On our doorstep lies the best playground in the UK for hikers, sailors, kayakers, climbers, mountain bikers and lifes adventurers or anyone who wants to stand and gape at the landscape in total awe.
Should you want to stay in your camp, relax and enjoy the view then please feel free. However, if you would like to be more adventurous then here are a few ideas:
There are many local walks. You could go for a gentle stroll through Greystoke Forest , or perhaps a more invigorating 9.5 mile Glendermakin Round starting from nearby Mungrisdale and ascending 3070ft.
If you want to view the Lake District from above but climbing is not for you , maybe an Air Experience in a gyroplane is the answer.
Local pilot Roger Savage is one of the most experienced in the country and can take off and land from a field that is a short walk from your camp. ( At certain times of the year take off will have to be from nearby Berrier.)
Your time in the air can be as much of a flying lesson as you would like it to be.
For more info please contact
Caldbeck based Savvy Mountainbiking provide an excellent bike rental service. They can deliver quality Gaint mountain bikes and and safety equipment to your camp. They also offer guided bike rides all over the Lake District which are tailored to your fitness and ability. Please contact…..
Skiddaw is the furth highest mountain in England, with a summit at 931m / 3054 feet above sea level. It is the simplest of the Lake District mountains of this height to ascend (you can find a well-trodden tourist track from a car park to the north-east of Keswick) and many walking guides recommend it to the occasional walker wishing to climb a mountain. Skiddaw is also the first summit of the fell running challenge known as the Bob Graham Round when undertaken in a clockwise direction. The mountain also lends its name to the surrounding areas of "Skiddaw Forest", and "Back o' Skidda'".
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District and for much of its length Ullswater is the border between Cumberland and West Morland. It is a typical Lake District narrow "ribbon lake" formed after the last ice age when a glacier scooped out the valley floor and when the glacier retreated, the deepened section filled with meltwater which became a lake. The surrounding mountains give Ullswater the shape of an elongated 'Z' with three distinct segments (or 'reaches') that wend their way through the surrounding hills.
Ullswater's attractions include the Ullswater 'Steamers' which offer trips around the lake calling at Pooley Bridge, Glenridding, and Howtown. The 'Steamers' operate all year round and were originally working boats which from the 1850s moved mail, workers and goods to and from the Greenside lead mine at Glenridding, which closed in 1962. Ullswater is also very popular as a sailing location, with sailing marinas situated around the lake with facilities for sailing, diving, rowing and motorboats.
Whitehaven in the Northern Lakes is the starting point for the Coast to Coast Cycle Route with the 132 mile route running to Sunderland on the East Coast. There are many cycle routes in the area with an extensive list of tried and tested routes available at Cumbrian Cycle Routes.
Rookin House Equestrian Centre has been established over 20 years and offers a wide range of options to suit all abilities. If riding is not your thing, there is always Quad biking, air rifle shooting, activity packages or 4×4 off-road driving
Keswick is situated between Skiddaw and Derwentwater, Keswick has become the major centre for tourism in the north lake. Many visitors to Keswick come for the town's annual string of festivals including a Keswick Film festival, beer festival and an annual jazz festival. A half marathon is held each May; the 13.1 mile course starts in Keswick, loops through Borrowdale and circles Derwent Water before finishing at Keswick Rugby Club. On 11 January 2005, Keswick was granted Fairtrade Town status. Cumberland Derwent Pencil Museum is situated in Keswick and known for producing high quality brands of fine art pencils thus make Derwent Pencils the first choice for artists around the world
Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria, lying just outside the National Park. Penrith has a mix of some high street chain stores and many small local specialist shops, with market days onTuesday and Saturday. Some of the more widely known of the small specialist shops are J & J Graham Grocers and Delicatessen, Sportscraft, Arragons Cycle Centre, The Toffee Shop and award winning Cranstons Butchers
Hesket Newmarket is a small village just inside the northern edge of the Lake District National Park, nestling in the Caldbeck fells. It is a collection of mainly 18th century cottages, gathered around a village green and a market cross. Hesket Newmarket is famed for two social enterprises, the pub which is owned by a co-operative of more than one hundred local people and other supporters, The Old Crown Pub and a co-operatively-owned brewery, the Hesket Brewery.
The name Rheged has today been adopted by the The Rheged Discovery Centre. Rheged has a number of retail outlets and cafés with a Cumbrian theme, as well as the largest turf roof in Europe and a giant cinema screen among whose films is one about the history of Rheged. Rheged is often described as one of the kingdoms of Hen Ogledd (Old North) which is believed to have included Cumbria
Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. is home to a collection of local history stretching back to Roman times, and includes such items as the famous 500 year old cat, a penny farthing cycle, and a man trap. One of the prime exhibits is a set of musical stones which are made from the Skiddaw Slate, known as the Musical Stones of Skidda
High Head Sculpture Valley in Ivegill offers the chance for stroll through a natural woodland valley seeing large scale sculptures and ever changing exhibitions. There is also a traditional farmhouse tea room.
Penrith is home to Potfest since June 1994 with annual shows showing the work of both regional and international artists.