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The Bothy

High Borrans - Near Windermere

Key Information


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Things To Do While Staying At The Bothy

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 Ann & Alastair's Favourite Things

We moved up to the Lakes in August 2015 from Cambridgeshire. Our sons had grown up and left home and we took the opportunity to make the move and spend more time walking and living in this fabulous countryside.  Since we have lived here we have refurbished the bathroom in the Bothy, redecorated the bedroom and refurnished the main living area.  We wanted to create a stylish retreat which is comfortable, warm and practical to make it a pleasure to return to after a day walking in the fells or sightseeing.

The Bothy is part of a former Victorian country estate which was once owned by a wealthy shipping family from Liverpool.  We live next door in the Coach House and the hamlet of six houses includes the ‘big house’, now used as an outdoor centre, the Laundry, Gardener’s cottage and a farm.  The hamlet is very peaceful as the road ends just past the farm so there is no through traffic - unless you count the sheep which are occasionally herded past the door!  

We love this spot; we feel it has the best of both worlds - it is tranquil and yet Windermere and Ambleside are within a few miles and Kendal is only 20 minutes drive away.  We only have to stroll down the lane for fantastic views over the fells.  One of our favourite walks is directly from the house to Orrest Head which has amazing views over Windermere (the water) and over to Coniston Old Man and the Langdales. This view was reputed to have inspired Alfred Wainwright to write his walking books and certainly rewards you with a fine vantage point for not too much effort.

Another favourite local walk is from Troutbeck along the valley to the Old Roman Road and back, possibly via ’The Mortal Man’ which has an extremely scenic beer garden.  Also in Troutbeck is the National Trust house, Townsend, newly reopened after restoration work. We also love walking along the Langdale valley - good for a day when your leg muscles do not want hills but you still want fantastic scenery and a choice of traditional pubs from the Old Dungeon Ghyll to Sticklebarn. For a spectacular view and a forest stroll there is Aira Force waterfall - just over 1/2 hour up the dramatic Kirkstone Pass and next to the beautiful Ullswater.

Mountain biking - the Bothy is on the very popular mountain bike route around Garburn pass. This route is a must for most mountain bikers visiting the lakes. It takes in country lanes, the beautiful Kentmere valley and the rough track of the challenging Garburn pass. There are also lots of other lovely routes straight from the door without the need to go on any roads if you so wish.
Favourite eating places - there are three excellent dog friendly real ale pubs that serve great food within three miles -the Watermill, the Mortal Man and the Queens Head. Within four miles in Windermere and Bowness are a great selection of eateries including Tai, Indian, Chinese, Italian and fish and chips. 
Quite nights in - snuggle down and enjoy a cosy night in watching one of the films from the extensive dvd library.

Exploring the area near The Bothy

Bowness On Windermere

A fun day has to be a visit to Bowness with its bay on the lake. Plenty of shopping and food outlets but the best bit is to hire a boat for a trip on the lake. A rowboat for romance, a little motorboat for fun. Take a picnic and you can pull in at one of the bays or islands. If you prefer not to take charge, then hop aboard one of the steamers for a trip around the lake.

For a full night out, catch a show at the Old Laundry Theatre then book a table at the best restaurant, Jericho’s in nearby Windermere. 


Kentmere & The Fells

There is beautiful low level waking around the valley, with it river and tarn, small woodland and open meadow.

At the head of the valley a track takes you up to the the begining of the Kentmere Horseshoe. The entire circuit of the valley north of Kentmere is a trail that climbs all the major summits. None is overly difficult with spectacular of the vallies below the valley far below and far reaching views across Windermere, down to Morecambe Bay.

There are tarns to be discovered and the route is as far as you wish to travel. I would advise a map and compass and get hold of some route guides before setting off.

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!

And now for something Completely Different - Guided 4X4 Off Road Driving 4X4

Kankku offers you a real off road driving adventure, putting you in the driving seat of their specially prepared 4x4 vehicles, where you can discover the Lake District from a new angle.

First time or advanced expeditions are available for individuals, families or groups to take the wheel of these mountain monsters, or you can bring your own 4x4 if you are happy to trash it. Learn new driving skills as you are expertly guided on challenging rough and rocky off road terrain on a gripping journey with a spectacular lake and mountain backdrop.


Bouldering In The Lake District

Here is an idea my son, Jack and his friends Cam and Dave thought I should mention. Bouldering is about hanging onto low rocks and traversing rather than ascending. It looks great fun and there are plenty of places to do it, from Arnside Bay to the Langdales, anywhere there are some reasonable rocks or boulders. You should wear a hard hat and I notice the lads take a sports mat to cushion any falls. It looks great fun and a pursuit most can do. For more info see the feature on the National Trust website


Exploring further afield of The Bothy

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. 


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.  


Aira Force - Ullswater

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. 


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


Rydal Water

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.


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.