Things To Do In Cumbria
Pony Trekking near Ullswater
Park Foot Pony Trekking Ullswater Lake District, offers the beauty of the open fells, giving fabulous views overlooking Lake Ullswater, that will make your experience magical.
We don’t go on any roads as we go straight onto the fells, with our Pony Trekking routes above Ullswater in the Lake District giving you views over, what has been said many times, the most scenic Lake within the Lake District.
Adults & Children, (from 4yrs age and upwards) are most welcome and children can be lead when possible or parents may be asked to accompany them on foot.
At Park Foot Pony Trekking Ullswater in the Lake District, riding hats are included free, along with waterproofs if required (Rain does not stop play here).
Nearby Lakes of Cumbria
Ullswater is the second largest lake in the Lake District at 7.5 miles long. It is on average 3/4 mile wide and has a maximum depth of 205 feet at Howtown. The lake has three distinct bends giving it a dog’s leg appearance.
Derwentwater, at 3 miles long, 1 mile wide and 72 feet deep, is just a short stroll from Keswick town along well maintained footpaths.
Known also as “Keswick’s Lake”, Derwentwater is fed by the River Derwent catchment area in the high fells at the head of Borrowdale, and has a long historical and literary background. The lake is very much a landscape of moods, varying from the dramatic waves splashing against Friar’s Crag when driven by southerly gales, to the absolute mirror calm of early mornings.
Haweswater is a reservoir built in the valley of Mardale. The controversial construction of the Haweswater dam was started in 1929, after Parliament passed an Act giving Manchester Corporation permission to build the reservoir to supply water for the urban conurbations of north-west England.
At the time there was much public outcry about the decision as the valley of Mardale was populated by the farming villages of Measand and Mardale Green, and the construction of the reservoir would mean that these villages would be flooded and lost, and the population would have to be moved. In addition the valley was considered one of the most picturesque in Westmorland, and many people thought it should be left alone.
Haweswater is now one of the largest lakes at 4 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, and has a maximum depth of 200 feet . It is the most easterly of the lakes, and has no settlements on its shores. A concrete dam, 1550 feet wide and 120 feet high was built, and this raised the lake level by 95 feet.
All the farms and houses of the villages of Mardale and Measand, and the Dun Bull Inn were pulled down. Coffins were removed from the graveyard, and buried elsewhere, and Mardale church was demolished. At times of drought, when the water level is low, many people go back to see what is left of the village of Mardale.
Animal Attractions in the Lake District
The Lake District Wildlife Park has a glorious setting at Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick, and the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Milnthorpe in the south of Cumbria has Snow Leopards as its star attractions.
The Lake District Coast Aquarium can be found at Maryport, a half hour drive from Keswick, and the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge near Windermere lake can be reached by steam railway or boat as well as by more conventional transport.
The Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre is found at the entrance to Lowther Castle near Penrith and the Osprey Viewpoint at Bassenthwaite is a very popular attraction in the spring and summer breeding season.
Visit Launches, Lake Cruises & Boat Trips
The main boat landings and passenger terminals for boat trips are Bowness-on-Windermere for Windermere Lake Cruises, Keswick for Keswick Launch on Derwentwater, Coniston Village for the Coniston Launch and the Steam Yacht Gondola and Pooley Bridge / Glenridding for Ullswater Steamers.
All launch services operate a hop-on hop-off service with jetties around the lakes, and special cruises as well as boat trips. All lake cruises and launches in the Lake District also allow well behaved dogs on board, some restricting them to the outer decks and some applying a small charge.
Visit the Steam Trains & Railways Attractions
The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, known as La’al Ratty (meaning “ little railway”), runs from its own station in Ravenglass, across the estuary and through the hills, to Boot in the Eskdale Valley. There are 7 request stops along the 7 mile route and many opportunities for walking, picnics and stream paddling in this particularly beautiful part of the Lake District.
Following the river Leven, the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway runs for 3.5 miles between the small village of Haverthwaite and Lakeside Pier, at the southern end of Windermere lake. There is one stop at Newby Bridge and the trains connect to Windermere Lake Cruises at Lakeside Pier, where the Lakes Aquarium is also situated.
England’s highest narrow gauge railway, the South Tynedale Railway, passes through the scenic North Pennines AONB, running for 3.5 miles from Alston in Cumbria to Lintley in Northumberland. There are 4 stations on the route, Alston, Kirkhaugh, Lintley and Slaggyford and each way takes 35 minutes.
The Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum near Keswick offers possibly the most unusual steam trains in the Lake District, using engines from its industrial heritage. A ride on the railway in Threlkeld quarry is half a mile in length and has some steep gradients. There is a mining museum and mine experiences and the quarry is also the home of the Vintage Excavator Trust.