Ouse Bridge Guest House is ideally located for many adventure activities and noted below are some contacts:
Fell Walking in the Area
Having completed all 214 Wainwright summits, Stephen from Ouse Bridge Guest House is more than happy to recommend a suitable walk during your stay with us.
The Ordnance Survey map for the area, is The English Lakes, North-Western Area [Keswick, Cockermouth & Wigton] OL4 and we are happy to loan some maps for the serious walkers, just ask at reception when you check-in.
Open Water Swimming in the Lake District
Bassenthwaite Lake is just a short stroll from Ouse Bridge Guest House and what better way to start the day than a refreshing dip in the Lake. Never been in a Lake before? Bring your costume and join Claire from Ouse Bridge Guest House, who is a very keen and experienced Open Water swimmer. Look out for the ‘Bassenthwaite Babes Swimming Group’ when you visit!
The Lake District National park has a series of useful guides to the lakes with general information on swimming. Their website also provides a list of lakes in which you can swim.
Boat Hire / Water Sports
For those looking for water based activities, such as hiring a boat, wind surfing, paddle boarding or canoeing, there are a number of marinas just a 5 minute drive from Ouse Bridge Guest House.
Derwent Water Marina at Portinscale – 017687 72912
Nicol End Marina near Portinscale – 017687 73082
Fishing at Bassenthwaite Lake
Bassenthwaite Lake offers a variety of fish with a good head of roach, perch and pike. During the autumn, the outflow of the lake at Ouse Bridge is a popular area for salmon fishing. Fishing permits are required before fishing at Bassenthwaite Lake and are available from Keswick TIC, Youdales Newsagents in Keswick and the Castle Inn Hotel. Adult day permits for coarse fishing are currently £7.00 Permits for salmon fishing on the short river section above Ouse Bridge are £9.00 per day. Concessionary and longer period permits are also available. Under 16’s may fish for free but must be in possession of a permit.
Close to Ouse Bridge Guest House are a number of forests where mountain biking is permited. The most famous is at Whinlatter Forest, home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. The Altura Trail puts the mountain back into biking and has been built for experienced riders with good off road skills and a higher level of fitness and stamina. The Quercus Trail is a fantastic blue grade route at 7.5km long with a shorter 3.5 km option.
Cycle hire is available at Whinlatter where they have a fleet of quality hire bikes from Cube and Mondraker. Contact: 017687-78711.
Cumbria is also perfect for road cycling with country lanes, quiet back roads and lots of National Cycle Network routes to explore. Various guides can be downloaded from the GO LAKES Website
Those guests looking to hire bikes for general road use can contact Keswick Bikes which has a variety of Cycle Hire options. All are current model bikes not more than a few months old. Contact: 017687 73355 / 75202
Bassenthwaite Sailing Club
For those guests who are keen sailors and members of a club affiliated to the RYA, why not bring your sailing boat and make use of the facilities at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club. Motor boats are not allowed on Bassenthwaite Lake so enjoy sailing in a serene environment undisturbed by motor boats that Bassenthwaite Lake can offer. Various events are held during the sailing year.