Lake District - North
Keswick -
Castlerigg Stone Circle (Keswick) - Visit the Castlerigg Circle, one of the oldest stone circles in England, ca 3000 BC. The rocks look like Polomoche's island in Babar and Zephir and it's just a spectacular setting. You can hike to it from many routes in the area.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (Keswick) - People have mined the stone and ore from Cumbria for centuries. Tour the Threlkeld Quarry where granite was quarried, and find out what it was like to be a miner in the Underground Mine Experience. In the Mining Musem, the Geology Room has a table-top relief map of Lake District geology (very cool). At the gift shop, stock up on mine exploration gear.
William Wordsworth's house(s)(Grasmere) - See the landscape that inspired the poet Wordsworth to write poems such as "I wandered lonely as a cloud." Make an all day excursion to walk to Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, two houses where he wrote poetry and lived for many years.
Ullswater -
Cruise Ullswater - The Lake District is filled with lovely lakes, and Ullswater is one of the most beautiful. Take a cruise on a 19th century steamer, now powered by oil. Pick up the boat at Glenridding, Howtown, or Pooley Bridge. Combine your cruise with a walk along the southern side of the lake.
Lowther Castle and Gardens - Explore the enchanting lost gardens of Lowther castle. Discover summerhouses, swings that reach the sky and not to mention all the hidden wildlife and secret garden paths. Cafe onsite.
At the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre you can view falcons, hawks, eagles, buzzards and owls. Visitors can participate by having one of these birds return to their hand at the flying demonstrations from 2pm until 4pm.
Visit Rheged - If it's raining visit Europe's largest grass covered building, the unique Rheged. Loads of great shops, cafes, indoor and outdoor play areas, and 3D cinema.
Ullswater hikes -
- Hallin Fell - Even little kids can do this hike with spectacular views from the summit over Ullswater.
- Aira Force - A beautiful 3km walk around the magnificent waterfalls of Aira Force.
- Askham Fell - For a longer 5 - 10 km hike, wander around Askham Fell, where you'll encounter stone circles and wild ponies.
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