All Western Lakes & Coast
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Things to do in Western Lakes And Coast in Cumbria
If you travel through the Vale of Lorton you will reach beautiful Crummock Water which is then linked to Buttermere by a small beck. These two lakes are ideally located in the heavenly north lakes.
This theatre is beautifully situated overlooking Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, only a short stroll from the centre of Keswick.
This unique gallery, museum and library combines fun, art and entertainment to teach the visitor all about Lakeland and its people. Learn all about William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Harriett Martineau and John Ruskin.
If you are looking for a challenge this is the place to go. Here you will find some of the hardest routes in Langdale. Accessed from the Old Dungeon Ghyll it forms the eastern edge of the Great Slab.
The beautiful lake of Derwentwater is located in the north of the Lake District, and is surrounded by magnificent fells, the Borrowdale Valley and Keswick.
Activity days for small and large groups based in Bowness on Windermere. Activities include rock climbing, abseiling, gorge scrambling and orienteering. Tel: 01539 444451
Starting at Grasmere, you can take a wonderful nine mile walk up on to the fells between Grasmere and Great Langdale; this is a great part of the country to walk in.
The idyllic setting is one of the most photographed viewpoints in the Lake District, with an amazing view over the lake of Derwentwater towards Keswick and the surrounding fells.
The River Rothay is a popular place to kayak. The meandering river provides great waters for novices to have a go at this exciting water sport.
Discover over 100 years of motoring history including the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition. Plus motorist gift shop and riverside cafe. Tel: 01539 530400
You will need a whole day for this one, `GoLakes' have described it as a full mountain experience!
The Brantwood historic house and gardens was once the home of John Ruskin who is a well known part of the history of Coniston for his large collection of writings, drawings and watercolours. The house is also a museum showing a collection of Ruskin's possessions for you to explore.
TV chef and judge on the ITV's Britain's Best Bakery, Pete Sidwell is offering an exciting opportunity for families to join him at his restaurant based in the Rheged Visitors Centre near Penrith.
Coniston Boating Centre
Just outside the pretty village of Coniston this boating centre provides electric self drive boats, rowing boats, dinghys, canoes and kayaks right on the shores of Coniston Water. There are also picnic areas and a cafe close by. Tel: 01539 441366
Just five miles from Keswick, you can find the stunning glacial valley which is known as St John's in the Vale. This amazing scenic location is home to several small settlements and farms.
Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain and was formerly named `The Pikes or `The Pikes of Scawfell'. It features in Wainwrights top six mountains and it's easy to see why.
Situated at the head of Warnscale Bottom (a bothy) this large lump of rock offers a range of routes in a great setting. It can be accessed from Gatesgarth - about 30 minutes walk.
Hodge Close Quarry
An impressive hole with a deep pool offers divers and rock climbers a great place to indulge in their hobby
Enjoy the stunning scenery around Ullswater by hiring a boat from the northern shores at Lakeland Boat Hire. They supply a wide range of boats including luxury motor boats and Canadian canoes! Tel: 01768 486800
In the centre of Keswick is the Puzzling Place, a fantastic attraction based on optical illusions. There are many different activities here designed to be great fun and to get you thinking. An `anti-gravity room', `an amazing hologram gallery' and `an Ames Room' are a few of the attractions on offer.
Russell Colman Photography is a studio located just outside Bowness-on-Windermere in the grounds of a beautiful, Lakeland country house.
In the heart of the Caldbeck fells is High Pike, the most northern peak in the lakes standing over 2000 ft. This is a summit worth climbing as when you reach the top you will have wonderful views.
Set in the Silurian Hills of the Lake District Esthwaite Water near Hawkshead is a fantastic venue for trout, pike, course and roach fishing.
This is a family run water sports centre on the shores of Derwentwater. They offer hire and tuition of Canoes, Kayaks, Sailing and Dragonboating. Families, young children, groups and those with special needs all welcome. Tel: 01768 76572
Last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District. Explore the processing mill and landscape with a guide.
South of Keswick you can find the stunning valley of Borrowdale where you will discover the three valleys known as Watendlath, Stonethwaite and Seathwaite.
A very well known café and bakery in the centre of Ambleside is `The Apple Pie', famous for its delicious freshly baked treats, particularly the apple pies!
Situated a mile from Kendal is Carus Green Golf Club, a fantastic place to visit for a round of golf.
Keswick Adventure Centre
This adventure provider offers a wide range of activities including Ghyll Scrambling, White Water Tubing and the more relaxing canoeing. Suitable for everyone! Tel: 01768 775687
A great lump dominating the Keswick skyline (3053 feet) which is easy to climb and provides you with a good platform for other fells.
This tiny but iconic building has 400 years of fascinating history: from an apple store to a family home.
The glacial formed lake of Bassenthwaite which once was linked to Derwentwater many years ago, is the only water form in the Lake District which is named a `lake' as the others are `waters', `meres' and `tarns'.
Based in Windermere in the Lake District the 16 seater mini coaches offer Lake District tours which include scenic and cultural attractions. All drivers and guides are professionally qualified. Tel: 01539 442751
On either side of the lake, there are places where you can go sailing.
A centre providing high quality personal guiding and instruction for a range of activities including Rock Climbing, Ghyll Scrambling, Mountain biking and navigation. Based in Keswick the surrounding mountains offer the greatest selection of climbing in Northern England. Tel: 01768 780312
An outdoor activity provider introducing you to activities such abseiling, kayaking, mountain biking and canoeing in a variety of different locations. Tel: 01539 528666
Excellent routes adorn this slate quarry. It is easily accessed from the car park 3km from Coniston.
A popular place to visit in the Borrowdale Valley is the Lodore Falls, a waterfall which is formed by the Watendath Beck and is located near the southern end of Derwentwater.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness on Windermere, takes you on a journey through the life and work of Beatrix Potter.
Mae's Tea Room and Gallery
The renowned Mae's Tea Room and Gallery in Uldale is open throughout the year, serving tasty home cooked food through the day, some evenings and shows exhibits by local artists.
The activity centre of Glaramara is a brilliant place to explore the amazing surrounding environment by doing some exciting outdoor pursuits.
This is a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon playing with your children. Try out the brilliant new childrens playground, large open recreational area, putting green and tennis courts. Situated next to the River Greta with wonderful views of the surrounding fells this is great place to relax.
Kankku is where you can experience the thrill of off road driving in your very own 4x4. The adventurous off roading routes in the heart of the Lakes are sure to impress. Tel: 015394 47414
If rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip wires sound like your thing then Go Ape is the place to go! This challenging course is up high in the tree tops and is an exhilarating adventure for all ages!
In the Newlands Valley you can find this centre which provides you with a number of great exciting adventures to take part in during your holiday.
AALA licensed watersports centre located on the shores of Derwentwater.
If you are walking in the Coppermines Valley area then you should definitely visit the Lever Waterfalls and the reservoir of Levers Water.
Situated on the outskirts of Bassenthwaite Lake, this brilliant animal attraction is a great day out for all no matter what your age!
Overlooking the village of Coniston is the beautiful fell known as the `Old Man of Coniston'. A part of the Furness Fells, this summit is over 800 metres high and is interesting to the eye with evidence mining that was done here years ago.
The water of Stock Ghyll force tumbles down beautifully over the rocks before pleasantly running further along through the town of Ambleside. To reach the waterfall you take the picturesque footpath through the Stock Ghyll Woods which in early spring is beautiful with all the colourful daffodils.
Park Foot is situated on the edge of Lake Ullswater and provides a brilliant place to do some Pony Trekking around the beautiful countryside surrounding the lake. All pony treks are fully supervised so it is a brilliant adventure no matter what your experience
Cookhouse galleries are a family run business which was first set up back in 1981 and is well known for its wide variety of artwork and photography from many different artists from the Lake District area.
Wastwater is the deepest lake in the whole of the Lake District with a depth of 260 feet. This is well argued to be one of the most spectacular and beautiful lakes in Cumbria.
Aiming to provide the best quality horse riding in the Lake District Bigland Hall Equestrian Centre offers a wide variety of rides suitable for all ages and abilities. Tel: 01539 530333
Located in upper Borrowdale this popular crag boasts excellent views from the top. There are plenty of climbs on these compact slabs so even on busy days you should be able to find your own route up.
This first class cinema in Keswick is open seven days a week and offers the latest in films and movies. Other special events also run throughout the year. Tel: 01768 772195
The Brownes of Townend were just an ordinary farming family, but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories.
A gallery of Beatrix Potter's illustrations and drawings can be found in the 17th Century building which was once the office to her solicitor husband, William Heelis. The gallery has a ever changing exhibition of her work with a room styled as her husband once had it as an office.
A beautiful conical shaped mountain (2960 feet) of great character with grassy swards leading to exciting rock block slabs and a deserving centre of climbing and walking attention.
Set in the middle of the National Park and in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, Windermere Golf Club is popular with golfers of all ages and abilities. After an exciting game you can soak up the friendly atmosphere in the bar or enjoy the stunning scenery in the restaurant.
Windermere Ferry has been operating for more than 500 years taking people, vehicles, horses and cycles across the lake.
Alternative is a design led Gift and Household Store.
Ullswater is said by many to be the most beautiful lake in the Lake District. It is the second longest lake in Cumbria measuring a length of seven and a half miles and a width of _ mile.
A magnificent hulk (2949 feet) famous lying in the heart of The Lakes and famous for rock climbing.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway was originally used to carry passengers from Lakeside to Ulverston and Barrow and then on into Lancashire.
Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre is located on Lake Windermere and is the place to go if you want to experience the great activities on the water.
Set on the edge of the town this 300 square metre climbing wall offers those of no or little experience the chance to try out climbing. They also offer other activities such as Kayaking, canoeing and mountain walking. Tel: 01768 772000
The third largest lake in the Lake District is Coniston Water measuring five miles long and half a mile wide. This is a very popular tourist attraction with a cafe by the pier.
Whinlatter Forest Park can be found up the Whinlatter Pass past Braithwaite. This is a brilliant place to get spectacular views over the Lake District and into Scotland.
This is an environmentally friendly boat service ideal for walkers, cyclists and those who enjoy a peaceful cruise. Special `Swallows and Amazons' tours available. Tel: 01768 775753
Ambleside is full of charming galleries showcasing the talent of the local artists and photographers and Hobbs Gallery is definitely one of them, full of the artwork of Phil Hobbs. He has a large selection of amazing water coloured paintings with many inspired by the surrounding Lake District.
Zeffirellis is one of the main attractions in Ambleside with many things to offer such as a Cinema, Live Music, a Restaurant and Cafe.
Located just off the M6 J.40 between the northern lakes market town of Penrith and the village of Stainton, Rheged is a surprising building of architectural merit.
Windermere Lake Cruises
Step aboard the most popular boats in the Lake District! Relax and enjoy the stunning scenery on board then take a walk around the lake or visit one of the many attractions nearby. Well behaved dogs travel free. Tel: 01539 443360
On the outskirts of Keswick is the grand historic home known as Mirehouse built in 1666 by The Earl of Derby.
Brockhole Visitors Centre
Located right on the shores of Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District Brockhole provides an excellent place to learn more about The Lakes in a stunning setting. The magnificent house is set in thirty two acres of landscaped gardens and grounds which stretch right to the shores of the lake. Here you can discover interactive exhibitions, adventure playground, a great gift shop and family caf�.
High Head Sculpture Valley
This is a unique tourist attraction which can be found at High Head Farm near Ivegill on the edge of the Lake District. Exhibitions change throughout the year displaying all types of artwork from Photography to Sculptures.
Enjoy a 50 minute cruise around the lake of Derwentwater. Rowing boats and motor boats are also available for the more adventurous! Tel: 01768 772263
This is a fantastic climbing venue in Ambleside with indoor climbing wall, bouldering room and small cafe. These superb indoor facilities are open to all those over the age of 5 and with opening times which extend on into the evening - its great for when you can't get into the hills.
High Crag offers the climber open climbing on excellent rock which is positioned fantastically. It can be chilly here though so take your jacket!
Built originally as the village school this famous gingerbread shop in Grasmere is FULL of award winning delights. The original Grasmere gingerbread is baked fresh daily and simply shouldn't be missed! Tel: 01539 435428
Linked to Lake Grasmere by the River Rothay, Rydal Water is one of the smallest lakes in Cumbria measuring 3/4 mile long and 1/4 mile wide. Up the hill overlooking the lake, you can find RydaL Caves in the hill rock, they are surprisingly large and over 200 years ago they were used as a quarry supplying stone to the local villages.
In the village of Thornthwaite you can find a local gallery full of contemporary artwork by many local artists.
Ambleside Roman Fort
Located on the outskirts of Ambleside you can find the Ambleside Roman Fort which dates back to the 2nd century. These remains are well marked and were probably built during Roman times as a watch out. It is now managed and protected by the National Trust.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Lake District.
Lakeland Quads is the only dedicated quad bike trekking company in the Cumbria. There are three treks to choose from - the farm trek, the peak trek and the fell trek, all with breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and fell. Tel:07881 919940
The original `Gondola', a rebuilt Victorian steam yacht, was first launched in 1859 and now completely rebuilt by the National Trust, gives passengers the chance to sail in sumptuous, upholster saloons!
Located in the Borrowdale valley near the Grange village is a 2000 ton boulder. It is most unusually placed, balanced on a strange angle.
Perhaps one of the most striking rock climbing challenges in the Lake District Napes Needle is not for the faint hearted!
Treasure Trials in an award winning attraction which offers a fun and exciting way of exploring Cumbria. Trails can be purchased for villages such as Kendal, Grasmere, Keswick and Bowness. Tel: 07917 303046
This is one of Britain's finest houses and has been kept in its original state. The views over Windermere make the gardens a real joy. Tea room and Craft shop with exhibitions. Tel: 01539 446139
Just above Pooley Bridge and easily accessible from the roadside Gowbarrow is south facing and offers some really worthwhile climbs on the middle crag.
Nestled in a peaceful valley in Barrow-in-Furness are the majestic remains of Furness Abbey, an English Heritage site that was formerly one of the richest and most powerful Cistercian Monasteries of its time.
The dramatic Langdale Pikes can be found at the head of the Langdale Valley and can often be seen from many miles away overlooking the vale.
Loughrigg Terrace Walk
For a low level circular walk from Ambleside, go for a stroll along the Loughrigg Terrace, providing you with spectacular views of the surrounding central Lakeland fells.
Greystoke Outdoor Pool
Greystoke Swimming Pool offers a heated outdoor swim, with outdoor play areas and sports field. Tel: 01768 483637
The shores of Coniston Water provides one of the loveliest and easiest stretches of cycling in The Lake District. There are many trails around the lake much of which are available from the visitor centre's in the area. Coniston itself is a lovely village with a selection of pubs and cafes and the opportunity to hire a boat at Coniston Boating Centre.
On the northern side of the lake, a short walk from the lake shore you can find one of the Lake District's most stunning and famous waterfalls.
Over eight acres of beautiful gardens can be found overlooking the lake of Windermere, just south of Ambleside. Spring is the best time to visit this amazing location when the flora is at their best with the bluebells covering lots of the area.
Newlands Valley Mines
For many centuries, the valley was mined and quarried with the Goldscope mine being one of the most successful and well-known. Found on the lower part of the valley it was a successful mine for the amounts of copper and lead which were extracted. Nice walks can be taken up the valley with spoil heaps from the mines seen when you cross the footbridge over Newlands Beck.
Enjoy a tipple and some lovely pub grub at Emily's Black Lion - a traditional, family friendly village pub nestling on the Northern fringe of the Lake District in the lovely village of Ireby.
Family Adventure Days, rock climbing and abseiling taster days plus rock scrambling, gorge scrambling and guided mountain walks all within the National Park. Tel: 07971 622616
Honister Slate Mine
First recordings of mining at the Honister Slate Mine dates back to the 1700's, but it is believed it may have started in the Roman or even Pre-Historic era.
If rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip wires sound like your thing, Go Ape is the place to go during your holiday. This challenging course is up high in the tree tops and is an exhilarating adventure for all ages.
Learn all about the famous people of Coniston including John Ruskin, Donald Campbell and Arthur Ransome. A fascinating museum. Tel: 01539 441164
The World Famous Faeryland
This is the home of Grasmere tea, Romany Tea and Faery Grey blends. Enjoy a romantic rowing boat trip out on the lake and return to a cup of tea and a freshly baked scone!
White Platts Recreational Ground
Ambleside has two parks where you can go and relax and enjoy the space. White Platts Recreational Ground is one of these and is full of activities to do such as tennis, pitch and putt as well as crazy golf which is fun for all the family!
Home to the first pencil and the world's longest coloured pencil, this museum is full of information about the history of the pencil with activities available for the children including art demonstrations and drawings competitions.
Next to Bassenthwaite Lake is St Bega Church which is the parish church of Bassenthwaite. Services have been going on here at this ancient location for over a thousand years.
This has to be one of the UK's best crags which dominates Mickleden with its grey buttresses and slabs.
Just a short stroll away from the village of Grasmere, you will find Grasmere Lake which is one of the smaller lakes in the Lake District measuring one mile in length and half a mile in width.
`Lake District Maps' is a unique and helpful website that enables visitors to purchase a variety of family friendly walking routes and maps.
Bowling at Fitz Park
Fitz Park is close to the centre of Keswick and is a beautiful place to have a game of bowls on the bowling green. Also available is lawn tennis and putting with the option of also watching some local crickets teams competing on the park's cricket square.
Overlooking the upper reaches of Mickleden this classic mountain crag offers many routes most of which are over 100m in length. It can be chilly, it is north east facing but don't let that put you off.
St Martins Church
This impressive parish church was built in 1483 and comprises of an outstanding east window, statue of St Martin and marble reredos by Paley and Austin. The church is open to visitors on wednesdays and thursday mornings.
On the edge of Stainton village this small farm has dedicated itself to all things Alpaca since 1997.
Scale Force is the highest waterfall in the Lake District. Out of sight in a deep gorge surrounded by trees close to the village of Buttermere it falls for a total of 170 feet! A path to Scale Force begins in tiny Buttermere village and is a rough walk through a tree-lined gorge.
This farm shop and tearoom is full of organic beef, lamb and pork as well as a wide range of fruit and veg. Also on offer are homemade, locally sourced condiments. Telephone 01768 866952
Unique guided fishing trips and fly casting tuition amongst the beautiful scenery of the Lake District - great if you are not familiar with the area. Tel: 01768 779227
Spend the whole day being amazed by the many optical illusions and interactive exhibits this attraction has to offer. Tel: 01768 775102
The River Rothay is a popular place to kayak. The meandering river provides great waters for novices to have a go at this exciting water sport.
Hidden behind the pub in Consiton is the `Coniston Brewing Company'. Local ales have been brewed here since 1995 and you can taste one of these six popular beers in the Black Bull Inn situated in front of the brewery.
Outdoor adventure for all abilities in the Lake District specialising in all outdoor activities. Staff are very experienced and highly qualified in all sorts of activities including rock climbing, caving and mountaineering. Tel: 01539 551375
Since 1901 Ruskin museum has been open for visitors in Coniston, it was set up in memory of John Ruskin who was well known for his talents in the Victorian era, just a few of these talents are in art, geology, writing and teaching. The museum shows information and artifacts about the history of Coniston.
The popular woodland of Grizedale Forest measures over 24km squared and is full of activities and attractions to enjoy during your holiday.
As well as several designated walking paths Grizedale Forest Park also provides dedicated routes for cyclist and mountain bikers. There are a range of waymarked trails that lead around the forest.
Bikes, accessories, clothing, cycle hire and cycle repair all under one roof in the Lakeland village of Ambleside. Tel: 01539 433592
Crook Barn Stables
Enjoy stunning scenery through bridleways and thoroughfares on one of the horses at the Crook Barn stables. Visitors can also say hello to the other farmyard animals on site - chickens, ducks, geese and pigs. Tel: 01539 441088
A hidden gem in upper Langdale this crag features fine groove and crack climbing on excellent rock. It's a bit of a walk (over an hour from the Old Dungeon Ghyll) but it's well worth it!
This family owner and operated activity centre close to Ullswater offers plenty of great horse riding opportunities as well as quad biking, all terrain vehicle rides and archery! Tel: 017684 83561
To experience one of the best panoramic views of Lake Ullswater, you should hike up Hallin Fell which is situated mid way down the lake and is part of the well known `kink' in the length of the waters.
The beautiful area around Tarn Hows is a very popular place for tourists, with three adjoining tarns uniquely surrounded with a mass of coniferous woodland.
The National Trust owns most of the valley's farms, the glaciated valley of Mickleden, a Victorian garden in High Close and the dramatic Dungeon Ghyll.
This collection of crags opposite Bowderstone Crags on the west side of Borrowdale have many different routes to offer the climber.
A very well kept secret high above the west shore of Thirlmere. Reedy banks and golden water lillies make this is a special place.
Cycling along the Keswick Railway Path
The dismantled railway at Keswick is a 4.5 km trail with few inclines and spectacular views of the surrounding fells. It's perfect for families with small children but can also be extended to include a climb up Skiddaw if you are feeling more adventurous.
Enjoy the beautiful Lake District countryside starting off in Ambleside. Explore the quiet roads and country tracks on bikes hired from only £25 a day! Tel: 01539 431245
Whinlatter Forest Park is THE place to go for mountain biking in the Lake District.
Take inspiration from this and other stunning locations to capture great photographs. Take your photography to the next level with Lakeland Photo Workshops
If you want to learn about and explore the history of the industry which was thriving in the Lake District many years ago, this is the place to come.
Open every day, serving hearty breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea, drinks and homemade cakes. Monties Cafe always aims to use as much local produce as possible.
The Glass House Restaurant
Located in the heart of Ambleside is this wonderful restaurant known as The Glass House with its suberb glass front, allowing you to soak up in the amazing lighting over the amazing architecture and artefacts whilst enjoying your food made from local produce.
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Keswick Leisure Pool
Keswick Leisure Pool offers fun for all the family, with a wave machine,`black hole' slide and a pool side cafe.