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Mill End

Starnthwaite - Near Crosthwaite

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Things To Do While Staying At Mill End

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 Zara and Chris's Favourite Things

We have always enjoyed walking and spending time in the Lakes, exploring the towns and villages and taking in the spectacular scenery on our many walks around the lakes and in the mountains.  Some years ago we were invited to stay with friends in one of the other apartments in the Mill building at Starnthwaite and fell in love with the quiet, peaceful location. With the apartment being still in easy reach of Lake Windermere, Bowness, Kendal and South Lakeland generally, it was the perfect get away location. It is also located in the Lyth Valley which has made it onto the Lonely Planet beautiful world list. The book describes the valley as: “The unspoiltLyth Valley is tucked in a hidden corner of Cumbria, where trees are laden with fruit and rolling hills are the most magnificent green.”

We were overjoyed some time later to find for sale a ground floor apartment in the mill with its own front door through its own conservatory. With terrific views from the windows to the gardens and hills beyond it was the perfect home from home for us in the Lakes.

Over the many years we have owned Mill End, we have enjoyed sampling all that the Lake District has to offer as well as the area surrounding the property at Mill End.  There is nothing better than enjoying a picnic in the garden by the stream as it gurgles it's way past or even a glass of wine on a long summer’s evening. The children have spent many happy hours watching for aquatic life from the banks and playing in the gardens.

Things to do

There are many walks to enjoy from the apartment.  A walk along the stream towards Crosthwaite Church and the Punch Bowl for a drink is a pleasant way to start your holiday. 

A favourite family walk, is the walk to Hubbersty Head which starts and ends at the flat taking in the wonderful views and local wildlife. 

Another favourite for the spectacular views across Lake Windermere and a 360 degree vista of the Lakes is the nearby walk up Gummers How. It is an easy walk with a gradual ascent and is well worth the walk for the breathtaking views.

The National Trust property of Fell Foot at the southern end of Lake Windermere is a great place to spend the afternoon or even the day. The children love the adventurous play equipment provided and on summer days paddling in the Lake. There is a coffee shop for the adults and ice cream for the children. Boats are available for hire and also a ferry across to Lakeside at the bottom end of Windermere where you can visit the Aquarium or connect with the steam trains of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.

A walk around Rydal Water can be enjoyed by all with places to paddle and a chance to soak up some of the sights enjoyed by Wordsworth. There are some steps at the western end of the lake which lead to ‘Wordsworth Seat’, a place where he sat and admired the wonderful view.

Tarn Hows managed by the National Trust is a walk for all members of the family and in particular is push chair and wheel chair friendly.  It is a circular walk of almost 2 miles and offers great views of the mountains.  Belted Galloways also graze there as well as the wonderfully expressive Herdwick sheep.

For the more adventurous a walk in the Langdales will provide some unforgettable memories of the lakes and the fantastic scenery.

For those who like to shop, there are some wonderful little boutique shops in Bowness, Kendal and Windermere and there are outdoor shops to suit all tastes in Ambleside. If you like kitchen gadgets then make sure you visit Lakeland at Windermere where you can find a whole host of products for the home or just enjoy the view from the restaurant. There is also Blackwell, The Arts and Craft House in Bowness to visit with exhibitions, displays, lectures, talks, walking tours and family activities as well as a restaurant.

After a busy day out and about exploring, a meal outside at the Masons Arms with more super views is highly recommend.

The visitors book provides many more suggestions for ways for you to enjoy your Lake District holiday, we hope you will add your own.

Enjoy your stay

Joan, Michael, Zara and Chris Chantler



Exploring the area near Mill End

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.


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.


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.

A Trip To Kendal

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 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 Mill End

Wastwater and Scafell

Wastwater is without doubt the most haunting and dramatic of all the lakes. The view across the water is to Scafell, Great Gable, flanked by Kirkfell and Lingmell. If the mist rolls in the mood is dark, and the knowledge that the waters drop down to some 258 feet adds to the drama. The lake is three miles long and half a mile wide with an easy walk along the west shore with plenty of places to picnic. The screes have a sort of track at the foot, but it is exceptionally hard going and I would strongly advise against attempting this difficult route. At the head of the lake is a very small village and the famous Wasdale Head Inn, much loved by climbers and serves excellent ale, good bar food and has a pro - climbing shop. Hidden away in a little field, behind a standing of fir trees, stands St Olaf’s Church. Said to be the smallest church in England, the little graveyard has memorials to climbers killed in the Himalayas, Scafell and Great Gable.

Scafell Pike, which at 978 meters it is the highest peak in England and considered one of the most difficult of climbs in the Lake District. Next is Scafell, which at 964 meters is the second highest peak in England and offers stunning views over Wastwater to the west and the Langdale Pikes to the east. Then there is Great Gable, Kirkfell and Lingmell, these along with a host of other peaks, pikes, needles and crags. It goes without saying that these are big climbs and you must acquaint your self with the area, get maps, check weather and equip well with the right clothing. I sometimes think that for some, going a comfortable part of the way, still getting some fantastic views and memorable photographs, is far better than overstretching ones ability. 


Helvellyn - Ullswater

Helvellyn is perhaps the most famous of our mountains, along with Scafell Pike. It can be approached from the west, near Grasmere, or the east from the south of Ullswater. The eastern approach is thought to be gentler, but then you hit Striding Edge, a blade of rock slashing the sky. It is awesome, sublime in its grandeur, however it can be dangerous, and walkers have literally been blown off or fallen with dreadful consequences. It is up to you whether to go. I did and loved it, Clare who was with me not so at all.


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.


Coniston Village & The Boating Centre

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.

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.