Things To See & Do

The Rusland Pool is situated on the main thoroughfare A590 halfway between Newby Bridge and Ulverston, nestling amongst the panoramic views of the countryside at the mouth of the peninsular. Our name is taken from the nearby stream which rises in Grizedale Forest, between Lake Windermere and Coniston, which meanders the length of the Rusland Valley to join the River at Pool Foot.


From the Rusland Pool Hotel you can explore some of the most breathtaking scenery that the Lake District has to offer, making it an absolute paradise for walkers. We have a selection of very local walks setting off directly from the Hotel, all on level ground, which are mapped out and ready for you to explore. For a taste of local history you can walk along the original tramlines along the side of the River and locate the original site of the Gunpowder factory at Lowood. We can provide you with Packed Lunches, ask at Reception for details. Ulverston itself, which is five minutes down the road, is a bustling market town. Markets are there on Thursdays and Saturdays. Quaint little shops are in abundance offering a wonderful choice from the traditional to the quirky. The Laurel and Hardy museum is well worth a visit in Ulverston, and if you feel energetic there is an exhilarating walk up Hoad Hill to see the Sir John Barrow monument. Bardsea Beach is just a couple of minutes down the coast road towards Barrow. The railway station links you to the South Lakes or further afield. The South Lakes Wild Animal Park is approx 10mins away on the road to Barrow Ulverston Dickensian weekend 28th & 29th November 2015 Cartmel Races Festivals and Events 2012 The Festval of Fools at Ravenglass Ulverston Music Cumbria Karting Ulverston Brewery F. Dickinson Footwear

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

Just half a mile away is the world famous Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, ideal for family trips on the stream trains and with ample parking for visitors.
Join a cruise at Lakeside and go to Bowness and onto Ambleside and return. You can disembark at Bowness and visit this beautiful Victorian town.
Then rejoin the cruise back to Lakeside, where a steam train will bring you back to within half a mile of The Rusland Pool.

The Lakeside Motor Museum

Very close by in Haverthwaite is the Lakeland Motor Museum. It is now open and offers a very interesting day out with a wide variety of Vintage and Classic cars and Motorbikes.

Fell Foot Park

The views of Lake Windermere from the park, Gummers How and the surrounding mountain range are breathtaking. The Victorian lawns and gardens sweep away to picnic areas and lakeshore. There is ample parking, boat hire and lovely walks along the Lakeside.

Enjoy the short boat trip from Lakeside across to Fellfoot. You can park at Lakeside or catch a steam train to Lakeside from Haverthwaite station.

Holker Hall

One of the best loved stately homes in Britain this rose coloured neo Elizabethan mansion is magnificently situated only a short distance from Grange-over-Sands and Morecambe Bay. Holker Hall is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens that merge into parkland framed by the Lakeland Hills. The gardens themselves are spectacular and large numbers of deer can be seen grazing in the rambling meadows.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

This fabulous ride with spectacular aerial views of the Lakes and Morecambe Bay takes off from close to the Rusland Pool Hotel. Flights can be arranged


Buddhist Temple, Manjushri Center, Conishead Priory, Ulverston.

This meditation centre offers weekend retreats and meditation courses. The beautiful historic house and gardens are well worth exploring.

Muncaster Castle, Gardens and Owl Centre

Muncaster Castle, in Ravenglass, is well known for its Owl Centre and is the Headquarters of the World Owl Trust. One of the largest collections of thrilling and mysterious birds associated with the night is located here.

For the more adventurous

Approximately five miles from the Rusland Pool, at Grizedale Forest, there is a Go-Ape course. Here you can attempt a tree top adventure zip wire, plus a variety of cycling tracks through the woodland.

At Walney Island, near Barrow, approx 12 miles from the Rusland Pool there are various watersports activities such as Kite Surfing.

At Whitewater and Lakeside, which is five minutes down the road from the Rusland Pool, activities from canoeing to yachting can be arranged.

Also within the National Park area, there are a number of outdoor pursuits such as pony trekking, climbing, rock wall courses and quad biking.

There is an all-ages Go-Karting Centre in Barrow where you can enjoy the thrill of speed on an indoor race track.

Or head to Conniston Lake for wind surfing and canoeing.

Water skiing…/watersports