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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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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
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.
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.
This walk starts from the centre of Coniston Village. You should be able to do this with just the aid of an OS map or, I believe, you can purchase specific local walk directions from the Coniston TIC. The route is about 4 miles to the tarn, with the return journey a bit quicker as it is mostly down hill. Starting from the lane by the co-op you commence a trail that leads up into the old Coppermines valley, passing waterfalls, crossing old bridges, rising gently to give an increasingly more dramatic view of the surrounding fell as you go. At the head of the Coppermines valley, with The Old Man to your left, you can continue up to Levers Water, a boulder strewn reservoir, set at the foot of rugged slopes of Great How, High Fell and Raven Tor. Return by the same route and reward your self with a pint of Coniston Gold in the Black Bull.
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!
The restored Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola offers an unrivalled sailing experience on Coniston Water travelling in style in Gondola’s opulent saloons or relaxing on her open-air decks.
You can join the day to trips around the lake and a memorable experience it will be.
Now here's the thing - you can hire the yacht as a private venue. Imagine escorting your loved one aboard and setting sail with just the two of you - and the crew. Perhaps arrange a lunch, with champagne and strawberries, and if you haven't as yet, make the proposal. Or maybe you are here in the lakes celebrating your partners or a family members birthday or wedding anniversary. What could be a better way of marking the occasion than you and your family and friends sailing around the lake, in private, without the hubbub of others?
Its not cheap, however the more of you there are the better the head rate seems, the question is - is she or he worth it?
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.
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.
The Fairfield Horseshoe is one of the classic Lake District rounds - a splendid walk taking in all the peaks surrounding Rydal. The ridges are linked together with an ascent of Fairfield and offer fine high level walking with only the minimum up and down once their peaks have been gained. The views are stunning with the best the summit of Fairfield.
Most of the Lake District peaks are visible from the top and it's the perfect place to view Helvellyn. Weather Note – It is a large area, and the walk is best done in fine clear conditions, as if the weather closes in you can become disorientated – That apart, it’s a super walk, and who wants to walk in the rain or mist anyway - no views! The walk starts from Nook End Farm, up Nook Lane, just off the Kirkstone Pass
Set above Grasmere, Easedale Tarn is a perfect walk taking you past beck and gill, a beautiful ascent to one of our most delightful small tarns. The setting is magnificent sitting as a jeweled mirror in a circlet of fells.
Do explore and take a picnic, a camera and maybe a towel, as this little gem is perfect for a paddle or a wild water swim.
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.
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.