Days Out (A few suggestions)

The purpose of this page is to give a few more suggestions for days out from the area. When known post codes have been included to help you get there. If you feel you would want to see some destination added just let the site know and I will be only too pleased to add it.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Based at Haverthwaite station (LA12 8AL) the steam railway takes you on an approximately 18 minute trip from the station up to lakeside. You can simply go up and have a look around and maybe visit the lakes aquarium. From here you can also join and combine the train ride with the Windermere cruise. For more information go to

Windermere cruise

Most join the boat from Lakeside (LA12 8AS) or Bowness (LA23 3HQ), although you can also get on at Ambleside (LA22 0EY). A selection of cruise options is available to suit everyone’s needs. Do take a coat it can get cold once on the open water. For more information go to

Coniston Cruise

Either a 50 minute or 105 minute cruise is available along the lake either onboard Ransome or Ruskin launches. Stunning views of the area are accompanied by a commentary by the crew. For more information go to


John Ruskin’s Home (LA21 8AD) from 1872 to 1900, the house and grounds offer an insight to the great man. Famous as a writer, artist and social reformer many great thinkers have been influenced by John Ruskin. You can combine a trip to the house with the Coniston cruise. For more information refer to

Muncaster Castle

Situated on the main A595 on the main road up the coast is Muncaster castle home of the Pennington family. As well as the magnificent castle and tour the world owl centre is based in the grounds with over 45 species of owl. Plants and shrubs from all over the world are in the 70 acre plus grounds. For more information go to

Ravenglass Railway

Situated near to Muncaster castle is the spectacular miniature steam railway (CA18 1SW). Know as the La’al Ratty the train goes from Ravenglass up to Boot and back. Special event days are on through the year. For more information go to

Kendal Museum

Situated in the town of Kendal (LA9 6BT) is the Kendal museum. Founded in 1796 it is one of the oldest museums in the country. It houses varies exhibits including one of the largest collections of minerals from the north and lakes areas. The famous author Alfred Wainright who was the curator for 30 years has a dedicated display. For more information go to

Cumbrian Heavy Horses

Shire heavy horse riding in the Lake District national park. From novice to experienced riders all are catered for. The magnificent Clydesdale and shire horses can take you onto the high fells or along the beach. You will get a truly unique experience of riding a remarkable ‘heavy horse’. Situated at Chappels farm on the way to Millom (LA18 5LY). For more information go to http://www.

Tree Top Obstacle Coarse

A ‘Go Ape’ tree top adventure located in Grizedale forest (LA22 0QJ). 3 hours off tree top activity including rope ladders, high wire rope bridges and zip wires. Booking is advised as this activity is very popular and restrictions do apply. For more information go to

Conishead Priory

Situated along the coast road near Ulverston (LA12 QQ) the Buddhist temple and historic house provides a place to reflect and find spiritual inspiration. It is open to the public in the afternoons. Situated in gardens and woodland the Priory founded in 1160 by Augustinian monks and was a hospital for the poor. Guided tours are available. The Gothic mansion with magnificent rooms is well worth a visit. For more information go to

Zeffirelis Restaurant and Cinema

Now if you like good food and the cinema this package will suit you down to the ground. Zaferelies restaurant is based in Ambleside and for Just under £17 you can enjoy a two coarse meal after watching a film in there comfortable small cinema. When you book the package you get reserved cinema seats. The restaurant is all vegetarian but don’t let that put you off, the large choice of excellently cooked meals will have your mouth watering. We arrived in Ambleside at 3 and had a look around this beautiful town and shops before making our way to the cinema for the 5.45 showing of ‘looking for Eric’ (an excellent film). When it finished it was to the very smart restaurant. The service and food was first class, if this place was in London you would double or even treble the cost. We arrived back home in Barrow at 10pm shattered after a great day out. This is well recommended. PS you don’t have to go to the cinema you can just go and enjoy the food, but do book, it’s a very popular place.

The Rum Story

Situated in Whitehaven just take the A595 to Whithaven then follow the town centre signs. Situated in the original cellars and warehouses of 1785 over 3 floors the origins of Whithavens past are shown. For more information go to


Blackpool is worth a day out and if you avoid the funfair it does not have to cost too much.
My day out in Blackpool August 2009

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