We are ideally located for fell walking in the Lake District with so many Wainwright peaks within east reach of the hotel including Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Kirk Fell, Lingmell, Yewbarrow, Whinrigg and Illgill to name just a few. Blengdale Forest is closeby where you can enjoy walking trails through the forest. The Viking Way runs right past our entrance where you can walk down to Seascale for a paddle in the sea and and ice cream.
Less than 10 minutes from our hotel is the award winning Muncaster Castle. The castle has been inhabited by the Pennington family for over 800 years and is now one of the leading attractions in the Western Lake District. Take a tour of the haunted castle, walk around the beautiful gardens and a must, the hawk & owl centre. Regular events are on during the year from food festivals to the hauntingly haunted Hallowen extravaganza, outdoor film screenings and music.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
This 7 mile train ride is a must when visiting us. Starting from Ravenglass the narrow gauge steam railway takes you to Dalegarth Station at Boot in the Eskdale Valley through the fabulous scenery in between. A great way to travel to the Eskdale Valley for walking some of the regions highest fells or simply to have a stroll beside the river. The Boot Inn and Brook House Inn are both excellent for real ales.
West Lakes Adventure
Our location means you’re never too far away for adventure. Whether it’s just the two of you wanting to experience a guided activity to business team building, West Lakes Adventure provide stand up paddle boarding, canoeing & kayaking, ghyll scrambling, canyoning, climbing and mountain biking in the Wasdale and Eskdale Valleys.
There are two very different courses within 10 minutes of West Lakes Hotel. Firstly Eskdale Golf course, an 18 hole par 69 parkland course and the 18 hole Seascale Golf Course, a traditional links with views of Scafell Pike to one side and the West Cumbrian coast to the other. Both courses provide challenges to low handicap players whilst still being excellent for beginners.
Ravenglass is home to the tallest Roman structure in Northern England, the Ravenglass Roman Bath House. Thought to have been founded during the reign of Emperor Hadrian, archaeologists suspect an earlier fort was there dating from the 1 century AD. Ravenglass is also the start of the Hadrian’s Cycleway, an 174 mile route finishing in the South Shields. A very different location is the Hardknott Roman Fort close to Hardknott Pass, England’s steepest road. The views from the fort are spectacular.
Since opening in 2014, The Lakes Distillery has gained visitors from all over the world. Situated beside the stunning Bassenthwaite Lake (the only true lake in the Lake District), the distillery produces the first Lake District Single Malt Whisky as well as The One blended whisky, gins and vodkas. Book tours, visit the shop or have lunch in bistro which has an excellent reputation for food.
Cumbrian Heavy Horses
Enjoy the beautiful Western Lake District on a heavy horse. Cumbrian Heavy Horses is a small, family run equestrian centre offering riders of all abilities the chance to ride on these majestic animals on the Cumbrian coast beaches, throughout the countryside and even up mountains.