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Meadowcroft

Sawrey - Near Hawkshead

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Things To Do While Staying At Meadowcroft

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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Exploring the area near Meadowcroft

Claife Heights from Sawrey - Overlooking Windermere

One of the best rambles is very close by at Sawrey. The Heights rise above the west shore of Windermere. You will need an OS Map, where you can then discover some wonderful woodland, three little tarns, and at the summit a fantastic view over Windermere. I think you can get individual walk pages in Hawkhead. Take a packed lunch and make a real day of it.

 


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.


Grizedale Forest - Woodland Trails - Forest Art & Go Ape

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.

GO APE 

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.

 

 


Near Peel Wood Coniston Water

The perfect day of splish splashing in, on and around the lake lies just a moment from your doorstep. Take the Coniston Water east lake road, and look for the laybys south of Brantwood designated for parking. Opposite you should see the sign marked 'NT Near Peel Wood'. Take the track through the little woods down the shoreline.

There are craggy outcrops and little coves, and just off the shoreline lies Peel Island, the inspiration for Wild Cat Island in Ransome's Swallows and Amazons. This a great place to chill, have a picnic and swim in the crystal clear waters

 


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!


Steam Yacht Gondola - The Grand Romantic Gesture

The restored Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola offers an unrivalled sailing experience on Coniston Water travelling in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relaxing on her open-air decks.

You can join the day to trips around the lake and a memorable experience it will be.

Now here's the thing - you can hire the yacht as a private venue. Imagine escorting your loved one aboard and setting sail with just the two of you  - and the crew. Perhaps arrange a lunch, with champagne and strawberries, and if you haven't as yet, make the proposal. Or maybe you are here in the lakes celebrating your partners or a family members birthday or wedding anniversary. What could be a better way of marking the occasion than you and your family and friends sailing around the lake, in private, without the hubbub of others?

Its not cheap, however the more of you there are the better the head rate seems, the question is - is she or he worth it?

 


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 

 


Exploring further afield of Meadowcroft

Helm Crag - Near Grasmere

Everyone’s small mountain, and our first cilmb, some twenty five years ago on our first ever visit to Lakeland.

If you have driven from Ambleside to Keswick will have no doubt spotted the famous peak of Helm Crag's summit, known as the Lion & The Lamb, and more latterly by some as the Howitzer. Starting from Grasmere, it is an easy to moderate route. The ridge is set above stunning valleys, and its central location gives you great views to the higher mountains. The ridge walk is exhilarating and the Far Easedale Valley descent is wonderfully wild. An Os Map, a picnic, a camera to capture the view, and a friend to share the moment - perfect.

 


Thirlmere

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.

 


Brothers Water & Some Waterfalls

Brothers Water is a lovely little tarn at the foot of the Kirkstone Pass. Its history is a bit spooky as it was supposedly re-named after two brothers drowned in the lake in a variety of supposed circumstances – the experts are still out on the truth.

It is easy to find, and the walks around this little gem are self-evident. Perfect for picnics and an easy day in the landscape, it offers up some fantastic images of Hartsop Dodd, Dove Crag and Place Fell.

As an alternative try a walk I found on the National Trust web site that takes you by the water and on, putting you in sight of some good waterfalls, a Priest Hole and some old lead mines.

After your excursion try the Brothers Water Inn offering good Ale, and decent food.

 


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.