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Although most famous for its walking opportunities, the Lakes offer a wide variety of leisure activities. Close to Gillbank is the small gauge railway The La'al Ratty which runs regular steam engine services to the old Roman port of Ravenglass.

Blea Tarn - a pleasant walk from Esk View holiday house

There are also many fishing rivers, streams, and lakes. Day passes can be purchased from local ambling associations where needed - click here for further details. Gillbank Cottage runs along a length of stream from which you can fish freely during your stay. There is also free fishing at Burnmoor Tarn or day tickets can be purchased for the River Irt or the River Esk (01229 467211), or Devoke Water on Birker Moor (01229 717237).


St Bees is a delightful beach with breathtaking views toward the Isle of Man from St Bees Head. St. Bees is the start of the coast to coast walk and only heritage coastline between Wales and Scotland with an RSBP bird reserve.

Hot Air Ballooning

With a hot air balloon flight over this spectacular scenery you can absorb an unforgettable view of Lakeland and perhaps a little of the cultural inspiration of Britain's heritage.


Golf Courses in Cumbria provides a list of courses. Within a few miles of the cottage are:

Eskdale Events

  • Eskdale Art Exhibition - held on the Whit Bank Holiday weekend in May at the Primary School in Eskdale Green.
  • Boot Beer Festival - held around 9 June (www.bootbeer.co.uk)
  • Eskdale Fete, Held annually at the Outward Bound Centre, Eskdale Green, August Bank Holiday - please visit eskdale.info for further details.
  • Eskdale Show - the last Saturday in September in the field by the George IV pub.



  • Scafell Pike - England's highest mountain
  • Wastwater - England's deepest lake
  • Hundreds of riverside, valley and mountain walks and climbs
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Miniature Railway: www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk
  • Muncaster Castle, with its azaleas, rhododendrons and Owl Sanctuary:
    www.muncaster.co.uk & www.owls.org
  • Hardknott Roman Fort & Ravenglass Roman Bath House
  • Eskdale Corn Mill - still working with its waterwheel
  • Ravenglass fishing village
  • Fold End Art Gallery
  • Fishing on river or stocked pool
  • Stanley Ghyll waterfall
  • 5 pubs in the valley - please visit www.brookhouseinn.co.uk or www.burnmoor.co.uk for the two of the nearest pubs to Gillbank.

Muncaster Castle, Gardens & Owl Centre

Within one hour's drive are most of the Lake District's attractions, including:

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

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The English Lake District with its tranquil lakes, impressive mountains and warm welcome is the perfect place for a holiday, be it for an action packed adventure, a family get together or a relaxing break away from it all. Holiday cottages in the Lake District allow you to do all of these in your home away from home. You can do what you want when you want so if it’s mountain biking on the fells or relaxing in a Lake District Spa you can come back to your holiday cottage (often with open fire or wood burner) and have the space to kick back and relax.

Self catering also gives you the option of eating in or sampling a few different pubs or restaurants in the local area so you can get a real feel for what the Lake District has to offer. Sally’s Lake District Cottages offer fantastic cottages which you can see on their site and if you have a fury friend to bring along many are pet friendly.