Lake Ullswater just 5 miles
Lake Ullswater just 5 miles from the house provides the perfect starting point for a day of outdoor pursuits and water sports. With canoeing, rowing and sailing all on offer Ullswater promises to be a great day out for all the family. However if you are feeling a little less energetic the lake also offers relaxing cruises aboard the famous Ullswater Steamers. There are many low level walks around the lake, which accompanied with the stunning scenery prompts a sense of discovery that will leave you wanting more. Visit historical sites, stately homes, local craft centres or just sit and relax in a beautiful place Ullswater really does have it all. If after all this you are feeling a little peckish why not treat yourself to lunch in one of Ullswaters many local inns, cafes or hotels which all serve a wide variety of local specialities
Keswick nestles between the North lake fells and Derwent Water
Keswick nestles between the North lake fells and Derwent Water. It is known as a centre of excellence for walkers and climbers alike as there are a huge variety of activities to explore. On a rainy day a visit to Keswick Museum, the Cumberland Pencil Museum or the Tea Pottery will all prove very interesting whilst in the evening why not take in a show at the Theatre by the Lake. Visit Castlerigg standing stones, Threlkeld Mining Museum or follow one of Wainwrights famous walks on the hills nearby. If you fancy a spot of shopping, Keswick hosts a thriving Saturday market with stalls selling local produce as well as holiday souvenirs and fruit and vegetables.
Blencathra has six fell tops, the highest being Halls fell Top at 868mtr (2484ft). The name Blencathra is thought to derive from the Cumbric words ‘blaen’meaning bare hill top and ‘cathrack’meaning 'a chair' giving it the meaning 'bare hill shaped like a chair'. It is also known as ‘Saddleback’. This hill has been a favourite with walkers and climbers for many years and people are reminded that it is a strenuous climb and proper preparations must be taken.
Aira Forceis probably the most famous falls in the Lake District
Aira Force is probably the most famous falls in the Lake District. Its name is derived from the old Norse word 'fors' meaning waterfall. A one mile walk along a level pathway takes you through a wooded area that will bring you to the beginning of the falls, however to view all the falls you will need to climb several steps and so this may not be suitable for pushchairs. The main force offers a breath taking view as it drops an amazing 70ft below a stone footbridge which is a perfect picture opportunity. Aira Force is a stunning place to visit and a trip there must not be missed. It is a National Trust property.
Rheged was once an ancient kingdom of Cumbria
Rheged was once an ancient kingdom of Cumbria. However the modern day Rheged although not a kingdom is just as special. The centre is designed to resemble a Lakeland hill which allows it to blend in perfectly with the surrounding area. Rheged houses an IMAX cinema with a screen the size of six double decker buses, an exhibition centre including Discover Cumbria, a café, a food hall where local food is sold and both an indoor and outdoor play area. This is the perfect choice for a rainy day.