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Sport and Recreation

Carlisle City Council and their partners deliver high quality sport and physical activity programmes throughout the Carlisle district. We have superb leisure facilities in and around Carlisle providing activities for everyone at various levels of ability. Whether you join in for fun or you want to develop your skills further in a particular sport, we can help.

If you prefer the great outdoors, our walking programmes take place on various routes including parkland and woodland across Carlisle’s urban and rural district.

We also hold the annual Carlisle Sports Awards (see below) in partnership with Carlisle Sports Council.

Leisure facilities

Our leisure facilities at The Sands Centre, The Pools, Stony Holme Golf Course, Bitts Park Tennis and Recreation Area and the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium are managed by GLL, who work closely with us in providing high quality leisure services.


GLL is a non profit distributing organisation with charitable 'Trust' status which also operates a number of facilities in Carlisle which include The Sands Centre, 'The Pools', Stony Holme golf course and Sheepmount athletics stadium. Under the terms of the agreement with the Council, GLL is responsible for the management, operation and development of the leisure facilities.

One immediate benefit from the arrangement is the introduction of new membership initiatives which will allow customers to use Cockermouth Leisure Centre, Keswick Leisure Pool, Workington Leisure Centre & Pools as well as the facilities in Carlisle.


Walking and Exercise

Walking is one of the best ways to improve your fitness and maximise health benefits. The short definition of a health walk is "a purposeful, brisk walk done on a regular basis". It can include any walk which is specifically designed and carried out for the purpose of improving your health.

Our Carlisle Partnership site offers a series of downloadable Walking Programmes that take place on various routes including parkland and woodland across Carlisle’s urban and rural district. You can also visit our Walking and Exercise Projects page and Video to help you take the first steps to a healthier lifestyle with this programme of enjoyable walks.


Benefits of walking

Walking can:

  • Make you feel good
  • Give you more energy
  • Reduce stress and help you sleep better
  • Keep your heart 'strong' and reduce blood pressure
  • Help to manage your weight.

Why is walking the perfect activity for health?

  • Almost everyone can do it
  • You can do it anywhere and any time
  • It's a chance to make new friends
  • It's free and you don't need special equipment
  • You can start slowly and build up gently.

This short YouTube video looks into the benefits of Health walks within the Carlisle district. It consults with various partners and users involved with the project to see their real value.

To find out more about our walking programmes contact us on 01228 817370.

We also have a selection of Doorstep Walks which you can print out and enjoy at your own pace.

Fit For Life Exercise Referral

Fit For Life is a series of supervised exercise sessions for people who have conditions that would benefit from increasing their physical activity.

Map of Sports Facilities

This A to Z of services list provides links to service pages alphabetically