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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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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.
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.
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
In contrast to the larger lakes, Coniston’s majestic vastness, Ullswaters serpentine beauty, Tarn Hows is a romantic, picture book little tarn, set in the fells between Coniston and Hawkshead. Tarn How’s offers an accessible circular (1¾ miles) walk through beautiful countryside, with grand mountain views. The hard surfaced circular track makes it possible for wheelchairs and buggies, and the National Trust have made available the 'The Tramper', an all-terrain mobility scooter, suitable for those who can use handlebar steering and controls. It's part of the NT commitment to make more of our beautiful places accessible to those who are less physically able.
The valleys of Great and Little Langdale lie in the shadow if the mighty Langdale Pikes. A series of soaring, jagged volcanic peaks, they form the great central massive of the Cumbrian Mountains, and are one of the most iconic images of the Lake District. Across the mountains run the Wrynose and Hard Knott passes. Head towards Little Langdale and use your map and signposts to find the start of the pass. These dramatic road snakes its precipitous route through the craggy mountains, offering breathtaking views and picture moments. There are plenty of stopping of spots where you can simply wander off and explore the rocky heights and breath mountain air. You can extend you outing by carrying on to Wastwater, 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 most famous of our waterfalls, its waters cascade over a 65ft drop. The route is a magical stroll through ancient woodland and landscaped glades. This is the perfect place for taking family walks, and having a picnic on route.
At the visitor centre and car park, there is a little cafe to refresh after your scramble. If you take a camera you will get some memorable shots, and I would love to see your results.
Rydal Water to Grasmere is one of our most beautiful walks, taking in two tarns, and fairly easy. Drive out through Ambleside, on towards Grasmere. Look for the signpost that says Loughrigg. Cross the little Pelter bridge and you will see a small car park.
Follow the track up the hill to the east shore of Rydal Water. One of the prettiest lakes, the path is easy to follow. We take the high path, which gives the best views and is where you will find the two caves. To extend the day, carry onto Grasmere, another delightful tarn. Take a picnic and spend some real time relaxing.
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.
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.