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.
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 .
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
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.
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!
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. https://www.bakehousebornandbread.co.uk/
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
I must confess I love a wander around a castle. All that history. Even better that in the Southern Lakes we are near to 4 of the best castles in the Lake District!
First up, and about 45 mins away in the car,from Fell View and Woodside, is Muncaster Castle. Which is supposed to be Britain’s most haunted castle and their ticket entry Halloween Week events are coveted.
Muncaster Castle is a great day out with with the castle, gardens ,owl and hawk displays. There’s plenty to keep all the family happy.
There is a very busy events calendar:- haunted castle tours for Halloween, Christmas Tea, Muncaster Festival (running annually over May season) and Food & Drink Festivals, as well as tours.
Ticket prices to Muncaster Castle include access to 77 acres of woodland and gardens – the bluebell woods are popular in spring. For the more adventourous there’s an outdoor Adventure
My second choice is Sizergh Castle, about 15 mins from both of our cottages and owned by the National Trust.
Sizergh estate and garden walks are very popular. Sizergh Castle gardens include the National Trust’s largest limestone rock garden, wildflowers and water garden including two lakes, woodland walks, and follow the National Trust Wildlife Walk to enjoy the rich agricultural landscape of the Lyth Valley. Other popular walks include the The Sizergh Fell walk.
There’s a kitchen garden and greenhouse to explore and then you can enjoy a excellent food in the cafe.
For children there is an excellent play walk.
My third choice is Wray Castle . Managed by the National trust and on the banks of Lake Windermere. This castle is not old, as in built about 180 years ago by a surgeon and an heiress from Liverpool. The castle would only ever have to defend itself from the Cumbrian weather!
With all the furniture and artwork long gone and the last family moving out in the 1920s, the castle has had mixed uses and only opened to visitors in 2011.
The castle has church-like interiors and panoramic Lake District views. It is still a work in progress . As such it is great for families who have rooms to run and play in.
There is a fabulous walk down to the lake. (The video will give you a flavour of this fabulous castle and its wonderful setting!)
My final choice is Kendal Castle.
The castle is now a ruin and has been ever since the Tudor period, but it’s an intriguing place to explore. It was originally built in the 12th century for the barons of Kendal, and now the castle is home to some displays of fantastic medieval objects.
There are some wonderful views all around Kendal castle, so don’t miss out if you’re visiting. The most famous connections for this castle are the Parr family , Catherine Parr being Henry VIII’s, sixth wife!
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, windermere-lakecruises.co.uk
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
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, lakesiderailway.co.uk
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.
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, forestry.gov.uk/grizedale
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
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.
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.
It is a mixture of woodland with good paths. The hill is easily seen from the A590 with its steep limestone cliffs.
The summit of Whitbarrow Scar is known as Lord’s Seat, and an anticlockwise walk to here from Witherslack, returning along the valley to the west, forms a chapter in The Outlying Fells of Lakeland by Alfred Wainwright. He describes it as “the most beautiful [walk] in this book; beautiful it is every step of the way. … All is fair to the eye on Whitbarrow.”
The small hamlet of Mill Side is the easiest place to start this walk. There is an informal layby just across the cattle grid from the A590 – signed Beck Head and Mill Side – where half-a-dozen cars may park.
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.
Fabulous home of the Cavendish family, and parkland, gardens and home are open to the public
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.
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Cartmel, Flookburgh, Holker Hall
Lots of choice in Cartmel.
Cycle Route: Cartmel-Flookburgh-Cartmel
Duration: 1.5-3 hours
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.
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.
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.
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. Four legged friends are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.
This colourful Viewing Station has endless lake views and waterside paths for you to explore.
Travel Tip created by Brian and Alison Smith in association with Vacation Soup
My thanks to https://where2walk.co.uk/lake_district/gummers-how/
A Great Walk With A Great View!
SD 389876. There is a small car park on the Fell Foot side road 1 mile north of Newby Bridge.
Height to Climb:
88ms (289 feet)
An easy path to the summit and back but a myriad of smaller paths offer great opportunities to explore and vary the route.
Eating & Drinking:
There is nothing nearer than Newby Bridge but the outcrops make great picnic spots
Gummer’s How walk
Access is from the Fell Foot Brow road from the southern end of Windermere off the A592. There is a small car park before you get to Sow How Lane if you are coming up from the lake. The path is well trodden and easy to follow, although eroded in places, so watch for small diversions whilst the landscape recovers.
Although not detailed, this map will give you a rough idea of how far the walk is from the road and you will see that from gaining a little height you will have access to views across Windermere and to the fells beyond – quite breath taking.
Wainwright neglected to include Gummer’s How in his 7 main guides, probably due to its insignificant height (less than 400 foot of climbing), but added it later to his Outlying Fells collection. His amusing description here challenges any walker to reach the summit but if they fail to he suggests the potential climber invests in pipe and slippers rather than walking boots! It is simple, can take no more than 1/2 an hour up and down but is worthy of greater exploration. Little rocky outcrops and heather clad slopes are the order of the day on Gummer’s How. It offers great views both up Windermere and also down beyond Newby Bridge to the sea. With nothing else of any interest on the east shoreline of Windermere Gummer’s How is a real find and should be included for all who stay in the area.
Recommend: Although Wainwright talks of the elderly I would add that it is a great first family walk, a worthy summit and has little scrambles ideal for younger children.
Travel Tip created by Brian and Alison Smith in association with Vacation Soup