Although most famous for its walking opportunities, the Lakes offer a wide variety of leisure activities. Close to Gillbank is the small gauge railway The La'al Ratty which runs regular steam engine services to the old Roman port of Ravenglass.
There are a wealth of outdoor activities in the Lakes including: walking, climbing, kayaking & canoeing, wind surfing, scrambling, cycling & mountain biking, hanggliding & para-gliding, sailing, bird watching, underground caving, photography, quad biking, golf, paintballing, water skiiing, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, wake boarding, hot air ballooning, skydiving, off roading, and skiing.
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 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.
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 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:
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.
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 Eskdale.info website's outdoor activities details.
There are numerous other activities, for a more exhaustive list look at the Official Cumbria website.