Quirky and unusual places to visit in the Lake District
The Lake District is a beautiful location that has many quirky places for travellers to visit year-round. We’ve picked out a few that are perfect for anyone looking for a new adventure. These hidden gems can be found all over the Lake District, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that they are all free to visit.
The Lion and the Lamb
You’ll find this rocky foundation at the summit of Helm Crag. Typically, you can reach the summit by walking the path from Grasmere; the former home of William Wordsworth. Once you reach the outcrop, we highly recommend seeing the sights from the top of the formation – you’ll be treated to some of the most breath-taking views of Grasmere lake, especially if you’re willing to venture out for sunrise or sunset. Take your camera, enjoy the hike, and look forward to some extremely special views.
Within the valley of Wasdale Head, you can see some of the oldest drystone in the region. That may not sound extremely exciting to anyone who doesn’t take a vivid interest in history, but the nearby Inn offers a great place to stay if you’re an adventuring planning of venturing out to see the walls from a birds-eye view while you’re in the area.
Claife Viewing Station
Hidden in the corner of the western shore of Windermere, the Claife Viewing Station dates back to the 1790s. The view will surely give you more than just a moment of peace to yourself, as you look out over Windermere from this recently restored area. If you’re adventurous enough, you should know that you can travel across the lake from Bowness, and walk up to the viewing station.
Castlerigg Stone Circle
Around a 30-minute walk from Keswick Centre, you will come across the Lake District Heritage site that is the Casterigg Stone Circle. This circle may be small, 38 stones in total, but the field that surrounds the stones is large and accessible. A visit to this wonderous sight of a site may be the perfect day out for a family or a photographer. Let your dog roam free and take advantage of the roaming ice cream van in the summer. These stones date back around 5000 years, making them a true part of history.
This 13th century castle is still partially standing where it’s located, right next to the River Eamont. Brougham Castle’s great keep and the “Tower of League” still survive, and they’re the perfect nod to history. You and your family can explore the ramparts and stand almost at the edge of the castle walls, looking out over a ruin that has survived for centuries. There are railings for safety, so there is no need to worry! From the top of the keep, you can admire the picturesque views across the Eden Valley, or look out for the stunning stone carvings that are still visible in the oratory of the castle.