Sometimes the thought of taking our best friends’ kids out for a day of adventure in the Lakes – without using a car – is a little daunting to say the least. Luckily for us, our destination this time was Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre.
Not only is Brockhole ridiculously easy to reach by bus, it’s also a fantastic place for a day of fun, learning and larking around (with no stressful car journey required).
Little Patrick (AKA Captain Nature) and his sidekick Dan (AKA The Sustainability Kid) get really excited about catching the bus in the Lakes because they know it’ll always take them somewhere fun. Our day at Brockhole didn’t disappoint. The kids had as much fun en-route as they did on arrival (probably because we could chat to them throughout the journey – without having to conceal arguments about directions or who’s paying for the fuel!)
Bus routes brilliant for sightseeing
The 555 runs between Carlisle and Lancaster, stopping off throughout the Lakes and providing easy access to some of the best scenery, best family attractions and best outdoor experiences the Lakes has to offer.
This great route provides access to Windermere and the lake, Brockhole itself, Rydal Water, Dove Cottage and walks in Grasmere…and takes you as far as Keswick where you’ll love exploring the Cumberland Pencil Factory and Keswick’s Cars of the Stars Museum. Naturally, if you’re travelling with walking in mind – you’ll find endless opportunities to hop off and get hiking,
In summer, the 559 Open Top Experience takes in part of the same route, running between Windermere and Grasmere and stopping off at great places inbetween. There’s no better feeling than being chauffer driven through the Lakes with the wind in your hair and no map-reading to worry about.
Start with a train, then hop on the bus
Windermere bus station is right outside Windermere train station. If you’re heading to Brockhole from further afield, you can arrive by train in Windermere, hop on the bus and arrive at Brockhole in a matter of minutes (or pick a route to explore the rest of the Lakes. Be adventurous; try a day without your car.
Brockhole – an adventure-packed day
Once at Brockhole itself, you basically have the run of a giant garden full of adventure and activity. Walking paths, pony rides, a brilliant playground and even a small-scale climbing wall that’s free to play around on. It’s good to know there are also great facilities: Café, free toilets, gift shop and hot drinks in the park.
Treetop Treks is also based at Brockhole. Our little superheros need to grow a few inches before they can safely have a go, but we saw families and individuals having a great time clambering on ropes and zip wires in Brockhole’s woodland. One for next year, without a doubt!
Lake Cruises from Brockhole – Explore further afield without your car
In the summer months, you can start your day enjoying the lakeshore at Brockhole then take to the water on a circular Lake Cruise – giving you the opportunity to explore Bowness, Ambleside, Lakeside and Wray Castle as well as all the attractions those locations have to offer.
Check out golakestravel.co.uk to find out more about Brockhole, the brilliant bus routes that can take you there and the lake cruise opportunities for exploring further afield.