3 Of The Lake District’s Hidden Gems

The Bank Holiday is nearly upon us and we’re sure that many of you out there have booked dog friendly places to stay in the Lake District to enjoy a few well deserved days off from work. If so, check out some of our top secret tips of some of the best hidden gems the region has to offer so you can have the holiday of a lifetime, one that you’ll never forget.

Wild swimming

Who doesn’t love a dip in the river from time to time? If you’re a keen wild swimmer, make your way to Tongue Pot waterfalls in Eskdale, where you’ll find a simply stunning pool that sits beneath a tumbling waterfall. There’s a pebble beach nearby so you can really relax, and if you stroll on a bit further you’ll find more pools at Lingcove Beck, Kail Pot and Esk Falls.


You’ve got to go for a picnic this long weekend if the weather is fine (fingers crossed!) and if it is, then make your way to Ulpha Bridge in Duddon Valley, where you’ll find lots of river beaches and not very many tourists at all. There are also ruins to explore and lots of deep pools that are perfect for splashing about in.


For a spot of wildlife watching, make your way to Walney Island Nature Reserve. You’ll find some amazing views and more flora and fauna than you can shake a stick at. Look out for those friendly grey seals playing in the tide – but make sure you check what the tide’s doing as Piel Island can be cut off from time to time.

Weekly Events At The Mortal Man

Here at Lake District B and B The Mortal Man we take pride in the fact that we have a huge base of repeat customers who come to us from all over the UK time and time again to enjoy this wonderful part of the English countryside. We devote a lot of our time to devising all sorts of regular events to keep people returning and to keep them highly entertained each and every day.

On Tuesdays, for example, we host a really fun jam and open mic session where performers get up on stage to play or sing (for a free drink in return) – and you’re more than welcome to join in, no matter your level of ability. So don’t forget to pack your acoustic guitar to wow the crowds!

Wednesdays is our quiz night, one of the most popular weekly events that we put on. After all, who doesn’t love a pub quiz? It only costs £2 each to take part and whichever team wins at the end takes home the pot – which can get up to around £50 so it’s definitely worth joining in!

If poetry’s more your style, then you need to make sure you book Lake District accommodation to coincide with a Thursday night which is our Spoken Word Night. All performers get a free drink and you’ll be able to enjoy stories, poems and jokes told around the log fire well into the evening. What could be better?

And finally, on Sundays we have a scheduled local performer that comes in to keep you all entertained so you’ll get to know some of the finest musicians and acts that the Lake District has to offer.

So now you’ve got all that information, when will you be coming to see us? We’re always looking for suggestions and bright ideas to make our pub a better place, so if you’ve got any of your own, give us a shout!

Pay The Lake District Wildlife Park A Visit

Here’s something fun to get up to from your Lake District accommodation – paying the local wildlife park a visit. There are 25 acres to explore, so you’ll certainly be kept very busy indeed!

All animals are free to roam around the wildlife park so expect to see some wonderful sights as you make your way around yourself. The site has been in operation for an impressive 20 years (starting off life as Trotters World of Animals but recently rebranded as the Lake District Wildlife Park) and there are more than 100 species of animal just waiting to be discovered.

Look out for Brian the Lar Gibbon – he’s actually the oldest in Europe and can be found right bang in the middle of the park where he and his family can all be seen monkeying around on a massive oak tree.

So what other animals can be found here? Keep a weather eye out for boa constrictors, bald eagles, vultures, meerkats, mandrills, Asian otters, zebra and more. In fact, the nature reserve has just welcomed Charu, a young male red panda to its fold, in the hopes that he will mate with its female red panda, Meili.

As well as walking around and looking at the site in your own time, you can also book yourself an experience with some of the animals. Choose between a lemur encounter, taking a hawk for a walk, meeting the meerkats or even adopting an animal. All experiences last for one hour and cost £35 – so they’d make a brilliant birthday present!