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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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Owners Chris and Sue's Favourite Things
We've lived in this corner of Finsthwaite for many years and when Nethercroft became available on our doorstep, we thought it would be an ideal property to renovate to the highest standard to maybe move into ourselves one day.
Nethercroft is brilliantly situated, being less than twenty minutes from the motorway, and only two minutes from Lake Windermere in a quiet village location.
There are many options for fine dining locally, the closest being the Lakeside Hotel. L'Enclume in Cartmel is a fifteen minute drive. Millerhowe and Holbeck Ghyll are also favourites of ours and are near Windermere, twenty minutes away. Our local pubs are the White Hart at Bouth and the Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank, or a bit further, the Drunken Duck at Outgate.
There are many fabulous walks in the Lake District but our favourite begins and ends at Nethercroft, takes about two hours and starts by climbing past our local tarn at High Dam, over to the Rusland Valley with panoramic views of the Langdales, the Furness Fells and Morecambe Bay. We have compiled a list of walks that start and end at Nethercroft and there is a folder containing these in the cottage.
One of our treats is to take a day off to go to Cartmel Races, which must be one of the prettiest steeplechase courses in Britain. Meetings are held on seven days each year. Cumbria also has many Agricultural Shows to enjoy through the summer with something for everyone to see and enjoy.
There are many other local attractions close to Nethercroft.
Grizedale Forest provides wonderful cycling tracks and the opportunity to ' Go Ape' for the more adventurous! Stott Park Bobbin Mill is within walking distance and provides a fascinating glimpse of the Lakes’ industrial history. The Haverthwaite and Lakeside Railway is also very close by as is the Motor Museum at Backbarrow. Esthwaite Water provides opportunities for fishing and if you're lucky watching an osprey or two.
Many of our guests have been surprised by the number of birds which visit our feeders, and there are often red and roe deer to watch from the window.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If country house bagging is for you, then around or near the peninsula are three of the finest houses in England, each within a short dive of one another.
Sizergh Castle - The first is Sizergh Castle (as we all know it, the proper title being Sizergh House) is a beautiful medieval house with wonderful gardens and estate grounds. An imposing building, it stands sentinel at the gateway to the Lake District, and is maintained by The National Trust. There is plenty to do and see, along with a café, pub and farm shop.
Levens Hall - Next we have beautiful Levens Hall is a fine example of 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.
Holker Hall, known locally as Hooker Hall, along with its Gardens is located in Cark in Cartmel, and makes for good half days outing. The House is open to the public but my preference is to explore the grounds, finishing with lunch at the food hall. Throughout the year there are shows and market fairs so it is worth checking Holker's website.
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.
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.
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
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.