Virgin Balloon Flights
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Penrith Brougham (Back-Up Site)

Launch Site Address

Brougham
CA10 2AA

Penrith Brougham (Back-Up Site)

About

One of our back-up sites for Ullswater, your flight may be moved here on the day.

Join us for an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over Cumbria from Brougham, a small hamlet just two miles south of Penrith. Taking to the skies from near Brougham Castle, you are guaranteed to witness the true beauty of the Lake District from a bird’s eye view. The 13th century castle sits in the picturesque crossing of the River Eamont promising beautiful sights from the very beginning of your balloon flight.

Floating skywards in your hot air balloon, you may spot one of several National Trust gardens in the area; Acorn Bank Garden or Watermill are a picturesque spot from the sky. Wind-willing, you may also enjoy a unique perspective of Ullswater or Aira Force which has been described as ‘a tranquil haven of towering peaks, serene waters and undulating hills’. Catching a glimpse of the impressive 65ft drop of the tumbling waterfall would be a perfect picture opportunity on your airborne experience day over the Lake District national park.

Below the basket of your hot air balloon you’ll find endless sights of rolling hills and crisp greenery, combined with intriguing monuments steeped in history. Nearby also sits Penrith Castle, Penrith Museum and the bustling Rheged Centre.

After landing and toasting your Cumbrian balloon flight with a glass of bubbly, you’ll be taken back to Brougham Castle, where you can explore a complex of passages and spiral stairways. Considered to be one of the most impressive castles in the county; the grounds of this picture perfect English Heritage site offer an ideal setting for a picnic, perfect for a family day out.


Directions

Two miles south-east of Penrith, on the A66-B6262, Brougham Castle is located north of Fremington, off the A66.

For those of you with sat nav, please use CA10 2AA.

Please park in the lay-by opposite Brougham Castle main entrance. Once you have parked your car, please walk 100 yards by foot to the field opposite the farm house, where the crew will be assembling the balloon.

Passenger Flight Information Line

Please call 01388 217808 to confirm the status of your flight.

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Look forward to... floating on air exceptional views breath-taking heights going with the wind the world at your feet