Appleby Castle Weekday Anytime Balloon Flight

Let stunning views of the Lake District, the Pennines and the patchwork countryside of Appleby-in-Westmorland come to you as you balloon gracefully overhead!

Balloon Flight over Appleby Castle

champagne weekday anytime hot air balloon ride

Dramatic. Historic. Stunning. And simply unforgettable…

Appleby Castle, the historic Cumbrian residence of Lady Anne Clifford and now home to one of the UK’s truly great balloon rides! A ballooning adventure you can choose to have as the morning sun rises or the evening one begins to cast changing hues over the landscapes. Both options are simply magical.

As your basket climbs higher, suspended under your glorious red balloon, so the scale of the beauty of this part of Cumbria unfolds before you. To one side the majesty of the Pennines, a rugged, windswept natural backbone that separates northern England into two halves. To the other the brooding fells and shimmering waters of the Lake District. Between them lies a patchwork of quintessential villages, winding rivers, lush green pastures and dark thickets of trees that combine to weave the perfect visual tapestry.

For best part of an hour you will experience a sense of freedom, calm and escapism. The views will captivate you and the beauty of the region will remain with you. Upon landing your ground crew will collect you and return you to Appleby Castle. Here, you can marvel at the man made splendour of the 12th century architecture, enjoy a very civilised afternoon tea, or wander down into Appleby-in-Westmoreland to explore the shops, pubs and riverbank of this gorgeous little town.




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 world's great hot air balloon flights, 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 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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