Cumbria Ventures is an independent provider of all manner of outdoor and adventurous activities both on land and water. Founded and operated by Dave Thompson since 2010 on retiring from service with the Royal Military Police, a branch of the British Army.

Cumbria Ventures prides itself on providing a personalised service to all it clients, all courses are run to a syllabus but with flexibility related to individuals experiences

The Faces behind the name.

David Thompson

Dave ThompsonDave is the main instructor having served in the military for over 22 years and gained a wealth of experience operating safely in the outdoors with both young and mature people. Currently holds Mountain Leader Summer and Winter and trained for the International Mountain Leader. BCU level 1 coach in paddle sports, Remote Emergency Care level 4 first aid qualified,

Dave is an active member of Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team, one of the busiest teams in the Lake District National Park and a member of the board of directors of the National Navigation Award Scheme and one of few gold trainers and assessor for this nationally recognised scheme (find out more on the navigation page)


From time to time it is necessary to employ additional instructors when demand is high on David’s time. This will be always notified to you if this is required. All additional instructors are fully qualified, insured and of the highest quality demanded by Cumbria Ventures.