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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.
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Not many will know this walk as it lies on the southern shores of the Morecambe Bay. The drive is easy, via Levens, down to Milnthorpe and round to Arnside. You start from the pier and simply follow the shoreline for as far as you fancy. Rock pools, limestone cliffs, wooded headland and miles and miles of shimmering sand, with a view back to the Cumbrian Mountains.
The sands are dangerous as they are magnificent, and only the shrimp fishermen and the sands guides venture out from the shoreline with their tractors. For us mere mortals it is enough to wonder at the seemingly never ending miles of shimmering silver sand, the birdlife and to thrill as the tide with its bore rushes in on its twice daily cycle.
Do give it a go and remember to take a camera, along with a light picnic, where you are sure find the perfect spot among the rock pools or up on the low cliffs to while away some time before retuning home.
Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walks. It is still possible to cross the sands, still a designated public highway, by joining in with a guided walk. These are led by the renowned Cedric Robinson MBE and Queens Guide, also by Alan Sledmore. For details and walk dates see the links.
First, stroll round to Unsworth Yard and select a few ripe cheeses, then into the bread shed for a crusty loaf. Ponder a while and choose a few fine ales from the micro brewery, then round to the village store for some salami.
Next, drive up Haggs Lane and onto the Grange Fell Road, park at the Golf Club and walk onto Hampsfell, a magnificent limestone ridge rising up above the village. The walk to the summit is quite easy, where you will find the most amazing natural lime stone pavement, the old stone Hospice, with its stone seats, little fireplace, and the flat roof with an unusual summit viewfinder, along with the most amazing panoramic view out across the bay and back towards the Cumbrian Mountains.
Stay a while, and chomp away happily with the most stunning view to fill your gaze. The Rug? Standards must always be kept, and it can get windy, so cuddle up and enjoy.
Take photos of yourself for fond memories.
If you like art and culture, then a trip to the main town is a must. Abbott Hall has changing exhibitions, and at the Brewery Arts Center you can take in a movie, or a live show. The BAC attracts many big name stand-up comedians and is worth checking its diary dates.
The streets are vibrant with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants and theri a twice weekly farmers market. For more info check out our Kendal page in the Lakeland Guide section.
Thirlmere lies north of Grasmere, just beyond Dunmail Raise, heading towards Keswick, and is owned by North West Water. It is open to the public and there are parking laybys along the west shore, giving access to some nice woodland walks and lakeside footpaths, which are conservation areas maintained by the British Conservation Society.
The best viewpoint is at Hause Point on the west. You climb some metal steps up to the top of large rock, complete with garden seat, where you get a fine view across the water of Dummail Raise. The lake is very quiet and crystal clear so if you want to be out of the crowds, yet not to have to negotiate winding passes to the more remote waters, then Thirlmere will do very nicely for lakeside exploration, excellent atmosphere and ideal for family picnics.
Grizedale Forest lies east of Coniston Water, with the Visitor Centre on the road from Hawkshead to Satterthwaite. A massive working forest, the Commission has endlessly striven over the decades to build tracks and trails for walkers or for those who prefer, mountain bike trails.
At the center of the woodland there is a cafe, shop, bike hire and the arts gallery. The forest chiefs are big on art, where you will find a host of woodland sculpture set along the trails. For me, it realy is best of days out, perhaps visiting some twenty times over as many years, where in summer it is all dappled leafy glades, come autum and winter the smell of loam and fallen leaves. The forest is so huge, the trials so varied one visit will not be enough.
At the Centre is the forests GO-APE course. A tree top scramble, with thrills, but no spills, allowing to release your inner Tarzan, and ending with a flying decent down a long zip wire - some go Yippee ki-yay... some just scream.
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.