Muncaster Castle


Hardknott Pass, Wrynose Pass

In the Lake District, is a single track road right through the middle of the Lake District, and is very steep and twisting, but great fun.


Highlights of the grounds

Spectacular view of the Langdales

The terrace enjoys a beautiful view of the Langdale Pikes, Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle, two of the most well known Lake District mountains.  Thomas Mawson laid out this lawn when first landscaping the gardens, and the lawn was used for croquet and tennis.  This is where the family was joined by Mrs Gaddum’s famous cousin Beatrix Potter.  


You can go on the cruise boat from the jetty at Brockhole on the largest lake in the Lake District Windermere. Windermere is 10.5 miles long and 1.25 miles wide at its widest point. It is 219 feet deep. It is fed by the River Rothay and the River Brathay, and at the southern end, it is drained out by the River Leven at Backbarrow, which meets Morecambe Bay near Ulverston.


At the north end of the Lake is the small town of Ambleside. This was the site of a Roman Fort known as Galava. This was a small enclosed garrison on the way to the larger, better-known fort at Hardknott, heading for the West Coast at Ravenglass.


The UK's first forest for sculture

Grizedale Forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest's unique environment, establishing the first collection of site-specific art in the UK. Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest, linked by the network of walking and cycling trails. The sculptures provide moments of contemplation and a special way of navigating this extraordinary landscape.  Grizedale forest provides a great day out for all levels of cyclist. There are a range of waymarked trails that lead the cyclist around the forest on forest roads and tracks.

The Hawk & Owl Centre within the gardens of Muncaster Castle is open daily mid-Feb to Dec 23rd inclusive. Centre and flying display entry is included in your gardens ticket. Don't miss the sensational Sky Hunters bird of prey displays daily mid-March to end October at 2.00pm and 1st Nov to Dec 23rd at 1.30pm.


A single track road highway runs between Eskdale in the west to the edge of the neighbouring Wrynose Pass in the east. On the western side is Harter Fell and the remains of Hardknott Roman Fort (200 metres (660 ft) above sea level). The pass is described as one of the most challenging roads in Britain. A series of hairpin bends make visibility difficult in various places. Traffic ascending the pass have priority as advised by the Highway Code. The pass is often closed in winter due to ice that makes the route impassable for vehicles. The challenging 1 in 3 gradients make the route popular with cyclists. It is part of the annual Fred Whitton Challenge, a 112-mile ride around the Lake District.

gallery/live giggs

Ambleside offers  live musical at Zeffirellis and The Lily Bar performances such as contemporary Jazz, folk and classical on Friday's and Saturday's  weekdays in the busy season.  Click on image to check lastest information.


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Grizedale Forest

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