Lakes Getaways – Holidays in the English Lake District

A Great Walk With A Dog near Newby Bridge

Sitting on bench above High Dam

One of the best walks in the Central Lakes is up to, and around High Dam.It’s a lake that was much favoured by Wainwright. In fact he said “It is far superior to Tarn Hows” High praise indeed!
It’s a picturesque tarn near Finsthwaite and Lakeside at the southern end of Windermere. A dam was built across the southern end of the tarn in the early 1800s to supply water to the bobbin mill at Stott Park a few miles away. It is surrounded by mixed woodlands of oak, birches, larch and Scots pine to name a few that we spotted. The woodland floor is scattered with bilberry, bracken and heather.
High Dam is a circular route that can be extended up to Stott Park Heights which will afford you a view down on to Lake Windermere.

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) not to be missed.

Today I thought I would share with you an area that is often overlooked as it’s just outside the Lake District National Park. It’s Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s across the Morecambe Bay and opposite Grange over Sands. http://www.arnsidesilverdaleaonb.org.uk/

This extraordinary place is famous for its amazing wildlife, stunning scenery, and superb walks. From the simple beauty of the lady’s-slipper orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is simply awe-inspiring.

A great way to visit the area is by train, if you fancy a day off from driving, as there’s a station at both Arnside and Silverdale.

There are 5 major villages to enjoy: Arnside, Silverdale, Beetham, The Yealands and Wharton all worth an explore! From a Victorian seaside resort to a village with connections to the first president of the United States, the villages of the AONB will take you back in time and reveal an interesting history.

Other attractions include :

 Heron Corn Mill is an 18th century Grade II* listed water mill and important local heritage site and visitor attraction within the AONB.   http://www.heronmill.org

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is an all-weather attraction. Where you can meet the Meerkats,  and  stroke a snake (if you want to!)   http://wildlifeoasis.co.uk/

RSPB Leighton Moss    http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/l/leightonmoss/  

Leighton Hall and Hawk Garden

Leighton Hall is the historic home of the world-renowned Gillow furniture making family, a stunning location for a day out     :http://www.leightonhall.co.uk/ 

A great place to visit in the area is the Heritage Centre and Refreshment Room at Carnforth station which offers you the chance to take a step back in time! Opened in 2003 following an extensive renovation project, the centre attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the 1940s’ atmosphere of David Lean’s film ‘Brief Encounter’ which was filmed here.  http://www.carnforthstation.co.uk/

I Found The Best Bakery near Newby Bridge

Cartmel Village

Well I not only found the best bakery near  Newby  Bridge,  I found loads of other food shops too. I went to Cartmel Village. A few minutes from Woodside and on Fell View’s door step!

Cartmel is unique! It’s a medieval village with an ancient Priory and the smallest race course in England!

Cartmel Village

It’s a lovely place to wander around at any time of year is Cartmel Village. Not only has it an artisan bakery but there are many other interesting places to visit in this medieval village. Wine bars, bistros, cafe bars, coffee shops, pubs and top class restaurants! You can see why it has a reputation of being the best “foodie” village in the Lakes.

And when you have finished eating and drinking there are gift shops, vintage clothing and antique shops, chocolate shops and of course ice cream shops!

I Found Some Wonderful Artwork near Newby Bridge

 If you’re looking for arts and crafts a trip to Yew Tree Barn at High Newton just off the A590 is well worth a visit.

Book Launch at Yew Tree Barn – 18th January

Please make a note in your diaries of this January event.  Yew Tree Barn are  hosting the launch of local poet David Hunt’s new book, ‘Inklings’, which will be hot off the press for his book signing on Thursday 18th January.

Please email or call to book tickets.

A visit to Yew Tree Barn is not complete unless you have a browse around the barn, or a visit to  Harry’s Cafe Bar. Their coffee is fantastic, there’s an interesting wine list, wherever possible they buy locally, everything is freshly cooked, there is a cosy seating area by the fire with newspapers and magazines, free wifi, and you will be very well looked after!

At the beginning of December, the barn holds its annual Christmas Fair. Watch the video to get a flavour of Yew Tree Barn.