Appleby Castle 7 Day Anytime Balloon Flight

Expansive views and a sense of freedom awaits as you drift high over Cumbria, the Pennines, Lake District and a tapestry of English countryside!

Balloon Rides from Appleby Castle

champagne weekday anytime hot air balloon ride

Dramatic. Historic. Epic. And simply unforgettable…

Sat at the feet of the mighty Pennines, Appleby-in-Westmoreland has a postcard perfect location, surrounding by a patchwork of fields, paddocks, quaint villages and rambling streams and rivers. And sat atop the lovely town is its focal point, Appleby Castle – once the Cumbrian residence of Lady Anne Clifford and now the launch site for a perfect northern England balloon ride.

With the breeze as your guide you will float effortlessly overhead, taking in the breathtaking scale of the majestic Pennines from a whole new perspective. Their rugged beauty and windswept aura are captivating, as are the shimmering waters and jagged fells of the Lake District, of which epic views open up before you in the opposite direction.

Your ballooning adventure will include being invited to assist in the inflating of the balloon, almost an hour of flying time, during which a sense of freedom and wonder embrace you, followed by a champagne toast on landing and transportation back to Appleby Castle. There, depending on what time you choose to fly, you can indulge in a delicious afternoon tea before or after your flight and explore the lovely setting. And a truly incredible setting it is, for a truly incredible balloon ride that will create memories that last a lifetime.




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 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 fresh Cumbria 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 open up and the sheer splendour of Cumbria presents itself in all its glory.

Drifting serenely over the stunning scenery near the Lake District, your balloon pilot will point out the key landmarks and sights. Be sure to take way too many pictures! But most importantly, let your Cumbria 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 England's greatest hot air balloon flights (if not the world's), and an experience on the breeze should be on everyone's 'must do' list! With breathtaking views, invigoratingly 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 handsome 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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