Paragliding In The Lake District

Blencathra Paragliding

Blencathra Paragliding

Paragliding In The Lake District

Paragliding in the Lake District is a recreational and competitive sport. A paraglider is a free flying, foot launched aircraft, with the pilot sitting suspended by a harness below a fabric wing, developed from parachuting canopies, whose shape is formed by its suspension lines and the pressure of air entering the front of the canopy.

Modern paragliding canopies can be flown effortlessly on windward slopes of Lakeland fells, and flown across country in good conditions. It is very similar to the freedom experienced by a hang glider, although a paraglider is more portable and easier to learn to fly. They can be seriously hampered by strong winds yet easily landed in a field.

Paragliding In The Lake District

Blencathra Paragliding Looking To Derwent Water

Blencathra Paragliding Looking To Derwent Water

With modern technologies and manufacture costs reducing, paragliding has become a thriving sport with average cost of equipment at about £2,000. The countrywide BHPA offers lots of flying sites and a great supportive flying and social network.

On a spring or summers day with blue skies and fluffy white clouds usually signifies abundant yet invisible lifting air currents, which paragliding pilots use to gain altitude. On such days you will see easy take off’s from the hills and fells of the Lake District as a pilot prepares himself for take off and a sometimes simple run and the wind does the rest.

Once in the air it is possible to travel to a pre selected goal or simply drift on the air currents where they take you and this can be a very exhilarating experience as you take in the beautiful scenery as it unfolds beneath you.

Flights of over 150 km have been recorded in this country.

Paragliding

Paragliding

Paragliding In The Lake District

On my most recent walk up Blencathra on the 9th April, which was a beautiful sunny day the paragliders where out in force and here are a few pictures, which I took.

If your are interested in Paragliding in the Lake District there are several club and establishments where you can learn and on average this takes about 2 weeks.

If you do decide Paragliding in the Lake District is for you enjoy and always remember the common sense approach to safety for all outdoor activities.

Grasmere

Grasmere From Stone Arthur

Grasmere From Stone Arthur

In the Lake District National Park, four miles northwest of Ambleside

Nestled in a dramatic low fells backdrop, the Vale of Grasmere has strong associations with Wordsworth and the romantic poets

Don’t miss
Wide range of walking opportunities, from high fells to lakeside and woodland paths
Spring daffodils and bluebells at Dora’s Field, Rydal
Spectacular unspoilt panoramas in every direction
Two picturesque lakes, perfect for boating and fishing
Visit the famous Dove Cottage, once the home of William Wordsworth
Hunt for Wordsworth’s inscription on a rock in Dora’s Field!

Grasmere

Grasmere

Grasmere Lake
Spectacular scenery, with a backdrop to the fells and surrounding woodland, make this circular lakeside walk popular with families and those with young children. Despite being one of the smaller lakes in the Lake District it is still 1 mile long, half a mile wide and 75 feet deep. NY336066

Loughrigg Terrace
Walk or cycle this well known path between High Close and White Moss and enjoy the panoramic views over the Vale of Grasmere, with paths linking to Grasmere, Rydal and the summit of Loughrigg Fell. NY345058

Dora’s Field
Once owned by the poet William Wordsworth, this sloping field was named after his daughter and acquired as an alternative residence to Rydal Mount. The land was thankfully never developed and is now pleasant semi-open woodland, renowned for fine displays of bluebells and daffodils. NY363063

Sour Milk Gill Grasmere

Sour Milk Gill Grasmere

Helm Crag
Sitting at 398 metres, this small fell has stunning views over Grasmere and to the north. A favourite walk of Alfred Wainwright (1907 – 1991), the author of the famous ‘Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells‘, the summit stones have two names; from the north they are ‘The Old Lady Playing the Organ’ and from the south ‘The Lion and the Lamb’. NY327093

Easedale Tarn
This tarn gives people a taste of the high mountains, with fantastic mountain scenery. The path climbs up alongside the impressive falls at Sour Milk Ghyll. An ideal location for a picnic in the wilds of the countryside. NY310088

Opening arrangements
Countryside property
Open all year

Get in touch
High Close
Loughrigg
Ambleside
Cumbria LA22 9HH

015394 37663 (General Enquiries)

Email: grasmere@nationaltrust.org.uk

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park

Newby Bridge, Windermere, Cumbria LA12 8NN
Telephone: 015395 31273

The views of Lake Windermere beyond Fell Foot Park are breathtaking. The Victorian lawns and garden sweep away to fine picnic areas and lakeshore. Enjoy the Boathouse Café with its patio, where you can enjoy watching the boats and soaking in the atmosphere. Bring your own boat to explore the lake

Don’t miss
Hire a rowing boat for a couple of hours at Fell Foot Park.
Stroll around the grounds and enjoy the magnificent views.
Let the children loose on our adventure playground.

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park

Fell Foot Park Facilities

Shopping and Eating
Savour our hearty, warming soup, made with fresh seasonal ingredients. We use local Cumbrian produce to create great Cumbrian food. A cream tea by the lake – what could be better?

Parking
Admission charge includes car parking. Coach access difficult (booking essential)

Learning
Suitable for school groups. Hands-on activities. 100 bird and bat boxes around the park relay live pictures to wildlife room

Fell Foot Park Families & children

Pushchairs and baby back-carriers admitted. Children’s play area. Children’s quiz/trail and wildlife room. Family activity packs

Mobility information
Parking
Transfer available. Drop-off point

Boathouses Fell Foot Park staveley In Cartmel

Boathouses Fell Foot Park staveley In Cartmel

WCs
In main car park and by tea-room

Grounds
Partly accessible, grass and loose gravel paths, steep slopes, undulating terrain. Please contact a member of staff for advice on accessibility to the Park

Getting there
Bus services
Stagecoach Cumbria 618 Ambleside–Barrow-in-Furness (connections from Windermere )

Cycling
View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website

Ferry
seasonal ferry links to Fell Foot Park to Lakeside (southern terminus of main Windermere cruise ferries)

By road
At the southern tip of Lake Windermere, entrance from A592

By train
Grange-over-Sands 6 miles; Windermere 8 miles

Ordnance survey reference
96/97:SD381869

Opening times
Fell Foot Park
Open all year 9 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

Snack bar
06-Mar – 21-Mar-10 11 – 3 Sat & Sun

Boathouse Café
27-Mar – 31-Oct-10 10 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

Park closes dusk if earlier. Facilities (such as rowing boat hire): 3 April to 31 October, daily, 11 to 4 (last boat must be returned by 4:30). Weather permitting. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Please enjoy your visit to Fell Foot Park in the Lake District.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0NS
Telephone: 015394 36355

Step inside this charming 17th-century building to enjoy a new exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original watercolours and paintings. The Beatrix Potter Gallery has an interesting history, as previously it was the office of Potter’s husband, William Heelis. Many of these pictures are only displayed at this location. Learn more about Beatrix as a farmer and early supporter of the National Trust

Don’t miss
New: exhibition ‘Keeping House’ with Mrs Tittlemouse.
We celebrate 100 years of The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse.
Children will love the trail based on the displays.

Beatrix Potter Gallery Mobility information

Parking at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
In Hawkshead village and is not National Trust. Approx 300 yards from the Gallery

Building
Exhibition housed in old property entered from street, step to narrow entrance. Level access to 3 rooms on ground floor. Illustrations are upstairs, objects relating to Beatrix Potter downstairs. Many stairs with handrail to other floors

Getting there
Location of the Beatrix Potter Gallery:
In Main Street, Hawkshead village, next to Red Lion pub

Bus services
Stagecoach in Cumbria 505 Windermere –Coniston. Cross Lakes Shuttle from Bowness to Hawkshead

Cycling
View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website

By road
B5286 from Ambleside (4 miles); B5285 from Coniston (5 miles)

By train
Windermere 6½ miles via ferry

Ordnance survey reference
96:SD352982

Beatrix Potter Gallery Opening times

13-Feb – 25-Mar-10 11 – 3:30 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
27-Mar – 20-May-10 11 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
22-May – 02-Sep-10 10:30 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
04-Sep – 31-Oct-10 11 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
Shop
13-Feb – 26-Mar-10 10 – 4 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Frid, Sat, Sun
27-Mar – 31-Oct-10 10 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Frid, Sat, Sun
03-Nov – 31-Dec-10 10 – 4 Wed, Thurs, Frid, Sat, Sun

Open Good Friday (2 April) and Friday 29 October. Limited number of timed tickets available daily. Shop closes at 1 on 24 and 31 December, and is closed on 25 and 26 December. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Get in touch
015394 36355 015394 36471 (shop) Fax: 015394 36187 Email: beatrixpottergallery@nationaltrust.org.uk

Enjoy your visit to the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage

Beatrix Potter Hill Top Cottage

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage

Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF
Telephone: 015394 36269

Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potters Hill Top cottage is a time-capsule of this amazing woman’s life. Full of her favourite things, the house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’. The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Hill Top is a small house and a timed-ticket system is in operation to avoid overcrowding and to protect the interior. Hill Top can be very busy and visitors may sometimes have to wait to enter the house

Don’t miss
Don’t miss the new children’s garden trail (during holiday periods).
See the sights which inspired Beatrix’s tales and illustrations.
Experience her house, just as Beatrix would have done.
Mobility information
Contact in advance

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage Building

Level entrance. Ground floor accessible. Level access to 2 rooms downstairs. Many stairs with handrail to other floors

WCs
2.2 miles away in Hawkshead

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage

Beatrix Potter Hill Top

Grounds
Partly accessible, some steps, uneven paths

Getting there
Location:

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage.
2 miles south of Hawkshead, in hamlet of Near Sawrey; 3 miles from Bowness via ferry

Bus services
Cross Lakes Experience from Bowness Pier 3 across Lake Windermere on to Stagecoach in Cumbria 525; also 505 from Windermere changing at Hawkshead (April–September only, plus weekends in October). Telephone 01539 445161 for complete ferry and bus timetable

Cycling
View local cycle routes on the National Cycle Network website

By road
B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside (6 miles), B5285 from Coniston (7 miles)

By train
Windermere 4½ miles via vehicle ferry

On foot
off-road path from ferry (2 miles), marked

Ordnance survey reference
96/97:SD370955

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farm

Hill Top Farm

 

Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage Opening times

House
13-Feb – 25-Mar-10 11 – 3:30 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
27-Mar – 20-May-10 10:30 – 4:30 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
22-May – 02-Sep-10 10 – 4:30 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun
04-Sep – 31-Oct-10 10:30 – 4:30 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun

Shop and garden
13-Feb – 26-Mar-10 10:45 – 4 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
27-Mar – 21-May-10 10 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
22-May – 03-Sep-10 9:45 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
04-Sep – 31-Oct-10 10 – 5 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
01-Nov – 24-Dec-10 10 – 4 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

Open Good Friday, 2 April and 29 October. Limited number of timed tickets available daily. Access to the garden and shop is free during opening hours. Shop closes at 1 on 24 December. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Get in touch
015394 36269 Fax: 015394 36811 Email: hilltop@nationaltrust.org.uk

Prices
Standard Admission: adult £6.50, child £3.10, family £16. Access to the garden and shop is free during opening hours. Discount for Beatrix Potter Gallery ticket holders

Enjoy your visit to Beatrix Potters Hill Top Cottage.

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

The Wordsworth house was built in 1745 and John Wordsworth, father of William and 4 siblings, moved in 1766. A townhouse garden it is the only northern Georgian town garden in existence. Although on the main street it is an oasis of peace and tranquillity protected by high stone walls.

Wordsworth House

Mr and Mrs Wordsworth employed a modest but standard range of servants. They included a Maid-of-all-work, a Manservant, a Nurse to care for the children and a ‘jobbing’ gardener. Mrs Wordsworth probably acted as Housekeeper, overseeing the running of the household.

Of all of the servants, the Maid seems to have worked hardest, with most housekeeping chores falling to her – including laying fires, cleaning rooms, cooking, sweeping floors, making beds and doing the laundry. By comparison the Manservant did far less. In the mornings he may have joined in the housekeeping chores – especially the outdoor jobs – but in the afternoon he would have acted as footman to his master, receiving guests and serving food and drink.

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House is today looked after by the National Trust.

Dalemain

Dalemain

Dalemain

Dalemain

Near Ullswater, on the Northern fringes of the Lake District, is a real treasure. The fantastic Lake District historic house and gardens contains behind its Georgian facade, a wealth of Tudor and Mediaeval rooms and buildings. There has been a settlement at Dalemain since Saxon times, when a fortified pele tower is mentioned and the present day courtyard is testimony to the defensive nature of the hamlet surrounding that tower.

The Old Hall was added in the 14th century, along with another tower. In the 16th century, two projecting wings were added creating a typical Elizabethan manor house and in 1744, the impressive Georgian front was constructed to enclose an inner courtyard. Very little change has been made to the buildings since these times, and Dalemain remains a very special Lake District Historic House and gardens.

Dalemain Grounds

Dalemain Grounds

Dalemain

Dalemain and it’s Lake District Gardens and much-loved family home is set against the grandeur and picturesque splendour of the Lakeland Fells and Parkland.

A mediaeval, Tudor and early Georgian house and Lake District gardens that has been home to the same family since 1679.

Behind the impressive pink, ashlar façade you will discover the real surprise of Dalemain – its sheer variety.

The name Dalemain means ‘manor in the valley’, and there has been a settlement here since Saxon times.

The first recorded mention of a building on this site, is of a fortified pele tower in the reign of Henry II; one of a line of towers built to protect the country against marauding Scots to the North.

To this was added a manor hall in the 14th century, with a second tower and in turn, in the 16th century were added two wings housing kitchen and living quarters, one on each side of the main building.

Dalemain From The Pooley Bridge Road

Dalemain From The Pooley Bridge Road

Dalemain

The impressive Georgian front was completed in 1744, built to enclose a central courtyard between the new and the old parts of the house.

The Lake District gardens facade was rebuilt in 1748 to match the new front, and there have been no major alteration since that time.

Dalemain is beautifully situated in the heart of the Lake District only 2 miles from Lake Ullswater and the lake steamers, 6 miles from the Caldbeck fells and is very close to the Pennines and the mountains of the English lakes. The village of Dacre is only one mile along an estate road, and has a beautiful little church, a castle that is part of the Dalemain estate and an 18th century coaching inn.

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens, Dalemain Estate Office, Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB

Tel: (017684) 86450; Fax: (017684) 86223 Email: admin@dalemain.com

I hope you enjoy your next visit to Dalemain Historic House and Gardens and surrounding area.

Rheged

Rheged Visitor Centre

Rheged Visitor Centre

Rheged

Named after the Ancient Kingdom of the Dark ages, this newest and the largest visitor attraction ever to open in Cumbria.
Rheged is an all weather, all year round visitor centre of national importance. Situated in Britain’s largest grass covered building, Rheged’s centrepiece is a six storey high cinema screen featuring a dramatic journey back in time through 2,000 years of Cumbria’s history and mystery. The visitor centre provides an inspiring choice for group visits, an exceptional educational resource and a refreshingly different venue for corporate hospitality, product launches and conferences.
There is a resturant and coffee shop, and speciality shops offering the very best that the region has to offer. A tourist information centre is based inside and there is an outside adventure play area.

Rheged Viewed from Above.

Rheged Viewed from Above.

Rheged Great for Groups!

Have you discovered  – The Lake District’s biggest indoor visitor attraction?
If you have a coach full of passengers or are bringing a group who are looking for somewhere with a difference, nowhere offers quite as much – just two minutes west of Junction 40 off the M6 at Penrith. Half a million visitors a year have discovered this inspiring day out – when will you?

What is Rheged?
• International award winning Visitor Attraction
• Europe’s largest grass covered building
• 2 minutes from M6 (Junction 40) at Penrith
• 10 of the best local art & craft, gift, food, books & outdoor clothing shops
• Choice of restaurants
• Giant IMAX style cinema screen as big as 6 double-decker buses, showing fab 3D movies daily.

Rheged Centre

Rheged Centre

 

Why is Rheged great for Group Visits?

• FREE entry to the centre and FREE coach parking
• Fantastic group rates and driver incentives
• VIP meet and greet service
• Disabled access to all levels
• Itineries designed to suit all your needs including Ullswater Steamers
• Exclusive private catering available on request
• Contact Julie or Jo now by email or on 01768 868 000 to book your group’s next visit.

Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ. Tel: 01768 868000 Email : enquiries@rheged.com

Ullswater Steamer Lake Cruises

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Lake District Attractions, Lake District Activities Ullswater Steamer is an award winning Lake District attraction celebrating their 150th year sailing on England’s most beautiful lake.

Currently there are four vessels operating on lake cruises on Ullswater. We create the perfect opportunity to combine a lake cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District. With miles of bridleways linked by the Ullswater Steamer routes there are so many opportunities for exploring the area or simply relax and enjoy the glory of nature through the seasons.

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer Lady of the Lake

Launched on 26th June, 1877 she is believed to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world. Designed by Mr Douglas Hebson of Penrith and built in Glasgow by Joseph Seath & Company. She was transported in three sections by rail to Penrith then horse drays to Waterside where she was assembled at Elder Beck.

Raven
Raven was launched on the 11th July, 1889. On 18th July, 1889 an article in the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald published the following “It is questionable if there be any boat to beat, or even equal this little craft on any lake in this country”. There is a commentary handset option onboard which gives detailed information about our history and famous faces associated with Ullswater.

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer

Ullswater Steamer Lady Dorothy

Lady Dorothy joined the fleet in 2001, she was a sea-going vessel from Guernsey and her arrival meant for the first time winter sailings were introduced into the timetable.

Lady Wakefield
Lady Wakefield was renamed in a recommissioning ceremony by HRH Princess Alexandra in April, 2007. She was originally known as Berry Castle, Golden Cormorant and latterly Totnes Castle. Built in 1949 in Dartmouth, she had worked on the River Dart and Plymouth Sound before her arrival on Ullswater.

Contact: Ullswater ‘Steamers’
The Pier House, Glenridding, Cumbria CA11 0US
Tel: 017684 82229 Fax: 017684 82669
Email: hello@ullswater-steamers.co.uk

There is good parking at both Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, although it is pay and display. I have usually taken the steamer to Howtown and walked back to my car. I recommend if you would like to incorporate a steamer ride upon the lake and a walk, that you take a look at my Ullswater Lake walks. This is one of my favorite low level walks.