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Top 10 Places for Teenagers in the Lake District

Top 10 Places for Teenagers In the Lakes District
  • Top 10 places for TEENAGERS in the Lake District

1.The best wild swimming  and picnic Spots

  • One of the top wild swimming, river paddling and picnic spots in the Lake District is across the lake from Woodside
  • Fell Foot Park, Bowness  and for an unusual way to travel to Fell Foot Park why not take the ferry from Lakeside to Fell Foot Park.  Fell Foot Park, Bowness is sat on the shore of Lake Windermere, opposite Lakeside and Woodside cottage and only 15 minutes from Fell View Cottage.  You’ll find a National Trust café with baby changing, outdoor picnic benches and lots of grassy picnic blanket areas, rowing boats for hire, children’s adventure playground. But most importantly it has a beach-like access for splashing about in Lake Windermere
  • Whilst you are at Fell Foot you can hire boats of all description. Check this out for great fun on the water
  • The second wild swimming and picnic spot I would choose is at High Dam, near Finsthwaite and a short walk from Woodside


  1. Grizedale has everything for a great family day out. Located to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead (15 minutes for Woodside) Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Grizedale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.
  • Sculpture trails, picnic areas, forest way marked trails, (Riddings Wood is push chair/wheel chair friendly) Gruffalo Trail , mountain bike trails, Mountain bike hire but book in advance!, excellent café/tearoom. Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Zip Trekking Adventure Forest Segway,
  • Go Ape is the Zip Trekking Adventure – a network of seven tandem zip lines that traverse the sky-scraping Douglas Firs. A brilliant day out for the adventurous and for those not quite so adventurous you can just look! You can enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings; a high ropes course for all the family. Set in a forest of sky-scraping Douglas Firs, Grizedale feels seriously high, mainly due to its vertigo-inducing 19 metre platforms. There are two Zip Wires which fly over the road below!

    We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment

3.The most awe-inspiring view!

o    If you want to experience a World Heritage site in all its glory, get yourself to Claife Heights Viewing station on the banks of Lake Windermere

·         By road  …Junction 36 off M6, then take A684 which becomes the A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. B5285 from Windermere via Windermere ferry 3 miles. B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside 9 miles. B5285 from Coniston 8 miles.

·         Parking: Ash Landing, very near Claife Viewing Station and Harrowslack, on Windermere’s west shore.

·         There’s a cosy cafe in the courtyard and it is open every day 11am-3pm.  Dogs  are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.

·         This colourful Viewing Station has endless lake views and waterside paths for you to explore. Children love looking through the amazing coloured glass.

4. The coolest boat ride in the Lakes

·          Coniston Water is home to The Goldola. This lake  is nearly  five miles long, and has a maximum depth of 184 feet.  The elegant Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola sails between March and November. Renovated by the National Trust, its passengers can travel in opulently upholstered saloons – a superb way to appreciate the magnificent scenery. The traditional timber craft of Coniston Launch provide regular hourly sailings throughout the year to jetties around Coniston Water, including Brantwood.

·         The Victorian philosopher John Ruskin bought Brantwood house to the east of the lake in 1871 declaring the view over the lake to ‘The Old Man of Coniston’ to be ‘the best in all of England’.

·         Arthur Ransome based his book ‘Swallows and Amazons’ on Coniston Water, and much fun may be had trying to discover the locations of the stories. There are both boat hire and sailing courses & centres on Coniston Water.

·         Sir Malcolm Campbell chose Coniston for his attempt at the water speed record in 1939, which he achieved at over 141 miles per hour. On his death, his son Donald Campbell [left] took up where his father left off.
His aim was to better 300 miles per hour, which he did on 4th January 1967, but the craft, ‘Bluebird’, shot up into the air and disappeared into the lake. Until early in 2001, his body had never been found. There is a memorial to him near the Information Centre in Ruskin Avenue. The story is told in the refurbished Ruskin Museum.


4.A steam train back in time . Head for the  Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway at either Lakeside or Haverthwaite , where  you can travel back in time when you climb aboard these amazing  train. If you are staying at Woodside it is a short walk to lakeside to pick up the train.

o    A distant memory of bygone years for some and new experience for others, it’s a unique day out for all.

·         If you want to, you can combine your day out with a visit to The Lakes Aquarium or continue your journey aboard a Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. The trains welcome dogs and owners.

5.Explore an amazing garden of weird and wonderful trees.

·         I’m talking topiary at  Holker Hall. Just off the A590 the house and gardens  is the family home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. It is a delightful family home with fine displays of antique furniture and art.

·         You can tour the house without the restriction of ropes and barriers, and see the distinguished library, elegant drawing room, and ornate dining room. Climb the striking staircase and you can view portraits of Charles II, and Catherine of Braganza. You can visit the bedroom where Queen Mary stayed in 1937.

·         Children will be fascinated by the unique shaped trees as they complete a quiz (bought from the shop) of the garden.  The café is very good. In the Summer they sometimes have the steam engine working in the court yard.


6. Fancy hiring a bike to explore the lanes around Consiston?

o    All sorts of bikes can be hired including electric bikes


7.Enjoy a Kayaking at Brockhole

·         Kayaking on Lake Windermere is something rather special! Peace Quiet only the lap of the paddle can be heard.

·         Places are limited (8 per session) so please book.


8.The Aquarium of the Lakes is an ideal wet weather attraction and a short walk from Woodside at Lakeside.

9.    If you want something really different check this out


10. Paddleboarding Whilst you are at Fell Foot you can hire boats of all description. Check this out  for great fun on the water






The Top 10 Dog Friendly Places To Visit When You Are In The Lake District

Dogs Welcome

The Top 10 Dog Friendly Places To Visit In The Lake District

1.Windermere Lake Cruises  (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the cruisers)

There are many great days out that can be reached by boat on Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises. Dogs on leads travel free on all boats, including the self-drive and rowing boats, and it turns out they even get a ticket of their own!

No Lake District holiday is complete without a lake cruise of some description, and with Windermere Lake Cruises you can enjoy a tour of the lake on one of its main ‘steamers’, Swan, Teal, or Tern, or travel on one of its smaller vessels to selected destinations. Dogs are welcome free of charge! 015394 43360,

2. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the steam trains)

The southern tip of Windermere is home to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, where you can take a ride on a steam locomotive, complete with 1950s carriages, as it makes its way along 3.5 miles of the former Furness Railway branch line. As Windermere Lake Cruises and the railway connect at Lakeside, consider buying a combined ticket to travel by both boat and rail – dogs travel free of charge on the railway too! 015395 31594,

3.Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Finsthwaite Across the road from Woodside Cottage

The only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District, English Heritage’s Stott Park Bobbin Mill gives you a great sense of the area’s industrial history.

Dogs on leads are welcome to explore the site along with their owners at Stott Park Bobbin Mill. Stott Park Bobbin Mill is an industrial museum which explains the process of bobbin making in the Lake District. Visitors can book a guided tour of the mill to see how a wooden bobbin is made.. There’s also a lovely walk nearby to High Dam, a man-made tarn which once fed the mill.

4. Grizedale Forest

The Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest is a great place to walk with your dog, and has several waymarked trails for all tastes and abilities. The forest is most famous for its outdoor sculptures, with around 40 artworks to be found along its network of pathways. Dogs are also welcome inside Grizedale’s café. 0300 067 4495,

Grizedale has everything for a great family day out.  Located to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead (15 minutes for Woodside) Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Grizedale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

Sculpture trails, picnic areas, forest way marked trails, (Riddings Wood is push chair/wheel chair friendly) Gruffalo Trail , mountain bike trails, Mountain bike hire but book in advance!, excellent café/tearoom. Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Zip Trekking Adventure Forest Segway,

Have fun in Grizedale !

5.Backbarrow Motor museum Address: Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston LA12 8TA (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the museum, in about 35 mins or take the car.)

A nostalgic visit suitable for all ages, this museum is located in Backbarrow, on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill – best known for manufacturing the washing additive, Dolly Blue. Well-behaved dogs are welcome throughout the exhibition areas free of charge, but do note that Café Ambio next door doesn’t accept dogs, but you can sit on the terrace to eat food with your dog.

30,000 exhibits that trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century – cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia.

Housed in a converted mill in the heart of the Lake District, we’re minutes from Lake Windermere and offer joint tickets with Windermere Lake Cruises and other local attractions.

Much more than just a motor museum, our local history and period shopping displays, authentic recreations and picturesque riverside cafe makes it a great day out for the whole family.

OPEN 9:30am to 4:30pm 
every day except Christmas Day

The Lakeland Historic Car Club meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum and Cafe Ambio. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you’re an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great examples of some classic local cars.

6. Claife Heights

If you want to experience a World Heritage site in all its glory, get yourself to Claife Heights Viewing station on the banks of Lake Windermere. Dogs can go into the viewing station . Four legged friends are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.  There’s a cosy cafe in the courtyard and it is open every day 11am-3pm.  With an undercover area where you and your dog can sit and enjoy a hot chocolate or soup!

By road  …Junction 36 off M6, then take A684 which becomes the A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. B5285 from Windermere via Windermere ferry 3 miles. B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside 9 miles. B5285 from Coniston 8 miles.

Parking: Ash Landing, very near Claife Viewing Station and Harrowslack, on Windermere’s west shore.

This colourful Viewing Station has endless lake views and waterside paths for you to explore

Claife Heights

7. The grounds of NT Wray Castle

Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads; assistance dogs only inside. There are also some very good walks along the lake off the main grounds were you can let dogs off leads and play fetch by the lake. Picnic seating is available outside the castle (And cafe) so you can still partake of a lovely scone with your fury friend (weather permitting).

8. Coniston Launch and the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola (outer decks only)

A cruise on Coniston Water is delightful. You can see the landscape that inspired Arthur Ransome to write his popular Swallows and Amazons series of novels! Coniston water is where Donald Campbell sadly lost his life during his ill-fated world water speed record attempt in 1967. You can choose from a number of short or longer cruise options on board a Coniston Launch or the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola (dogs allowed on the outer decks but not inside the saloons), and Coniston Launch offers special ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and ‘Campbells on Coniston’ cruises too. Gondola and Coniston Launch both stop at Brantwood on the eastern shore of Coniston Water, where dogs on leads are also welcomed in the grounds (requires a ticket purchase) and café too. 017687 75753, and 015394 32733,

Coniston and the surrounding areas are full of many different attractions. From taking a cruise with the steam yacht gondola to climbing through the trees in Grizedale Forest, as well as many unique historical houses in the area, there is sure to be something for you at Coniston.

Fancy something totally unique?

Why not float back to Victorian times by travelling Lake Coniston on a steam-powered craft?

Painstakingly rebuilt from the original Victorian ‘Gondola’, passengers can enjoy the silent gentle gliding motion combining their cruise with a visit to Brantwood House or disembarking at Monk Coniston jetty for a circular walk to Tarn Hows.

Full Lake cruises run daily and take in the full length of Coniston Water with an interesting talk by the crew about Coniston’s famous connections.

Steam Yacht Gondola (outside of saloons), Coniston Water

If you’re after an extra special cruise on Coniston Water (again useful for breaking up a longer walk using the Walker’s Cruise), the National Trust’s Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola is a fantastic historic experience. Dogs are welcome on the outside decks, which is where you’ll want to be anyway on a sunny day. As with Coniston Launch, Gondola also stops at the Brantwood jetty.
Cruises commence from Coniston Pier from 11am, daily from April until the end of October.

You can also park on the road by the side of the lakes.

There are no toilets on board. Public toilets including disabled facilities are available at the pier. Refreshments available at the Bluebird cafe.

Opening details

Mon to Friday: 11am, 12 noon, 1pm (2.30pm Full Lake)
Sat & Sun: 11am Walkers/Full lake Cruise, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Head of Lake Cruise (45 minutes)

Request stops at Brantwood for house and gardens (not NT) and Monk Coniston
Jetty for walks to Tarn Hows (approx 3 hrs). Walking leaflet available aboard. Break
your journey and re-join Gondola on a later sailing.

Full Lake Cruise (1hr & 45 minutes)

Enjoy an extended sailing aboard Gondola and soak up the atmosphere of this unique
steam yacht. Hear all about Coniston Water’s famous connections, with the option
to pre-order afternoon tea or the new ‘Steam & Cream’ hands-on experience – see
website for details.

Walkers Cruise

Cruise to Lake Bank Jetty (45 mins) for walks at the southern end of Coniston Water
or Parkamoor Jetty (55 mins) for the east shore. Walking leaflet available aboard or
download from our website (OS map and compass recommended). Walkers can
re-join Gondola at Brantwood or Monk Coniston jetties on a later sailing. You can also
stay on board for the round trip if preferred (Full Lake ticket required)51.

NT members note:
There is a 10% reduction on all scheduled round trip cruises on production of your current
membership card.

coniston gondala

9. Brantwood is a very peaceful garden. The grounds and natural gardens at Brantwood are a joy. Although not permitted in the house itself, dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens and at the café – you can buy a gardens-only ticket and parking is free. The road to Brantwood affords beautiful views of Coniston Waters. You can stop at the side of the road and take in the view. If your lucky you con see the gondola chugging up and down the lake.

10. Fell Foot Park (NT) (If you are staying at Woodside you can walk to the ferry at Lakeside and take the 5-minute ride over to Fell Foot. The ferry runs during the Summer only)

Plenty of space for your dog. Lovely walk along the bank of Lake Windermere to where it meets the River Leven. You can take a ferry over to Lakeside and then the steam train to Haverthwaite with dogs welcome on both

MV Swift, a new boat on Lake Windermere

The video is of The Tern cruising into Lakeside.

This ship was built in 2020 by Damen Shipyards Group. The sections of boat were transported by road to Lakeside and assembled. The M.V. Swift is 34.4 metres long and uses 2 x Volvo Penta engines to power an electrical propulsion system. It is manned by a crew of four.

Swift has three decks and at full capacity can hold 300 passengers.

Passenger facilities include:

  • Refreshment bar and licensed bar
  • Promenade deck
  • Indoor/outdoor upper deck with glazing that can be lowered/raised for different weather conditions
  • View stations
  • Centrally heated saloons and toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible toilet
  • All facilities are wheelchair accessible on this boat.
swift being built

High Dam, fabulous serenity in all seaons

If you seek serenity and an opportunity to enjoy fresh mountain air, stunningly beautiful scenery a little known location, yet easy to get to on foot, then a walk to High Dam is a must!


High Dam is a very peaceful lake. It can be found near the villages of Finsthwaite and Newby Bridge in the Southern Lake District. There is a well sign posted carpark off the Finsthwaite road with a steep incline up to it.  From the LDNPA car park, where you have to pay, there is a footpath which marks the beginning of the walk on the left hand side. The route takes you through beautiful dense woodland, and first to Low Dam, and then on to High Dam. The walk is a circular route which can be altered to take you down and through the village of Finthswaite and then on to Newby Bridge. The walk takes about an hour, but allow longer for viewing and photographs.

High Dam

The High Dam is actually 2 small lakes which can be walked around and afford the opportunity to sit on a rock or bench to take in the peace and quiet. It is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birch, larch and Scots pine to name a few. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather. It’s a man made dam built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800’s to supply water to the Stott Park Bobbin Mill,  nearby.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

The mill is run by English Heritage and well worth a visit. The water in the lake was used in the 19 century to power the steam turbines at the Bobbin Mill. The Bobbin Mill made wooden bobbins from the many coppiced trees in the surrounding woods which were sent to the cotton mills of Lancashire. It was a labour intensive industry and there are some fascinating insights into bobbins. The mill is open to the public and their “Steam Days” are most informative.

My thanks to Beth Holmes for her kind permission to use her  photograph of High Dam .

High Dam in Winter

Gummer’s How for a fabulous view of Lake Windermere

Gummers How
  1. Turn right off the A592 and park your car in the Forestry Commision car park on the right as you are going up the road .
  2. Gummers How Car Park LA12 8NW
  3. Walk across the road and through the gate signposted ‘Gummers How’. It’s a lovely woodland walk to start with across a brook followed by a fairly strenuous hill. The path up has been formed into steps . There are lot of steps, and at busy times it can be difficult to pass people who are going up or down the steps!.
  4. Approximately halfway to the summit, the path splits into two. You can continue left and scramble your way up to the top or turn right behind the hillock and take a more leisurely grassy path upward. I took the easier route and very pleasant it was.
  5. You soon arrive at the summit (20 mins) and tyou are rewarded with views all around. Find a good place to sit and take in the view before you make your way back down. Either take the same route you took to the top, or make a circuit and chose an alternative route back down.
  6. This walk is ideal for youngsters. A picnic on the top is a great idea!

Walk Distance: 1.5 miles

Lakeside in the distance

Humphrey Head

Humphrey Head is a limestone outcrop situated south of the village of Allithwaite in Cumbria, England. It is whale-back-shaped and accessible for walkers, giving views over Morecambe Bay to Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham and over the Leven estuary to Ulverston. There is an Ordnance Survey trig point at the top

Humphrey Head foreshore

You can walk through the lanes from Fell View or park by the RSPB Nature reserve on the lane not far from the foreshore itself.

From here, you have the choice of 2 walks. The first is going across the cattle grid and up the road to the RSPB reserve on your left. Follow the path to the fence right, into a large field. Keep the fence on your right and follow it up to the trig point on the top.

You can either retrace your steps or follow the fence towards the sea.

At the sea, go over the stile and turn left. Walk through the woods, (in May full of  bluebells,) keeping to the path. The path then climbs up, steeply in places and over a stile, and you are back on the RSPB reserve. Return down the drive.

Second walk :

 Park the car and walk  along the lane to the sea. At the forehore you can follow the path at the base of the cliffs with the cliffs on your left for as long as you want .

BEWARE of the tides! Morecambe bay has quick sand, do NOT venture out onto the marsh. Keep near the cliff and watch the tide.

Broughton in Furnace

Broughton in Furness

The history of Broughton-in-Furness dates back to the 11th Century, with the oldest building thought to be St Mary’s Church, first built in Saxon times. The focus of the town is the Georgian market square with its obelisk, erected to mark the jubilee of King George III in 1810. In Elizabethan times a charter was granted to hold fairs, and it is in the Square that the annual reading of the Charter takes place on 1st August.

Broughton was once an important market town, particularly for the woollen and cattle trades. Surviving from these days are the stocks for misbehavers, and the fish slabs nearby used to sell fish caught in the River Duddon.

Many of the houses around the Market Square are Georgian in date

In the corner of the square is a delightful cafe and on a nearby road is an excellent butcher , who makes their own bacon and sausage!


Lazy walk from Low Wood, near Haverthwaite to Grenodd

A lovely flat walk in the Southern Lakes can be found in the walk from Low Wood near Haverthwaite to Greenodd village and back.
You can park near The Clock Tower at Low Wood, cross the road and take the narrow lane all the way to the footpath if you want. However, at times you also have the opportunity to take a footpath on your right which will take you parallel with the river as it makes it way out to sea.
This route is ideal for walkers and cyclists, who want an easy route, it’s quiet and flat. For cyclists it is part of route 700.
At the end of the walk you have to cross the footbridge and then the A590 and walk into the village of Greenodd. Greenodd has an excellent cafe /bakery selling excellent brad cakes and pies. Ideal for lunch.

On a Friday and Saturday evening they do a takeaway pizza service between 5.00pm -8.30pm phone to order 01229861265
Dogs are welcome in the cafe

To extend your walk please follow the link

Greenodd walk with view to Ulverston


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View of the river at the Greenodd Footbridge

Scenic Cartmel to Holker Hall Bike Ride

Humphrey Head Beach

Cartmel to Humphrey Head & Holker Hall  Cycle Ride

This short ride has a bit of everything- the delights of Cartmel with its Priory, lovely square and range of cafes, pubs and restaurants, a chance to walk to the end of Humphrey Head for spectacular views of Morecambe Bay and the option to visit the splendid house and gardens at Holker Hall. The ride heads due south from Cartmel, climbing gently then dropping steeply to cross the B5277 and passing Wraysholme Tower. Stay on your bike and follow the road to its end at the edge of the bay, however, on a fine day it’s worth locking up your bike and walking out to Humphrey Head for the view. Back on your bike through Flookburgh to The Green from where you have the option to visit Holker Hall. From Holker Hall you can take an off road route directly back to Cartmel racecourse or re-join the main route at The Green for a tarmac option back to the start.

Points of interest along the way

Wraysholm Tower -South of Allithwaite village is the 15th century three storey stone tower house Wraysholme Tower. It is rectangular in shape, with a small projecting garderobe tower at the south-east corner. At roof level are the remains of a parapet and three corner turrets, with the site of a later hall covered by a 19th century farmhouse.
It’s in good condition as English Heritage have replaced the roof – it now has a steepled roof, rather than the flat one it originally had – and they have repaired a gable wall that was cracking and falling away from the main body of the tower. One of the spiral staircases still stands.
The rough limestone tower, rectangular in shape, which is 39ft high, has walls some 4ft thick, bonded together with a mixture of lime & bullocks blood.
The hall is believed to have been built by the Harrington family of Gleaston, of which Sir James Harrington supported Richard III during the war of the Roses, culminating in his estates being seized and given to the Stanleys, later to become ‘The Earls of Derby’.
Wraysholme Tower is visible from the road that runs along side the farm, but is on private property, and as it’s actually part of the farm you’re not able to get close at all.

Humphrey Head 

With excellent views over Morecambe Bay, this limestone promontory has an unusual assemblage of plants and interesting geological exposures. Great place for watching birds on the estuary.

Holker Hall

Fabulous home of the Cavendish family, and parkland, gardens and home are open to the public

Route Information

Short day – will take most of the day but you will be able to start late in the morning or finish early in the afternoon.
Tracks, bridleways and single track through valleys or over low fells. Route alignment is clear but you might need to identify turns or junctions.
Nearly all rideable but might have to dismount for the odd ford or rough bit.
OS map Landranger97 Explorer OL97
Toilets Cartmel, Flookburgh, Holker Hall
Refreshments Lots of choice in Cartmel.

Route Essentials

Cycle Route: Cartmel-Flookburgh-Cartmel

Duration: 1.5-3 hours

Miles: 8

Route Details

  1. From the square in Cartmel head towards the Priory, past the Kings Arms pub.2. At the cross roads (Give Way) on the edge of the village go straight ahead (sign posted Allithwaite, Grange)3. After ½ mile, on a sharp left hand bend, bear right, (signposted Templand)

    4. Gentle climb. On descent, on another sharp left hand bend, bear right on Templand Lane (NB not sharp right to Boarbank Hall)

    5. At cross roads (Give Way) with B5277 go straight ahead (signposted Holy Well 1 ¾ , Humphrey Head 1 ½ )

    6. At T junction, shortly after the level crossing, turn left (no sign)

    7. Follow this road to its end at the tip of Humphrey Head for fine views of Morecambe Bay. For better views still, lock up your bikes near the Field Centre (signposted up to the left off the road to the coast about ¾ mile after the level crossing) and walk along the top of Humphrey Head.

    8. Retrace your route. At the first road junction follow the road to the Left.

    9. At the T junction at the end of willow lane turn right (Sticky Toffee Pudding Factory ahead).

    10. At the T junction with Market street in the centre of Flookburgh turn right then after 200 yards turn left onto Green Lane, just before the Crown Inn.

    11. After ½ mile, at the T junction with a stone wall and house ahead turn right then shortly left, (signposted Cartmel)

    12. After just over 1 mile, turn right at the T junction then after 400 yds take the first left (signposted Cartmel Priory) to return to the square.

    Option to visit Holker Hall.
    After ½ mile at the t junction with stone wall and house ahead, turn L. At the next T junction turn right then after 50 yards turn left uphill through a gate.

    A. Go through another gate. At T-junction with a wooden Bridleway sign ahead and a track to your right, turn sharp left uphill.

    B. Emerge on the B5278 opposite Holker Hall. Cross with care and proceed along the road opposite to the Hall. (there is no entrance fee to pay if you just wish to visit the café)

    Retrace your route from Holker Hall, (take care crossing the B5278) on to minor lane opposite and, climbing steeply, follow the road for ¾ mile to the end of tarmac.

    C. Follow the outward route , turning sharp right on the tarmac lane between stone walls and follow through two gates to return to The Green at point 11. Bear left the shortly after left again at the next T junction ( signposted Cartmel 1 ¼ ) Follow route instruction 12 to return to Cartmel.

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  2. Woodside 2018

Walking in crisp Autumn air, enjoying nature, fabulous colours. It’s the Lake District!

Grizedale Forest, (15 mins from Woodside and 30 mins from Fell View)  in the heart of the Lake District, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

You can find walking & cycling trails or simply discover a quiet spot to admire the wildlife, amazing sculptures, a place to relax and enjoy some great food.  Grizedale Forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures. Since 1977 leading international artists have created sculpture in response to Grizedale Forest’s unique environment, establishing the first collection of site-specific art in the UK.

Now around 40 sited artworks are located across the forest, linked by the network of walking and cycling trails. The sculptures provide moments of contemplation and a special way of navigating this extraordinary landscape.

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 Grizedale Forest is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Arts and Culture from 24th May – 23rd Sept 2018,

‘Inspired by Nature’ is the result of a special collaboration between Royal Society of Sculptors and The Forestry Commission to celebrate 50-years of art in the forest.

From pine needles to marble, bronze and wood, this exhibition of 9 artists’ works invites visitors to “experience the natural world through the thoughts and ideas of the artists who have produced the works in the exhibition.”

The event is taking place in the heart of the South Lakes, on the site of the old Grizedale Hall, where the impressive architect-designed Grizedale Forest Resource Centre now stands. With globally-acclaimed artists such as Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy finding inspiration in this forest, Grizedale has gained an international reputation for being at the forefront of the Environmental Art movement.

Other autumn events at Grizedale Forest to look out for:

  • Autumn Stargazing at Grizedale Forest, Friday 7 September 2018, 8.30pm-10.30pm.
  • The Art of the Woodsman at Grizedale Forest, Sunday 16 September 2018.
  • A 1-mile Highway Rat Activity Trail takes the youngest members of the family on an interactive journey through the forest.
  • Mountain bikes can be hired
  • Go Ape through the forest

morecambe bay cycle route

Holker Hall Events

Holker Hall  owned by the Cavendish Family, is a few minutes from both of our cottages and has lovely gardens and tearoom. It is set in 18.800 acres so there’s plenty of room to run around! It is a few minutes from Grange over sands and Cartmel on the stunningly beautiful Cartmel peninsula.

They have some great events happening over the next few months .This is just taste of what’s happening!

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Evening Tour with the Head Gardener
Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Wednesday 22nd August 2018
NGS Open Day – Tour with our Head Gardener

Thursday 23rd August 2018
Kitchen Garden Guided Tours

Every Thursday at 2pm in July & August
Pop-up Pub & Pizza in The Courtyard

Every Saturday from 3pm in July and August
Plant Fair & Holker Food Market

Sunday 26th August 2018
Holker Food Markets

Sundays – Sunday 26th August 2018, Sunday 21st October 2018, Sunday 9th December 2018
Mexican Night at The Ilex

Saturday 8th September 2018
Holker Chilli Fest

Saturday 8th September 2018 & Sunday 9th September 2018
Early Openings for Photography

10th – 14th October
Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener (Autumn Colour)

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Holker Halloween Fun!

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th October
Winter Market

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th November
Holker Celebrates Christmas

Fri 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec, Thurs 6th – Sun 9th & Thurs 13th – Sun 16th December

Friday 23rd March to Sunday 28th October 2018

Opening and Closing times

Hall (11am-4pm) & Gardens (10.30am-5pm) : Wednesday – Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

Gift Shop (10.30am – 5pm): Wednesday – Sunday (+ Bank Holiday Mondays)

Café, Food Hall & Park (10.30am-5pm) :  Daily

Ilex Bar & Brasserie (From 12noon, last orders 3pm): Wednesday – Sunday

Occasionally the Hall opening may vary to accommodate special events. Please check the website before visiting.

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Christmas Markets

My favourite Christmas Market of the season is Yew Tree Barn’s Market at High Newton

30th November, 1st & 2nd December 2018 10am – 4.30pm

Their annual Christmas Market, is a must visit festive event in the South Lakes  All the usual YTB offerings, PLUS over 40 quality stalls join us throughout the barn and in their heated marquee selling crafts, art, food and drink.  Each day they have live music with Andy Webb on the piano, and in the afternoons their regular 5 piece Jazz Band, with a guest appearance on Sunday of the Kendal Revellers!

Whilst you browse the market stalls you can also enjoy their ornamental reclamation yard too!

Hawskhead Christmas Fair & Beer Festival  – Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd December 2017, 10am-5pm 

This is a traditional family event with something for everybody. Jugglers, street theatre, lantern parade, live music and carol singing will entertain kids and parents will be happy with the Winter Beer Festival hosted by the local pubs. Over 50 stalls means you will actually be able to pick up some gifts too, as well as take in the wonderful festive atmosphere.

Blackwell Christmas Craft Fair – Saturday 1st December 

This events is inside  Arts & Crafts House, Blackwell, a visit to this event makes it difficult not to get into the craft spirit this Christmas.

You’ll find various local materials and skills on show at Blackwell’s 2018 Christmas Craft Fair; ceramics, textiles, scarves and blankets and wooden decorations, to mention a few.


Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Holker Hall Celebrates Christmas  – Fri 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec, Thurs 6th – Sun 9th & Thurs 13th – Sun 16th December

Holker Hall and Gardens is,  an event for all. The hall is beautifully decorated for the festive season! A great variety of stalls will be at the event as well as their excellent food hall and restaurant.

Santa Express, Lakeside Railway – Dec 1 – Dec 16

This is one of  the most popular Christmas events in the Lake District for families and  booking is essential. And best of all it is a few minutes walk from Woodside! The Santa Express offers 1 and 1/2 hours of fun-filled festive entertainment and so we can see why it is so popular. When you join the Santa Express, it’s as though you’re part of a festive panto, with elves dishing out festive drinks to parents and carol singing before you hear, with much anticipation, the man in the red suit arrive in the carriage next door. Before the steam train journey from Lakeside to Haverthwaite is complete children choose a gift from Father Christmas in what is truly a fun and interactive Christmas even not to be missed this year.


Haverthwaite to Lakeside steam railway

Windermere – Christmas Celebration – Saturday 8th December 2018, 11am to 6pm & Sunday 9th December 2018, 10am to 4pm 

The Windermere Christmas Celebration which promises snow cannons, Santa’s Grotto, live music and a record-number of local and national stallholders. You don’t need to be staying in Windermere to enjoy a hassle-free visit to this festive event because there is a shuttle bus provided for the event running from Windermere Lake Cruises Pier 1 in Bowness. You’ll find food, drink and craft with a festive theme across over 50 stalls.

Cartmel Christmas Food Market – Friday 16th December 

For foodies, Cartmel is fab! On the third Friday in December

Something for the men!

Stott Park Bobbin Mill

1. Exploring the Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow

Backbarrow was originally the home of the washing agent “Dolly Blue”  but today one of the major attractions of this small village is  The Lakeland Motor Museum. Car enthusiasts will love a nostalgic look back at cars through the decades.  There are  cars, bicycles and motorcycles, which I must confess even I found very interesting!  There’s a building with exhibits dedicated to Donald Campbell, and Café Ambio’s just next door, where you can get a good lunch or simply tea and cakes. Definitely recommend.

2. A tour of Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Finsthwaite

As it is just across the road from Woodside it is a an attraction you have to visit. It is the last remaining bobbin mill in the Lake District, and a tour around the mill gives you fascinating insight into  one of the local industries in the 19th century. Much of the woodland around the mill was coppiced for the manufacture of bobbins, . Stott Park Bobbin Mill

3. A tour of Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley   Hawkshead Brewery  run tours of the brewery four times a week including at 2pm on Sundays. That’s timed just right to allow you to enjoy a leisurely lunch and to sample the product beforehand! (Booking might be advisable)

4.A train journey on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

A few minutes walk away from Woodside and 15 mins away from fell View is the Lakeside railway station. On the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, you can travel onboard a steam locomotive with 1950s carriages, which takes in three and a half miles of the former Furness Railway branch line, and connects with Windermere Lake Cruises at Lakeside. Combined tickets for the boat and train are available.

Haverthwaite to Lakeside steam railway

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Top country shows in the Lake District- an event not to be missed

Cartmel Village

Over the Summer in the Lake District, they hold the most fabulous shows and these shows are not to be missed! What’s available to see on the day can range from food stalls to Michelin chefs giving a talk ( Cartmel) from Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling competitions to flower displays, from vintage tractors and machinery  to hounds, terrier racing and  dog agility. These family-friendly events are a great way to experience the traditions that have shaped the Lake District and there’s lots of things for children to enjoy at the shows, from bouncy castles to face-painting .

I’m sure you get the picture! Everything you can think of connected with Lake District life is on display, which is why they make for a really good day out and one not to be missed.

This list is just a few of the many shows that can be enjoyed over the next few months. The video is of Hawkshead Village

Langdale Gala   – Sunday 1st July

Coniston Country Fair – Sunday 22nd July

Ambleside Sports   – Thursday 26th July

Cumbrian Steam Gathering    – 28 and 29 July

Cartmel Show – Wednesday 1st August

Hawkshead Agricultural Show  – Tuesday 21st August



Grasmere Sports  – Sunday 26th August

Westmorland County Show – Thursday 13th September


Palettes, Paint and Brushes! Let’s get arty in the Lakes!

Fancy a creative learning holiday?

You don’t need to do a whole week, you can just do a one day course, and there’s loads of them.

At the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal


A real  variety of courses, something for everyone :Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Garden Sculpture, Life Drawing, Sketching by the Riverside, Painting with Wool, Animals in Clay, Jewellery Summer School, silk painting, Mixed Media. The list goes on and on!!! Check it out, you’ll be amazed.


Approx £55 for the day course. All materials are included in the cost of the workshop.


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What do you need to take with you for the course? 

An apron and/or wear old clothes. Bring a pen, notebook and your glasses, if you need them.

The courses  can be booked in advance on the Brewery’s web site.

So why not stay at one of our cottages and have a day doing one of the many courses available? 

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The best wild swimming site in the Southern Lakes

Paddling and Picnic Spots in the Lake District

Where is one of the  top wild swimming, river paddling and picnic spots in the Lake District?

  • Fell Foot Park, Bowness  and for an unusual way to travel to Fell Foot Park why not take the ferry from Lakeside to Fell Foot Park.

Wild swimming, paddling, river rope-swinging, picnics and the Lake District are all hot-day companions. Join Swallows and Amazons buccaneers, John, Susan, Titty, Bridget and Roger, in enjoying the best wild waterscape in the UK.

Fell Foot Park, Bowness

Sat on the shore of Lake Windermere, opposite Lakeside and Woodside cottage and only 15 minutes from Fell View Cottage.  You’ll find a National Trust café with baby changing, outdoor picnic benches and lots of grassy picnic blanket areas, rowing boats for hire, children’s adventure playground. But most importantly it has a beach-like access for splashing about in Lake Windermere

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Wine Tasting in Cartmel

Cartmel Village

A great place in Cartmel is Unsworth’s Yard. here you can find several eateries and specialist shops. They also have their own Brewery!  Unsworth’s Brewery

Unsworths Yard’s own brewery is open to visitors every day of the week. They are an open-door brewery with the modern, stainless-steel, 5-barrel brewhouse separated from the tasting room bar and shop only by large windows. Even on busy brew-days visitors are encouraged to view the beer making process, ask questions and taste the cask beer available from the bar. Their shop is fully stocked with our wide choice of bottled beers, available individually or in a range of gift bags and boxes, all brewed on the premises. They do  group tours and tastings.

Wine bar in Cartmel

also in Cartmel is the Drinkshop & Wine Snug

Cartmel Drink Shop specialises in the finest wines, spirits and liqueurs from around the world with a unique “try before you buy” available across much of the range.

they have an excellent   range which is  backed up by their  expert knowledge and attention to high quality customer service. they focus on small artisan producers, regional liquors and single estate wines. So if you’re looking for the perfect bottle for yourself or as a standout gift, this may be just the place to visit!

They have a  landscaped courtyard area, and a  cosy wine snug, as a perfect setting for their  full drinks menu. They have a wine dispensing cabinet with eight wines available every day. Also  specialist gin and tonic and artisan cocktails!

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Getting Married near Newby Bridge

If your getting married at any of our beautiful local hotels: The Lakeside Hotel, The Swan, The Newby Bridge Hotel or The Graythwaite Estate and you need extra accommodation for your guests, then we are the perfect place for other family members to stay.

Why choose Woodside?

  • We are a few minutes from each of these venues, which makes us ideal.
  • We have parking for 2 cars and other visitors can park in the next field!
  • Woodside is rather a special place to stay and we have been welcoming guests to Woodside for nearly 10 years, so you can rest assured they will have a comfortable, quality stay.
  • When the celebrations are over Woodside is in a fabulous location for exploring the area, with the stunningly peaceful and beautiful High Dam to walk to.
  • Lakeside with its lake cruisers, ferry, steam railway and aquarium means that attractions are on the door step, so if the guests stay in the area there’s plenty for them to do!
  • Woodside is steeped in history being part of the lodging house for the men and boys, who for over 200 years toiled in the bobbin mill across the road.
  • Woodside is owner managed and as such, if you book direct you can secure the best price for family and friends.
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The Friendliest Bar in Newby Bridge

Swan Hotel gin

The Swan hotel at Newby Bridge is about 1 mile from Woodside, and is an excellent place to stop for a meal, a drink or an afternoon tea. They serve fabulous home cooked food in the main restaurant, called The River Room, and in the more relaxed bar area, called the Swan Inn. (I like the bar area!) They have a good selection of wines and a speciality gin list!

The River Room is open every day from 5pm with Lunch on a Sundays and The Swan Inn opens at 10am.

Just to give you an idea of there menu:

Lemon and garlic chicken kebab, flatbread, cucumber, chilli, cumin, black onion seeds
Swan whopper burger, beef burger, bacon, pepperoni, mature cheddar, fries, sweetcorn relish
Spicy fishcakes, cucumber salad, sweet chilli
Lamb koftas, flatbread, hummus, couscous, harissa, tzatziki
10oz Sirloin, chips, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion rings, peppercorn sauce

Thai yellow curry, steamed jasmine rice (chicken)
Rotisserie chicken, harissa potatoes, baby corn, chicory
Wholetail scampi, fries, garden peas, tartare sauce
Toasted goats cheese salad, gs walnuts, honey, sourdough toast
Salmon, crushed potatoes, peas, mint, watercress mayo
Garlic and herb rotisserie chicken, apple, bacon, avocado salad and French fries
Falafel, hummus, roasted peppers, flatbread, pickled gherkin, chilli
Vegetable tagine, almond and apricot, cous cous, harissa
tzatziki (V) no tzatziki (Ve)

Fish, chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce

They have a lovely seating area outside by the river

fish and chips

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