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Bank Barn - Wreay

Watermillock - Ullswater

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See Also - Grammar School House   Horrock Wood Farm   Low Longthwaite Farm  

Things To Do While Staying At Bank Barn - Wreay

Our Explore More Pages showcase the best along with some of the lesser-known attractions of the Lake District. We want you to get the most from your experience whilst staying in this unique area by highlighting some of our favourite places, along with those of the owners and our friends most loved walks and attractions.

Some days you may wish to stay close to home, on others, set off and visit further away landscapes. Here are just a few of the magnificent places we love, both near and far, always remembering that nowhere is more than a hour to and hour and a quarter drive away, and the journey through the landscape is always part of the days enjoyment.

We would also love to hear about you memorable moments so we can share it with others. 
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Owners Wendy & Richard's Favourite Things

We first saw Bank Barn in 1999 and it had 29 tenants living downstairs up to the tummies in muck!  I fell madly in love with the views.  Having managed to 'secure' the purchase of the property the cows had to go in order for us to get planning permission.  Initially our planning application was turned down to convert the redundant barn into a family dwelling but not one to be put off we went to the National Ombudsman, appealed and won.  In 2002 we finally started work with the conversion and 18 months later Bank Barn was delivered to us.  We simply adore it and those views!  It has made a spectacular family home.

Bank Barn looks onto Lake Ullswater, which is forever changing throughout the day. The steamer can be seen going up and down the Lake throughout the day.

Looking out of the windows on the Lake side there is a great vista of mountains, the main mountain is High Street and it is an enjoyable walk over the top that takes you into Ambleside.

As a family we have two favourite walks.  On Christmas Day we drive over to the other side of the Lake heading towards Howtown and keep going until you hit you hit a cattlegrid and are driving up and park outside Martindale Church.  From here there is a stunning walk around Hallin Fell
which will give you some amazing views of the Lake.  It goes in a circle and takes around 2 hours.  There are lots of trees for children to climb up along the way and areas for skimming stones.

For a quick walk we often head to Aira Force. This is a wonderful waterfall in the Glenridding area.  Simply head down the hill from Bank Barn, turn right and the bottom and follow the road along for about 5 miles (Ullswater being on your left) and you will come to the car park for Aira Force on your right hand side.  It is generally very busy during holiday periods and it is a National Trust sight so if you are a member take you membership card and you don't have to pay parking.  The walk takes about 1 hour in total.

The Ullswater Steamer is an award winning attraction and has been operating for 150 years.  It leaves from Pooley Bridge (5 mins away) and docks at Howtown and Glenridding.

There are some great challenging bike rides in the area.  For those mad enough there is always the Helvellyn Tri which takes place in early September every year.  One of the toughest triathlons in the UK but I am reliably told it is worth the effort.  The Brownlees have been previous participants!!

Lots of good local pubs; Pooley Bridge, The Sun Inn, The Punch Bowl in Askham (6 miles away,) the George And Dragon gastro pub, Clifton.

In Penrith there is a lovely old fashioned style delhi called J & J Graham of Penrith.  It is in the centre of town opposite the town clock.  Not to be missed is the famous Toffee Shop in Penrith that supplies the great and good.

But what the Lake District has that is so wonderful is a community of friendly, welcoming people, views that are to die for and some excellent local produce that can be found in most stores such as dairy products, fruits, vegetables and meats.

Wendy & Richard

Exploring the area near Bank Barn - Wreay

A packed lunch, and around the foot of Ullswater for the best walk ever.

This is the one walk everybody should do. The track starts from the southern basin of Ullswater, going all the way to Howtown. Your journey takes you through the most splendid fell and moorland, with a view of the serpentine lake always there to keep you company.

Take a camera for some stunning shots of yourself in a cracking setting. If you make it to Howtown, you can catch a launch back to Glenridding, a splendid way to finish the day - if not you will have to return the way you came.

PS. Check the boat times.  


A Balloon Flight Over Cumbria

Imagine the romance and thrill to soar majestically skywards with a beautiful lake and mountain stretching away before and beneath you. This dream can now come true with Virgin Balloon Flights. Flights go from Newby Bridge at the foot of Windermere, also Rampsbeck Country House Hotel in Ullswater. Wrap up warm, even in summer and make sure toy camera batteries are well charged. 

I did a flight with Clare in Egypt many years ago, and the memory still stays with both of us. So chaps if you want to make a grand romantic gesture, this could be the one. Imagine proposing to your loved one a few thousand feet above the land of poets and artists and florishing a bunch of flowers - can't fail!

Brothers Water & Some Waterfalls

Brothers Water is a lovely little tarn at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass. Its history is a bit spooky as it was supposedly re-named after two brothers drowned in the lake in a variety of supposed circumstances – the experts are still out on the truth.

It is easy to find, and the walks around this little gem are self-evident. Perfect for picnics and an easy day in the landscape, it offers up some fantastic images of Hartsop Dodd, Dove Crag and Place Fell.

As an alternative try a walk I found on the National Trust web site that takes you by the water and on, putting you in sight of some good waterfalls, a Priest Hole and some old lead mines.

After your excursion try the Brothers Water Inn offering good Ale, and decent food.


Exploring further afield of Bank Barn - Wreay

Wastwater and Scafell

Wastwater is without doubt the most haunting and dramatic of all the lakes. The view across the water is to Scafell, Great Gable, flanked by Kirkfell and Lingmell. If the mist rolls in the mood is dark, and the knowledge that the waters drop down to some 258 feet adds to the drama. The lake is three miles long and half a mile wide with an easy walk along the west shore with plenty of places to picnic. The screes have a sort of track at the foot, but it is exceptionally hard going and I would strongly advise against attempting this difficult route. At the head of the lake is a very small village and the famous Wasdale Head Inn, much loved by climbers and serves excellent ale, good bar food and has a pro - climbing shop. Hidden away in a little field, behind a standing of fir trees, stands St Olaf’s Church. Said to be the smallest church in England, the little graveyard has memorials to climbers killed in the Himalayas, Scafell and Great Gable.

Scafell Pike, which at 978 meters it is the highest peak in England and considered one of the most difficult of climbs in the Lake District. Next is Scafell, which at 964 meters is the second highest peak in England and offers stunning views over Wastwater to the west and the Langdale Pikes to the east. Then there is Great Gable, Kirkfell and Lingmell, these along with a host of other peaks, pikes, needles and crags. It goes without saying that these are big climbs and you must acquaint your self with the area, get maps, check weather and equip well with the right clothing. I sometimes think that for some, going a comfortable part of the way, still getting some fantastic views and memorable photographs, is far better than overstretching ones ability. 


The Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine

The Via Ferrata - The Iron Way

For the brave and the seeker of thrills, then try Honister’s Via Ferrata, or Iron Way.

Set on the side of Honister Pass, high above the beautiful valley of Buttermere, this really is a unique, some would say scary, experience.

There are two different courses. The Classic course follows the ancient miner's cliff-edge footpath, high on Fleetwith Pike. The Xtreme is more of everything including the Burma Bridges; a wire bridge suspended 2,000 feet above the Valley floor and a 66foot vertical cargo net to finish off.

Not for the feint heated or those without a head for heights but a must for thrill junkies.

You are clipped to a cable so safety is ensured, but in no way detracts from the thrill.


There then are a few ideas for you to try. To get the most from you visit, do have a look at our Lakeland Guide Pages, the links to the many attractions, and of course explore the wider Internet for more wonderful areas and things to.