With the rugged, windswept Pennines one side and the glistening waters and brooding fells of the Lake District on the other, Appleby Castle is a picture perfect ballooning location! Choose whether to embrace the morning sun as you rise together, or close the day with the romance and escapism of an evening one – whichever you select, this is one of England’s finest ballooning locations!

Appleby Castle Balloon Rides over the Pennines and the Lake District


Let the morning breeze embrace your day on a balloon flight with views of the Lake District and Pennines. You also get a champagne toast, 3-4 hour experience, a luxury gift wallet and a personalised flight certificate.

Virgin Balloons 



Appleby Castle Balloon Rides for the Pennines, Lake District and Cumbria


Watch the changing colours creep across the Lake District and Pennines on either a morning of evening flight. This 3-4 hour experience with champagne toast, luxury wallet and personalised flight certificate is picture perfect!

Virgin Balloons 



Appleby Castle Lake District and Pennine Balloon Rides


Your choice of flying anytime you like during the week and weekends. This awesome open choice champagne balloon ride comes with a luxury gift wallet, a personalised flight certificate and a 3-4 hour experience enjoying the best of ballooning.

Virgin Balloons 



Appleby Castle represets a truly fantastic ballooning location. Not only do you get stunning Lake District views of shimmering water, jagged fells and an eclectic horizon, you also get the brooding Pennines with their rugged beauty, right there below you!

In between lies quintessential English countryside – meandering rivers, a patchwork of fields and paddocks and a smattering of small hamlets, towns and villages – all framed by the majesty of the near Pennines and of course, those views out over the Lake District and Ullswater in particular. It is an incredible location and one that comes very highly recommended.

Castle Appleby, Pennine and Lake District Balloon Flights

Appleby Castle

The history of Appleby Castle reaches back to Roman times when a fort existed on the site to protect the crossing over the River Eden. In the 1960’s excavation revealed the remains of a Roman Well in the basement of the castle.

The Keep is the oldest building still in existence today and little has changed in over 900 years. It is one of the few remaining intact Norman Keeps in Great Britain.

This castle has a rich and varied history. It has been held by the Kings of Scotland and England. Perhaps its most famous resident was Lady Anne Clifford who did much for the castle and surrounding area.

Appleby was the county town of Westmorland and was a Royal borough. It has had many famous residents – the father of George Washington, Augustine Washington grew up in Cumberland and attended Appleby Grammar School with his elder brother John.

Dalemain Mansion and Gardens for Balloon Flights near Ullswater

Whether you’re going to enjoy a morning or evening balloon ride, visiting for a day, weekend or longer, there is plenty of things to see and do at and around Appleby Castle.

Naturally we think ballooning should be the number one thing on your to-do list – as nothing else opens up the incredible landscape, stunning views and scale of the beauty quite like it, but’s that not to say you shouldn’t consider doing something on the ground too!

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.applebycastle.co.uk/AC/ – home website of Appleby Castle with information on its history, activities and accommodation on offer.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.applebytown.org.uk – community homepage of the town of Appleby-in-Westmoreland, with tourist and business information.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.visitcumbria.com/evnp/appleby/ – Cumbria Tourism page on the town with some useful information from a tourist’s perspective.

Lake District Tourist Linkhttp://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk – homepage of Virgin Balloon Rides who will be taking care of you during your balloon adventure over Dalemain and Ullswater.

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