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Carr Crag Cottage  |  Skelwith Bridge - Near Ambleside

Magnificent views of the Langdale Pikes

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Things To Do While Staying At Carr Crag Cottage

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. 
Either email or post us on Facebook, Google+ or twitter or even send a post card.

Owner Alistair's Favourite Things

We bought Carr Crag Cottage in the autumn of 2003, following several months of trawling Estate Agents in the Lakes.

The original two bedroom, single storey building that sat here looked very sorry for itself and in need of some TLC, and would probably have dissuaded many an interested buyer.

However, as soon as we drove up to the property and looked towards the Langdales our decision to buy was made within seconds.  What a view!! What potential!!  We knew we would not find better and within a few weeks we were the proud owners of a breathtaking view and a very grotty property.

Some very hard work began through an extremely cold and hard winter to extend and renovate, transforming it into what you see today.

The view only ever changes with the weather but still amazes me every time I visit with family and friends.

Walks from the doorstep are plentiful, with great traditional British pubs to stop for refreshments.  We are also a short drive from many top class eateries, whether you want Michelin Star or Gastro Pub depending on your budget.



Watersports, cycling etc., are all available within minutes or for the less energetic Chesters Bad Dog Tearoom and Shop is a great place to while away a few hours and is literally a two minute walk from the end of the drive.

We also get plenty of visitors to Carr Crag. Deer, rabbits, red squirrels and an abundance of wild birds are always calling in. Why don't you come and meet them?

Finally, I do hope you enjoy your time at our much loved Lake District Cottage.

Alistair

Exploring the area near Carr Crag Cottage

Tarn Hows - A Picture Book Water

In contrast to the larger lakes, Coniston’s majestic vastness, Ullswaters serpentine beauty, Tarn Hows is a romantic, picture book little tarn, set in the fells between Coniston and Hawkshead. Tarn How’s offers an accessible circular (1¾ miles) walk through beautiful countryside, with grand mountain views. The hard surfaced circular track makes it possible for wheelchairs and buggies, and the National Trust have made available the 'The Tramper', an all-terrain mobility scooter, suitable for those who can use handlebar steering and controls. It's part of the NT commitment to make more of our beautiful places accessible to those who are less physically able.

 

 


Walna Scar Walk & Mountain Bike Trail

Set above Coniston Water on the western fells this high mountain pass follows rocky bridleways, forest tracks, and a bits bog to boot. The starting point is Torver, about half way down the western side of the lake. There are many routes and you will need a map and maybe a compass - for starters try the NT Mountain Bike Route or that described by Pedal North. Take a packed lunch, tea and coffee and do not forget you camera.

 


The Fairfield Horseshoe Round - Above Ambleside & Rydal

The Fairfield Horseshoe is one of the classic Lake District rounds - a splendid walk taking in all the peaks surrounding Rydal. The ridges are linked together with an ascent of Fairfield and offer fine high level walking with only the minimum up and down once their peaks have been gained. The views are stunning with the best the summit of Fairfield.

Most of the Lake District peaks are visible from the top and it's the perfect place to view Helvellyn. Weather Note – It is a large area, and the walk is best done in fine clear conditions, as if the weather closes in you can become disorientated – That apart, it’s a super walk, and who wants to walk in the rain or mist anyway - no views! The walk starts from Nook End Farm, up Nook Lane, just off the Kirkstone Pass 

 


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!


Steam Yacht Gondola - The Grand Romantic Gesture

The restored Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola offers an unrivalled sailing experience on Coniston Water travelling in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relaxing on her open-air decks.

You can join the day to trips around the lake and a memorable experience it will be.

Now here's the thing - you can hire the yacht as a private venue. Imagine escorting your loved one aboard and setting sail with just the two of you  - and the crew. Perhaps arrange a lunch, with champagne and strawberries, and if you haven't as yet, make the proposal. Or maybe you are here in the lakes celebrating your partners or a family members birthday or wedding anniversary. What could be a better way of marking the occasion than you and your family and friends sailing around the lake, in private, without the hubbub of others?

Its not cheap, however the more of you there are the better the head rate seems, the question is - is she or he worth it?

 


Exploring further afield of Carr Crag Cottage

Whinlatter Forest North of Keswick

Whinlatter lies in the fells above Derwentwater and is England's only true Mountain Forest, with stunning views, fantastic walks through wooded glades, beautiful views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick, along with exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play. The forest is home to a host of wonderful wildlife, from red squirrels to the Bassenthwaite Ospreys who nest near the forest from April to August.

From the Forest Centre you can obtain maps of the many trails and paths, a good many of which are graveled or hard surfaced making then accessible to all. There are also two permanent orienteering courses, where you can get the route marker cards from the Visitor Centre. For Mountain bikers there is The Altura Trail offering stunning views.

Go Ape is an adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. Huge fun for all the family - Do check age limits.

For children there is a unique play trail for children, with zones to explore through the trees along with set activities.

 


A Drive Over The Mountains - The Wrynose & Hardknott Pass

The valleys of Great and Little Langdale lie in the shadow if the mighty Langdale Pikes. A series of soaring, jagged volcanic peaks, they form the great central massive of the Cumbrian Mountains, and are one of the most iconic images of the Lake District. Across the mountains run the Wrynose and Hard Knott passes. Head towards Little Langdale and use your map and signposts to find the start of the pass. These dramatic road snakes its precipitous route through the craggy mountains, offering breathtaking views and picture moments. There are plenty of stopping of spots where you can simply wander off and explore the rocky heights and breath mountain air. You can extend you outing by carrying on to Wastwater, 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.

 


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.