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Things to do in the Lake District

From spotting osprey to leaping in the lake – here are our tips for adventures within easy striking distance of Ullswater and the hotel. Book to stay and head out further a field.

Aira Force waterfall in the Lake District

Feel the spray at Aira Force

Wander up to Wordsworth’s “wild stream of Aira” to see the stunning waterfall. Aira Force is a protected haven for endangered red squirrels, so look for bushy red tails and pointed ears twitching in the trees. The paths are open, but there’s restricted parking and a one-way system to keep everyone safe and socially distanced. Aira Force is also along the route of the Ullswater Way.

Ullswater 'Steamers' is a boat company which provides leisure trips on Ullswater in the north-eastern part of the English Lake District.

Cross the lake in a steamer

Take a classic Ullswater Steamer trip and let one of these beautiful vintage boats take you to the start of some of the most breathtaking walks around the lake shore – connecting Glenridding to Howtown, Pooley Bridge, and Aira Force. Be sure to check the new timetable and book ahead online.

Askham Hall

Embrace the outdoors at Askham

Take a closer look at nature’s possibilities, with Askham Hall’s Bushcraft Experience. Discover the secrets of the local area, and learn the medicinal, practical and culinary uses of the flora and fauna there. Be initiated into the timeless arts of fire-making, hunting, gathering and fishing; and get right back to basics.

Jump into Ullswater

Go wild swimming

Let go and jump in. Spend some time exploring the water with our expert outdoor swimming instructor, Colin Hill.  From April to October you’ll get to clamber and leap around the beautiful craggy bay of Kailpot, a short boat trip from the hotel. From November to February try our cold water swimming sessions. Learn tips and techniques to get in the water safely when temperatures dip.

A badger at RSP Haweswater

Get up close to a badger

Quieter than many of the better known Lake District spots, the Haweswater valley is a beautifully wild and secluded corner of the National Park that offers plentiful opportunities for wildlife encounters. While this season’s programme of guided walks and talks has been postponed due to Covid, the Badger Hide at Naddle Farm is now available for exclusive hire. Watch these secretive creatures at close range, as they forage and socialise before your eyes.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Discover ancient secrets at Castlerigg

Set against the looming mountains, Castlerigg stone circle makes for magical sight. At around 5,000 years old, it’s a good place to ponder life’s mysteries – or play an excellent game of hide-and-seek. Allow for a 30-minute walk up to the stones.

Moonlight swims on Ullswater

Try a full moon swim

Whether gliding through the lake by the light of a full moon, or perfecting your form in our endless pool; this is the summer for swimming like you’ve never swum before. Let our outdoor swimming specialist guide you, stroke by stroke, into the open water.

Book a full moon swim, or a session in the endless pool at Another Place, The Lake

Carlisle Theatre

Get some peace in Carlisle Cathedral

Walk into Carlisle’s medieval Cathedral and look up, to get lost in its starry ceiling, designed by Owen Jones, the influential 19th century architect and designer. The cathedral also hides Anglo-Saxon painted panels from the 1400s, and rare Scandinavian runes in the walls.

Honister slate mine

Head into Honister Slate Mine

Tread boldly in the footsteps of the Lake District’s slate miners. Climb the miners’ track sky-high to the top of Fleetwith Pike, or descend into the green slate mines below. If you’re feeling brave, take on the UK’s longest high wire bridge, dangling 2,000ft above the floor of the gorge.

Llama Karma Kafe

Walk the valley with a llama

For a touch of the surreal, explore the Eden Valley with a llama by your side – getting to know everything about the animal. Walks range from an hour to half a day, and have been adapted to keep everyone safe and socially distanced

Lowther Castle

Storm the castle

Let your romantic imagination run wild amongst the turrets and towers of Lowther Castle, where the ruins, gardens and estate trails are all open. Smell the flowers in the new, Sleeping-Beauty-inspired Rose Garden, then sample a homemade cake from the vintage coffee van.

Boy shooting arrow during archery lesson

Try your hand at archery

The whole family can pick up a bow and learn to hit the target in our hotel grounds. Our instructors will teach you everything you need to know, and you might just walk away with a bullseye…

Book archery and view other activities at Another Place, The Lake

Shap Abbey

Go story-hunting

Meander your way through the Eden Valley with a head full of stories. If you follow the paths, or follow your nose, you’ll find buried giants, drowned villages and mysterious ‘witchstones’. You can even head to Kirkby Stephen’s parish church to find a rare carving of the Norse God Loki.

A family kayaking on the lake

Get out on the water

Just you, the lake, and the sound of a paddle breaking the calm surface – Ullswater’s silky waters are just the place to try paddleboarding, canoeing or kayaking. Let our qualified instructors show you the ropes, then start exploring.

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