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the great outdoors PERFECT ESCAPES Step into the great outdoors and let us inspire your next adventure. 4

Grab your hiking boots and explore on foot The Lake District is renowned for its superb fell walking, flaunting beautiful, sweeping vistas around every corner. Whether you have tiny tots in tow or a tail-wagging pack of dogs, are keen to spot the illusive red squirrel, seeking tranquillity and solitude, or hope to reach as many summits as possible, there’s a walk for you. Gather friends and family and embark on exciting adventures Stretch your legs on invigorating and rewarding hikes, tackle the inexhaustible list of outdoor activities, set out on a cultural journey, fill the diary with visitor attractions that capture the imagination, or enjoy the simple pleasure of walking and talking as you circuit a majestic lake. Whether you are looking to discover somewhere new and exciting or rekindle a long-lost love, we look forward to sharing this very special place with you. Step aboard a heritage vessel and sail against the beautiful backdrop of the Ullswater Valley A trip with Ullswater ‘Steamers’ allows you to reconnect with nature, immerse yourself in the landscape, and discover a network of walking trails. Take a spectacular journey on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway to the foot of England’s highest mountains When you journey on one of the oldest and longest narrow-gauge railways in England, you can’t help but be enchanted as the heritage steam engine puffs its way from the sea to the mountains. Find your inspiration This cherished, timeless landscape has long inspired esteemed artists, poets, and writers such as William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, and Alfred Wainwright, and to this day, continues to draw people from far and wide seeking adventures and secret escapes. But don’t tell everyone! 5

pawfect breaks HOLIDAYS WITH YOUR DOG Adventures for feet and paws From fell top hikes in the Lake District and heather-clad windswept moors in Yorkshire to canal side ambles and coastal wanders in Lancashire, this corner of England is a woof-tastic walkies haven for our four-legged family members. The ultimutt dog-friendly attraction Combining beautiful scenery with a variety of excellent walks, the areas in and around our attractions are undoubtedly a pup paradise for dogs and their families. Whether you have a little dachshund who loves a gentle stroll or a supercharged Labrador who takes you for a walk, hop aboard an Ullswater ‘Steamer’ or Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway carriage and enter a world of discovery. Let us help you sniff out the best property for you and your canine companions Whether you have a loyal bulldog who (in between snoozes) loves nothing more than watching the world go by from the comfort of your motorhome, or a glamorous poodle turned glamping enthusiast, our parks have something for everyone. Some even feature that all-important wood-burning stove to snuggle in front of, while others provide a goody bag full of items both handy and fun! Our dog-friendly accommodation is not just for humans, it’s pawfect for the whole family! Let’s paws for a moment and think of our fur-legged family members... from their waggly tails and adorable faces to fluffy coats and floppy ears, a holiday is just not the same without them. 6


PERFECT ESCAPES something special Make it an experience you’ll never forget. If you’re looking to treat someone special, say thank you, celebrate an occasion, or are simply in need of a mood-boosting day out or weekend away, explore our selection of memorable experiences and monetary gift vouchers. Perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors and discovering the wonders of the North West, you can’t go wrong with a gift that offers fun and adventure. 8

Where style and scenery combine With a natural beauty that inspired great romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ullswater has captured the hearts of visitors for centuries, instilling a deep affection that lasts a lifetime. Stay in one of our apartments at Waterfoot Park, and combine romance with relaxation to create the perfect escape. A mere stone’s throw from the shores of Ullswater, and perfectly placed on the Ullswater Way walking route, these apartments are a real treat for those looking to make the most of all the nearby walking trails, cycle paths, and water-based activities. The apartments sit on the upper floor of the elegant mansion house and offer a fabulous spot to return to at the end of an adventure-packed day. Cruise for two with bubbles Perfect for all occasions, this gift experience with Ullswater ‘Steamers’ allows you to spend some time on what is often hailed as the loveliest of the English lakes. The experience is for two adults and includes a return ticket from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, plus a bottle of Prosecco. Prepare to be whisked back to the golden age of travel with a stay in one of our beautifully restored Pullman Camping Coaches Located in the small coastal village of Ravenglass, Elmira and Maid of Kent are Pullman Camping Coaches overlooking the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway line. Once forgotten, the coaches have been lovingly brought back to life and their fascinating history is now on display. From the ‘Pullman Car No.’ plaques in the lounge to the delicate marquetry, take time to admire the carriage’s original features and allow yourself to be transported back to a bygone era. Both offer elegance, comfort, and a sense of nostalgia. You do not need to be a train enthusiast to appreciate the splendour and importance of these special camping coaches. The camping coaches offer a unique experience and a chance to relive the golden age of travel. Hilton Cottage Located on platform 1 of the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, this former railway manager’s cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide modern comforts while retaining its heritage charm. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway experiences Equally sumptuous, we have two beautifully crafted carriages perfect for that special occasion. Step aboard Director Saloon ‘Ruth’ and journey from the estuary, through the open countryside of the Western Lake District, to remote Eskdale where the steep, craggy fells rise up forming the highest mountains in England. Choose from a Lakeland hamper full of local treats or accompany your trip with a ‘Cream Tea on the Move’. Allow your mind to dreamily wander into the surrounding countryside as you gaze from the window of Pullman Observation Carriage ‘Joan’. Add a cream tea (option to add a bit of sparkle with a glass of Prosecco) and you’ve got an experience you’ll talk about for years to come. 9

cottages & apartments PERFECT ESCAPES Put your feet up, make yourself at home, and relax… you’re on holiday! From apartments with views across the rippling waters of Windermere to woodland cottages offering a restful haven, our collection of cottages and apartments provides guests with a comfortable base from which to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside. Whatever is on your holiday wish list, these cottages and apartments are sure to tick all the boxes. 10

Apartments beside the water - Hill of Oaks and Tewitfield Marina Fringing the water, our apartments are perfect for guests seeking a relaxing and comfortable stay. Choose one of four apartments at Hill of Oaks in our converted stone mill that boasts unobstructed views over Windermere. Alternatively, a stay by the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield Marina offers the perfect base to explore the surrounding areas of Morecambe Bay, Kirkby Lonsdale, and both the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. Ullswater cottages at Waterfoot Park Enviably positioned amid the beautiful Ullswater landscape, our Waterfoot cottages invite guests to switch off and unwind in this idyllic setting. Whether you curl up with a book in front of the wood burner, take advantage of the many walking and cycle trails on the doorstep, or take a short, gentle stroll to Pooley Bridge for an unhurried cuppa and cake, you will fall in love with the beauty and peace that Ullswater offers. Woodland Cottages at Hill of Oaks With living areas perfect for family feasts and jovial gatherings, our woodland cottages are perfect for fun-filled, memorymaking holidays. Beyond the charming and comfortable interior, the cottages are nestled amongst wooded glades and are just a short walk from the shores of Windermere. 11


Fellside Lodge, Newby Bridge Featuring two double bedrooms, each with an en-suite shower room, Fellside Lodge will undoubtedly prove a huge draw for couples looking to relax and socialise. The picturesque Lakeland fells emerge in the north while the pretty village of Cartmel and the Cumbrian coast lies to the south, making Fellside Lodge ideally placed for both active holidays or those seeking a slower, calming pace. The Woodland Lodge, Hill of Oaks A fusion of style and comfort, The Woodland Lodge offers guests a stylish hideaway. Decorated in earthy tones, the open-plan living area is inviting and provides a wonderful space for rest and relaxation, in addition to entertaining and dining. With two double bedrooms, it’s ideal for couples looking to shake off the stresses of busy lives. Outside, the decked area is framed by trees and invites guests to enjoy some time outdoors. Blakeholme Bay View Lodge, Hill of Oaks Just for two, Blakeholme Bay View is a charming bolthole perched in an elevated position with views that stretch down to the lake. The living space is presented in neutral colours and is both light and airy. Outside is a decked balcony, perfect for morning coffee or evening cocktails. Cartmel Lodge, Newby Bridge Step into Cartmel Lodge and settle into your home from home. Welcoming up to six guests, there’s plenty of space to kick back and relax with friends and family. A highlight is the private lawned garden and outside dining area, a wonderful treat during the warmer months. 13

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Embrace the great outdoors and create your own glamping getaway. Whether snatching a romantic weekend away, indulging in a solo escape or gathering the brood for a family jaunt, we have a great selection of glamping accommodation in locations that offer both tranquillity and adventure. From spacious pods where lake views await to stylish S-Pods that make clever use of space, let us inspire your next glamping escape. Hill of Oaks With captivating views over the gentle waters of Windermere, our lakeside glamping pods are a real treat for those looking to spend some time by the water’s edge. Waterfoot Park Disconnect from daily life with a glamping adventure at Waterfoot. Choose from a simple yet perfectly formed glamping pod or add a touch of quirky to your holiday and stay in an S-Pod, which features a mezzanine level and a fully fitted kitchen. Woodclose Park For those with a passion for the great outdoors, stay in a Woodclose glamping pod and discover the simpler things in life. Inject a bit of luxury into your glamping experience and stay in one of our Super Deluxe Pods. With all the comforts of home, these pods are the epitome of glamorous camping. Hive Cabins at Woodclose Park and Newby Bridge Time to stop being a busy bee and stay in one of our woodland-themed Hive Cabins. Inspired by nature and offering a little slice of tranquillity, we are sure you’ll find it easy to wind down into holiday mode. 15

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Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy the thrill of sleeping under canvas. Far from your standard tent, these African-inspired structures include a fourposter bed and fully fitted shower room, wood burning stove and Chesterfield suite, plus, a large open-plan living area with an equipped kitchen – plenty of space for a family of wild adventurers! Whether you have little monkeys looking for non-stop entertainment or teenagers the size of giraffes who call for brag-worthy experiences, the safari tents at Hill of Oaks have all the ingredients for a roar-some holiday! As darkness falls, whip up a fabulous feast in the kitchenette and gather everyone around the dining table for a laid-back meal, before snuggling up in front of the roaring fire and reviving all the wonderful memories of your day exploring and discovering this beautiful little piece of England. On warmer, lighter nights the safari tents’ proximity to Windermere lake offers the opportunity for magical evening strolls. Wander through ancient woodland and along the lake shore, perfect for spotting our own native wildlife! The lion sleeps tonight… Each safari tent will accommodate up to six guests and includes a double bedroom, twin bedroom, plus a super-cool ‘secret’ cabin-style double bed accessed by a small ladder. On the spacious deck at the front of the tent, the sounds of the park and nature fill the air providing background music for long, leisurely meals, restorative days spent chatting with friends and family or simply delving into a good book. 17

PERFECT ESCAPES waterbird boathouse From quiet sunrise when the morning light dances over the lake to the inevitable darkness that eventually blankets the landscape, take full advantage of the setting and watch as the scenery transitions throughout the day from the comfort of the boathouse. 18

Allow the stresses of everyday life to slip away with a stay at the Waterbird Boathouse, Hill of Oaks. Perched on the water’s edge and boasting magnificent views over the tranquil waters of Windermere, the boathouse promises guests an unforgettable experience. Stepping inside the main living area, your eyes will be instantly drawn to the floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the room with light and open out onto the lake. Undoubtedly, the centrepiece in this room. The perfect slice of culinary delight Whether you’re indulging in a takeaway from a newly discovered local restaurant or cooking up a storm in the well-appointed kitchen, the dining area sets the scene for laid-back meals with friends and family where laughter is the main ingredient. Take to the water One of the highlights of this property is the option to launch your own boat from the private boat awning right outside the door. Alternatively, the private pier is all yours to enjoy whether you plan to make a splash or bring your own canoe, kayak or inflatables. Dream a little dream After an active day on the water, a mountain quest, or working your way through the long list of adventure activities, the Waterbird Boathouse welcomes you back into its embrace, providing two double bedrooms (which can be configured as twins) where we are sure sleep will come easily. 19

homes PERFECT ESCAPES holiday Stay a little longer… If you’re looking for that restorative retreat you can escape to time and time again, contact us today and discover our range of holiday homes for sale. 20

From lively wakesurfing to gentle paddleboarding, if you love spending time on the water, then a holiday home at Hill of Oaks or Waterfoot Park might be just the ticket. For those dreaming of a quiet retreat, and yet you’d still appreciate handy amenities such as independent shops, pubs and restaurants on the doorstep, then Woodclose Park offers the best of both worlds. Buck Yeats embraces both privacy and tranquillity in equal measures, while a holiday home at blissfully remote Clea Hall promises an escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Or, if you’re keen to explore the Southern Lakes, then a holiday home at Newby Bridge Country Caravan Park is the ideal spot for those looking to combine a Lakeland adventure with a slice of the coast. Wherever you find your happy place, make this beautiful part of the country your home from home. We have a dedicated team who will expertly guide you through the buying process from start to finish, answer any niggling questions you might have, and when completed, hand over the keys to your second home and welcome you into our holiday homeowner’s community. We maintain a no sub-letting policy, so you’ll have peace of mind of always knowing your neighbours. Hill of Oaks Buck Yeats Hill of Oaks Newby Bridge Caravan Park Waterfoot Park Hill of Oaks Woodclose Park Clea Hall Tewitfield Marina 21

PERFECT ESCAPES With glorious beaches and a spectacular coastline, heather-clad moors and craggy Lakeland fells, quaint villages and vibrant towns, glistening lakes and cascading waterfalls, our region is home to a diverse landscape that lends itself days out to both tranquillity and adventure. Add into the mix a rich history and cultural heritage, a colourful arts scene, a busy calendar of events, celebrated food and drink that’s sure to tickle the taste buds, plus a long list of unmissable attractions, and it’s easy to see why this beautiful corner of England remains a truly iconic and memorable destination. And proudly so! 22

A boatload of fun with Ullswater ‘Steamers’ For the ultimate Lake District experience, you can’t beat a day out with Ullswater ‘Steamers’. Combining beautiful scenery with a variety of excellent walks, top attraction Ullswater ‘Steamers’ offers a fun-filled day out for the whole family – dogs too! Our fleet, one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, sails a serpentine course for eight miles, 363* days a year. There are four piers in operation, connecting the famous Ullswater Way walking route which circles the lake, plus National Trust waterfall Aira Force. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Step aboard the La’al Ratty for an unforgettable family day out. Journey from the coastal village of Ravenglass and watch as the beautiful and picturesque Cumbrian landscape unfolds as you travel deep into Eskdale, a tranquil valley made up of woodland, a spectacular waterfall and rippling river, and steep, majestic fells which form the highest mountains in England. Whether you’re feeling energetic and keen to explore or instead adopt a slower pace and sit with a coffee in the railway cafe, it promises to be a day out that the whole family will enjoy. Calling all adventurers! For the active, there’s ample opportunity for adrenalinefuelled adventures whether it be tackling one of the many summits, embarking on a rocks and ropes experience, splashing about in water on a ghyll scramble, or releasing your inner Tarzan and whizzing through the woods on a zip wire. Relax and revive… Alternatively, for those seeking a more chilled experience, there are just as many activities that advocate well-being, encouraging you to relax and unwind, and perhaps spoil yourself a little. Sit back and relax on a scenic train ride, take a leisurely cruise on those pictureperfect lakes or simply forget time as you wander through the pretty villages and towns. Fun for all the family! Family holidays should be overloaded with fun! Packed with adventures that everyone will want to tell their friends about. Whether you have little minds yearning for discovery, teenagers looking to conquer the world, or parents looking for some peace and quiet, there’s an abundance of activities that will have everyone grinning from ear to ear. Come rain or shine, no matter what you choose to do, you’ll all have the time of your lives. Two-wheeled adventures There’s an exciting network of cycle routes that offer a fun and rewarding cycling adventure. Expect to encounter road cycling, rugged terrain, and challenging climbs all suited to more experienced cyclists, as well as low-level, gentle paths that the whole family can enjoy. Either way, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful scenery. * Subject to adverse weather and operational changes. 23

Good To Know The star of the show is the scenery, but just as important is the comfort and well-being of our visitors. Therefore, we provide a range of facilities to ensure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your trip. 24

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ • Pay and display parking is available at Glenridding, Pooley Bridge and Aira Force. Parking is not provided by Ullswater ‘Steamers’ at Pooley Bridge and Aira Force. There is no parking at Howtown pier. • Paddleboards and bicycles are permitted on board our boats (except Lady Dorothy) at the skipper’s discretion. Charge applies. There are bicycle racks outside the Glenridding and Pooley Bridge pier houses. Please visit our website for further details. • Bring the whole pack! Dogs are welcome for £1. There are water bowls outside the main pier houses at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. Just make sure your dog is on a lead, as even the most wellbehaved dogs may want to take the helm! • Open and covered, upper and lower deck seating areas. • Indoor saloons – perfect for when it gets a bit nippy. • There are fully licensed bars on board all boats and at Glenridding pier house. • When you’re feeling peckish, light refreshments can be purchased at the pier houses and on board the boats. • Stay connected. We offer free Wi-Fi at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge pier houses. Plus, you’ll find USB charging points inside both pier houses. • Toilets, including a wheelchair-accessible toilet and a baby changing unit, are available at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge pier houses. • For that all-important souvenir, you’ll find a selection in Glenridding pier house and in our information and gift shop located in Pooley Bridge village. • Before your visit, please check our website for the latest pre-arrival information, including FAQs. • There is an accessibility guide on our website. Please call us in advance of your visit. Access varies according to vessel and lake level. Motorised scooters/wheelchairs are not permitted on the piers or on board. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your chosen departure time. Boarding is on a first-come, firstserved basis, with priority given to ticket holders. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway • There are pay and display car parks at Ravenglass and Dalegarth for Boot stations. • Free Wi-Fi is available in both the Turntable Café at Ravenglass and the station building at Dalegarth for Boot. • Toilets, including an accessible toilet, are available at both stations. • For tiny tots, baby changing facilities are available at both stations. Pushchairs and prams do not need to be pre-booked onto the trains. However, due to limited space in carriages, they must be folded down and stowed in the guard’s van. The guard can assist on arrival. • Visitors can refill their water bottles using the handy, free-of-charge taps. • Set beside the line, there are lovely cafés at either end of the line serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, locally sourced pies and cakes, and full meals made to order. Plus, pre-booked picnics. And with free Wi-Fi, you can surf and slurp to your heart’s content! • The on-site Ravenglass Railway Museum tells the story of the railway’s rich heritage. Entry to the museum is free (donations welcome). • Our gift shops are conveniently located at both ends of the line selling heritage railway collectables, souvenirs, children’s books, activity packs, and much more. You can even shop online. • There are children’s outdoor play areas at both Ravenglass and Dalegarth for Boot stations – perfect for little ones to run off steam! • A family day out isn’t complete without our furbulous friends! Dogs are welcome on board all trains (apart from Pullman Observation Carriage ‘Joan’ and Director Saloon ‘Ruth’) and in most areas as long as they are kept on a lead. An all-day dog ticket costs £1.50. • There is an accessibility guide on our website. • There are different carriages to choose from including open, semi-open and closed. Alternatively, upgrade to our First Class carriage, Pullman Observation Carriage ‘Joan’, or ‘Ruth’ Director Saloon. • Visit our website to discover a range of exciting events for all ages. 25

therapy PERFECT ESCAPES retail Peter Rabbit and Friends™ gift shops Discover the magical world of Peter Rabbit and Friends™ when you visit one of our shops located in the Lakeland towns of Bowness-on-Windermere, Keswick, Grasmere, Hawkshead and Kendal. The shops bring to life the delightful tales and characters created by Beatrix Potter, whose childhood holidays in the Lake District inspired the much-loved books that continue to sell throughout the world today. 26

The Veg Patch The Veg Patch is all about children! Play, learn and discover with The Veg Patch, our online shop that stocks ethical children’s products that are carefully chosen and inspired by our love of the great outdoors. Our range includes gifts and clothing, toys that will ignite curiosity, and games that capture their imagination, from leading brands such as Jellycat, Sophie Allport, eeBoo, and Tender Leaf Toys. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Discover a range of gifts in our shops at both Ravenglass and Dalegarth for Boot stations. A little memento of your day, an everyday essential, or a present for friends and family, you’ll be sure to find something you love. Ullswater ‘Steamers’ The Ullswater ‘Steamers’ gift shops at Glenridding pier house and in Pooley Bridge village are stocked with local information and charming souvenirs that will serve as a reminder of your Lake District escape. Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Online Shop Shop online and browse our range of heritage railway collectables, Lake District-themed souvenirs, and activity games for children, and have them delivered straight to your door. Waterfoot Park Conveniently located on the Ullswater Way, pause for refreshments at Waterfoot Park’s shop and enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks, ice cream and snacks, all served with a side of spectacular scenery. Gifted Searching for gift inspiration? Our selection of memorable experiences and monetary gift vouchers are perfect for anyone who loves the great outdoors and discovering the wonders of the North West. 27


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