Places to Visit near Gilcrux

Gilcrux is perfectly located on the edge of the Lake District National Park, with lots of things to do and places to visit within half an hour.

Outdoor Attractions Near Gilcrux

There’s loads of things to do and places to visit in the great outdoors around Gilcrux . With both the coast and the Lakeland fells just a few minutes drive you’ll be spoilt for choice.
 
To see all-weather attractions near Gilcrux scroll further down or jump to Indoor Attractions.
 

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Gilcrux Springs Trout Fishing
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Three ponds stocked with trout for bait and fly fishing. Ideal for all levels and experience
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Gilcrux Village

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The Ghyll
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A peaceful wood with a stream running through, in a small ravine on the edge of Gilcrux Village
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Gilcrux Village

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Starling Murmurations
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One of natures most amazing displays, see them in winter in the skies over the village
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Gilcrux Village

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The Lake District Wildlife Park
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One of the most popular days out for families, and visitors of all ages, in the North Lakes.
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Bassenthwaite Lake

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Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre
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The highest Forestry Commission visitor centre in England with activities, displays, shop and cafe
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Whinlatter

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Whinlatter MTB Hire & Trails
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Free to use MTB trails maintained by the Foresty Commission. Bike hire is available on site.
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Whinlatter

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Honister Slate Mine
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On the top of Honister Pass, with mine tours, visitor centre, cafe and Via Ferrata
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Honister

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Bushcraft Days at Whinlatter
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Make fire, build shelters, learn how to cook fish and fowl on the fire, and generally have fun in the forest
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Whinlatter

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Derwentwater Boat Trips & Hire
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Launches on Derwentwater lake, jump on and off or take a cruise. Also rowing and motor boat hire
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Keswick

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Go Ape at Whinlatter
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Go wild – Go Ape – in the tree tops in Whinlatter Forest, the highest Visitor Centre in England
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Whinlatter

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Castlerigg Stone Circle
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One of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in Britain, encircled by the fells
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Keswick

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Beach Walks
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Miles of deserted sand and shingle beaches to stretch your legs and blow the cobwebs away
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Allonby

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Elva Plain Stone Circle
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A Neolithic monument on Elva Hill, an old Viking name meaning place of the elves
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Cockermouth

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Wildplay at Whinlatter
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Free to use and a great place to burn off energy. Extensive outdoor play for kids
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Whinlatter

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Forest Trails
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Great woodland walks with altitude. Online maps available for trails at Whinlatter and Dodd woods
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Whinlatter & Bassenthwaite

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Osprey Watch at Dodd Wood
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The viewing point for the Bassenthwaite Osprey nest. Spectacular birds of prey
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Bassenthwaite Lake

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Crosscannonby Milefortlet 21
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The first total excavation of a Roman milefortlet, and a designated World Heritage Site
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Allonby

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Crosscannonby Salt Pans
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The remains of the Elizabethan salt pans that, for 700 years, made salt from seawater along the coast
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Allonby

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Spout Force
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A short walk to Spout Force (waterfall) in the Lorton Valley, approaching Whinlatter
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Whinlatter

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Scale Force
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The highest waterfall in the Lake District with a single drop of 170 ft, and two others of about 20 ft
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Crummock Water

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Buttermere
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There is a footpath around the lake, and lovely walks to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike
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Buttermere

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Crummock Water
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With unparalleled views of mighty Grassmoor to the west and the fells of Mellbreak to the east
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Crummock Water

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Loweswater
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A peaceful lake nestled in a wooded valley in the far west of the Lake District, in the Vale of Morton
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Loweswater

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Derwentwater
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The Queen of the Lakes, just a short walk from the bustling tourist hub of Keswick
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Keswick

Indoor Attractions near Gilcrux

Just occasionally it rains in the Lake District! In any case, whether it’s sunshine or showers, there are plenty of all-weather attractions in the area around Gilcrux.
 

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Moorforge Viking Settlement
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A developing Attraction with live music, festivals and workshops. Also a blacksmith forge here
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Gilcrux Village

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St Mary’s Church
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One of the oldest churches in Cumbria, dating from AD 1100, in the village centre
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Gilcrux Village

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Arkleby Swimming Pool
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Private hire of the whole pool, with sauna and Jacuzzi, on an hourly basis seven days a week.
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Gilcrux Village

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West Coast Karting
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Two indoor tracks in the same building, 300m and 520m, and varying powered Karts
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Maryport

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Lake District Coast Aquarium
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Discover the amazing underwater world of Cumbria’s seas and coasts with over 35 creative displays
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Maryport

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Senhouse Roman Museum
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Adjacent to the remains of a Roman Fort, it houses the oldest collection of Roman artefacts in Britain
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Maryport

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Maryport Maritime Museum
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An interesting look into Maryport‘s proud maritime heritage with an fascinating variety of exhibits
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Maryport

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The Lakes Distillery
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Find out how the Lakes Malt, Gin and Vodka are made, and have a tour of the site. Also restaurant
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Bassenthwaite Lake

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Jennings Brewery Tour
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A one hour tour takes you round the Jennings Brewery, after which you can sample the ale
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Cockermouth

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Wordsworth House and Garden
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A living museum in the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy
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Cockermouth

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Mirehouse
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A remarkable historic house and gardens facing Bassenthwaite Lake, with Skiddaw behind
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Bassenthwaite Lake

image of Keswick Museum and Gallery

Keswick Museum and Gallery
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Now reopened after a major enhancement project, the museum has original and new local exhibits
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Keswick

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Keswick Pencil Museum
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A museum, with crafting elements, dedicated to the 350 years of pencil making in Cumbria
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Keswick

 
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