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Wrens  |  Guardhouse - Near Keswick

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Things To Do While Staying At Wrens

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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Exploring the area near Wrens

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. 

 


Helvellyn - Ullswater

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.

  


Place Fell - Above Ullswater

Place Fell overlooks the southern basin of Ullswater on the eastern shore, rising at the centre of the great circlet of mountains of Helvellyn, the Dodds and the High Street peaks. Not the tallest of fells, but the views from its summit are splendid, with Ullswater reaching away into the distance. Less arduous than Helvellyn, and arguable safer, it offers altitude for all of reasonable fitness. Take a packed lunch and a camera for some super snaps for the family album.

 


Exploring further afield of Wrens

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.

 


The Fairfield Horseshoe Round - Above Ambleside & Rydal

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 

 


The Via Ferrata at Honister Slate Mine

The Via Ferrata - The Iron Way

For the brave and the seeker of thrills, then try Honister’s Via Ferrata, or Iron Way.

Set on the side of Honister Pass, high above the beautiful valley of Buttermere, this really is a unique, some would say scary, experience.

There are two different courses. The Classic course follows the ancient miner's cliff-edge footpath, high on Fleetwith Pike. The Xtreme is more of everything including the Burma Bridges; a wire bridge suspended 2,000 feet above the Valley floor and a 66foot vertical cargo net to finish off.

Not for the feint heated or those without a head for heights but a must for thrill junkies.

You are clipped to a cable so safety is ensured, but in no way detracts from the thrill.

 


Whinlatter Forest North of Keswick

Whinlatter lies in the fells above Derwentwater and is England's only true Mountain Forest, with stunning views, fantastic walks through wooded glades, beautiful views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick, along with exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play. The forest is home to a host of wonderful wildlife, from red squirrels to the Bassenthwaite Ospreys who nest near the forest from April to August.

From the Forest Centre you can obtain maps of the many trails and paths, a good many of which are graveled or hard surfaced making then accessible to all. There are also two permanent orienteering courses, where you can get the route marker cards from the Visitor Centre. For Mountain bikers there is The Altura Trail offering stunning views.

Go Ape is an adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. Huge fun for all the family - Do check age limits.

For children there is a unique play trail for children, with zones to explore through the trees along with set activities.

 


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.