About the RiverDeepMountainHigh experience...
Why do outdoor activities with River Deep Mountain High?
We specialise in making all our outdoor activity adventure experiences the best combination of route, content and equipment. We have a friendly, knowledgeable voice in the office Mon-Sat and are available in the evening too! We were the first to provide wetsuits as standard for gorge walking and we will always try to make outdoor activities holidays the most fun they can be.
Other people tell us:
- It’s because our instructors made them feel so capable, they did things they never thought they could.
- That they loved the range of activities they could do with us
- That they liked that we could organize an exciting week of different activities for their family
Everyone is welcome - no need for prior experience. We love introducing people to their first enjoyable experience of an outdoor sport as much as we love wow-ing committed adrenaline junkies. Adventure activities, outdoor sports, adventure sports, outdoor pursuits, extreme adventures: call it whatever you like, we have the right activity to suit you.
Outdoor activities and sports are the best way to get out and experience an adventure in the Lake District. We have a wide range of activities that we provide in the south of the Lake District between Eskdale, Coniston, Ambleside and Windermere. So whether it is as part of your holiday, weekend break or group event, we are sure our outdoor activities will be a highlight of your trip.
About us and how we do 'outdoor activities'
River Deep Mountain High is owned and run by Johan and Emma Hoving. We feel that the world of outdoor activities when served up with quality equipment and service, is a pleasurable active way to enjoy the beautiful landscape we are blessed with living in the midst of.
We established River Deep Mountain High in 2002 on a mission to correct the largely held misconceptions about sports such as open canoeing and ‘the type’ of person that enjoys them. A high percentage of our customers are between 30 and 60 and rather than being 'outdoor types', they are more likely to have never been in a canoe before. They generally make a point however, of saying how much they are looking forward to going out with us again in the future.
We do not see disabilities as a barrier to outdoor activities and pride ourselves on our ability to enable people to achieve what they want to. For example we have taken blind people gorge walking and our canoeists have included wheelchair users, pregnant ladies and aquaphobics.
A Quality Experience
We aim for high quality and try to deliver this throughout. We have chosen equipment that makes for the most pleasurable ride. Our clothing is easy to put on, comfortable to wear when taking part in activities and doesn’t feel like thousands of people have worn it before you. We've also added in services such as one-way journeys on lakes to make the most of the wind and one-way biking journeys to enjoy the downhill trend. We don’t expect you to notice all these things when out with us, we just expect you to enjoy the experience without distraction.
"Bearing in mind the quality of the equipment (Petzl harnesses and helmets rather than cheaper less comfortable ones), the excellence of the instructors, the superb hot chocolate and the high quality service RDMH provide excellent value for money." Read the full feedback on our blog
"Really enjoyed it and members of the group commented that it was one of the best experiences they've had. Would use river deep mountain high again and again (intending to do so)."
"Fantastic, warm kit, activity lasted just long enough. Brian was a great guide. He provided us with a history and geography lesson aswell as the activity. Felt very safe in his care. Paul, my boyfriend, who is training to be a mountain leader, says Brian was a fantastic guide. Thanks for a memorable experience!"
"We had a fantastic time and can't wait to come back.The secret of eternal youth is not to be found in a bottle, its wading through a gorge up to your neck in mountain water.As a 46 year old mum, I now remember what it feels like to be six."
"What a fantastic time!! We did a DD day (dad & daughter) and I would strong recommend this experience to anyone. The RDMH team were so friendly, helpful and extremely professional with safety. After this we are looking to book more events. Well done to Matt and Hans for a great day. Kind regards Chris"
"...The whole experience was without doubt the best thing our family have ever done together, let alone on this holiday!! We have not stopped talking about it..." Read more