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Heron Beck  |  Bowstead Gates - Near Ulverston

Sleeps 10  |  Friday Changeover  |  No Pets  |  VE 5 Star Gold Award
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Things To Do While Staying At Heron Beck

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 Joy and Nigel's Favourite Things

Although it sounds cliched, we liked Heron from the moment we saw it despite an extensive renovation programme. The space and layout of the house, its isolation yet proximity to amenities and that it is a distance from the well known tourist areas all added to its appeal. The locals welcomed us from the outset and we always feel at home at Heron.  We love the drive up Alpine Road through the trees and excitedly anticipate that first glimpse of Heron as we round the corner, pretty at all times but never more so than under snow. The peace and tranquility with only the sounds of the birds and farm animals is instantly relaxing and we always sleep well!

We never tire of doing the same things each visit, its like a ritual, firstly to Booths to shop for all the special foods we associate with our stay, then on to the Bay Horse for lunch, their sandwiches are delicious, my favourite being the smoked chicken with curried mayonnaise, but the desserts are second to none.  Robert Lyons is the chef at the Bay Horse, (John Tovey's former head chef at Miller Howe).  Holker Hall is always on our list of places to visit and often coincides with an event, whether the Garden Festival in the summer or the Xmas Fare.  Nearby Cartmel is a gastronomic delight with Simon Rogan owning 3 of the catering establishments, the well known L'Enclume (rated no. 1 in the Good Food Guide), Rogans and the Pig and Whistle.  Race day is always enjoyable, with 7 race meets a year, a much more relaxed affair than some, dogs are welcome and you can dress for comfort, taking a picnic, a bbq, eating in the village or at the racecourse.  Cartmel Priory, a place of worship for over 800 years is well worth a visit and the carol service on Christmas Eve is not to be missed.

Wherever you go in the Lake District good places to eat are unlimited, The Lakeside Hotel, especially on a summer's day where you can sit outside overlooking the lake and eat off crisp white tablecloths soaking up the views all around or stroll round the award winning gardens.  The Masons Arms on Cartmel Fell, popular with tourists and locals alike sitting above the Winster Valley and one of the finest views of Lake Windermere on the drive up the fell.  The Derby Arms and the Strickland Arms are en route from the motorway, good places to stop off on the way up or  to break your journey home.

Walks abound, whether a short walk from the house to the Hoad Monument, longer walks in the beautiful Duddon Valley or lakeside walks, there is terrain to suit everyone.  A favourite of ours is from Torver along the lake to Coniston  with a stop for lunch at the Black Bull Inn.  The views are stunning and you could combine a walk with a sail across the lake to Brantwood former home of John Ruskin, attracting 30,000 visitors each year. The 70 mile Cumbrian Way starts in Ulverston and ends in Carlisle and throughout the summer months you can walk across Morecambe Bay.

If you are feeling really lazy you can have Andrew Southcott cater for you, have a wine tasting at the house or simply order a food delivery from Tescos and curl up in front of the fire with a good book, always more enjoyable if it's raining.  

For garden lovers there are many gardens and small privately owned nurseries to visit.  Abi and Toms in Witherslack, Inglefield in Staveley, Summerdale in Lupton is really pretty with specialist plant sales and we always combine a visit there with Kirkby Londsale, another favourite trip out. Whilst in Kirkby Lonsdale Hipping Hall, a small country house hotel and restaurant is a real treat, but if you are looking for a pub you are spoilt for choice between the Plough in Lupton, the Sun in Kirkby Lonsdale and the Highwayman in Burrow part of Nigel Howarth's Ribble Valley Inns Group.  Further afield Arabella Lennox Boyd's garden at Gresgarth Hall in Caton is a must, it's easy to see how she has achieved numerous gold awards and Best in Show at Chelsea.



The market town of Ulverston, referred to as the Festival town (some 16 festivals each year) is well worth a visit, stop off at Gillams tea shop and deli for a cup of tea or coffee, choosing from over 50 varieties and a bowl of home made soup or afternoon tea, browse round the small independently owned shops, Two by Two, The Shop Floor Project, LMB Design, Brambles, and Sutton's book shop, visit the Laurel and Hardy Museum, step back in time and go to the Roxy cinema, treat yourself to some flowers from Dodds or a relaxing spa treatment at the Eden rooms.  




There is something for everyone in the area, from abbeys to abseiling, festivals to fell running, galleries to go karting, beaches to breweries.  Follow in the footsteps of Wainwright, Ruskin, Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, the list is endless.  In our 9 years of ownership we have just scratched the surface, these are just a few of our favourite things.


We hope you enjoy your stay.

Joy and Nigel Rawlings

Exploring the area near Heron Beck

Fell Foot Park - Lake Windermere

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.

 


Eggerslack Wood & Hampsfell

This delightful walk is virtually on your doorstep, and where Clare walks our dogs each week.

Best approached from Grange over Sands, taking the narrow lane behind the library, you will spot the regulars parking place. The woodland is a tranquil place, with cool glades of native trees, abundant wildlife and undergrowth of holly, ivy and ferns. Come spring the floor is carpeted with bluebells, anemone, celandine and wild garlic, where the only sound is of the birds and the occasional drum roll of a woodpecker.

The northern boundary of the woods is the gateway onto Hampsfell. A geological marvel, this is one of the finest Limestone Pavements in the UK. As you climb the slopes to the summit the view is panoramic, out across the Morecambe Sands and around to the Cumbrian Mountains.

The highest point of the fell is just over 300m, and is marked by an old stone Hospice, with its stone seats, little fireplace, and the flat roof with an unusual summit viewfinder. It was built in 1846 on the old ancient route to the priory, where it still offers shelter to travelers. 

 


A Trip Out To Cartmel and the Peninsula

Apart from being the prettiest village in the Lake District, with wonderful architecture and a huge Norman Priory, it has the most delicious food you will find anywhere. Simon Rogan's L'Enclume has a Michelin Star and is the Good Food Guides number one restaurant for 2014. Rogan’s more casual Rogan & Company is just as nice, but half the price. Then there are the four pubs, I like them all, all serving local ales and decent pub grub. 

The village lies on the Cartmel Peninsula, a body of land tumbling out into the Morecambe Bay. Grange Over Sands, over the hill from Cartmel, has delightful local shops and a mile long promenade. Hampsfell and Eggerslack woods make for a light days walking with some stunning views. The lanes are perfect for cycling and the coastline offers some lovely spots, such as Humphrey Head, a real pirate cove with a limestone cliff jutting out into the bay, and supposedly the place where the last wolf in England was dispatched. There are a number of fine country house to visit along with their magnificnet gardens and often with special events. Do go it is a real eye opener to see this different but most beautiful part of the Lake District, so beautiful we decided to live here.


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!


Exploring further afield of Heron Beck

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.

 


Coniston Old Man

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.


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.