1. Walking and Cycling
The most spectacular and famous walking routes can be found right here including the seven mile lakeshore walk between Howtown and Glenridding Hallin Fell affording spectacular views of Ullswater or the family friendly footpath between National Trust Aira Force and Glenridding. The way marked Ullswater Way is a 20 mile round the lake footpath that links all four piers. A great opportunity to take in all the sights that Ullswater has to offer over a course of a few days.
2. Sailing & Kayaking
All sorts of fun awaits you at The Glenridding Sailing Centre including pirate events, rafting and Swallows and Amazons. You can hire a kayak or canoe, a sail boat or a dinghy, and use them within a range of different islands and beaches. If you already own a boat, mooring is available for a daily or weekly fee.
3. Horse Riding and Trekking
There’s lots of opportunity to channel your inner cowboy in and around Penrith but one of the most peaceful and beautiful treks can be found at Park Foot Pony Trekking on Lake Ullswater. There you can enjoy a complete off road experience with direct access to the beautiful countryside surrounding the lake. No need to worry if your a learner or an experienced rider, there will be a pony trek suitable for you all you have to do is turn up and enjoy yourself.
4. Lowther Castle
Only the facade and outer walls remain of this 19th century castle which used to boast a different room for each day of the year. Now revived as one of the most popular visitor attractions in the English Lake District there’s something for everyone including a huge adventure playground based on the structure of the castle itself. If that’s not your cup of tea you could always enjoy a guided tour of the garden with head gardener Martin Ogle, or visit the exhibition telling the story of one of the oldest families in English history. Homemade dishes are available in the cafe and there’s a lovely gift shop located in the courtyard. Check out their web site for special events such as Picnic Cinema and Crafty Vintage weekends.
Located on the outskirts of Penrith, Hutton in the Forest is a house of 6 periods, built between the 14th and mid 19th century. Now home to the 2nd Lord Inglewood and his family this beautiful historic home and gardens is not only open to the general public but hosts many events throughout the summer including the hugely popular Pottiest in the Park every July. For more information on this and other events visit their web site at
Home of the worlds original marmalade festival Dalemain has come a long way since it’s original mention as a fortified pele tower in the reign of Henry II. Home to the Hasell-McCosh family who open their doors from March to October the house plays host to many events including the Cumbria Classic Car Show, The Fell Pony Stallion Show and the Dalemain Plant Fair with Artisan Food & Crafts. To find out more vis their web site at
7. Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
Home to a collection of Hawks, Falcons, Vultures, Eagles and Owls from around the world Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre is located at Lowther near Penrith. Open daily from 11:30am, April – November their is a flying demonstration held every day from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, weather permitting.
8. Penrith on a Plate
Sample some of the finest foods and beverages lovingly produced in Eden at the annual Penrith on a Plate food festival. Stroll around the many stalls at the Farmers & Artisan Market and meet the producers behind Cumbria’s celebrated foods and beverages. Throw in a hearty helping of live music and entertainment and this Farm to Fork Roadshow provides a great day out for all the family to enjoy.
9. Winter Droving
Celebrating the tradition of herding animals over long distances to market this Penrith town October extravaganza showcases fine foods, great music and street entertainers culminating in an amazing torch and lantern procession once night falls. For more information on how to visit or even take part go to
10. Kendal Calling
Born in 2006 at Abbot Hall Park in Kendal this ever increasing in popularity music festival now resides at Lowther Deer Park for it’s annual 4 day stint of live music and entertainment. Attracting some of the biggest names in the music industry 2018’s festival had 30,000 visitors despite the pouring down rain. If you’d like to join in the revelry sign up for next year at
11. Penrith Show
The Penrith Agricultural Society have organised Penrith Show for the 4th Saturday in July every year since 1834. Competition classes include farm livestock, horses, poultry and rabbits, industrial, horticultural plus a host of local trade stands, a food hall and and a rural crafts marquee. Add to this all the main ring attractions and you could have yourself a great family day out.
12. Eating Out
There’s something for everyone in Penrith and surrounding area when it comes to eating out. From around the world there are offerings from Mexico, Spain, Italy, China and India with more traditional and a la carte menus also available throughout the area. For a special treat visit the wonderful Sharrow Bay Hotel on the shores of Lake Ullswater, or visit one of our many country gastro pubs in one of the surrounding villages.
13. Spa Days
Relax and unwind from all the stresses and strains of life with a wonderful spa day. The recent multi million pound renovation of the original Rampsbeck Hotel sees it’s re-incarnation as a top lakeside destination spa where the lines are blurred between outside and in. Treat yourself to a pamper day and enjoy a Day Membership at this wonderful location on the shores of Lake Ullswater.