Local Area

Ullswater is within a five-minute drive from Gill Head with excellent walking along the lakeshore or on the fell tops, great places to eat, horse riding, fishing and watersports.

Whatever you want from your holiday, be it excitement and adventure, or peace and tranquillity Gill Head provides an excellent place to stay and we are more than happy to help in anyway we can to make your stay in the beautiful lake district a memorable one.

Ullswater "Streamers"

Alternatively just relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery aboard one of the Ullswater “Steamers”. These are within easy reach, operating between Glenridding and Pooley Bridge. The 3 historic vessels date from Victorian times and 2 have been operating on Ullswater for almost 110 years!


Our nearest town is Keswick an attractive market town sitting on shores of Derwentwater, offering a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, cinema, crafts, museums, excellent eating places, water sports, boat hire, climbing wall and a very successful "Theatre by the Lake", along with excellent shopping facilities all set within beautiful scenery.

Nearby Activities

Oh my goodness, you are spoilt for choice .......So much to do , so little time !

Take to the water on a steamer along Lake Ullswater or Derwentwater and walk back along the lake shores, hire a rowing boat, try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, go kyaking, take a sailing lesson, or why not have an exhilarating wild swim. There are just too many lovely walks to list, there is something for ALL ages, abilitity and mobility.  Nearby there is golfing, fishing, all sorts of outdoor workshops and  craft courses going on ,  or why not try your hand at one of the many exciting activities on offer
at Rookin House Farm Outdoor Activity Centre. just down the road  It offers a wide range of activities - such as quad-bikes, pony trekking, archery and clay pigeon shooting.

Visit an hostoric house , open gardens, nature reserves, shop from local indepentdant shops, galleries and crafty places, they love to see folk to talk about their craft  and demonstate their skills, be sure to buy a souvenier from them x 

Pack a picnic and enjoy a lakeside or fell top sunset, or  get up early and watch a stunning sunrise whilst everyone else sleeps,  as the saying goes    'Think outside - no box required'

As outdoorsy folk we love to chat and hear about your ideas for things to do and places to go , and will happily help plan routes, ideas, places to shop and eat etc, just call up at reception.  

Can't wait to hear what you've got planned !


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