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WHILLANSIDE: THE SURROUNDING AREA

Although most famous for its walking opportunities, the Lakes offer a wide variety of leisure activities. Close to Whillanside (5 mins walk) is the small gauge railway The La'al Ratty which runs regular steam engine services to the old Roman port of Ravenglass.

 

Burnmoor Stonecircle

 

There are also many fishing rivers, streams, and lakes. Day passes can be purchased from local ambling associations where needed - click here for further details. There is also free fishing at Burnmoor Tarn or day tickets can be purchased for the River Irt or the River Esk (01229 467211), or Devoke Water on Birker Moor (01229 717237).

 

St Bees Beach

 

Beaches

St.Bees is a delightful beach with breathtaking views toward the Isle of Man from St Bees Head. St. Bees is the start of the coast to coast walk and only heritage coastline between Wales and Scotland with an RSBP bird reserve.

 

Golf

Golf Courses in Cumbria provides a list of courses. Within a few miles of the cottage are:

Eskdale Events

  • Eskdale Art Exhibition- held on the Whit Bank Holiday weekend in May at the Primary School in Eskdale Green.
  • Boot Beer Festival - held around 9 June (www.bootbeer.co.uk)
  • Eskdale Fete, Held annually at the Outward Bound Centre, Eskdale Green, August Bank Holiday - please visit eskdale.info for further details.
  • Eskdale Show - the last Saturday in September in the field by the George IV pub.

Wasdale

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE

  • Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain
  • Wastwater - England's deepest lake
  • Hundreds of riverside, valley and mountain walks and climbs
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Miniature Railway:www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
  • Muncaster Castle, with its azaleas, rhododendrons and Owl Sanctuary:
    www.muncaster.co.uk& www.owls.org
  • Hardknott Roman Fort & Ravenglass Roman Bath House
  • Eskdale Corn Mill - still working with its waterwheel
  • Ravenglass fishing village
  • Fold End Art Gallery
  • Fishing on river or stocked pool
  • Stanley Ghyll waterfall
  • 5 pubs in the valley - please visit www.brookhouseinn.co.uk or www.bootinn.co.uk for the two of the nearest pubs to Gillbank.

Muncaster Castle

Within one hour's drive are most of the Lake District's attractions, including:

  • Boating on Derwentwater, Coniston and Windermere
  • Windermere, with its Steamboat Museum, marina, water skiing and sailing
  • Horse riding and pony trekking
  • Dozens of historical houses and castles open to the public
  • Wordsworth's birthplace and his homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount
    www.wordsworth.org.uk
  • Brantwood, home to John Ruskin: www.brantwood.org.uk
  • Golf courses
  • Cumbria's coast with sandy beaches
  • The 'Theatre by the Lakeside' at Keswick: www.theatrebythelake.com
  • The Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre:
    www.sheep-woolcentre.co.uk
  • Shopping at Ambleside and Kendal
  • Steamboat Gondola on Coniston
  • South Lakeland Wild Animal Park: www.wildanimalpark.co.uk

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