There is lots to see and do for all the family within a few miles drive of the hotel.  The hotel is ideally situated for a range of activities and is perfect base to explore the Lake District and Cumbrian coast. Its a paradise for walkers, cyclists, climbers, fishermen, sailors, the list is endless…

For cyclists and mountain bikers there is something for everyone, with beautiful trails both on and off road.  We have a store room for bikes if you are bringing your own, and they can be hired at Whinlatter Forest.  For those looking for a more relaxing break, the local towns of Keswick and Cockermouth offer plenty to while away a summer afternoon, followed by a swim in the pool and a fireside drink in the bar.

Below you will find a selection of places and activities.  If you would like to find out more please give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

A map of local walks is available here.

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Keswick and Cockermouth

The hotel is situated between Keswick and Cockermouth, both are just 10 minutes drive away.  Keswick is a bustling Lakeland town, with market days on Thursdays and Saturdays.  Nestled on the shores of Derwent Water and the gateway to beautiful Borrowdale, its a must-do on your visit to the Lakes.

Cockermouth is a historic Cumbrian town, not least for being the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth whose house is now a National Trust visitors center.  It was severely damaged in the floods of 2009 with the majority of Main Street being refurbished following the disaster. Its now a lovely town with a range of shops, cafes and restaurants.


Lake District Animal Park

Lake District Wildlife Park

Lake District Wildlife Park

The Lake District Wildlife Park can be found less than 10 minutes from Embleton Spa Hotel. It is set in 24 acres of land and boasts over 100 species of animals. As well as the animals themselves, there are also a outdoor play area, picnic area, indoor soft play and cafe on site.

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01768 776239

Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter is England’s only true mountain forest and is the venue for a range of local activities. It is home to many species of Lakeland wildlife including Red Squirrels and Roe Deer. Whinlatter is well known for it’s mountain bike trails which are the longest purpose build trails in the Lake District. Bikes can be hired from Cyclewise, the onsite centre ( 017687 78711). The trails are graded in difficulty. If you are bringing your own bikes we have storage available at the hotel.

Whilatter Forest is also an excellent place for walking, boasting views across Bassenthwaite, Derwent and Keswick. A range of trails are clearly marked out and are graded easy to moderate. Some of the trails are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Parking at Whinlatter is charged and you will need coin change for this.

Whinlatter Forest

Mountain biking, family fun & adventure

Mountain Biking at Whinlatter

Mountain Biking at Whinlatter. Mountain bike tracks, bike shop and bike hire

Road & Mountain Biking

With amazing scenery everywhere you turn, there are miles and miles of great routes both on and off road. The local bike shops offer bike hire and sales, and will direct you in the right direction.

Keswick Bikes is a well established shop in Keswick, with very friendly and helpful staff.  017687 73355

Cyclewise at Whinlatter is in the heart of Whinlatter forest. There are a range of great mountain bike tracts right from their door.  017687 78711

Wildplay at Whinlatter

Mountain biking, family fun & adventure

Wildplay at Whinlatter

 Consisting of nine different play areas that are split by around 600m of trails, the Wildplay areas are free for children to explore. There are also two walking trails aimed specifically at children; details of these can be found on the above website.

Go Ape

GoApe at Whinlatter

GoApe at Whinlatter

If you’ve never heard of Go Ape have a look at the website for more details. There are two locations in the Lake district; one in Whilatter Forest and another in Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead. They both offer the treetop adventure but you can also have a go at touring the forest on Segways at Grizedale.
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Keswick LaunchKeswick Launch

A tour around Derwent Water is a great way to spend a day. The launches start their journey from the Keswick boat landings and cruise around the lake stopping at seven lakeshore jetties where you may embark or join the various boats.

Alternatively, stay on the boat and enjoy the 50 minute trip around Derwentwater.

keswick launch view

Lake Distric Osprey Project

For over thirteen years there have been breeding Ospreys on the shores of Bassenthwaite. There is an Osprey Exhibition Centre at Whinlatter Visitor Centre near Keswick which is open from 10am until 5pm during the active nesting season (usually April until August).

Bassenthwaite Osprays

Bassenthwaite Osprays

At the exhibition you will findinformation about the project and a large viewing screen with a live camera feed from the nest of the Ospreys. There are two viewpoints at Dodd Wood (see below), from which the Ospreys can be seen coming and going from their nest, as well as catching fish from Bassenthwaite. These viewpoints are seasonal so please check the project website for up to date information.

Exhibition Centre,
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Dodd wood

Dodd wood is located on the Eastern shore of Bassenthwaite Lake and is managed by the Forestry Commission. There are three marked walking trails of varying lengths which take you through some lovely woodland with multiple view points over the Lake and beyond. The route to the Osprey viewing platform is clearly marked on the map in the car park (pay and display – coins only). There are also The Old Sawmill Tearooms situated in the car park.


Mirehouse and Gardens are on the opposite side of the road to the Dodd wood car park, situated between the shores of Bassenthwaite and Dodd wood. The house and gardens are open to the public from April to September (see website for accurate dates and admission fees). The

re are also children’s play areas, a heather path maze and a family nature trail. The house has a number of literary connections with names such as Tennyson and Wordsworth.


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The Kirkgate Centre

The Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth is a fantastic local venue for films, theatre, comedy, music and exhibitions. It is situated near the centre of the local town, less than 4 miles from our hotel. The website details all current events and showings. Tickets can be booked online or via the box office.

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01900 826448

The Theatre by the Laketheatre by the lake

The Theatre by the Lake is set on the shores
of Derwent Water in Keswick and

Theatre by the Lake,
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Box office: 017687 74411

theatre by the lake inside


Wordsworth House, National Trust

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

This lovely Georgian town house is just 5 minutes down the road in Cockermouth.  It was the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy.

Presented as their bustling family home and peopled by knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, costumed servants, it offers an unforgettable chance for all ages to see, smell, hear, touch and even taste what it was like to live in the 1770s.

Main Street
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01900 824805


Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

The sailing club is just 1 mile from the hotel on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.  They are an active club with reglar events and race meets.  We are a proud sponsor of their annual ‘Bass Week’ regatta which takes place each August.

For enquiries call 017687 76341 or email

bass sailing club

Nichol End Marina – 15% off boat hire!nicholEndMarine

Located in a naturally sheltered harbour at the Northern end of Derwentwater, Nicol End offer a wide range of activities on and off the water. What better way to explore Derwent Water than on the water!
The offer tuition and hire of sailing dinghies, canoes, boats and windsurfers as well as activities for groups such as raft building.

When you are staying at the hotel please ask for a discount card to get 15% boat hire.
Nichol End Marine
CA12 5TY
017687 73082


Fly Fishing

For personalised fly fishing experiences from a fully qualified professional fly fishing guide and tutor in an area of outstanding beauty in the UK.  Locations include the famous River Eden, its tributaries and lakes of the English Lake District.  Geoff Johnston is an experienced angler having fished the local rivers and lakes for many years. He offers expert tuition, whether its your first time or you are looking to build on your knowledge and skill.

Eden Angler Fishing

Pick up and drop off at the hotel is available by arrangement.

Tel: 01228402691
Mobile 07957256051

Honister slate mine

The slate mine is well worth a visit.  Entry to the visitor centre is free, and for those brave enough the Via Ferrata (climbing up the rock with harnesses) makes for an adrenaline filled day!

Honister Via Ferrata

Honister Via Ferrata


Honister Slate Mine,
Honister Pass,
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017687 77230



Rheged just outside Penrith offers a variety of attractions, with shops, films, plays and performances as well as exhibitions of painting, arts and family fun. Check out whats on their upcoming programme on their website:

Rheged Centre
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