Steve set up West Lakes Adventure in April 2010 after taking voluntary redundancy from his job of 17 years working in the outdoor industry.
Brought up in Wigan, he was lucky enough to attend a school trip in the Eskdale Valley, at the time he found the experience life changing & the area spectacular, this overwhelming experience was now engraved in his memory, but little did he imagine at the time this would be where he would spend the majority of his life and meet his future wife Caroline.

Steve Ashall


Caroline was born & has grown up in the Eskdale Valley, working in the hospitality trade since she was eleven, running her own pet shop and picture framing business & then pub, she is now a big part in the running of West Lakes Adventure.
Her parents have farmed at Penny Hill Farm for over 35 years. The farm is situated in a beautiful location, nestled at the foot of Harter Fell. Once owned by Beatrix Potter, Penny Hill Farm is a picturesque working hill farm with small B&B and a self-catering cottage attached which holds special memories, as Penny Hill cottage is where their son Joe was born in August 2001.

Caroline Ashall


Joe works for the family business here at base!  Now travel is once again possible, he is hoping to save enough money to go and have his own adventure in 2023.
Joe is happiest when he is chilling, he takes everything in his stride and occasionally takes to the water with his friends paddle boarding, however his real passsion is for skiing which he is very good at and he also loves our sailing holidays to warmer climates!

Joe Ashall

Buddy, Tia & Scamp

Buddy is the Patterdale Terrier who was rescued in April. The time was right for the family to get another dog after losing Scooby, the precious terrier who was such a big part of the family who sadly passed away in September 2012 at a ripe old age of 16 years & 3 days.
Not much is known about buddy’s past life, he was abandoned at the gates of the rescue centre & is between the age of 1 & 2 years old, so with not the best start in life, we can assure you he has certainly made up for it now & enjoys nothing more than going to work with his dad.

Buddy, Tia & Scamp
Our Home

West Lakes Adventure is based in the Eskdale Valley, in the Western Lake District. This Part of the Lake District is unique, it is quieter than the more popular central Lakes, but we feel has more to offer due to it's authenticity.
Although we are based in Eskdale we can operate anywhere in the UK and overseas, running programmes as far away as France, Boston, Malaysia & Australia.
Based where we are we have some of the best resources in the country available to run our activities on our doorstep.

Our Team

Many of our activities are delivered by myself, but due to our popularity we also regularly work with a number of freelance outdoor professionals who are all close friends, they are employed by us not just for their outdoor skills, experience and qualifications but equally as importantly for their personalities.

Why choose us?

We have nearly 2 decades of experience in delivering high quality outdoor activities to a range of clients from youth groups, to families and people looking to develop skills to businesses. We have a fresh, holistic approach to outdoor adventure and pride ourselves on the professionalism and quality of our offer. We give clients what they want and not what we think they need.
We also maintain a high environmentaly friendly approach. We are focused on maintaining and respecting the natural landscape for us & future generations to enjoy & are very aware of the footprint some Outdoor providers can leave when they don't follow this same approach.
We respect and work closley with Landowners in the area to make sure thier livestock & land is not affected by what we do.

For enquiries please call us on 019467 23753

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West Lakes Adventure
Woolpack Farm
Eskdale Valley
Cumbria CA19 1TH

  019467 23753

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