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Getting to Townhead Cottage is an adventure in itself. From Pooley Bridge, at the northern head of the lake, your drive follows the eastern edge of Ullswater, squeezed between fell and lake shore, with glimpses over the water. At Howtown, the road becomes a winding lane rising steeply over fern covered fell slopes, then descending into the tiny hamlet of Sandwick.
The cottage is at the foot of Sleet Fell, looking over Sandwich Beck to Haling Fell where, from the door, a short walk north takes you to Sandwich Bay and the waters edge. From the cottage a bridleway leads to Patter dale and one of the most beautiful paths in the Lake District, taking in both lake shore and dramatic high fell.
Adjoining Towhead House, the cottage is Georgian in style, offering spacious accommodation for two. Enter a small hall through the porch at the back of the cottage off which lies the kitchen, sitting room and, up a few oak steps, the bathroom and bedroom.
The sitting room is warmed by a crackling fire and lit by a large mullioned window through which, when open, you hear the splashing of Sandwich Beck. The kitchen, though compact, is well equipped for self catering. The bathroom has bath, hand basin and WC. The bedroom lies at the back of the cottage, comfortably furnished with a contemporary, low double bed.
The garden lies to the front of the cottage, a shaded, quiet flagged stoned area, where you can enjoy a glass of wine to the sound of babbling water or read a book undisturbed.
Townhead Cottage offers everything for the perfect Lakeland holiday. Spectacular walks, fun by the lake shore, steamer trips, boat hire and a quiet, unspoiled location.
Ullswater is thought by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the northern Lake District. Compared by some to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, it is a serpentine body of water snaking a nine mile course under the lea of magnificent fells, woodland and mountain.
Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walks and water activities, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages.
One of the best walks in the National Park is the trail that runs along the eastern shores of Ullswater. From the cottage you can go south down towards Glenridding, or north to Howtown. Which ever path you choose you will be guaranteed superb views and dramatic scenery.
For those who like getting up high, there are some of the best mountains and fells on your doorstep, the most famous being Helvellyn and the precipitous Striding Edge – please do take a good map and observe mountain safety guidelines.
A gentler walk is Aira Force over on the west shore and probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls. The main force falls some 70ft below a stone footbridge - so don't forget your camera.
Getting on the water is easy. You can take a boat cruise on one of the five beautiful steamers in the Ullswater Steamer fleet. They run the boats from Glenridding, with piers also at Pooley Bridge and Howtown. It’s a great way to see the lake from a different perspective and well worth taking a camera.
Boat hire is readily available, both at Glenridding and Pooley Bridge, where you have a varied selection of craft on offer including kayaks, sailing boats and little motorboats, along with hire of fishing tackle and licenses.
There are three main villages. At the far south is Patterdale with a little shop and the Lion Inn. Above this is Glenridding, offering shops, a garage and selection of cafes and inns, along with the boat terminus and boat hire at St Patrick’s Pier. At the far northern head of the lake is Pooley Bridge, again with a small but good selection of shops, cafes and inns.
On the eastern shore is one of our most famous hotels, The Sharrow Bay, with its Michelin starred restaurant. Not cheap, many people take the option of afternoon tea.
Further afield you have Keswick the main town of the north lakes, a bustling market town set between the peaks of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater. An all year round town there are good shops, a host of restaurants and cafes, along with museums, a theatre, cinema and leisure center. At the lake you can take a boat trip or hire one for yourself and explore the shoreline and little bays. For more information on Keswick and its attractions see our links. The market towns of Penrith and Alston lie to the north west on the edge of the Eden Valley and are well worth a visit.
North of Keswick lies two more great attractions. The Honister Slate Mine is an adventure for all ages. Set at the summit of the Honister Pass it is the last working slate mine in England where you go deep underground on a fully guided mine tour. Honister is also home to the much talked about Via Ferrata, an amazing sky high climbing experience. Finally you might like to add to your places to visit the Whinlatter Forest, England’s only true mountain forest. Whinlatter is just west of Keswick and is a great day out for all ages. If you’re looking for adventure, try the Altura or Quercus mountain bike trails, which make full use of the stunning natural setting. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is new for 2011, for children of all ages. Its 9 different play areas take you on a journey through the trees and include a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path. Or if you’ve got a head of heights, swing through the trees on the Go-Ape course.
Back south, leaving Patterdale, you take the Kirkstone Pass which winds its way through high fell and brings you down to the south lakes and Windermere.
All in all there is a much to see and do, both around the lake and nearby areas, towns and villages where to get the best from your visit it is well worth investing in a few good guides and maps.
Please pass on our thanks to the owners of Townhead Cottage. The house has a huge amount of charm and the quiet location is fantastic! I have also found The Lakeland Cottage company to be helpful and efficient, so thank you.
Kind regards, Hugh
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