Client Testimonials

Kayak Tuition - Aug 2019

We booked the 3 hour session with Distant Horizons. The whole experience from start to finish was fantastic. An incredible place to learn to kayak with a professional & friendly team supporting you. Thanks Chris and Emma for such a memorable day.

Tracy - Kayak Tuition

Lotus Bakeries Team Building - Aug 2019

This was a bespoke request to run a team building treasure hunt around Windermere, which is not something Distant Horizons normally do. However, Emma embraced the challenge and delivered an amazing 4 hour treasure hunt that everyone in the teams really enjoyed! I would strongly recommend it if you are looking for something outside of the normal list of activities – which they deliver very well as well. The overall organisation, planning and delivery of the event was brilliant.  

Mark, Lotus Bakeries - Team Building Challenge

3 Lakes Challenge - Aug 2019

Kerry and I wanted to say a big thank you for the weekend.

It was a great, well organised and managed event from the warm welcome from Arron when we arrived and the management of the event day, including the support, advice and encouragement through the challenge.

We all had a great time and the guides, Sue and Alex were also great at supporting and encouraging us when the going got tough as well.

Please pass our thanks again to the team as they made a physically and mentally tough day enjoyable.

Danny King - 3 Lakes Challenge

Canoe Tour - Aug 2019

Second time we have used the team at Distant Horizons. Last year rock climbing from Another Place. Recommended. This time - canoeing from the South end of Ullswater, team of 10. Age range 5 to 77! Top marks to both Emma and Chris. Nothing was too much trouble. 3 hours involving canoeing, swimming, cliff jumping. Top quality canoes, paddles, advice, use of time. Super safe. Superb fun. Thank you all.

Luke - Canoe Tour

Gorge Walking - Aug 2019

Thanks to Distant Horizons for the Gorge Walking today, it was fantastic and please pass on thanks to Chris too. Chris was great and very patient, knowing when to push the children and when to be persuasive.

Tim - Gorge Walking

Canne Tour - Aug 2019

Brilliant afternoon, the children enjoyed it enormously as well as the adults.

Richard - Canoe Tour

Kayak Tuition - Aug 2019

Had a fantastic introduction to kayaking with Chris. Spent several hours learning on the water: basic forward paddling techniques along with some more technical strokes. Also provided me with all the information and safety tips I need to start going out on my own. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and both Emma and Chris have great personalities that suit this type of role. I will definitely book in the future for more advanced tutoring and would highly recommend to anyone of any level. Great work.

Chris - Kayak Tuition

Ullswater Ultra - Aug 2019

We had an absolutely fantastic day, an amazing experience from start to finish! Excellent communication throughout booking from Emma, followed by a jam packed day of adventure with Arron. We partnered with another couple and the group was well matched. The day was a great mix of activities which were all well-paced. 

Everything was of a high quality: the Distant Horizon base, the transport and the equipment provided were of an excellent standard. Even the food and snack supply was plentiful – the event was powered by jelly beans! Arron was an excellent guide, the perfect outdoor superhero, confident, enthusiastic and professional. His cheerful calming manner and fab stories of his adventures complimented the day. An absolute asset to the company.

Amy - Ullswater Ultra

Raft Building - Aug 2019


Firstly for your professionalism....  I would have no reservations thoroughly recommending you and your services. 

We thoroughly enjoyed your raft building yesterday! 

Michelle - Raft Building

Kayak Tuition - Aug 2019

Brilliant and what a way to experience some time in the the Lakes in a kayak , my third trip with Distant Horizons - Emma sorts all the arrangements very efficiently and all the fun on the water is lead under the expert guidance of Chris. Can highly recommend.

Phil Hawkins - Kayak Tuition

Activity & Accommodation Package - Aug 2019

Stayed here for my brothers stag weekend. Great service, value for money and excellent Accommodation. Everyone loved it. Highly recommend.

Gandy G

3 Lakes Challenge - July ‘19

Brilliant fun and very well organised. Guide Cedric was excellent and very knowledgeable about the area so we all had an enjoyable and informative history lesson too. Chris, the support driver, was great - always there waiting for us with excellent hot drinks and lots of food. Emma could not have been more helpful in changing the start position to tie in with where we were staying. All in all a lovely family day.

Tim - 3 Lakes Challenge

Multi activities - July ‘19

Chose Distant Horizons as I had come across them before via a charity challenge. They were very organised and professional then so decided to use them again. We chose kayaking and we had an age range from 43 to 77, quite a mixed ability. But we all had great fun although some of us had to fork harder than others! 

Later in the week a few of us did gorge walking with Chris. He was fun, polite and professional. Would recommend Emma and Chris from Distant Horizons 100%.

Jo - Multi Activities

ML Rope Work Training - July ‘19

The course was excellent and I will recommend it to the Mountain Leader Trainee group on facebook for anyone looking to improve on their rope skills.

We worked on all of the areas of what will be tested in the ML qualification with emphasis on the areas I needed to improve. I got a good overview of what I needed and my instructor was very patient, giving good explanations and tips, overall I was extremely pleased with how it went and am keen to improve on the skills I have now learnt.

Thanks for organising and please say thanks to Matt for all his hard work!

Lauren - ML Rope Work training

Ullswater Ultra - July ‘19

We had a fabulous day Saturday and were fortunate with the weather. A great group of people and Chris was lovely. Will definitely recommend you guys. 

Thanks you.

Louise - Ullswater Ultra

3 Lakes Challenge - July ‘19

Emma and the Team at Distant Horizons were fantastic, with 10 total novice Kayakers they were patient and motivating.

Emma went above and beyond to tailor our event to our very specific and at times demanding requirements, nothing was too much trouble. A special mention to our instructor and guide Doug who was very engaging and managed to keep us all going, and did so with a smile on his face, I know some of us couldn’t have done it without his encouragement.

The whole event was extremely enjoyable and offered us a great opportunity to spend valuable time out of the office together as a team. The event itself was seamlessly planned and ran very smoothly, a sign that you are in the hands of very capable professionals

I really cannot recommend the team at distant horizons enough, I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.

Ashleigh Percival, Minster Law - 3 Lakes Challenge

3 Lakes Challenge - June ‘19

Fantastic, our group of 9 thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was very well organised by Emma and the instructors from start to finish. We managed to complete the challenge in 12 hrs which we were very pleased with. 

Gary, Project Manager, Gardiner & Theobald LLP - 3 Lakes Challenge

Talon Outdoor Charity Challenge - June ‘19

Just wanted to say thank you so much for such an amazing experience yesterday! Everyone had such a great day and really enjoyed themselves.

The organisation was so slick which meant that we didn’t have to worry about anything as you had everything throughout the day sorted for us!

A big thanks to Chris too, he is a great guy and did an excellent job of looking after the groups!

Thanks so much!

Vicky, Talon Outdoor - Bespoke Charity Challenge

Ullswater Ultra - June ‘19

Thanks for being a great host and ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves whilst being kept safe. I'm sure we were like herding cats at times but your team were exemplary in keeping us right across varying levels of confidence and ability. Please pass on my thanks to them.

It is a day I will cherish for ever.

Thanks again.

Mike, Morrison Data ServicesUllswater Ultra

Windermere 21 Challenge - June ‘19

Thank you for yet another outstandingly well organised and professional kayaking trip. From the very start you have done all you can to make our kayaking trip smooth and memorable.

Great administration, great kit, great instructors, great experience, we will be booking for a 4th trip I am sure. 

Stuart -Windermere 21

Kayak Tour - June 2019

Overall it was a great day. Chris the instructor was great and a great teacher. We would definitely use Distant Horizons again. 

Simon - Kayak Tour


Staff friendly and helpful, great location. Self catering lodge was ideal for what we needed and the activities were good fun too. Would definitely return.

Nick - Activity and Accommodation Package


Came here with 10 friends for my stag do. The lodge is well sized with plenty of beds, kitchen had plenty, 2 cookers, dishwasher, microwaves and plenty of cups, glasses plates and utensils. Bbq and fire pit outside was well used over the weekend.

We did raft building and kayaking, both were well organised and a good laugh, including a few face plants on the cliff jump! Emma, Chris and Arron were very helpful and keen to make ways for me to be involved in the activities despite breaking a finger 2 weeks before the stag.

Would highly recommend distant horizons, in fact were planning another weekend away and will likely be back.

Adam - Activity and Accommodation Package

Activities and Accommodation - May 2019

The overall impression was fantastic, the accommodation was what we needed and even more. A perfect location for a Stag event. The staff were fantastic at the activities, Chris and Aaron were always at our call throughout the events and made sure our experience was a great one.

Gavin -  Activities and Accommodation Package 

Canoe Tour - May 2019

I just want to thank you for all your help and patience in organising this for us. It was a highlight of our break and all the kids (and adults!!) loved it.

Kirsten - Canoe Tour

Activity & Accommodation Package - May 2019

Brilliant weekend from start to finish. The staff are amazing, same with the location, activities and the facilities. Highly recommended.

Craig - Activity and Accommodation Package

Activity & Accommodation Package - May 2019

We took part in raft building, archery and kayaking over the bank holiday weekend.

The instructors were top notch, but relaxed enough to keep activities fun. The accommodation was great too, would definitely recommend to others.

RobActivity and Accommodation Package

Activity & Accommodation Package - May 2019

Hell of a weekend here. Cabin was amazing, the guys who run the place are amazing and the activities. 

Daniel - Activity and Accommodation Package

Activity Package - April 2019

We all had a fantastic weekend. Thanks to you and the guys for making it so enjoyable! I don't think there's anything that could have gone better... even the weather stayed reasonably calm for most of it! The lodge was perfect and the activities were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Edward - Activity Package

Canoe Tour - April 2019

Me and my daughter had such a brilliant afternoon. Thank you and thanks to Chris. 

Karen - Canoe Tour 

Lake District 3 Peaks - April 2019

Myself and a 2 friends completed the 3 Peaks Challenge (Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Skiddaw) in just over 12 hours in memory of a friend who sadly passed away recently. 

The challenge was so difficult, yet rewarding and would certainly recommend it to anybody looking for such a challenge! Our guide (Chris) was amazing too, very knowledgeable and a great guy, we couldn’t have done it without him!

To top it off we’ve raised over £1000 for charity.

Jack - Lake District 3 Peaks

Canoe and Bush Craft Tour -April 2019

We booked this experience not knowing really what to expect as a Family of 5. Overall it was a great experience on a lovely day during easter break.

Emma was particularly helpful in the booking and checking in process and Chris our Lead for the day was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and great with the kids. Thanks for a great day, We will definitely be back in the future.

John - Canoe and Bush Craft Tour

Gorge Walking - April 2019

Just wanted to say thanks for arranging this morning for us - we all had a brilliant time! Chris was great with us all, so please pass on our thanks to him too. We’ll definitely be telling our friends about you and will certainly use Distant Horizons again. 

Stephanie - Gorge Walking

Kayak Tour - April 2019

Thanks for organising our Kayak Tour. We had a really great time on the lake. Chris was a fantastic guide. We were so lucky with the weather as we have been all week! Our holiday has sadly come to an end, however, we plan to come back next year and the kids would like to do rock climbing as well as kayaking so we'll be in touch!

Sarah - Kayak Tour

Rock Climbing - April 2019

Thank you for checking the weather in advance and for offering a choice of easier/more advanced. Chris was great, sense of humour and encouraging. First time we have been offered climbing shoes by any company.

Heather - Rock Climbing

Ghyll Scrambling - April 2019

Just to say a massive thank you. Kids loved today, desperate to do it again!!!  I found it as refreshing as the gin and tonic I’m now drinking!!!  Chris was brilliant.

Christine - Gorge Walking

Canoe Tour - April 2019

We had a fabulous time.

Jackie - Canoe Tour

Activity & Accommodation Package - April 2019

Thank you for having us this weekend. The facility was excellent, activities were bang on and guides were brilliant.

Mike - Activity Package

Team Building Energisers - Mar 2019

The event went very well.  The Distant Horizons team were great to work with and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

For First Milk it was something different.  This was the first time we have incorporated team events into our workshop days.

First Milk - Team Energisers

Rope Access Venue Hire - Jan 2019

Great venue, friendly staff and beautiful views!

Specialist Training - Rope Access Venue Hire

Cumbrian Challenge - Annual Charity Event for Walking with the Wounded

There’s a reason we keep going back to Emma and her team at Distant Horizons. Our participants are always full of praise for the marshals at the charity’s annual Cumbrian Challenge event in Grasmere. They have now safely stewarded more than 700 teams and it is always a pleasure to work with Emma and her team. They are a reliable extension of ours and are understanding of our needs and requirements to make the event continue to inspire and raise more than £1m to date and counting for the cause.

Andy Sloan, Event lead, Walking With The Wounded – Cumbrian Challenge

Indoor Activities - Dec 2018

I just wanted to thank you for a superb morning yesterday. 12 of us - all close family- in a barn together for 3 hours! What fun we had. Chris and Owen managed the group brilliantly, were full of good humour, patience, encouragement and respect - we were a group of very varied ages, abilities and degrees of confidence! We climbed, stacked crates and enjoyed an hour of archery. First class morning!

Wendy - Indoor Activities

Canoe Orienteering - Dec 2018

Thanks ever so much... we had a great time. 

All involved from booking to delivery are extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with.

Paddy, Mears group - Canoe Orienteering

Ultimate Lake District Traverse - Oct 2018

A group of 6 friends went on a trip to the lakes doing a 12 hour event. It was expertly organised by Emma and her team. Everything worked perfectly, Cycling i got a broken chain and Emma and Chris were on hand quickly to get it fixed. All the equipment (bikes, kayaks etc) was great and we had everything we needed. Chris was a great guide on our hike and definitely kept the pace going in the canoes to make sure we got back before dark. We all had a great fun and were very well fed and watered at all times. I would definitely recommend Distant Horizons if you are planning a group activity. We also stayed in their lodge which was perfect for a group. 10 out of 10!

Ultimate Lake District Traverse

Crate Stack - Oct 2018

Just to say the morning was brilliant. The crate stacking and 'shark attack' were both a hoot. Chris seemed to be a great leader. 

Val - Indoor Activities

Ultimate Cross Lakes Challenge - Sep 2018

Excellent and very well organised.

Exceptional Ultimate Lakes challenge managed superbly by Emma and her team. Highly recommend the Lodge too and is perfect when using Distant Horizons activities for a complete package. Awesome.

Chandlings Dads - Ultimate Cross Lakes Challenge    

3 Lakes Challenge- Sep 2018

Thank you so much again for the weekend! We are all really pleased that we did the challenge and we loved the facilities and everything you provided. A big thank you again from me for all your help in the run up!

Steph, Perret Laver - 3 Lakes Challenge

Lake District Ultra - Aug 2018

The event was amazing last week and thanks to the team for organising it. 

Emre - Lake District Ultra

Activity Package - Aug 2018

Thank you so so much for an amazing weekend. We all made so many memories and had such a good time!

Irene - Activity Package

Overnight Team Trip - Aug 2018

We all thoroughly enjoyed the walk / climb / scramble and it achieved what we wanted - we pushed ourselves (and each other on occasions!) worked together as a team to achieve something we wouldn't normally do.  All of the staff were great, but without the help and guidance from  Arron we would not have been able to achieve what we did, he was calm throughout, cheery, helpful and encouraging!

We would also like to add that the lodge was really spacy, well organised / practical and clean. Well equipped as well (they even had a whisk !) and in a great location.

Jacqui - Overnight Team Trip

Kayak and canoe experience - Aug 2018

Excellent service throughout from start to finish, very helpful and friendly staff.

Captain Mick Straker - Canoe and kayak tours

Canoe and cliff jumping - Aug 2018

Lovely staff from start to finish. Emma was brilliant and Chris on the day was brilliant and really good with my 9yr old boy.

Clare - Canoe and cliff jumping

Canoe Orienteering - Aug 2018

Thanks for a brilliant afternoon yesterday, all our guys loved the activity and had great fun. Thanks for incorporating the McDonald’s bits for us, it was funny seeing all the posters on the way round the course!

Thank again for all your help

Nicola, McDonald's - Canoe Orienteering

Multi activity day - Aug 2018

Very professionally run.  The staff related very well to all of the family members, which really made for it being an excellent event. It was a one-off family event for us, but I would certainly recommend Distant Horizons and use again if I needed to organise a similar event.

Jamie - Multi Activity Day

Kayak Tour - Aug 2018

Sue was fabulous and was very calm and encouraging for myself and my daughter. We had an amazing time. Sue was full of top tips and adventure stories, we think she is amazing.

Amy - Kayak Tour

Team Building - Aug 2018

Just a quick note on behalf of the whole team & myself to say thank you for organising a superb day of activities for us yesterday.

Everyone has commented on how much they enjoyed it and how good you were.

Team Building Day - Ian, Lotus

Really well organised - I am not usually an 'Outdoors' person, but the organisation meant I could enjoy the activities.

Team Building Day - Larysa, Lotus

24 Peaks Challenge - June 2018

I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the fantastic organisation and for making us feel so welcome on the recent 24 in 24 challenge.  

I know the team had a great time, despite the demands of the challenge and couldn't speak more highly of you and the rest of the team.  As we know we faced some challenges with minor injuries and fatigue but at all times the Event Horizon team couldn't have been more professional and supportive.  Despite having to cut the challenge short the Ullswater Way walk was a spectacular alternative for day 2 which the team loved.

From a personal point of view I wanted to thank you for coming to pick me up on the Saturday, having felt so under the weather it was a godsend to know you were there.

Rest assured we will be back in future for more challenges.

Andrew - 24 Peaks Challenge

Multi Activities - June 2018

We had our end of season get together with Distant Horizons, an under 8 football team, the boys had so much fun we will be back next year. Crate Stacking and Raft Building! Emma was so helpful throughout the booking process and communication was excellent throughout. Arron hosted the boys on the day and was fantastic with the lads. We will be back next year!

Damien - Multi Activities

Kayaking Tuition - June 2018

Had a brilliant 3 hour lesson with Chris on Sunday. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to do it again.

Chris - Kayak Skills

Canyoning - June 2018

We had a good time and Arron was a top guide.

Greg - Canyoning

Preparatory Crevasse Rescue Course - June 2018

Very pleased with the course overall. Emma was very communicative during the booking process, and Mike was a great instructor. He was very friendly and calm. He seemed very knowledgeable and I liked the way he handled people of different experience, never once condescending or dismissive. He proceeded at a good pace through the coursework and paid attention to each participant. The course covered everything I could have expected. Mike was in no rush to depart once the course officially finished, instead he was happy to run through the material again and to discuss likely scenarios relevant to my work. The facilities were great, with well-maintained equipment for the course.

Luke - Preparatory Crevasse Rescue Course

Tesco Team Development Event - June 2018

Very professional, fitted our brief exactly. Ross was brilliant.

Phil Hill, Tesco Norht Team - Team Development

Ullswater Challenger - June 2018

Everyone loved it and brilliant organisation and engagement from you and your team.

Thanks a lot

Nick, Vistage - Ullswater Challenger

Kayak and cliff jump tour - May 2018

Great way to spend the afternoon.

We booked a kayaking trip as a family of 4, kids 14 and 11. We were lucky with a glorious day and it was a great way to get a slightly different view of things. Our instructor/guide Arron was great, very friendly and clearly explained everything. We paddled over to a small beach where my nutter of a son jumped off a rather high cliff into the ice cold water. He was very happy, I was relieved. Would highly recommend this outfit, may try one of their other activities next time.

Morag - Family Activities

Multi Activities - May 2018

Great activities. Group of 7 (with 5 kids), we did 2 half days. One day ‘indoors’, however as the weather was so nice we were offered different things to do at the centre. We enjoyed the archery, indoor climbing and the crate stack game. Friendly leaders. We loved the Ghyll scrambling and Arran really encouraged the younger members to climb up the waterfall (with ropes). Good booking process, with lots of help from Emma. Thanks very much, will book again next time we are over that way (Ullswater).

Linda - Family Activities

Team Building

Dangle from a climbing wall? Face your fear of water in a kayak? Trust your colleagues enough to be posted through a spider's web? We put 45 people through the Distant Horizons experience and they came back better, more collaborative and much more self-aware. Great day.

Tim K - Team Building

Ullswater Challenger - April 2018

Had an absolutely fantastic Challenge Day. Emma and her team were fantastic, all ran smoothly and they were a great motivation. thank you so much distant horizons..........hope to see you again soon.


You guys were fab!! Patient, kind, supportive and some questionable singing, lol, but couldn't fault Distant Horizons ...
Highly recommended x


Ullswater Challenger

Canoe Tour - April 2018

The canoe tour was brilliant, we all loved it, and Aaron was a great leader. We look forward to coming back and doing some more.

Maria - Canoe Tour

Ghyll Scrambling - April 2018

Booked a private session of Ghyll Scrambling. Absolutely fantastic, great fun and an excellent addition to our holiday. Safe and professional set up with expert instruction.

Mez - Ghyll Scrambling

3 Lakes Challenge - April 2018

Our immediate impression of the whole event was fantastic.  From the moment I started with the booking until the morning we left to come home, the whole organisation, logistics, briefing, and actual challenge itself was seamless. This is truly a whole encompassing experience.  It should all be embraced, the briefing, the accommodation, the surrounding areas…..everything. The support team, in Emma and Aaron, was exceptional.  There was a perfect balance between letting us get on with it and an obvious duty of care towards our safety.  The perfect team to support such an active and busy day.

Harry Stevenson, ACS Business Supplies - 3 Lakes Challenge

Canoe Tour - Mar 2018

It felt like hanging out with a couple of extra friends.

Emma and Arron were so easy to get on with and we all laughed so much while paddling through some beautiful scenery. Learning about the surrounding features in the landscape was really interesting, and has provided inspiration for future trips to explore them more (e.g. the High Street). Helvellyn is also now on the to-do list after the spectacular views we got of it. The games were completely unexpected but perfectly timed and so much fun. They were a great way to mix things up once we got the hang of the canoes, and also meant we got to spend time with different people on the trip. The mountain of warm scones afterwards with jam and cream was a very tasty ending to an awesome afternoon.

Rachael Smith - Canoe & Cream Tea Tour

Crevasse Rescue Course - Mar 2018

We booked a day's training with Distant Horizons to go through crevasse rescue techniques and have a bit of a refresher on glacier travel before heading away to the Alps for fieldwork. Our group ranged from people with zero to limited prior experience (myself), to climbers with a solid level of background knowledge. All very impressed with the course content, which is necessarily very hands-on. Our instructor, Mike, was very patient and explained things clearly. We would highly recommend them grin

Matt, Northurmbria University - Crevasse Rescue Course

Kayak Tour - Feb 2018

Chris was absolutely brilliant, our kayak on the lake was better than we had expected, his knowledge of surrounding area added to what was a great activity.

Sarah - Kayak Tour

Activity & Accommodation Package - Nov 2017

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.

Tom - Activity and Accommodation Package

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.

David Activity and Accommodation Package

River Trip - Oct 2017

A huge thanks to Emma and Arron for another fantastic experience.  We think you’re both brilliant!

Lisa - Boat Tours

Windermere 21 - Sep 2017

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

Canoe Coaching - Sep 2017

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

Event Support - Sep 2017

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

3 Lakes Challenge - Sep 2017

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

Lake District Ultra -Sep 2017

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

Guided kayak journey - Sep 2017

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

Lake District Ultra - Sep 2017

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

3 Lakes Challenge - Sep 2017

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 

Archery - Sep 2017

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

Team Building Day - Sep 2017

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

Kayak Tour - Sep 2017

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.

Thanks again

P - Kayak Tour

Kayak Tour - Aug 2017

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 

Kayaking & cliff jumping - Aug 2017

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

Activity & accommodation package - Aug 2017

We all had a great weekend, thank you to Emma and Arron for the organisation and delivery.

Ric - Activity and Accommodation Package

Activity Package - Aug 2017

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

Canyoning - Aug 2017

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

Canyoning - Aug 2017

Absolutely brilliant service from start to finish. Enjoyed every second. Emma and Aaron both great!! Thank you xx

Sarah - Canyoning

Multi activity kayak tour - Aug 2017

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.

Ian - Multi activity Kayak Tour

Canoe Tour - Aug 2017

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

Multi activities - Aug 2017

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

Canyoning - Aug 2017

Cannyoning was brilliant, well worth the price. Great all round experience and our guide Arron was brilliant!!

Toblerone - Canyoning

Indoor Activities - Aug 2017

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

Canoe Tour - Aug 2017

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!!

Many thanks,

Sarah - Canoe Tour

Ullswater Challenge - July 2017

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

Kayak Tuition - July 2017

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

Crevasse rescue Course - July 2017

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

Multi activities - July 2017

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

Orienteering Team Build - July 2017

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 HalfOrienteering Team Build

Rock Climbing - July 2017

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

Canyoning - July 2017

Excellent activity with lots of fun and friendly staff! The whole day was fab!

Kristy - Canyoning

Multi activity day - July 2017

Thanks to Arron and Distant Horizons for a great day of raft building, canoeing and cliff jumping! :)

Doug - Multi activity day

Cross Lakes Challenge - July 2017

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

Sea kayak tuition - July 2017

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

Multi activity Team Building Day - July 2017

Very professional, made the activity challenging and enjoyable.

Steve Whitehead - Multi Activity Team Building Day

Canoe and cliff jump tour - June 2017

Thanks for a great morning. We had a super time. 

Phil - Canoe Tour

Sea kayak tuition - June 2017

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

Longest & Highest Extreme - June 2017

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

Multi activity day - June 2017

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

3 Lakes - May 2017

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

Lake District 3 Peaks in 24hrs - May 2017

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

Indoor Activities - May 2017

Well organised and great fun. Our instructor Dan was very professional.

Dan - Indoor Activities

Windermere 21 - May 2017

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

Multi activities - May 2017

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

Indoor Activities - May 2017

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

Crate stack & archery - May 2017

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

Event support - April 2017

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. 

Joseph Rayner - Bespoke event support

Kayak Tuition - April 2017

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

Multi activity day - April 2017

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

Canoe Orienteering - April 2017

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

Kayaking Charity Challenge - March 2017

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

Mears Group Team Building Canoe Trip - Dec 2016

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

Warburtons Team Building Day - Nov 2016

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

Multi activities - Nov 2016

Thanks for the pictures.  We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Dan, thankyou.

Emma - Multi activities

Kayak Tour - Oct 2016

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

Outdoor Family Activities - Oct 2016

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

Ullswater Charity Challenge - Sep 2016

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

Lake District 3 Peaks in 24hrs - Sep 2016

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

Indoor Activities - Sep 2016

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

Ghyll scrambling and canoeing - Sep 2016

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.

Al - Outdoor activities

University Team Building Trip - Sep 2016

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 

Longest and Highest Challenge Event - Sep 2016

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

Team Building Challenge Event - SEP 2016

Everyone really enjoyed the day and the Distant Horizons staff were all great. 

Emma, Thrive Tribe - Corporate Challenge Events

Activity Weekend - Sep 2016

Amazing staff, supporting and providing excellent service. Lads and dads trip loved it.

Stuart - Activity Package

Multi activities - Sep 2016

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

Lake District Ultra - Sep 2016

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

Canoe Tour - Sep 2016

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

Multi activity day - Aug 2016

Excellent Company. Well organised and friendly.

Ian - Multi activity day

Rock Climbing - Aug 2016

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

Indoor Activities - Aug 2016

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

Adventure Stag do weekend

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

Canoe and abseil tour - Aug 2016

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

Multi activities - Aug 2016

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

Canyoning - Aug 2016

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

Multi activities - Aug 2016

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

Ullswater Ultra - Aug 2016

Special mention to Shelly, Dan & Rob who were great instructors, and Emma for making the whole process very easy!

Danielle - Ullswater Ultra

Canyoning - Aug 2016

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

Ullswater Challenge - Aug 2016

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 AssociatesUllswater Challenge

Activity Day - Aug 2016

Thanks for the photos. We had a great day again with the guys and everyone really enjoyed it.

Barry - Activity Day

Team Building Event - Aug 2016

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

Rock Climbing - Aug 2016

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

Canyoning - Aug 2016

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

Sea Kayak Hire - July 2016

Really friendly service and good advice from your staff yet again.

Gary - Boat hire

Activity Package - July 2016

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.

Kate - Activity and accommodation package

Kayak Tour - July 2016

 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

Canyoning - July 2016

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

Great North Air Ambulance Ullswater Challenge - July 2016

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

3 Lakes Challenge - July 2016

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..

Jon3 Lakes Challenge with bikes

Kayak Tour - June 2016

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

Canoe Tour - June 2016

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

Ullswater Ultra Challenge - June 2016

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

Kayak Tour - June 2016

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

Dads and Lads weekend - June 2016

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

Kayak Tour - May 2016

Very professional and competent set up.  Knowledable and relaxed instruction on the activity and on the local geography.


Indoor Activities - May 2016

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, 


Canyoning - May 2016

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.


Canoe Hire - May 2016

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.


Kayak and cream tea tour - May 2016

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.


3 Lakes Challenge with Bikes - May 2016

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!!


Charity Walking Event - May 2016

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

Navigation Course - May 2016

Really well organised.  Really good instructor. 

Lou and Fiona

Activity Weekend - May 2016

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.


Scrambling Course - April 2016

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

Activity Package - April 2016

A big thank you to Dan, Rob and everyone else involved...!  It was a really quality time I'd recommend to others!  


Raft Building

We all had a fantastic time and would definitely look to use you again in the future.


Activity Weekend - April 2016

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. 


Activity and accommodation package - April 2016

Fantastic Stag Weekend. Great value facilities, friendly, knowledgeable and relaxed staff, excellent value for money.


Multi activities - April 2016

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. 


Activity Package - April 2016

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!!


Ullswater Grind - April 2016

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.


Activity Package - March 2016

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.


Indoor Climbing Party - March 2016

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!


Crevasse Rescue Course - March 2016

Great Course.  Exactly what we were looking for.  Jason was very knowledgeable.

Ian & Matthew 

Kayak Hire - March 2016

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.


Team Building Event – November 2015

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

Team Building multi activity days

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

Indoor activities and kayaking - October 2015

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

Raft Building - October 2015

We had a lovely time, thank you.  I learned a lot about my family!!!  Dan was excellent.


Gorge Walking - September 2015

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.


Family rock climbing day - September 2015

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.  

The crags chosen for the day were perfect – challenging but not too difficult and worked well for our age and ability range.  The setting was lovely and  peaceful with great views (beautiful sunny calm day helped!).  Very flexible with regard to changing the dates twice due to bad weather.

Ghyll Scrambling - September 2015

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! 


Lake District 3 Peaks - August 2015

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

Paddle to the Pub- August 2015

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.

Maria O'Neil

Rock Climbing - August 2015

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.

Many thanks,


Family Canoe Tour - Aug 2015

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.


Activity weekend - Aug 2015

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. 


Gorge walking - Aug 2015

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 what to do next x


Lake District 3 Peaks - Aug 2015

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

Multi activities - Aug 2015

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.


Activity weekend - Aug 2015

Amazing weekend!  Well worth it and cannot wait to go again for more fun.  Highly recommended.


Canoe Hire - July 2015

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,

Marc Wright

Kayak Tour - July 2015

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.


Raft Building - July 2015

Quite surprised how enjoyable and ‘value for money’ the activity was. Had a lot of fun.


Ullswater Mega Circuit - July 2015

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 

Sea kayak tour - July 2015

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 

3 Lakes Challenge - July 2015

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!


Ghyll Scrambling - July 2015

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.


Team Building Activities - July 2015

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

Ghyll Scrambling - July 2015

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.


Activity package weekend - June 2015

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.


3 Lakes with bikes - June 2015

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

Full day sea kayak tour - June 2015

Fantastic.  Jason was a great guide and made us both feel very comfortable.  A great experience – we will be back!  


Rock Climbing - May 2015

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!


Ullswater Mega Circuit - May 2015

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.


Ullswater Mega Circuit - May 2015

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

Ghyll Scrambling - May 2015

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 -

Team Building Day - May 2015

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

Archery - May 2015

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. 


Hen party activity & accommodation package - April 2015

Lodge Accommodation

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

Canoeing and cliff jumping - April 2015

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. 


Multi activities - Easter 2015

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 !!!! 


Raft Building - March 2015

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.


Indoor activities - March 2015

Thanks for a brilliant family session today of archery, abseiling and climbing. Excellent instructor, gorgeous location and lots of fun.


Team Building Event - March 2015

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

Indoor Activities - February 2015

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.

Sarah Young

Canoeing and archery - February 2015

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

Indoor Activities - February 2015

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.

Jill Eastham

2 day sea kayaking course - October 2014

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.

Tony Lunt

Indoor Family Activities - October 2014

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

Rock Climbing Course - October 2014

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 

Multi activity days - September 2014

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

Camping Equipment Hire - 2014

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 

Mountain and Lakes Challenge - September 2014

Well organised and instructed event catering for mixed abilities.  Big thanks to Dan & Jason for their help & guidance.

David Allen - Pindar

Windermere 21 - September 2014

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!


Activity and Accommodation Package - August 2014

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....

The Stephensons

Sea Kayak Hire - August 2014

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.

Lennart Rustige

Sea Kayaking - August 2014

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. 

Best wishes


Stag do Adventure Weekend

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

Raft Building - August 2014

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. 


Kayak Tour - August 2014

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!   


Gorge Walking - August 2014

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 

Sea Kayak Tour - August 2014

Very well planned, attention to detail and friendly delivery.  All communication leading up to the activity was excellent, and the instructor was superb.


Technical Rope Work - August 2014

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.


Family multi activity day - August 2014

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

Kayak & Abseil Tour - August 2014

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.


Canoe hire and abseiling - August 2014

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

Raft Building - August 2014

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.


Sea kayak tuition - August 2014

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.


Kayak hire - August 2014

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.


Gorge Walking - July 2014

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

Multi-activities - July 2014

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 

Family multi-activity package - July 2014

Please could you give a big big big thank you to Dan and Pete for giving us two fabulous days


Sea kayak and abseil tour - July 2014


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. 


Ullswater Grind - July 2014

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

Canyoning - July 2014

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. 


Cross Lakes Challenge - July 2014

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.

Barbara, CIOB

Canoe Hire - June 2014

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.


Team Building day - 2014

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. 

Simon, Greencore

3 Lakes Challenge - June 2014

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.


Bespoke Challenge Event - June 2014

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.


Canyoning - June 2014

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

Self-guided kayak tour - June 2014

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, 


Raft Building - June 2014

Fantastic, nice long session, great fun with varied games.  Dan was an awesome instructor.


Sea Kayak Tuition - May 2014

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

Berry Patel

Canoe hire - May 2104

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.


Family Multi-Activities - April 2014

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.


Crevasse Rescue Course - April 2014

We really enjoyed the course and thought it was fantastically worthwhile.  Thank you, and please pass on our thanks to Jason.

Dr Jez Everest

Multi-adventure stag do - April 2014

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.


Lake District 3 Peaks & Windermere 21 - April 2014

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

Multi-activity family days - April 2014

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.  

Thanks x


Sea Kayak Tour - April 2014

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.

Nicola Terry

Family Gorge Walk - April 2014

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

Gorge Walking - April 2014

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

Multi-activity stag do - April 2014

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)

Family Climbing Session - April 2014

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.

Best regards,

Paul (and Karen, Emily and Sophie)

Canoe coaching - March 2014

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

Rock Climbing Course - March 2014

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,


Crevasse Rescue Course - March 2014

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

Family sea kayak tour - February 2014

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!

The Griffiths's!

Family indoor climbing session - February 2014

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

Winter Skills - February 2014

Thanks for your help, fantastic service! We had a great time thanks and will be in touch again when we next visit. Thanks again 

Daniel White  

Winter Skills - February 2014

Thanks for a fantastic introduction to extreme hill walking! Had a great time with great company.

Leah Harrison 

Outdoor Equipment Hire - February 2014

Thanks for your help, fantastic service!  We had a great time thanks and will be in touch again when we next visit.  Thanks again. 


Indoor Activity Session - January 2014

I would just like to say what a fantastic time we had with the kids 

David Ayton

Stag do - December 2013

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!

Bill Musson

Team Building - November 2013

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

Archery - November 2013

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,


Rock climbing and canyoning - September 2013

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,


3 Lakes - September 2013

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

Lake District Ultra - September 2013

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

Sea Kayak Tour - September 2013

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 wink

We hope to come back for another visit soon but until then we wish you all the best!

Saskia Coulson

1:1 Climbing Tuition - August 2013

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.

Teresa Parnell

Family Kayaking Tour - August 2013

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.

Many Thanks

Natalie Payne

1:1 Climbing Tuition - August 2013

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

Luke Parnell

Family Multi-Activity Lake Tour - August 2013

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.

Jody Goble

Lake District Ultra - July 2013

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

Damon Reynolds

Family Gorge Walking - August 2103

A big thankyou to Dan & Kye for the brilliant time they gave Ian, Paul, Luis, Sam, Danielle & Brian.  We all really enyoyed ourselves.

Brian Taylor

Canyoning - July 2013

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.

Mike HIll

Multi-activity lake tour - July 2013

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! 

Simon Metcalf

Longest & Highest - July 2013

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

Sea Kayak hire - July 2013

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.


Dave Brownridge

Lake District Ultra - June 2013

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

Lake District Ultra - June 2013

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!

Craig Dunne-Wall

Lake District Ultra - June 2013

A big thank you from the Sematron team, sorry Dan but I think we might come back wink The bunkhouse is great, Challenge event so well organised; not sure how we are going to top this!

Karen Sweeny, Sematron

Walking With The Wounded Charity Event - May 2013

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.

CSgt Johnson

Windermere 21 Solo Charity Challenge - April 2013

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

Kayak training session on Ullswater - April 2103

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.


Family indoor climbing session -  March 2013

The pictures are great - please tell Jason thanks from me for giving Matt and Erin a great experience - they are still talking about it!

Dawn Parkin

Stag weekend - October 2012

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.

Paul Tourle

Navigation training - September 2012

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

Family multi-activity days - August 2012

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

National 3 Peaks -August 2012

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 grin

Stephanie McCormick, Borders Barmy Army

3 Lakes Challenge - July 2012

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'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!)

Joolz Ferguson

3 Lakes Challenge- June 2012

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

3 Lakes Challenge - July 2012

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

Phil Phillips, Ministry Of Defence Police Royal British Legion Charity Event (June 2012) 3 Lakes

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.

Colin Mitchem (May 2012) 3 Lakes

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.

Stephen Benson, BT (May 2012) Longest and Highest

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.

Ashlyn, Meadowhall (Aug 2011) 3 Lakes Challenge

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!

Jeremy Young (Sept 2011) 3 Lakes Challenge

Thank you very much for a great time last weekend, we all really enjoyed.


Chris Connor (Aug 2011) Activity Weekend

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!

Vikki Birchmore, BAE Systems (Sept 2011) 3 Lakes Challenge

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.

Micky Chillman, Decision Insight Information Group (Oct 2011) Lake District Ultra Challenge

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.

Ms D. Peters (August 2009) Lakeland 10 Peaks

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.

Adam Hiles (July 2009) Group activity weekend

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.

Mrs L.Hammond (July 2009) The Ullswater Grind

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.

Mr M. Miah (June 2009) Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

I’d like to thank you and your team for a wonderful experience on the 3 peak challenge.

Mr J. Richardson (August 2009) National 3 Peaks

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!

Mr J. Wilkins (June 2009) Longest 2 Highest Challenge

Thanks again for organising such a great challenge event last Friday. It was fantastic. Your sea kayaks made the Windermere leg an absolute dream.

Mrs H. Edwards (May 2009) Lakeland 3000 Footer Challenge

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.

Mr D. Pye (June 2009) Bakkavor - Welcome Foods Samworth Charity Challenge

I just wanted to say a big thank you from me and the rest of the Welcome Foods lads.

Mr A. Archer (May 2009) 3 Lakes Challenge

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.

Mrs G. Gibbens (April 2009) Group Kayaking Session

The instruction was very good and everyone understood it. After a previous bad experience, I thought it was great.

Ms C. Buckley (June 2009) Team Development Session

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.

Mr M. Barret (June 2009) Group Activity Weekend

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!

Mrs G McLure (May 2009) Lakeland 3000 Footers

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.