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