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Ullswater steamer at the jetty, Photo: Cumbria Tourism Library
Hazy light over the fells in the Lake District
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Dappled sunlight through the trees in the Lake District
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DAYS OUT IN THE LAKE DISTRICT

As well as its beautiful scenery, the Lake District has a rich mix of heritage and cultural attractions as part of the UNESCO World Heitage site. It also offers plenty of  family and dog-friendly places to visit. Here are our favourites.

Treetop Trek & Nets

Treetop Trek is treetop adventure, 40 minutes from Another Place. Swing, climb and balance your way through the woodland canopy then race down the 250m triple zip wire. Suitable from Ages 5+. Treetop Nets is an aerial woodland adventure where you bounce high in the trees on suspended nets with slides, ball pools and net tunnels. From ages 3+.

Walking the logs at Go Ape - Whinlatter Forest

Swing through the canopy at Whinlatter Forest and enjoy a day out for the whole family. Ride zip slides and get to grips with an adventurous climbing experience in an awesome forest location . You can also get off road and enjoy an epic forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway. From ages 10+.

Lowther Castle

Lowther Castle and Gardens has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme.  High in the treetops there’s a large adventure playground – the Lost Castle – a replica of the castle itself, with the addition of turrets, zipwires, walkways and slides. Open to families of all ages every day.

Ullswater Steamers. Pooley Bridge. Photo: Cumbria Tourism Library

Cruise the nine miles of Ullswater with stops at Glenridding, Pooley Bridge, Aria Force pier and Howtown. The closest stop to Another Place is Pooley Bridget. The steamer boats run daily are the best way to see the whole of Ullswater.

Entrance to the Rheged Centre in the Lake District

The Rheged Centre in Redhills, just three miles from Another Place, is a centre focused on family, food, arts and culture. It has a large 3D cinema and a varied calendar of events including exhibitions and live streaming.

Two alpacas at the Alpaca Centre in the Lake District

The Alpaca Centre is a working farm breeding and rearing alpacas, about three miles from Pooley Bridge on the road to Penrith. The only farm of its kind in Europe, visitors can view the alpacas from the edge of their paddock or the tearoom. There is also a gallery and shop selling clothing from the soft alpaca yarn.

Indoor climbing wall – Distant Horizons

With an 8 metre high indoor climbing wall in Watermillock, Distant Horizon’s offer instructed sessions suitable for complete beginners, families, small to large groups, and also experienced climbers requiring technical training. Outdoor activities include climbing, abseiling, canyoning and ghyll scrambling.

Aira Force waterfall in the Lake District

Take the Ullswater Steamer to the new pier at National Trust-run Aira Force waterfall. A short 10 minute interactive walk up to the waterfall circles back to the car park and jetty Admire the views from the tearoom. A must-visit Ullswater gem.

Lake view of Brougham Castle

An English Heritage medieval castle is two miles south east of Penrith and near the crossing of the rivers Eamont and Lowther. Founded in the early 13th century the castle is a maze of passageways and spiral stairways. Great fun to explore, while the riverside grounds are a good picnic spot.

Gamelands stone circle

Circular enclosure of Bronze Age large stones in the Lake District

Between the village of Orton and the hamlet of Raisbeck is the Bronze Age Gamelands stone circle. An oval enclosure of around 40 large stones and three smaller ones, the stone circle is one of the largest in Cumbria. All the stones appear to have fallen over, so that none are more than a metre high.

Long Meg and Her Daughters

Stone circles in the Lake District

This stone circle near Penrith consists of around 59 stones, 27 of which remain upright. An oval shape measuring 100 metres at its longest, Long Meg and Her Daughters is the second largest stone circle in England. Long Meg is an outlying stone of red sandstone marked with examples of megalithic art.

Dalemain estate

Aerial view of Dalemain Estate

The Dalemain mansion and gardens, two or three miles from the Pooley Bridge end of Ullswater, have been in the Hasell family since 1679. The family still lives there today but visitors can stroll through the property to discover fascinating interiors and historic parkland. Homemade food is served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom. For opening times visit the website. (017684 86450)