If your perfect holiday is to be by water then Wetherlam could be for you. With lake shores and views of the mountain, this is possibly the finest location in the Lake District...
One of five holiday homes overlooking Coniston Water, guests can enjoy the private lake shore and jetties, swim, fish or simply picnic and paddle - perfection...
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.
The Blawith fells offer a gentle ramble. They lie on the west side of coniston, acessed from the lake road. They are a most agreeable, with excellent views, and the pretty little Beacon Tarn nestled in the fell, just there for to you to discover. Take a picnic for a fuller day - Take your time for better relaxation.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Helvellyn is perhaps the most famous of our mountains, along with Scafell Pike. It can be approached from the west, near Grasmere, or the east from the south of Ullswater. The eastern approach is thought to be gentler, but then you hit Striding Edge, a blade of rock slashing the sky. It is awesome, sublime in its grandeur, however it can be dangerous, and walkers have literally been blown off or fallen with dreadful consequences. It is up to you whether to go. I did and loved it, Clare who was with me not so at all.
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.