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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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Robbin & Marnie's Favourite Things
Our favourite local walk has to be Whitbarrow, a great 4 mile slab of limestone. We live opposite the northern end and once on top, easy walking, the 360 degree views are stunning. Looking north and west you have you have all the Lakeland fells, south you look over Morecombe bay and east Howgills and Yorkshire Dales.
Our other favourite local view is Gummers Howe. From the top you get a full view of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond, a wonderful place to sit and do a bit of meditating while watching the boats on Windermere a 1000 feet below.
Interesting buildings and gardens.
At bottom of the valley we have two very interesting stately homes. Sizbergh Castle and gardens run by the National Trust. We visit every month to see how the garden changes over the seasons. There are also some very easy walks from the castle taking you to another well known viewing area, Scouts Scar.
The other stately home is Levens Hall, famous for it topiary and within walking distance of Sizbergh Castle passing an excellent pub, The Strickland Arms, perfect for lunch.
We are surrounded by high quality eating pubs, the nearest 100 yards away, The Punch Bowl and within a 2 mile radius five other quality eating pubs, The Brown Horse at Winster, Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge, Masons Arms Cartmel Fell, Lyth Valley hotel and another Punch Bowl just a mile away at Underbarrow.
At Bowland Bridge we also have our nearest shop, just under 2 miles away, there you can get all your everyday needs, papers, milk etc. They even do sandwiches, made to order, very handy when on the fells or just for a picnic by the lake.
Levens Hall is a fine example ofd 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.
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.
If you like art and culture, then a trip to the main town is a must. Abbott Hall has changing exhibitions, and at the Brewery Arts Center you can take in a movie, or a live show. The BAC attracts many big name stand-up comedians and is worth checking its diary dates.
The streets are vibrant with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants and theri a twice weekly farmers market. For more info check out our Kendal page in the Lakeland Guide section.
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.
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.
Coniston lies in the lea of the mighty Old Man, a mountain for everybody. The village has some good pubs, and is very much a Cumbrian place, not to many fancy tourist shops. At the Boating Centre you can hire rowing boats, canoes, kayaks, sailing dinghies and little motorboats, great for getting out on the water and exploring the bays, beaches and coves, even more perfect with a picnic. Take a towel, as the lake is great for wild swimming. The Centre also hire road and mountain bikes which can be great fun.
There are lake cruises that make for a lovely day on the water, using them as a waterbus to stop off at the attractions around the lake such as Brantwood, home of John Ruskin.
The mountain and its valliys are excellent for walking and mountain biking, with routes to suit all abilities, and nearby is the mighty Grizedale Forest. There then, a place with much to do, and you can explore more by going to our Lakeland Guide Pages.
Lying just above Coniston village is the Tilberthwaite slate mines and quarries. The workings were abandoned many decades ago, where nature has worked its magic, making for a pleasing area to explore. The quarries are popular with rock climbers, however the tracks and bridleways offer a delightful area to roam, and mountain bikers can test their stamina and skill. For more details on the walk and how to get there see the NT link below
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.
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.