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Summer Hill  |  Spark Bridge - Nr Coniston Water

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Things To Do While Staying At Summer Hill

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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Exploring the area near Summer Hill

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

 


Brantwood A Nice nibble and bit of culture

About half way point on tthe east Coniston Water lake road is Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, where you may explore the house and the gardens. Adjoining Brantwood is the Jumping Jenny cafe, overlooking the lake, with an excellent lunch time menu.

Down at the jetty you can get a trip on launch over to Coniston village, explore, and return. Do check boat times.


A Trip Out To Cartmel and the Peninsula

Apart from being the prettiest village in the Lake District, with wonderful architecture and a huge Norman Priory, it has the most delicious food you will find anywhere. Simon Rogan's L'Enclume has a Michelin Star and is the Good Food Guides number one restaurant for 2014. Rogan’s more casual Rogan & Company is just as nice, but half the price. Then there are the four pubs, I like them all, all serving local ales and decent pub grub. 

The village lies on the Cartmel Peninsula, a body of land tumbling out into the Morecambe Bay. Grange Over Sands, over the hill from Cartmel, has delightful local shops and a mile long promenade. Hampsfell and Eggerslack woods make for a light days walking with some stunning views. The lanes are perfect for cycling and the coastline offers some lovely spots, such as Humphrey Head, a real pirate cove with a limestone cliff jutting out into the bay, and supposedly the place where the last wolf in England was dispatched. There are a number of fine country house to visit along with their magnificnet gardens and often with special events. Do go it is a real eye opener to see this different but most beautiful part of the Lake District, so beautiful we decided to live here.


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.

 


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.

 

 


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!


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.


Exploring further afield of Summer Hill

Cat Bells - Derwentwater

Set on the side of Derwent Water this little mountain is a must for great views. The climb is not too tough and the route well marked. There is limited parking at Hawes End, however you can arrive by taking the launch from Keswick, which adds a further bit of spice to the day. 

 


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. 

 


A packed lunch, and around the foot of Ullswater for the best walk ever.

This is the one walk everybody should do. The track starts from the southern basin of Ullswater, going all the way to Howtown. Your journey takes you through the most splendid fell and moorland, with a view of the serpentine lake always there to keep you company.

Take a camera for some stunning shots of yourself in a cracking setting. If you make it to Howtown, you can catch a launch back to Glenridding, a splendid way to finish the day - if not you will have to return the way you came.

PS. Check the boat times.  

 


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.

 


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.