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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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 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.
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.
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.
If you are staying in or near Cartmel then prepare to eat! Apart from being the prettiest village in the Lake District, with stunningly beautiful architecture, it has the most delicious food you will find anywhere. Simon Rogan's L'Enclume has featured on TV, has a Michelin Star and has just toppled Heston’s Fat Duck as the Good Food Guides Numero Uno eatery. Next we have Rogan’s more casual Rogan & Company, I think 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. So there you are - if you love dining this is the place for you.
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.
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.