuring presence. I was really surprised that we all had a go at the abseil, even the youngest who wasn’t able to go all the way down had a go and felt satisfied and not left out.
The time just flew by and we will certainly be back again.
During the abseiling it was fun and exciting and felt safe at all times. Something that can challenge people was made a lot easier by the instructors belief and motivation in you, well done Dan. After ringing around a number of adventure type companies, Emma was the most professional and nothing was too much trouble.
Next time we are in the area we will definitely use you again.
Mark and Karen
Enjoyable, friendly atmosphere. Instructors were supportive, approachable and good fun, whilst also seeking to improve our knowledge and give us a positive experience. At no point did we feel unsafe, even though some members of our group cannot swim – all credit to the instructors.
Brilliant. Really enjoyed it. It was good to try out different equipment. Trying a neoprene spray deck has convinced me to buy one. The carbon fibre paddles were good too, compared with my aluminum one (need to start saving). As an instructor, Dan was friendly, knowledgeable and patient. His knowledge of kayaking and the areas we were in was excellent. I will book some further training sessions soon. I went out the day after on Ullswater and felt a lot more confident, especially when waves from other boats rocked my kayak. Looking forward to my next adventure with Distant Horizons.
Many thanks for a very smooth hire process, good kit, collection, delivery, and fast deposit refund. We had a good if very wet weekend, and hope to be back again soon.
Love the photos! Thank you so much for a fun few hours… photos are amazing. The boys voted our Gorge walking as their best holiday activity of the week.
We will be back for more adventures.
Brendan & Janine
We would like to say thank you to Emma for making the booking/organising of the events stress free. We would also like to say a big thanks to Dan for making us feel comfortable and in safe hands which allowed us to really enjoy three new activities with no worries.
Canyoning was an amazing way to explore parts of the Lake District which we previously could only admire from the paths. The sunset paddle & cliff jump was a truly brilliant combination; the relaxing kayak across Ullswater Lake is just what you need after the exhilaration of jumping off a cliff!
We hope to use distant horizons again in the future and would recommend highly to friends
Chris, Ali & Tim
Please could you give a big big big thank you to Dan and Pete for giving us two fabulous days
It was FANTASTIC!
Dan is great - he is a lot of fun and sooo relaxed and thoughtful! Exactly what we were looking for. Darren had a great birthday.
Thanks a million. We had a great weekend. Everyone is still exaggerating every paddle/step and turn of the wheel!!
The whole process was great from start to finish! Thanks Emma for organising us, the flexibility in terms of the late cancelations was much appreciated. Jason, excellent day as always. Thanks for your guidance and providing comfort that ‘dad’ was there to stop the kids doing anything stupid. Thank Dan for dealing with the logistics when I’m sure he would have liked to have come along. The lodge was fantastic and provided a great location for the post event bbq and drinks…and sleep!
Couldn’t have hoped for more.
Andy, Architecture 519
An excellent experience. Very professional, your equipment and facilities were great. We felt safe and comfortable to try something new and exciting. Everyone was very positive, extremely helpful and approachable through from booking the event all the way through to the end. Jason was excellent, he kept us all safe and really made it an enjoyable experience. He was also extremely patient with us!
The scenery was stunning, it was an excellent way to see parts of the Lake District we wouldn’t otherwise have seen. An experience I won’t forget and would highly recommend this to anyone. An excellent way to spend a rainy Friday afternoon. It’s opened my eyes to more activities I’d love to try with Distant Horizons.
Special thanks to Distant Horizons for an absolutely amazing and physically challenging day. The organisation was second to none, the logistical nightmare of swapping from Kayaks, to bikes to then hiking, with refreshment provided between each step of the challenge was unbelievable. Every eventuality was catered for, can’t wait for the next challenge in 2015. Well done to the DH team.
Many thanks for your very efficient organisation of the canoe hire. We had a really good 2 days paddling on Coniston - followed by an active 5 days on land. The lashings you provided were very useful in the stronger winds allowing us to ensure the safety of the children, so thanks for thinking of that for us.
Fantastic event! Great mix of activities including team building events that didn’t feel like they were force fed. The way the day was laid out meant even though we were in two’s on the Kayaks we were in this together. We most enjoyed the way the day built up to the cliff jump! Of which that was our highlight, but it needed to be built up to! Thanks for that day! Worked well and has given my team a sense of togetherness that I was aiming for. I would definitely use Distant Horizons and recommend to all.
Just wanted to thank you all for an amazing weekend. It was a fantastic experience and everyone has gone home with big smiles on their faces.
Hope to come back next year! Many thanks guys.
Many thanks to the team for delivering a great challenge this weekend. If my appreciation was quiet at the time, it's only because I was on the edge of exhaustion for 2 days. You have a great team, who delivered and looked after everyone, regardless of ability, especially on the mountain bikes.
We would just like to say thank you again to Dan and Pete for making the whole experience really enjoyable. They were both great fun during the gorge walk and also made us feel completely safe. Also the quality of the equipment provided was excellent and really helped us to be comfortable during the activity. We both really enjoyed the experience and agreed that it was the best activity we took part in whilst we were in the Lake District. It was incredibly fun and challenging, and the support from Dan and Pete was fantastic.
Luke and Vaithehy
The experience was great, we had a grand time. There was just the right amount of instruction before we were left alone. Dan was calm, knowledgeable & just near/far enough to coach us into kayaking. The weather helped too. The bbq was fab, we were stuffed the rest of the day! We'd do the experience again!! Thanks,
Fantastic, nice long session, great fun with varied games. Dan was an awesome instructor.
Dan was really patient and a very good teacher and I feel much happier about having a go when we get to Alaska, which was the point of coming to you. We may well come back and have another go when the weather is warmer! Also having the dog looked after was an unexpected bonus! All the best
We had a fantastic trip and I look forward to the next one! The canoes were perfect and made the journey one to remember. Your help and organisation was excellent and I will certainly be arranging another trip later on in the year with you guys in mind.
We really enjoyed our family archery and canoeing sessions. The staff were friendly and welcoming and provided excellent instruction. Everything was very well organized.
The peace and beauty of Lake Ullswater was amazing; to be out on the water on such a beautiful day in such awe inspiring scenery was wonderful. We will definitely be coming back.
We really enjoyed the course and thought it was fantastically worthwhile. Thank you, and please pass on our thanks to Jason.
Dr Jez Everest
I was really impressed with the set up, really professional. Gorge walking was a really good activity, really well led and a much higher standard of kit than other groups in the gorge. I would definitely use Distant Horizons again.
Please pass on my thanks to Jason and Dan for a fantastic weekend. This was a fantastic event. We were blessed with the weather but they were super organised & professional. The base was a great place to stay and we would certainly like to use you again. Massively impressed.
James, Universal Concern
Thanks so much for all your help, we had an amazing few days. Please thank Dan for us, he was brilliant with my son Declan and he's desperate to do it all again! We will def be back with you guys, speak to you soon.
Excellent – we had a really enjoyable morning. The staff made everyone feel at ease and interacted well with all ages. It felt relaxed and informal. There was no pressure to take part in anything you didn’t want to and it just felt like spending time with friends. The photographs were an added bonus which we weren’t expecting. It was lovely to have a record of our experience and they arrived so promptly. Thank you! We have already recommended you to family and friends.
We all really enjoyed the waterfall walk and had a great time, good exercise in a beautiful place but also fun. Looking forward to doing it again. Dan the guide was perfect, very helpful, encouraging and good company
Ian & Lizzie Elliott & family
It was fantastic thank you so much, Danny was a awesome leader for us all. Some great photos and amazing memory's thanks. Definitely be back soon.
Rob and family
Just wanted to let you know what a fantastic day we all had on Friday. The day could have gone better and everyone can't stop talking about it. The activities and pace of the day was absolutely spot on. Please pass on my thanks to Jason and the guys
I have had a look at the photos and video clips as well and the quality of them is great.
Thanks again and I am sure some of us will definitely be back!
Dave Appleby ( The Groom)
The pictures are fantastic, thank you, and thanks also for organising such a great day for us. It was one that will most certainly be permanently lodged in family memory.
Can you please pass our immense thanks on to Dan as well. He is such a nice chap and really, truly, looked after us and made the day not only incredibly enjoyable, but also kept us super-safe all the time.
Thanks again, and I'll be in touch next year for a follow-up visit.
Paul (and Karen, Emily and Sophie)
A massive thank you to Jason and the others who were fantastic throughout. It was a very steep learning curve for me but very enjoyable.
Stephen, ITERA Adventure Race Training
Thanks so much for being able to organise my climbing trip at such short notice. I had a great time and really learnt a lot. Dan is an excellent teacher so I really couldn't be happier with my learning experience in traditional lead climbing. I'd love to come back later on in the summer and go climbing again with Dan and Distant Horizons. Totally brilliant!
Bye for now,
We had a great day and we all agreed it was very informative and exactly what we needed. Jason pitched it at just the right level and pace, please pass on our thanks to him.
I feel a bit more confident about heading into the Alps next month……….
Dr Ben Brock
What a great afternoon! Epic scenery viewed from the centre of the lake was an amazing experience. All novices but put at ease by our fab instructor, Jason. Thanks again!
We had an amazing day climbing with the kids - well up for a summer trip. Thank you for sharing your perfect location and great facilities.
Sara Edwards Brookes
Thanks for your help, fantastic service! We had a great time thanks and will be in touch again when we next visit. Thanks again
Thanks for a fantastic introduction to extreme hill walking! Had a great time with great company.
Thanks for your help, fantastic service! We had a great time thanks and will be in touch again when we next visit. Thanks again.
I would just like to say what a fantastic time we had with the kids
Thanks for yours and Jason's help and please pass my thanks on to Dan and Pete who both did a brilliant job and also managed to carry about 50kg of cheese and port up and back down the hill!
We had a great time despite the weather. I have to say I do fancy coming back and doing it when the sun is shining at some point. I think the Sun Inn just about survived unscathed as well so all in all a successful and very enjoyable weekend!
I would just like to express our thanks for a fantastic day last Saturday. After a day of exercise and fun, every one commented on how they enjoyed there selves and how professional everything was organised.
Steve Hodge, SPIE ENS Ltd
John and I had a great time on Sunday. It was a lovely experience. Please send my regards to Dan who introduced us to archery competently and in a very friendly fashion. Kind regards,
It definitely exceeded my expectations (which were quite high to begin with) and that is mainly down to Jason being an amazing guide and instructor. I can't find any faults and only have positives. Thanks,
On behalf of the CIOB and the Novus Teams we would like to say a massive thank you for all you did to make this event such a huge success, please pass on all our thanks to everyone involved.
Barbara Brown, The Chartered Institute of Building
A difficult event broken up with some fabulous scenery. Great guidance, support and equipment mean that the only thing you have to worry about is actually doing the various sections of the challenge.
Aside from the scenery, the Abseil was brilliant (if a little intimidating), the fact that everything is laid on in a professional manner but with an air of relaxation means that you can enjoy what you are doing and concentrate on doing it quickly. Also coming down The Struggle is exhilarating if you can keep your bottle.
This was our second year doing an event with Distant Horizons and, as before, Dan and Jason were brilliant, they couldn’t be any more helpful or friendly. Dan was especially great with those who were petrified of the abseil (me included), reassuring and relaxed in coaxing me over the edge! The equipment is top notch and you are more than generous with the food that you provide throughout the event. The Bunkhouse was perfect for relaxing before and after the event.
Prior to the event any questions were answered without fuss and the organisation of the event couldn’t be faulted. We will be back again next year I’m sure
James Fox, Chubb Insurance
Just a short note to thank Jason for the great day on Saturday. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and Saj had a brilliant time - once she found out she wasn't paragliding
We hope to come back for another visit soon but until then we wish you all the best!
Just thought I would drop you a line to say how much Luke enjoyed his day with Dan. Luke has been driving me nuts talking about his day with Dan, I nearly phoned and asked for another session.
I thought Dan was a fantastic young man, such a pleasure to meet someone so lovely and genuine – he really is a credit to Distant Horizons.
Just wanted to thank you after our family kayaking session. Our Instructor Dan was fantastic, making the session enjoyable for all the family , even the very nervous Mum! We look forward to coming back to the Lake District and will definitely be trying another activity with you.
Dan was a very good instructor and very informative, I learnt so much in one day! Not only this but he was very kind, considerate and easy going witch just made the day relaxing whilst remaining very factual and hard working while climbing!
Many Thanks to all of you at Distant Horizons
A big thank you for the photos and a lovely day on the water. Jason was very good, patient, considerate to everyones different abilities and very professional at all times - if we find ourselves in the Lakes again we will definently come and see you again! We all had great fun.
Many thanks for a well organised event. Dan and Dave were fantastic throughout and a credit to the company. If we decide to put our ageing bodies through anything like that again, we will be in touch
A big thankyou to Dan & Kye for the brilliant time they gave Ian, Paul, Luis, Sam, Danielle & Brian. We all really enyoyed ourselves.
We had a great time, thank you and will most definitely be doing it again! Dan was patient and a pleasure to be around. He made the day great fun, so a big thank you to him.
Just a quick email to say thank you for the fun we had Canoeing and Cliff Jumping on Monday, we will be staying in the area again over the summer so you can expect to see us again!
Just like to say a massive thanks for organising us in preparation for the Longest Highest Challenge. It was a fantastic day. Please pass on our thanks to Jason and Dan who were brilliant and kept us going throughout the day. Everyone had a fantastic time and the great news is that they are already asking what we are doing next year. We raised over £1500 for HALE a Heath and Wellbeing Charity based near us in Shipley where I am a trustee and the money will really have an impact.
Andy Brown, Architecture 519
I would like to add we had a fabulous day on Saturday with the kayaks. The weather and conditions were great, we got to run alongside a sailing race (Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy I believe) which was fun, had a nice picnic and returned in fantastic late evening light to the campsite. The quality of service and kayaks supplied were of a high standard and value for money. Having the kayaks for a 24 hr period meant not having to rush back and made for a great relaxed paddle. Friendlyness of the staff was appreciated and having the kayaks delivered and collected to and from our tent made for a completely hassle free weekend. Couldn't of asked for more. Please pass this thanks to all staff as I'm sure its all a team effort and I look forward to doing business again. It will be a pleasure.
Just a short note to say a huge thank you to Jason and Dan for our day on Saturday. There’s always an element of the unknown when you go for a day like that – no matter how good a website is and the initial contact – you’re never quite sure what it will be like and how good the company will be.
We were all agreed that a fantastic day was massively enhanced by the professionalism, great organisation and support from Jason and Dan. They are great guys and please could you convey a huge thank you to them both. We look forward to seeing them in Liverpool one day soon.
Would also like to say what a brilliant facility the bunkhouse is. It made the evening before really relaxing and comfortable. It was only spoilt by Juraj’s snoring!
Discussions are already beginning planning our next challenge – we will e-mail you with some ideas. And will of course be happy to recommend your company.
Thanks again to your whole team – and especially to Jason & Dan
Tim Malloy, The Iliad Group
You guys did a great job and great equipment. We were all impressed by the setup and kit you have. Hopefully will be back next year! Great event and great company, thoroughly recommend this challenge but cycle climb is tough!
A big thank you from the Sematron team, sorry Dan but I think we might come back The bunkhouse is great, Challenge event so well organised; not sure how we are going to top this!
Karen Sweeny, Sematron
Just want to show our thanks. A truly great day on Saturday. Thank you so much for hosting us, it was a fantastic day all round. If you know of any coming up or ones that your organising please let me know. Again, thank you so much for the weekend and looking after us.
Absolutely epic experience on Lake Windermere with Jason. What made the experience was to spend over 8 hours with such a genuinely nice man. Highly recommend one and all to to do any activity possible with Jason. You will not be disappointed.
Amer Karim, Ribat Institute
It was brilliant and and Dan was fantastic, You are fortunate to have such a good instructor on your books, a thoroughly nice person too.
Thanks for the pictures, I will definitely be in contact with you again and spread the companys good name.
The pictures are great - please tell Jason thanks from me for giving Matt and Erin a great experience - they are still talking about it!
My brother got married a couple of weeks ago, and it reminded me that I wanted to thank you all for the fantastic weekend's kayaking which you set up for the 8 of us (his stag).
From my first conversation with you, to the boats, the barn, the music box, your staff, the beautiful landscape around you (which you probably can't take credit for), and even the weather, everything was fantastic. Danny in particular was on heroic form all weekend, and really went out of his way to look after us.
I'll certainly be recommending you to anyone prepared to listen.
Now that we’re both home again Jackie and I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the navigation training last week – we both thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot out of the two days, a really worthwhile couple of days… and the best of the Lakeland weather!
Steve & Jackie
I just wanted to say a big thank you for organising the activities on Sunday and Monday. We all had a fantastic time and have some really good memories from our stay here in the lakes. I certainly will have no hesitation in recommending your company to others in the future.
Iain, Louise, Jack & William
Just took part in the Borders Barmy Army three peaks challenge. Sadly my Three Peaks became two after having to turn back a mile up Scafell, but still the most challenging and exhilarating experience of my life!
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to the guides who came with us, in particular, Paul who had the burden of leading the slow group most of the time. I felt so safe and supported throughout the whole challenge. Nothing was ever a problem for him. Totally astounded at the experience and professionalism of all the Distant Horizons team. They really helped make it a trip I will NEVER forget!
Planning to go back and SMASH Scafell in spring
Stephanie McCormick, Borders Barmy Army
I just wanted to thank the team on all of our behalf.
Thanks to the delightful Danny! He was top class and a credit to the company. He put up with our giddy nonsense, was a professional guide, yet wonderful company...it's a toss-up between him and the barn to which made our weekend the most!
Have to give a mention to Dave, who was also a great guide, he is super chilled, and an asset to the company too. Oh, and for all the Haribo, because, after all, grown-ups like Haribo too!!
We have all gone home aching and happy after a fabulous weekend of too much kayaking and too much laughing, and not before we officially renamed Lake Windermere as Lake XXXXX!!!
Thank you so much for everything. We will be back soon for another challenge! (collective groan from your office there!)
I just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and organisation for our challenge this weekend. All the participants really enjoyed it and could not praise your staff more for all their help - Jason, Dan and Andy. Hopefully we can work together again in the near future when we hold our next challenge. Many thanks.
Charlotte Kilby, Berenberg Bank
Just wanted to say a BIG thank you to you and the gang for the weekend. It was a fantastic weekend and although most of us are struggling to use the top half of our bodies we all had a great time.
The B&B was great. Freshly made scones on arrival and Angela even coped when we said we all wanted full English at 6.30!!
Thank you all very much. We are all looking forward to seeing the pics
Andy Brown, Architecture 519
Just a very quick email to you and your company to say a very big thank you for providing our team of ten volunteers (including me) with the delivery of a fantastic team challenge event, undertaken on Saturday the 23rd June 2012.
Despite the weather over the weekend the team really did enjoy the event and I have had feedback this morning from nearly all the team saying how much they enjoyed it and the sense of personal achievement they have felt from completing the challenge.
On behalf of the entire team could you please pass on to everyone that assisted us our genuine appreciation for all their efforts in making sure that we not only achieved our aim of completing the challenge (and by doing so raising money for the Royal British Legion) but also the fact that we thoroughly enjoyed taking part in it!! Special mention must go to Rob and Kav who kayaked the event with us, their expertise, patience, encouragement, and above all their sense of humour was greatly appreciated by all the team.
Also Andy must get a special mention for providing the much needed food and drinks whilst cycling all over the Lake District doing his own Bradley Wiggins impression to collect the team van and our kit etc. His efforts were also very much appreciated.
For information it appears that we are going to raise approximately £3500 for the charity which is a fantastic amount.
Thank You again for all your support in assisting us with our annual charity fund raising event, we all wish you the very best for the future.
Just a quick e-mail to thank you for a great day last Friday. Rob was a really good instructor and I hope we didn’t give him too much grief! Please pass on our thanks to him and Ian. The whole thing was really well organised and, despite Lake Windermere almost finishing a few of us off, we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope to see you all again in the not too distant future.
You guys really made the event, your organisation, knowledge and expertise were second to none. Coupled with the fact you were all so very friendly and approachable and lead by example, none of this not getting your hands dirty and handing over a map. So thanks once again and I hope some of us at least will be seeing you again soon.
Thanks for sending through the link, I've had a sneaky peak and the photo's are great, looks like they all had a fabulous time!
Thank you very much for a great time last weekend, we all really enjoyed.
I just want to say a massive thank you for helping us organise my stag do, the weekend went perfectly and we all really enjoyed the activities you provided for us!
I'd like to thank you so much for the brilliant service and experience that your company provide! Memories to last long after the aches have subsided.
From the moment we first engaged with Jason and the rest of the team we had very positive feelings about how the challenge was going to work out. We have had some mixed experiences over the years with similar event coordinators and were therefore somewhat anxious that Distant Horizons would deliver what they said on the packet. But by golly gosh they certainly did and more. They were so professional and so supportive at all times during a whole day of events, any of which could have gone horribly wrong at any time with us motley crew involved! From the high spec equipment to the gastronomic delights at every pit stop between events, to the tips and training and preparation extending from pre-challenge right through the whole experience and finally the Youth Hostel and pub that they recommended everything about the weekend was perfect. I cannot say much more, except we will definitely be back with Distant Horizons next year.
We thoroughly enjoyed the event. If we were to rate your service from start to finish, we'd give you 10/10. Had no complaints and certainly will be in touch next year for assistance with another challenge.
Just wanted to drop you a belated thanks for organising the stag do a few weeks back, everyone really enjoyed it, especially the stag, so thanks again to yourself, Jason and Tom for sorting out a great day.
The challenge was brilliant. We couldn't fault any of it. The equipment we used was top notch and the whole day ran so smoothly. Jason and Rob were very friendly and great company to have along with us. We felt very safe and in very good hands and we would all like to give a huge thank you for that. We all had a really great weekend and it is all thanks to your company's great organisation of the days challenge. The cottage was very comfortable and the food was great.
I’d like to thank you and your team for a wonderful experience on the 3 peak challenge.
A massive thank you for organising the trip last week - everyone is in agreement that it was an awesome experience and very well run by Distant Horizons. You'll be impressed to know that 10 of us went clubbing in Glasgow to the early hours which meant our recovery took longer over the weekend!
Thanks again for organising such a great challenge event last Friday. It was fantastic. Your sea kayaks made the Windermere leg an absolute dream.
A belated thank you for all your support and encouragement to help us achieve our 4 Peak Challenge. I don't think any of us dreamt that we would be rock climbing and then actually do it!! You had thought of everything us oldies would need to keep us going even tea! It was an amazing weekend and I really enjoyed it. Great to be back in the Lakes again.
I just wanted to say a big thank you from me and the rest of the Welcome Foods lads.
Hi guys, from all of our party we would just like to say thank you for a great weekend the accomodation, food and your planning of the challenge was brilliant THANK YOU.
The instruction was very good and everyone understood it. After a previous bad experience, I thought it was great.
Thank you for a super day yesterday. All of the team had a thoroughly good day, and came back with renewed vigour and a better commitment to team cohesion.
The weekend was a huge success and everyone who I have spoken to since thought it was great. Thanks Jason for the disc of photos - they're really excellent! Perhaps he should consider a side line doing corporate photos! The whole weekend was fantastically organised, with excellent attention to the welcome finer details.
Jason and Jacques certainly go above and beyond expectations to deliver a great package, value for money and a memorable weekend. Thanks for everything!
Thanks so much I was truly Challenged! Thank you for your patience, perseverance and expertise. Thanks also to Claire for the delicious meals and snacks provided.