Appleby Castle Weekday Morning Balloon Flight

Take in incredible views of the rugged Pennines, stunning Lake District and historic Appleby Castle on this unforgettable ballooning adventure!

Ballooning from Appleby Castle

champagne weekday morning hot air balloon flight

Dramatic. Historic. Stunning. And simply unforgettable…

If you’re going to have a champagne balloon flight over some of England’s most exquisite countryside, then you may as well get off to the right start – and that is going aloft from a gorgeous 12th century castle nestled at in the shadow of the rugged Pennines. This is ballooning, Appleby Castle style!

As your balloon climbs, so the scale of the beauty of the region some into view – the rugged and windswept Pennines framing the vista one way, expansive views out over the Lake District the other. The shimmering Ullswater, England’s second largest lake drawing the eye to its glistening in the morning sun. Patchworks of fields, paddocks and hills. Snaking rivers and quaint towns and villages complete the visual treat. All the while, the crisp morning breeze making you feel alive and free.

With the same breeze as your guide, you’ll float whether it takes you for best part of an hour before coming down to land. Your support crew will be there to meet you and transport you back to Appleby Castle, where  we recommend doing some exploring. Be sure to head into town as well for a stroll down its unusually wide high street, or sit on the banks of the River Eden, a 90 mile long water way that starts life high on the Cumbrian-North Yorkshire border and weaves a path to Solway Firth, and contemplate the incredible experience you’ve had drifting high overhead. And why not close your Appleby Castle ballooning adventure by returning to the castle for a delicious afternoon tea – a most civilised way to round off a most civilised day.



Picture Perfect Ullswater

Panoramic lenses at the ready: at 7.5 miles long, Ullswater is the second longest lake in England!

Brooding Pennines

Get the best possible view of the rugged and windswept Pennines right next to you.

Historic Beauty

Be impressed by Appleby as you rise gently from the castle grounds up over the town and river.

A Magical Location

Ballooning weaves its spell at Appleby Castle, Appleby-In-Westmorland, Cumbria, CA16 6XH


Having made your way to the launch site, you will meet your balloon crew at dawn and begin to feel the anticipation rising as the balloon envelope is laid out on the ground ready for inflation. This part of the experience takes about an hour.

If you'd like to help with the balloon inflation, that's great. If not, just take in the crisp Cumbria morning air and soak up the atmosphere as the burners ignite and start to fill the balloon with hot air.

With final safety checks in order, it will be time to jump aboard the basket of your hot air balloon and ease gently off and upwards. Soon the expansive views of Cumbria, the Pennines and the Lake District open up.

Drifting serenely over the stunning Cumbrian countryside, your balloon pilot will point out the key landmarks and sights. Be sure to take way too many pictures! But most importantly, let your Lake District ballooning adventure let you feel free and relaxed like never before...

After an hour of unforgettable ballooning, your pilot will prepare the balloon for landing. As your journey is at the will of the wind, you could be landing at any number of locations! Take in the last of the big views as you make your descent.

Having experienced the excitement of a balloon landing, it will be time to disembark and enjoy a champagne toast! You will then get collected by the ground crew and returned to launch site, armed with a flight certificate and emotions you'll treasure for a lifetime.

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Cumbria - home to some of the world's great hot air balloon flights, and an adventure on the breeze should be on everyone's experience wish list! With breathtaking views, invigorating fresh air and a sense of freedom like no other, ballooning here will create memories that last a lifetime.

This website focuses on the Lake District part of Cumbria, with two other key launch locations on offer - we have the classic Lake District balloon flight that departs from Witherslack and has impressive lake views around the Windermere area. There are also balloon rides from Dalemain Mansion near Ullswater. Both locations, like this one, offer incredible scenery, emotive landmarks and the opportunity to experience ballooning at truly great locations!



If you are interested in exploring all of the other hot air balloon locations in Cumbria then head over to our main website where we have even more ballooning sites in this magical part of the world!


Thank you for visiting our Lake District balloon ride website! We hope that you have found it useful and that you have been inspired to take the skies on a balloon experience of a lifetime.

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