Walking in the Lake District, it doesn’t get much better really does it. The Western Lake District is where the fells are the highest but the quietest. We’re just a handful of miles from the Wasdale Valley, home to Scafell Pike and Great Gable and many of the Wainwright’s. A great lower level fell walk is the lovely Irton Pike for views down the valley or perhaps Stanley Ghyll at Eskdale. A short distance from Gosforth Hall is the Blengdale Forest. A plethora of forest paths, riverside walking and views. Finally the coast with Seascale and Drigg beaches for relaxed and flat wanders, great for four legged guests.
The Western Lake District is home to some fabulous courses taking advantage of the diverse landscape. We are proud to have Links courses such as Silecroft to the South and Seascale, a Championship qualifying course or St Bees just north of us. Eskdale is a lovely 18 hole course offering a parkland experience with extras of the stunning views of the fells. Whitehaven and Workington are also popular.
Gosforth Hall makes a great base for cyclists wanting to tackle England’s steepest road, Hardknott Pass from the Eskdale Valley but there are many routes right from the The Inn doors for both road and mountain bikers. The Blengdale Forest being one, Cold Fell for routes around beautiful Ennerdale and recently opened Viking Way enabling a lovely safe way to cycle to Seascale beach for an ice cream! And we’re very close to the start of the Coast 2 Coast cycle route which begins 12 miles north in Whitehaven.
Just a 10 minute drive from Gosforth Hall takes you to the award winning Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre. The castle is still a lived in family home by the Pennington’s and has been for over 800 years. As one of the leading attractions in the Western Lake District, there is so much to see and do for people of all ages. Take a tour of the castle – one of the most haunted in the UK, walk around the beautiful gardens and then the hawk & owl centre where bird displays are on twice a day in full season. Regular events are on during the year from food festivals to the hauntingly haunted Halloween extravaganza, outdoor film screenings and music.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Close to Muncaster Castle and again just a 10 minute drive is the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. Starting from Ravenglass the narrow gauge, seven mile steam railway takes you to Dalegarth Station at Boot in the Eskdale Valley through the stunning scenery along the way. A great way to travel to the Eskdale Valley for walking or maybe just have a stroll beside the river. Dalegarth has a lovely little café and the trains are dog friendly too.
West Lakes Adventure
Adventure is available all around us. West Lakes Adventure provide first class and varied activities whether you’re staying with us just as a couple wanting to experience a guided activity to business and group team building. Choose from the growing activity stand up paddle boarding through to canoeing & kayaking, ghyll scrambling, canyoning, climbing and mountain biking in around the Western Lake District including the Wasdale and Eskdale Valleys.