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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.
A nice day out for both adults and children is to visit Fell Foot at he the southern basin of Lake Windermere. Children’s adventure playground, waterside cafe, rowboat hire, fishing and lake swimming. Finish off the day with an evening meal at either the Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge or The Lakeside Hotel at Lakeside.
If country house bagging is for you, then around or near the peninsula are three of the finest houses in England, each within a short dive of one another.
Sizergh Castle - The first is Sizergh Castle (as we all know it, the proper title being Sizergh House) is a beautiful medieval house with wonderful gardens and estate grounds. An imposing building, it stands sentinel at the gateway to the Lake District, and is maintained by The National Trust. There is plenty to do and see, along with a café, pub and farm shop.
Levens Hall - Next we have beautiful Levens Hall is a fine example of the grand country house. The house is open to the public and is a fine example of its kind. What is special are the topiary gardens, a huge collection of the weird and the wonderful, sculptured from box and yew. There are secret garden rooms, wooded walkways and a fine ornamental pond, which for those that followed the BBC's bodice busting, head rolling, Henry VIII, will recognise it as one of the locations used in the series.
Holker Hall, known locally as Hooker Hall, along with its Gardens is located in Cark in Cartmel, and makes for good half days outing. The House is open to the public but my preference is to explore the grounds, finishing with lunch at the food hall. Throughout the year there are shows and market fairs so it is worth checking Holker's website.
The big walks lie to the north, both in the south and the north of Cumbria, but a few miles east at Finsthwaite at the head of the Cartmel Peninsula you should try High Dam, the prettiest of small waters and little known, it is easy to walk the whole circumference.
There are two routes up to the tarn. The first is a gentle winding track, the second and only for the steady of foot, the old riverbed. It is quite rocky but great fun and more direct. A picnic is a must as is mushrooming, but only pick if you know your fungi. It is a popular place for pro mush pickers and I am sure they would guide you if asked nicely. A picnic is a must and in summer a paddle is a joy.
For lunch you should try the Lakeside Hotel. Excellent food with a formal dining room, a contemporary bistro, also a conservatory overlooking the lake.
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.
Coniston Old Man is the big one in the south lakes, rising over the village. Most people use the Tourist Path, which climbs a short and direct route up its eastern side passing through old quarries and passes the dramatically positioned tarn of Low Water.
Some prefer the longer route where the gradients are easier being in a series of manageable steps, and the scenery breathtaking. Access is via the ancient packhorse route of the Walna Scar Road heading from the village onto the raised moorland of Banishead on the southern flanks. This route climbs through the wild corries of The Cove and Goat's Water, past Dow Crag towering over Goat's Water and along the way there is a lot to do and, where the peak is your reward. If you make it only some of the way it will be worth it, the views and surrounding landscape a sheer joy to the eye.
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.
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.
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.
Set above Grasmere, Easedale Tarn is a perfect walk taking you past beck and gill, a beautiful ascent to one of our most delightful small tarns. The setting is magnificent sitting as a jeweled mirror in a circlet of fells.
Do explore and take a picnic, a camera and maybe a towel, as this little gem is perfect for a paddle or a wild water swim.
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.