in the UK
The South Lakes Animal Park is a small animal park that has tigers, rhino, giraffe, monkeys. The park has enclosures where animals such as monkeys, lemurs, kangaroos, wallabies and various birds are free to wander and mix with visitors. Popular features are feeding times when keepers often give talks. The big cats have their food placed at the top of telegraph poles and it is amazing how they can reach 30ft in seconds.
Start the day with a short walk up to the
Gummers How . As you can see from the photo you will be rewarded with
fantastic views of
Lake Windermere from Lakeside to Bowness and beyond. Access is easy
as you drive up two-
Next drive to Haverthwaite Station for a scenic railway trip on Lakeside & Haverth'te Heritage Steam Railway line . The railway runs for 3 1/2 miles from Haverthwaite Station, along the banks of the River Leven, to Lakeside Station where you can see the Lakes Aquarium .
When you reach Lakeside station you can take the 'Lakeside Steamer' to Bowness and/or Ambleside. When you are on the boat you will be able to see Gummers How and will probably be surprised at how high and rugged it looks. The Steamer is the best way to see Lake Windermere.
Once you reach Bowness or Ambleside you can have a wander around the town, before returning by boat and then steam train back to your car.
Honister Slate Mine produces the world famous Westmorland Green Slate and is located at the top of the Honister pass.
The visitor centre offers a regular guided tour of the mine system that will explain the history of the mine.
They also offer another tour called
via Ferrata (iron way) -
You need a good head for heights !!!
Center Parcs is a Holiday Village set in a forest environment, providing high quality accommodation and a full range of sports and leisure activities all centred around a huge tropical lagoon style fun pool. The village has a number of bars and restaurants serving foods from around the world. Cycles can be hired to enjoy cycling along forest tracks. Other facilities include ice rinks and lakes for water based activities such as canoeing and sailing.
Potter's farmhouse ‘Hilltop’ is open to the public.
The house is furnished with all her favourite things and the house appears
as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference
to a picture in a 'tale'. Hill Top is a small house and a timed-
World of Beatrix Potter -
Rydal Mount and Gardens family home of William Wordsworth. Visit the house for a tour of the house & garden and possibly enjoy a Cream tea and scones afterwards.
The Laurel & Hardy Museum in Ulverston originally started as a small personal collection and has grown gradually into a small museum. The museum has limited opening times, particularly over winter so please check before setting off.
Find out how Jennings real ales are brewed by taking the friendly, guided 1.5hr tour of the brewery. A Jennings Brewery Tour takes you round the Jennings Brewery, explaining such intriguing brewery expressions as Hop Back and Mash Tun. The tour is completed in the best way possible with the chance to sample some ale, the famous Jennings Bitter noted for its malty taste, Cocker Hoop, Cumberland Ale or the strong Sneck Lifter.
The Rum Story has you Imagining that you are leaving the streets of the Georgian town centre and feeling like you have been transported to an exotic island in the Caribbean. During your visit you will travel through a tropical rainforest, an African village, a realistic slave ship, Cumbrian cottages, a Cooper's workshop and much, much more.
Kendal Snow Sports Club can be found on the slopes of Kendal castle. The club is run by volunteers. The club offers snowboarding, tubing and skiing as well as coaching from experienced skiers.
Visitors can enjoy a custom built indoor
kart track with modern Go Karts to suit anybody (ages 8 or over). Adults
and children alike are fitted with Proban (flame-
Vintage and veteran, classic, curious and comical, weird and wonderful cars, motorcycles, scooters, pedal cars, fashion, exhibitions and lots more.
The Cumberland Pencil Museum is in Keswick. The Pencil Museum is a great all weather attraction where you can find out how they get a lead into a pencil. The museum also shows the history of pencil making plus a few special exhibits such as the worlds longest colour pencil and a kids art studio.
Rheged has both an indoor and outdoor play area. It has the largest 3D cinema in the area. There are a number of shops, a small pottery workshop, spa and a food hall. Rheged could be the destination to aim for on a scenic drive through the Lake district.
The lake district is such a beautiful place that you can walk or cycle almost anywhere and have a great trip. There are too many possibilities to include here. However, there are a few shorter routes that could be suitable for families out for the day.
Beautiful Keswick -
Walking around Derwentwater is another possibility. The walk is about 10 miles and there is very little climbing. About 50% of the route has shoreline access, in other areas the path just guides you past hotels etc along the route.
There is a 16 mile mountain bike trail suitable
for beginners called the Iron Keld Loop. The route starts in Ambleside.
The route is mainly on rocky surfaces and gravels, passes several cafes
and pubs, has fantastic views and takes about 3-
Grizedale Forest is a great place to enjoy many different activities such as Mountain biking, walking trails, Go Ape, WildPlay, sculpture trails and wildlife watching. The forest has a number of different trails and there is something to suit everyone, from the all access Ridding Wood trail to the demanding Silurian Way. Grizedale offers a great day out.
You may also be interested in Talkin Tarn Country Park. The park has a permanent orienteering course arranged around 120 acres of farmland, woodlandand a large 65 acre lake.
Park Resorts have 4 locations in the lake district. Two sites, Fallbarrow & White Cross Bay are on the banks of Lake Windermere. Limefitt is ideally placed for exploring Cumbria and Gatebeck is a great base for the Lakes, Yorkshire or the Lancaster area.
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