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Kiln Cottage

Bouth - Near Newby Bridge

Key Information


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Things To Do While Staying At Kiln 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. 
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Owners Sally & Philip's Favourite Things

Kiln Cottage was bought by our family nearly 50 years ago. It continues to be a wonderful place that we all very much look forward to visiting. Even when it rains it is one of the few places where it is still good to be with lots of things one can do. We have many memories of the south lakes that include family members and friends of all ages.

A little further and you arrive in Bouth, a lovely quiet village away from main routes with a proper community and a great pub for beer and good food (and exceptional chips!). However the playground opposite the pub was always the childrens main target.

The cottage looks out onto the fields of the Victorian farm. It is fascinating to watch a heavy horse with wagon being driven slowly across the field with food for the cows or ancient tractors preparing ground – all in a very time-consuming fashion. The farm has a café and farm shop selling amongst other things homemade ice cream.

We like having the option of several walks from the cottage without using the car. We take a short walk to enjoy the seasonal colours in the woods opposite, sometimes full of wild daffodils or bluebells. A longer circular walk up through the woods to Colton Church rewards you with contrasting views north to the fells and south over Morecombe Bay where the huge areas of sandbanks are exposed at low tide. Go north from the cottage to the nature reserve and you pass a viewpoint where you can pick out Coniston Old Man and the higher fells.

The beautiful Rusland Valley lies north of the village and further up, the Grizedale Forest with walks, views and cycling routes which are really favoured by our son and his friends.

We enjoy being between Coniston and Windermere. Favourite walks of ours near Coniston are Beacon Tarn from Water Yeat, or the loop along the top from the Landrover garage on the way to Torver returning along the lake shore, (with pauses for a picnic and stone skimming competition!)  We climb the path through the woods to the track above the eastern shore of Coniston sometimes watching the Kankuu safaris struggling over huge rocks. Windermere too has lots of nice routes – we find it makes a good combination to involve a steamer ride for part of the route - the new cross-lakes service from Ambleside to Wray Castle is a good addition.

As well as Bouth, our favourite pubs are at Strawberry Bank and Broughton Mills, that is if we haven’t been tempted by a delicious tea at Brantwood or Chester’s at Skelwith Bridge!

As well as walking, there is cycling, riding, boating – especially exciting to land on an island – or visiting one of the many attractions like Blackwell, the beautiful arts and crafts house. We seem to find there is so much to do in the southern part of the lakes that we often run out of time. However day trips take you to other parts such as Helvellyn, Buttermere or Ullswater. One trip took us for a fascinating day at Housesteads Fort on Hadrian’s Wall.

We recently had a lot of fun with the whole family completing our new room, which opens directly onto the garden. It’s nice to have a different place to sit in the day, have lunch or bbqs on sunny evenings sitting looking across to the woods beyond and if lucky watch deer grazing! We are delighted to read how much guests have enjoyed it.

All this exploring gives a good appetite for the delicious local fare. Ulverston is an intriguing place with a good Booths supermarket and many small shops in the town. It has not been overrun by visitors so has a strong community feel and the people there are so friendly!  The market on Thursdays (and a smaller one on Saturdays) has good fish including potted shrimps and a French bakery stall. Irvings butchers sell local meat and specialities as well as pasties and pies. Booths supermarket is open daily and has an interesting range of wines from smaller producers.

As you will see from our house book and the information in the cottage there are a huge range of things to do for all ages; we never fail to find something new on each visit and always end up having to save something for next time.

Finaly we hope you will have a wonderful time at our much loved little cottage and enjoy everything that the Lake District has to offer.

Sally & Philip Dyke

Exploring the area near Kiln Cottage

Arnside Morecambe Bay Walk

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.

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.


High Dam - Finsthwaite Newby Bridge

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.


Gummers How - Overlooking Lake Windermere

A simple, easy walk, Gummers How lies just above Newby Bridge on the Bowness road. Park up at the NT parking space and from here you can scramble up onto Gummers How for a view spectacular of the lake. The surrounding fells here are to be explored and it is worth just pottering around, and maybe a picnic with the most splendid backdrop. 
 Make sure you take a camera for some memorable images of your stay in the Lakes.


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!

And now for something Completely Different - Guided 4X4 Off Road Driving 4X4

Kankku offers you a real off road driving adventure, putting you in the driving seat of their specially prepared 4x4 vehicles, where you can discover the Lake District from a new angle.

First time or advanced expeditions are available for individuals, families or groups to take the wheel of these mountain monsters, or you can bring your own 4x4 if you are happy to trash it. Learn new driving skills as you are expertly guided on challenging rough and rocky off road terrain on a gripping journey with a spectacular lake and mountain backdrop.


Exploring further afield of Kiln Cottage

Rydal Water

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.


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.



Alcock Tarn

Set in the fells to the east of Grasmere, Alcock Tarn is the perfect target for a short day’s walk. When we used to stay at the Wordsworth Hotel, a few decades ago now, this was always a walk we did, always finding something new to admire and inspire. Fast flowing becks and steep mountain slopes are your path to this secret little tarn, where a picnic by its shores is reward enough, the views a bonus indeed. 


Kentmere & The Fells

There is beautiful low level waking around the valley, with it river and tarn, small woodland and open meadow.

At the head of the valley a track takes you up to the the begining of the Kentmere Horseshoe. The entire circuit of the valley north of Kentmere is a trail that climbs all the major summits. None is overly difficult with spectacular of the vallies below the valley far below and far reaching views across Windermere, down to Morecambe Bay.

There are tarns to be discovered and the route is as far as you wish to travel. I would advise a map and compass and get hold of some route guides before setting off.

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 


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.