Active Outdoor Activities

Activities range from half-day to multi-day adventures including mountain walking, winter mountaineering, navigation/orienteering, rock climbing, abseiling, ghyll and mountain scrambling, canoeing/kayaking, and caving. Assisted activities start from £15 per person per half-day.

St Bees, Cumbria
St Bees Beach, Cumbria


St Bees is a delightful beach with breathtaking views toward the Isle of Man from St Bees Head. St Bees is the start of the coast to coast walk and only heritage coastline between Wales and Scotland with an RSBP bird reserve.

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There are also many fishing rivers, streams, and lakes. Burnmoor Tarn has free fishing for brown trout available. Gillbank Cottage runs along a length of stream – Whillan Beck – from which you can fish freely during your stay. You have to buy an Environment Agency Rod License to fish in England, there are no further charges for guests for fishing from Gillbank property. Day passes can be purchased from local ambling associations where needed.

A comprehensive list of fishing sites and costs is available from the Cumbria Tourist Board website. You can find out other local fishing areas from the Environment Agency website. You may also be interested in visiting the Lake District Fishing website sponsored by the WADAA.


Golf Courses in Cumbria provides a list of courses. Within a few miles of the cottage are:

Mountain Biking, Eskdale
Mountain Biking, Eskdale

Hot Air Ballooning

With a hot air balloon flight over this spectacular scenery you can absorb an unforgettable view of Lakeland and perhaps a little of the cultural inspiration of Britain’s heritage.

Mountain Biking

There are numerous rides on the paved roads of Eskdale including the steep Hardknott Pass. Off-road there are some lovely routes including the River Esk route which runs along the river in the valley. Another option is the Corpse Road to Burnmoor Tarn and Wasdale. For more information, look at the website’s outdoor activities details.

Other activities

There are numerous other activities, for a more exhaustive list look at the Visit Lake District website.

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View all the cottage has to offer, including all five bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, reception rooms, bathrooms and floorplan.

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View all of the local attractions, walks and points of interest close to Gillbank Cottage, including Scafell Pike and local beach.

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View more information about prices for your stay at Gillbank Cottage, including information about off-peak holiday rates.

"Amazing centuries old cottage, artfully refurbished. Private gardens and room for at least 10 folks. Beautiful countryside"
"Amazing centuries old cottage, artfully refurbished. Private gardens and room for at least 10 folks. Beautiful countryside"
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The Lake District

Beatrix Potter’s home near Windermere is a popular attraction and there is a wealth of options for the serious walker or the more leisurely. The quiet and clean air alone provides a luxurious break from the fast-paced life.

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