For those people who want a little bit more from their holiday here are a few suggestions of some activity days out in the Eden.
Relaxing Spa Days
For a fully relaxing day out why not book a spa day for 2 at the award winning Aqua Sana Spa. Part of the Center Parcs resort at Whinfell Forest, you will find the Spa a short drive from Shepherds View along the A66 towards Penrith. They offer various packages with a range of treatments for full and part day and have over 16 spa experiences. Highly recommended!
Ullswater is one of the jewels of the Lake District and has so much to offer visitors to this area. Central to this are the award winning steamers that ferry visitors across the 8 miles of the lake. Drop off points include the village of Pooley Bridge, Aira Force waterfall, Howtown and Hallin Fell, and the Ullswater Way. Why not park at Glenridding and sail across to Howtown before walking the 7 or so miles back to your car along the Ullswater Way. From experience its better that way round if you don’t want to miss the last boat!!
Lakeland Boat Hire
An alternate and fun way to see Ullswater is using your own power. Situated at Pooley Bridge, Lakeland Boat hire have a variety of boats for hire on a first come first basis. Here you can hire motorboats, rowing boats and Canadian canoes. Personally we prefer the motor boats as its not so hard work!
Whinlatter Forest –
Rising above Keswick, Whinlatter Forest is England’s only true mountain Forest. With 3 mountain bike trails, 9 walking trails, 2 running trails, Segway, Go Ape, and bike hire there is plenty to offer the activity enthusiast. Coupled with unrivalled views to Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick this makes the Forest a fabulous place to visit.
Lowther Cycle Hire
If you didn’t bring your own bike then you can still cycle some of the loveliest parts of the area with bike hire at Lowther Castle. They offer mountain and electric bike hire for full and part day, and there are routes up Askham Fell where you can get spectacular views across Ullswater. You also get a discount to the Castle grounds on production of your hire receipt.
Finally for the ultimate adrenaline junkies then Keswick Adventures will be for you. Based in Keswick they offer a variety of activities including canyoning, Ghyll scrambling, paddle boarding and via ferrata to name but a few.