Take a Walk on the Wildside
|Spend the day at Lake District Wildlife Park. Not everyone that visits Keswick knows it has its very own wildlife park, located just a short drive to the north of the town - it's something of a hidden gem. See over 100 species of wild and domestic animals in 24 acres of parkland set amongst breath-taking scenery. There are bird of prey flying displays, keeper talks and a rare breed farm animal collection. Play areas (both indoors and out), picnic sites and a café make it a fun day out for all the family.|
Morning - Enjoy an alpaca walk (1.5hrs) or trek (2.5hrs). There are various locations to choose between depending how far you want to walk and how adventurous you want to be including Lingholm Estate, the Lakes Distillery, Whinlatter Forest, the Newlands Valley and Catbells. For families with younger members there's also a Meet and Greet opportunity where you can get up close to the alpacas.
|Afternoon - Bassenthwaite Lake, just outside Keswick, has been home each summer to world famous opsreys since they first nested there in 2001. Between April and October you can visit viewpoints in Dodd Wood. The upper viewpoint takes about 20-30 minutes to walk up to from the car park. The volunteers there will help you use telescopes and binoculars to view the osprey nest approximately 1km away. From the lower viewpoint, (about 15 minutes walk) watch the woodland birds at the feeding station and sometimes there are red squirrels too. Views over the lake may give sightings of goosander, heron and occasionally you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the osprey fishing.|