Our Top 10 Recommendations
Here are our favourite things to see and do in Staveley and the Lake District.
Some are well known, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.
1. Explore the Lake District on Foot
There’s nothing better than getting your walking boots on and exploring the wonderful hills, mountains and lakes on foot. There are 214 “Wainwrights” for you to “bag” whilst you are here!
Locally, you have the challenging Kentmere Horseshoe, or why not go for the big one and climb England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, which reaches an elevation of 978 metres above sea level.
There’s so many walks and climbs to suit all abilities. Check out some of the walking books in the Wheelhouse at Staveley for inspiration, and use the dining table OS map mto plan your route over dinner the night before!
2. Go Cycling!
Why not hire a bike, if you haven’t brought your own with you?
Cycling is a great way to see the Lake District and is great fun for the whole family!
The Wheelhouse at Staveley is a great place to bring your own bikes to, as it has its own secure stores, complete with tools and facilities for looking after your bikes.
If you haven’t brought any bikes with you, then, just a short walk away is Wheelbase in Staveley Mill Yard, where you can hire mountain bikes or e-bikes!
They have over 600 bikes on display in store, spread across a massive 16,000 sq. ft., and have dedicated areas for Road, MTB, E-Bike, Women, Kids and everything in between.
Wheelbase hold an annual MTB demo weekend in March, attracting up to 250 riders, often in spite of the wet Cumbrian weather. They have a great community of cyclists here in the Lake District and there are plenty of events going on throughout the year, including the Sam Houghton MTB challenge in June, the Tour de Staveley in July and the Wheelbase Spring Classic in March.
3. Visit Brockhole on Windermere
Be wild and try something new, soar through the sky on a treetop adventure, or splash out on the water.
Take in the beauty of our awesome mountain views, taste the best of local food and ale. Brockhole is the ultimate start to make your lakeland escape memorable.
Have a great day out overlooking Windermere.
4. The Eagle and Child
The Wheelhouse at Staveley is a great base for the Lake District, and The Eagle and Child pub is just a short walk away!
The Eagle and Child has a great reputation for both food and real ales and is a lovely friendly place to chat and relax.
What could be better than relaxing on a warm summer’s evening, hearing the river Kent bubbling past, having a delicious meal, and washing it down with a good local real ale. That is the good life, right?
Or drop in on a cold winter’s night, sit near the roaring fire & tuck into a homemade Hotpot or a juicy Cumbrian Steak!
Whatever the season, great food and real ales are always a good reason to visit the Eagle & Child whilst you are staying at the Wheelhouse at Staveley.
5. Cruise the Lakes
The main boat landings and passenger terminals for boat trips are Bowness-on-Windermere for Windermere Lake Cruises, Keswick for Keswick Launch on Derwentwater, Coniston Village for the Coniston Launch and the Steam Yacht Gondola and Pooley Bridge / Glenridding for Ullswater Steamers.
All launch services operate a hop-on hop-off service with jetties around the lakes, and special cruises as well as boat trips.
The Windermere Lake Cruises trip is the most popular attraction in Cumbria. Windermere is England’s largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. They offer cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours – or you can even spend all day on and around the lake with their Freedom of the Lake ticket.
6. Wilf's Café
Wilf’s Café is situated at the back of The Mill Yard by the river and is a great place to go for a bite to eat.
Next to the Hawkshead Brewery, it is based in the old bobbin loft with some of the old line workings still in place. They have traditional seating plus a cosy sofa area inside and outside decking overlooking the river Kent for warmer days.
Start the day with a tasty traditional breakfast. Or they do lovely lunches (daily specials available) and have some fantastic cakes, cream teas & much more.
They bake their own bread & cakes, & cook and know what goes into their dishes if you have any dietary needs.
Not just a Café, they provide other services including outside catering & buffets, ‘Wilf’s Away’ and Venue for hire.
7. Get On or In the Water
The Lake District has many lakes, meres, tarns, rivers and waterfalls making it a natural home for canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, gorge walking, diving and a wide variety of watersports.
And of course, there is also around 150 miles of coastline where bays and cliffs offer surfing, kayaking and outdoor swimming opportunities.
You can choose from canoeing, sailing, gorge walking, open water swimming, windsurfing and diving to name but a few options for you – your choice of water based activities in the Lake District is extensive.
You can also take part in outdoor swimming events, including the Great North Swim – the UK’s biggest open water swimming event, which takes place every year on Lake Windermere.
Maybe you fancy learning to kayak or sail?
Windermere, Coniston Water, Derwentwater and Ullswater can all be sailed and there are lots of other lakes, tarns, rivers and becks in Cumbria, which (with landowner’s permission) can be excellent places for a dip in the water.
8. Hawkshead Brewery - The Beer Hall
A stay in Staveley is not complete without a visit to the Hawkshead Brewery tap. Be amazed at the wide selection of real ales and craft beers available and enjoy the lovely beers in the place where they are made.
Hawkshead Brewery say that “The Beer Hall, is open every day to bring you the freshest core range and small batch beers and the best beer tapas in the Lakes.”
The Beer Hall has a relaxed atmosphere – great for chilling out with family or friends – and there’s often special events and music sessions taking place. Check out the brewery website “What’s On” guide for a schedule of events. The brewery also organises an impressive beer festival twice a year.
Brewery tours are available daily at 1pm, or watch the brewery at work through special viewing areas.
Bottles, cans and growler fills are also available to take out.
More? The Artisan bakery is situated in the Mill Yard near the brewery. It’s an amazing artisan bakery which is well worth a visit when you stay at the Wheelhouse at Staveley.
More? bakery pride themselves on being “completely and totally taste driven” and they provide a “real” alternative to fast processed quick fix food.
More? Bakery produces handmade artisan treats for some of the Lake District’s finest eateries, and everyday foodies such as ourselves, who pass through their doors at the Mill Yard Cafe and shop.
10. Via Ferrata - Honister
The UK’s first Via Ferrata!
Using the original Miners track up the steep outer incline of Fleetwith Pike, the addition of a continuous cable made climbing this magnificent Lake District Mountain achievable and safe for everyone.
Choose from the Via Ferrata Classic or the Via Ferrata Xtreme!
Following the original Miners route to the top of the Mountain, Via Ferrata Classic is not as challenging or demanding as the Via Ferrata Xtreme. You follow the historic miners path high onto Fleetwith Pike in a thrilling stunning and safe outdoors activity. It’s an adrenaline rush with an essence of natural beauty. Not just for climbers and walkers but young families looking to create lifelong memories.
Via Ferrata Xtreme was introduced at Honister in 2012 to bring a much more challenging (and some say scary) Via Ferrata experience. You do need to be reasonably fit and healthy for the Xtreme.
Much more mountain: edge exposure, vertical climbs, cliff edge ladders, plus a Burma Bridge & Cargo Net crossing.
Scramble up the huge Cargo Net to reach the summit of Fleetwith Pike and one of the finest views the Lake District has to offer.
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