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BEST WESTERN Glenridding Hotel > Local Attractions
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The Lake District is England's only true mountain region and contains some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery in the land. The valleys which radiate from the central massif of mountains contain long, deep, glacially formed lakes which provide a marvellous contrast to the spectacular peaks and give the area its name. The scenery in the Lake District never fails to leave the visitor with a sense of awe, and an understanding of why this landscape inspired a generation of poets. The physical beauty, abundance of fauna, striking flora and native wildlife makes the county of Cumbria, and the Lake District National Park, the most attractive destination in the United Kingdom today. There is so much to see and do within this part of the Lake District, and we have tried to provide an idea of the range of activities and places to visit to help you plan your stay with us.
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Aira Force Walk (1 to 2 Hours) National Trust land with large car park just off main road 3 miles north of Glenridding. Easy gradients - very well defined and maintained paths and in places steep with hand rails. Best visited after rain as then the waterfall is at its best and in spate. The fall has a drop of 80 feet into a narrow gorge. Further up from the main fall the paths run alongside the beck in places and a series of smaller falls are all very picturesque. So many paths to follow that one can be left to wander at will through these lovely woods.
Some Images are courtesy of Light and Land www.lightandland.co.uk
Ullswater 'Steamers' have been sailing on this most beautiful of England's lakes for almost one hundred and fifty years, and to this day, they remain the perfect way to enjoy the area. Leave the hustle & bustle behind, and take a cruise aboard one of our beautifully maintained heritage boats. With sailings every day (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) you can now sail all year round!
The steamers are situated approx 100 yards from the hotel.
Get yourself afloat amongst the stunning scenery of Ullswater in the English Lake District! The Glenridding Sailing Centre provides a wide range of sailing dinghies and traditional boats, canoes + kayaks.
Expert sailing tuition by friendly, patient RYA qualified staff is available in their boats.
If you are thinking of bringing your own boat to this fabulous location you may launch and use the facilities on the site for a small daily or weekly fee. If you would like to keep your boat here throughout the season, then check out our launching + storage fees.
Safety boat cover, and qualified + experienced help, are on hand every day during the sailing season (typically March to end-October).