Things to do nearby Slackgate
Penruddock is a small village north of Ullswater. It is located between Keswick and Penrith and its name originates from its slightly elevated position (pen - Cumbrian for hill and the heavy clay soil, rudd - Cumbrian for red). It is a small, quiet village and an ideal base for exploring this interesting part of northern Lakeland.
There is a regular bus service through the village linking Penruddock to Penrith and Keswick. The bus runs hourly and stops at the Herdwick Inn.
One and a half miles away at Troutbeck is the Sportsman Inn, a familiar sight to travellers along the A66. You can walk there along the course of an ancient Roman road from Penruddock and work up an appetite for lunch, dinner or just a coffee.
Penruddock falls within the wider area of Greystoke. This small village has a friendly and welcoming pub, an open air swimming pool, a beautiful church and a fantastic cyclists café on the popular Coast to Coast route.
Cycling is a popular pastime in this part of Cumbria. The Coast to Coast route passes the edge of the village and there are plenty of excellent bike rides in the area. The country lanes undulate for miles or you can cycle on the off road tracks in Greystoke Forest. Greystoke Cycle Café has an excellent on site workshop for running repairs. The owners also run ‘quirky workshops’ throughout the year where you can learn anything from bike maintenance to the art of chicken wire sculptures!
Greystoke village is 3 miles north of Penruddock. The lovely open air swimming pool is open between May and September. The pool is heated and the season is extended when there is unseasonably warm weather! There is a large pool for all ages and a shallow toddlers pool that is slightly warmer than the main pool.
Across the village green is the Boot & Shoe pub. On Monday evenings you can listen to or join in with their Jam Session (bring your own instruments). Thursday night is quiz night and Sunday afternoons feature a two hour live music slot from local bands. As well as entertainment the Boot & Shoe has a good menu and caters well for gluten free and vegetarian diets.
To the south of Penruddock are the twin tops of Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell. These diminutive little fells are both lovely walks with a great view from the summit.
Ullswater is 15 minutes south of Penruddock. This long ribbon lake has contrasting scenery with the dramatic mountains above Glenridding and Patterdale in the west and gentle rolling countryside around Pooley Bridge in the east. There is a steamer boat on the lake that calls at three separate locations around Ullswater, ideal for a walk and cruise. You can read more in our Ullswater Area Guide.
Penruddock is also well situated for exploring the remote wilds of Caldbeck and Hesket Newmarket. These twin villages are at the foot of the fells known as Back O’Skiddaw. It is one of the lesser known areas of Cumbria and worth exploring to enjoy peace and solitude even at the height of the busy tourist season. You can walk for miles on the rolling grassy tops and not see a soul whilst enjoying views of north Cumbria towards Scotland and the Coast. Read more in our Caldbeck and Heskett Newmarket Area Guide.
The popular north Lakes town of Keswick is a 15 minute drive from Penruddock or you can take the regular bus and enjoy the views on the way. Keswick is considered by many to be the outdoor capital of the Lake District as it offers a wide range of outdoor activities from climbing and walking to watersports and biking. Keswick also has a cinema and a theatre not to mention a plethora of outdoor shops and places to eat and drink. For more details take a look at our Keswick Area Guide.