Welcome to Cumbria & the Lakes
'No part of the country is more distinguished by its sublimity', mused the grand old bard of the lakes, William Wordsworth, and a couple of centuries on his words still ring true. In terms of natural splendour, nowhere in England can compare to the Lake District. For centuries, poets, painters and perambulators alike have been flocking here in search of inspiration and escape, and it's still the nation's favourite... Read More
Top experiences in Cumbria & the Lakes
Cumbria & the Lakes activities
Ullswater Lake Boat Ride
Our main base at starting point is at Glenridding Pier. There is a pay & display car park at the pier. Board the boat and sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. The southern reach of the lake has dramatic views of the rugged mountains. If you visit in Spring you may be lucky enough to see Wordsworth's Daffodils on the lake shore. The first stop is Howtown, approx 35 minutes from Glenridding. This is a popular departure point for walkers, many of whom walk the 7 miles back to Glenridding. If you remain on the boat here you will soon pass the world-famous Sharrow Bay Hotel, followed by Ullswater Yacht Club. Our third Pier is at Pooley Bridge, approx 1 hour from Glenridding. Depending on the time of day and timetable there is chance to break your journey here and explore the pretty village, with a few shops and places to eat. Reboard the boat for the return journey to Glenridding via Howtown.This tour can be started from Pooley Bridge, just be aware the parking is a short walk from Pooley Bridge Pier.There is a choice of seating on board the boats, open, covered and in cosy heated saloons.Due to the historic nature of the vessels wheelchair access is not always possible.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway: Ride All Day Ticket
Originally built in 1875 to serve the mines of Eskdale, today, the railway provides a unique opportunity to take a step back in time. Travel the full seven miles of history between the once important Roman harbour of Ravenglass, The Lake Districts only coastal village at Ravenglass, and Dalegarth for Boot Station in the heart of the National Park. There are seven intermediate stops en route and the journey passes through ancient woodlands and mountain scenery including a view of England’s highest mountains, the Scafells ( 3,209ft). Take the opportunity to connect to the many walking routes and places of interest along the way, admire the estuary and mountain views on your journey and keep an eye out for some of England’s rarest wildlife including red squirrels.Excellent accessible facilities at both main station include licensed cafes, children’s play areas and free wi-fi, heritage steam and diesel engines pulling a choice of open and closed carriages, visit the free Museum and find out about our heritage at Ravenglass or visit the ancient St Catherines Church and Englands oldest Watermill whilst at Dalegarth for Boot. There are many walks and trails to suit all abilities linking intermediate and main station stops including Roman Bathhouse at Ravenglass (0.5 miles), Muncaster Fell (5 miles), Eskdale Cycleway (7 miles), Irton Fell (4.5 miles), Blea Tarn 2 miles), Giggle Alley Japanese Garden (1.5 miles), Stanley Ghyll Waterfall 2.5 miles) and Hardknott Pass (7 miles).
Ghyll Scrambling Water Adventure in the Lake District
After meeting your instructor and the rest of the group, we will fit and put on the high quality full length wetsuits. We also supply waterproof jackets, helmets and some amazing Ghyll shorts! Then it time to take a short (10-15min) walk up old mine access track to the start of the Ghyll scramble.There will then be a 5min safety brief, and a short explanation of what challenges will be coming up, depending on the current water levels etc. Finally it's time to jump into the water, and after getting our balance after the first slide, we're away - sliding / jumping and climbing our way down the fast flowing river, taking on the many varied obstacles and challenges - dare you tackle the washing machine?!Suitable for all, as long as you are confident in water - being a strong swimmer is NOT required, this activity is fun for all the family, or as a challenge for a group of friends or those out for a blast!After approx. 1 hour, we will come out of the bottom of the ghyll, and after a short walk along a road, we will be back at the van to dry out, change and warm up!The whole experience lasts between 2.5 - 3 hours depending on group speed.
Private Transfer from the Lake District to Manches
Your transfer is from any hotel in the Southern Lake District (LA8, LA9, LA22, LA23) to Manchester Airport. This is a private transfer which means that you will not share a vehicle with anyone apart from your booking. The vehicles used for this service are well maintained. Enjoy this private transfer from the Lake District to finish your visit in the most comfortable way.Please note that this transfer is available in reserve, from Manchester Airport to the Lake District. Vehicle Capacity Details: Executive Vehicle - 1-6 Seater. Passengers: 6; Check-in Luggage: 6; Hand Luggage: 2 Standard Vehicle - 1-8 Seater. Passengers: 8; Check-in Luggage: 8; Hand Luggage: 0 Executive Vehicle - 1-12 seater. Passenger: 12; Check-in Luggage: 12; Hand Luggage: 12 Standard Vehicle - 1-16 seater. Passenger: 16; Check-in Luggage: 16; Hand Luggage: 16
Full-Day Private Tour and Hike in the Lake District
The tour includes transport and guide service. Lunch is not included but you can visit a local pub, farmhouse tea room or bring your own - the choice is yours. Pick up is from your Lake District hotel at 0930 to discuss how much or how little hiking you wish to do during the day. There are many options that will be selected according to time of year and the weather on the day but highlights will include waterfalls, lakes and stunning mountain views - weather permitting! In terms of places visited there are highlights not to be missed such as Castlerigg Stone Circle, Grasmere, and the easy walk to reach the stunning view from Latrigg summit.The tour will finish approx 1700 back at your hotel or if you are departing by train at Windermere station
Ghyll Scrambling in Newlands
A great short session in Stonycroft Gill, near Keswick. A wonderful section of water full of slides and plunge pools that will take your breath away as we slide and jump our way down the waterfalls in this picturesque part of the Lake District.A short walk from the meet point will bring us up to the start of the gill, from here we will slide, scramble and jump our way back down. No obstacle is unavoidable but all are great fun!All wetsuits and safety equipment are provided, all you need to bring are some shoes that can get wet, a towel and a change of clothes for afterwards.