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Lake District Businesses

Ullswater, Lake District, Eden Valley

& the local area

Active Aid

Whether you are on a hill, in a forest, in an office or elsewhere. First Aid training is worth having.

With the emphasis on practical based training, Ross and the team at this business are superb at passing on what to do in various situations.

Ullswater Catchment Management CIC

Conservation, Flood Management, Wetland Habitat Creation, Tree Planting and more.

If you’d like to know more or have a similar scheme in mind, Danny is a very approachable and knowledgeable guy to chat with.

Patterdale Hall Outdoor Centre

Simply the best residential outdoor centre I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.

The ethos, the staff, the equipment, the location. All superb.

Whether you’re looking for a place for you, your family, your school or your workplace, contact these guys for a chat.

Swim the Lakes

Whether you know it as wild swimming. open water swimming or simply swimming, Ullswater & some other lakes are ideal for the activity.

Like to know where to go, when to go, what to wear etc ?

This business has been operating in the area for almost 20 years. They’re always happy to chat.

Catstycam the outdoor shop

Waterproofs, fleeces, boots and everything else required for your holiday in the Adventure capital of England.

Fjallraven, Meindl, Scarpa and other top brands all stocked.

Located in the middle of Glenridding, a two minute walk to Ullswater, or a few hours up to Helvellyn.

Ullswater Information Centre

The LDNP Information Centre in Glenridding, stocks lots of local products and guides.

Great advice also readily given about Helvellyn, Aira Force, Lanty’s Tarn, Keldas, Ullswater itself, and the rest of the Lake District National Park.


R&R Corner Shop

Rob & Ruth’s Corner Shop. Ice creams, coffees, maps, guides etc etc. They stock all that you’ll need and more.

Open from 7am – 6.30pm, extended hours in the summer.

Friendly and efficient store. Also just across the bridge of our meeting place.

Glenridding Mini-Market

Located in the village, on one of the main paths up to Helvellyn and other walks.

Best way to describe the opening hours is 8am until late ( 10pm is common ).

Great selection of drinks & food. A friendly welcome every day.

RWC Outdoor Gear Repairs

Based just south of Penrith, they very much embrace the Repair, Reuse and Recycle ethos.

Whether you’d like to post your gear to them, or drop it off in person, they’ll happily give you all the details of how they can assist.

From down jackets to wetsuits. Zips, tears, patches, draw cords etc are their expertise

Calvert Lakes

One of the many reasons I really enjoy my industry, Outdoor Education, is how inclusive and accessible to all it is.

Calvert Lakes, part of The Calvert Trust, whole ethos encompasses the above. They are, quite simply, superb.

Whether you are an individual, a family, or a group, their highly trained staff, and excellent equipment, will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

They are based on Bassenthwaite ( yep, the pub quiz answer ), just North of Keswick