Things To Do

There’s always so much to see and do whatever your interests. You could spend many weeks here and still only scratch the surface! Here are just a few suggestions with clickable links: there are many more ideas for a great day out in the cottage folders. Covid note: since the pandemic some of the venues have remained closed or with restricted hours. Many require booking in advance. Please check on their web sites for up to date information. 


From Abseiling through Boat Hire, Cycling, Ghyll Scrambling, Paragliding and Walking – we cover the alphabet! Find out more through Activities in Cumbria, Where2Walk & for cycle hire: Grizedale mountain bikes & Lake District Bikes 

Grizedale Forest is on our doorstep and provides walking, cycling trails & much more – including the challenging Go Ape Grizedale.

Interested in dancing? There are a number of dance clubs in the area featuring sequence, old time, ballroom and latin dancing. We can let you know more details if you contact us.

A special feature of the Cottage is a number of walks you can do from the doorstep. Leave your car behind and take a gentle stroll to the pub across the fields or a half day or a longer day's stroll in the lovely countryside surrounding the cottage.


Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter or Ruskin fan? All lived close by and whose homes are well worth a visit.

Ulverston six miles away. Festivals throughout the year - find out more.

There are a comprehensive programmes of events in the Coronation Hall, Ulverston, the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal and in the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick.

Gardens, Houses & History

There are several National Trust places to visit in the area. Locally, Beatrix Potter Gallery, Townend, Alan Bank and Tarn Hows are our favorites.

If wandering about beautiful gardens is your thing, you will have plenty on your doorstep to keep you happy.

If museums and Galleries are your thing, there are three in Kendal: Kendal Museum, Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry and the Abbot Hall Gallery. Don’t forget the unique Barrow Dock Museum and,
…on our doorstep, Stott Park Bobbin Mill and Old Hall Farm (Good coffee stop).

Fun for All

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway operates steam trains to Lakeside pier on Lake Windermere. Here you can catch one of the many ‘steamers’ which ply up and down the Lake or visit the Lakes Aquarium. Whilst in the area, visit the Lakeland Motor Museum - one of the best car museums in the Country. …And don’t forget to take a steam boat trip on Coniston Lake on the beautifully restored Gondola. And recently opened - The Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. Newly built on the site of the old Steamboat museum and telling the many stories of South Lakeland's boats, builders and users.  

Just in the next village (Spark Bridge) the Farmer's Arms has been bought and is being renovated by local people and managed by Grizedale Arts as a community project. All sorts of interesting events are taking place. The stable bar is now open and there are hand made crafts to buy. See the lakedistrictfarmersarms web site for up to date information.  

What peace and beautiful scenery - no wonder writers and artists were so inspired.