Things to do in Penrith, Near the Lake District
When you stay near the Lake District on a regular basis, you may be after new ideas of what to see and do. As an example, there are plenty of things to do in Penrith, near the Lake District. What’s more, it is still less than an hours drive away from Aphrodites Lodge.
Starting with the ruins of Penrith Castle, the English Heritage site is filled with history dating back to the 14th century. It played an important role against the Scots, as well as becoming home to Richard 3rd who would later become King of England.
Whatever time of year you visit, the castle should certainly be on your list of things to do in Penrith. Not only that but being looked after by the English Heritage it is also free entry. Opening times are from 7.30am to 4.30pm (October to March) and 7.30am to 9pm (April to September).
Walking routes in Penrith
Much like staying in your spa hotel in Windermere, scenic walks are always on your doorstep. Popular walking routes in Penrith include a hike to Penrith Beacon. The views once you reach the top are incredible, looking out over the nearby Lake District and over Penrith itself.
There are also a number of landmarks to keep an eye out for along the way. Such as the Georgian era building of Potter’s Lodge. Once you reach the top of your climb, you will find Penrith Beacon, a monument that has been erect since 1719.
As for the views, then look north and you will see across the border into Scotland. If you turn around and look closely, you may just see your Windermere hot tub calling you in the distance!
Long Meg and her Daughters
Almost everyone has heard of the ancient monument of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. However, did you know it is just one of around 1,300 stone circles within the British Isles and overseas to Brittany?
Penrith has its very own Bronze Age Stone Circle in Long Meg and her Daughters. The display is made up of 59 stones, with “Long Meg” standing 12 foot high. While the exact origins of the stones have been speculated over for generations, pagan rituals are known to regularly take place at Long Meg.
Wherever you are staying in the Lake District, you will never be too far from the water. In fact, you could probably start off with a short walk from your spa hotel in Windermere and hop on the Windermere Lake Cruises.
Once you’ve made your way to Penrith, nearby Ullswater Steamers are another tranquil experience of the Lakes. It’s a quick 10-minute drive to Pooley Bridge, then a chance to make the most of Ullswater Steamers.
Where to stay near Penrith
Book a spa hotel in Windermere, where you can enjoy the facilities of your own hot tub and relaxation rooms. Staying in luxurious surroundings, in the heart of the Lake District and within easy reach of things to do in Penrith.