This page features days out and places to visit in Cumbria that bring you closer to the great outdoors, or provide a great, fun learning opportunity.
Wild Owl Trust - Ravenglass, Cumbria
Cumbria Wildlife Trust - Nature Reserves
With 36 nature reserves across Cumbria and the Lake District, they have plenty of places you can visit to watch wildlife or just to walk.
National Trust Parks & Gardens - Cumbria
The National Trust protect historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs. Then they open them up for ever, for everyone. Search on their website for your local National Trust sites.
RSPB - Cumbria Sites
RSPB reserves are wonderful places to get closer to the natural world. As well as beautiful birds, you'll find fascinating flowers, graceful deer, delicate damselflies and stately trees, to name but a few...
Trotters World of Animals - Bassenthwaite lake, Cumbria
You can spend the whole day wandering around this beautiful 25 acre park. They have keeper-led demonstrations throughout the day, every day, ranging from Otter feeding time to Bird of Prey free flying displays. Their ethos is strongly based around education, conservation and having fun!
The Trust’s Owl Centre is based in the beautiful wooded gardens of historic Muncaster Castle and every year they welcome over 70,000 visitors to see one of the most comprehensive owl collections in existence. There you will see over 200 owls from over 50 different species and sub-species (some not commonly found in other collections) ranging from the biggest owl in the world - the European Eagle Owl - to the tiny Pygmy and Scops Owls.