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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Owners Ian and Judy's Favourite Things
Grammar School House nestles at the foot of Little Mell Fell and Priests Crag and has unrestricted views to both of these across adjacent fields. It has an elevated position at the top of the village giving enviable privacy and seclusion. Here there is little noise other than birds and farm animals and no light pollution. Turn off the house lights on a clear night and the night sky is something special to behold. Privacy is what we love about the cottage.
Inside, we have concentrated on making the place as comfortable, convenient and interesting as possible. The rooms are spacious and have been decorated with our own prints of local scenes and family travels. There are books, puzzles, games, walk books and maps. We keep a wealth of information on things to do and see locally. The massage chair and reclining sofa feel good after a day out walking! Flat screen TVs and Sky etc. can make wet days into pleasant experiences.
Outside, the house is surrounded by its own garden, bordered by a babbling beck, and has its own lily pond and woodland area. This offers a very peaceful and relaxing haven, not only for our guests but also for local wildlife. We regularly see red squirrels and a variety of bird life.
You will not be disturbed by traffic or tourists yet we are in the heart of the Lake District's magical scenery. Just on the opposite side of our lane is the start of the beautiful walk to Aira Force waterfalls. This wends its way through fairytale woodland then follows high above the shore of Ullswater with splendid lake views throughout. The falls themselves are stunning and one can continue upstream from there to a quaint and welcoming pub - the Royal at Dockray.
Despite its privacy and seclusion there is easy access to many attractions. Pooley Bridge is a 5 minutes drive away, with its Ullswater Paddle Steamer terminal. The Roman road, High Street, can be accessed from here. Past Pooley Bridge down the east shore road is the famous Sharrow Bay Hotel for a very special occasion. A few minutes further on is Howtown and the less frequented eastern fells which we have learned to love. Climb Beda Fell, Hallin Fell or Pikeawassa and you will be rewarded with magnificent hill and lake views. There is a paddle steamer jetty at Howtown and a trip to here can be combined with walking down the stunningly beautiful shore path back to Patterdale and Glenridding. The lake views just go on getting better and better.
15 minutes southwards is Patterdale and access to some fabulous high and low level walks - in Grisedale or climbing up Helvellyn, Place Fell, St Sunday Crag and much more. Unwind in the White Lion Inn after your day's activity before returning for a relaxing massage in our luxurious massage chair.
The quaint and delightful market town of Keswick is 20 minutes away for shopping, the Lake Theatre or for cruises on Derwent Water. Not much further on is Whinlatter Forest with its cycle trails and Go Ape facility. There are also endless opportunities for scenic walks, both high and low level around Keswick and nearby Borrowdale.
Our philosophy at GSH is to provide the best possible holiday experience for our guests. Comfort and ease of use are what we strive for. We are attentive to all feedback and suggestions and constantly try to improve what we offer. We have developed an extensive in-house information book based on our own experiences and those of our guests to help future guests get the most from their stay. The information is regularly updated. We now also have an interactive good pub, good restaurant guide so guests can see how previous occupants have rated the various local venues.
The most famous of our waterfalls, its waters cascade over a 65ft drop. The route is a magical stroll through ancient woodland and landscaped glades. This is the perfect place for taking family walks, and having a picnic on route.
At the visitor centre and car park, there is a little cafe to refresh after your scramble. If you take a camera you will get some memorable shots, and I would love to see your results.
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.
Place Fell overlooks the southern basin of Ullswater on the eastern shore, rising at the centre of the great circlet of mountains of Helvellyn, the Dodds and the High Street peaks. Not the tallest of fells, but the views from its summit are splendid, with Ullswater reaching away into the distance. Less arduous than Helvellyn, and arguable safer, it offers altitude for all of reasonable fitness. Take a packed lunch and a camera for some super snaps for the family album.
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!
Rydal Water to Grasmere is one of our most beautiful walks, taking in two tarns, and fairly easy. Drive out through Ambleside, on towards Grasmere. Look for the signpost that says Loughrigg. Cross the little Pelter bridge and you will see a small car park.
Follow the track up the hill to the east shore of Rydal Water. One of the prettiest lakes, the path is easy to follow. We take the high path, which gives the best views and is where you will find the two caves. To extend the day, carry onto Grasmere, another delightful tarn. Take a picnic and spend some real time relaxing.
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.