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.
  •  for quality accommodation in the English lake District


How to have an amazing experience in colour!

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.

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.



The best Cafe near Newby Bridge

Low Sizergh Farm Shop & Tea Shop

Open every day 9.30 – 5.00pm (Sundays from 10.00am). Closed 25th, 26th Dec, 1st Jan

Four miles from M6 Junction 36 on the A590 Outside Kendal

Low Sizergh Farm Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8AE Tel (015395) 60426

The tea room, is on the top floor of a  late 17th century barn. Here  you can enjoy a hearty
Cumbrian breakfast, sip specially blended tea from a Kendal merchant made to suit the
local water, enjoy a lunch of local produce, or a fabulous farmhouse tea.
One interesting thing is that whilst you sip or eat you have  a bird’s eye view of the parlour so that you  can watch the cows being milked each afternoon from 3.15pm – it’s a sight you don’t often see with afternoon tea!

cows being milked
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Cows have been  at Sizergh since the 13th century when milk was produced for the castle across the fields. As a working farm, the yield today supplies the farm shop, tearoom and businesses across the county.

It’s everything you could want for a quick trip or a slow day out and good for families too
with everything from shopping, eating and a farm trail. There  are three galleries to explore
packed with everything from everyday staples and foodie finds, clothing to crockery, books
to baskets, toys to trowels and works by local potters, artists and designers.
Finding Low Sizergh Barn :  4 miles from Junction 36 on the M6. Follow the A590 towards Kendal, take the exit for Barrow-in-Furness and follow brown signs for Sizergh Castle, then Low Sizergh Barn.  Sat Nav: LA8 8DZ

3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera near Newby Bridge

High Dam must be the top of the list.

My second choice is Tarn Hows near Hawkshead.

My third choice must be Gummer’s  How. looking down on to lake Windermere with Lakeside in the distance.

Fabulous places to visit in the lakes when it’s chilly outside.

Winter Beauty….. sounds romantic. Winter walks …….sounds romantic but not all of us want to walk the fells in the Winter, so I have put together my top 4 places to visit in the Winter months when you stay at Woodside.

The mountains, lakes, valleys and woodlands might be a bracing place to be in the Winter months, but it is a wonderful place for winter walking, cycling, family activities and much more.

And, when the snow falls, there are plenty of slopes for sledging and for building snowmen, which the kids will love! This is the Bobbin Mill across the road, just waiting for those snowmen to be built!

And, with early dark nights and clear winter skies, it is a perfect time to get looking up at the stars.

After a day out hiking the snowy fells (be prepared as the weather can be very unpredictable) or having enjoyed a cruise across lake Windermere from Lakeside  you can get all warm and toasty in front of the fire at Woodside.  Or venture out to The Swan for a great meal.


My top selection for indoor places to visit when at Woodside in the Winter months.

  1. The Aquarium of the Lakes, Newby Bridge

A lovely little aquarium on the southern shore of Windermere at Lakeside, with freshwater and marine life, featuring an underwater otter tunnel and stingrays.

Aquarium of the lakes

  1. Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow

The museum has the largest collection of motoring memorabilia in the country. It has more than 300,000 exhibits which trace the development of road transport throughout the 20th Century.

There’s also a tribute section to legendary racing father and son Malcom and Donald Campbell, a 1920s garage and a 1950s café – so there’s lots to do on a visit here and dogs are welcome.

Motor museum and dogs

  1. Lakeland The perfect place to hear about exciting new products, recipes, offers and competitions from the home of creative kitchenware.

The home of the kitchen gadget!  Things you didn’t even know existed! Things you didn’t even know you wanted till you saw it! All this and more, especially on the run up to Christmas. Lakeland is packed with ideas for you and your home, and on a winter’s  afternoon a perfect place to call into when in Windermere. They have an excellent restaurant too.

Lakeland plastics

4.  Hawkshead Village for great shops and cafes. The Hawkshead Relish shop is a must.

Hawkshead relish shop

What ever you do , enjoy your stay in the Lakes in the Winter, a warm welcome awaits you.

Snow at woodside

Unusual Things You Can See near Newby Bridge

Gummers How

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 A Great Walk With A Great View!

Start Point: 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)
Terrain: 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

Gummers How walk map

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.

View from Gummer's How

A Little Bit Of History near Newby Bridge

Not far from Newby Bridge is the Motor Museum at Backbarrow (which you can walk to through the lanes from Woodside,)  It’ s a great afternoon out. When I went I didn’t think I would find it that interesting, however I was so wrong!!!
There are so many fantastic cars to see, even if you’re not a car enthusiast. You just can’t help but enjoy this museum.
And when you fancy a cuppa or lunch, you can just go next door to Cafe Ambio for some great food. Their coronation chicken sandwiches are my favourite.
And yes! dogs are welcome in the museum and on the terrace at the cafe.

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.

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.