The Lake District

We are situated in South Lakeland and very close to the National Park. It’s a 20 min drive to Kendal, 30 min to Windermere and 1 hour to Coniston and Keswick. Most areas are possible to cycle to or travel via the 555 bus from Clawthorpe.

If you are thinking of visiting the Bowness/Windermere area, as this can be very busy, we’d recommend travelling via the Lyth Valley – no traffic, great pubs along the way and the road brings you out at the ferry, right in the centre of Bowness! This is also a great route for accessing Hawkshead & Coniston (via the ferry) and further north to Grasmere & Keswick – slightly longer but a much more scenic route.

Our recommendations

Ambleside, Rydal Water & Grasmere

This walk is excellent as you see a lot – the beautiful villages of Ambleside & Grasmere, two lakes and some caves! It’s also good as Grasmere gives you a halfway stopping point, with a wonderful variety of cafés.
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Ambleside:
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Grasmere:
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Rydal Water:
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The lake at Grasmere in the English Lake District

Kendal

Kendal is a beautiful market town with a vibrant arts & culture scene, from festivals & events to museums and historic buildings, it’s got something for everyone.

There is a good variety of high street & independent shops, lovely walks alongside the River Kent, and beautiful views from Kendal Castle & Kendal Fell.

Have a look on the website to plan your visit and see upcoming events.
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I run a free walking tour most Saturdays & have shared my favourite walks in the area on the Walks & Experiences page.

The ruins of Kendal Castle, not far from Kelker Well Roundhouse

Keswick & Borrowdale

Similar to the Ambleside walk, this area combines a beautiful market town, lake and Britain’s 4th best walk, Cat Bells (ITV’s 2017 poll).

The walk could be a whole day or a couple of hours, as boats stop off at various jetties around the lake, taking you closer to Cat Bells if you’d prefer a shorter walk.

We once got the boat from Keswick to Hawes End, walked to The Borrowdale Hotel for afternoon tea (approx. 2 hours, or 3 if you go to the summit of Cat Bells), then caught the boat back from Lodore – perfect especially when the sun is shining!
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A view of the Borrowdale glacial valley

Wast Water

Wast Water is one of the remotest lakes and takes 1 ½ hours to drive to, but if you set off early and make the most of it, it’s well worth it.

It’s the deepest lake, was named ‘Britain’s Favourite View’ in 2007 (ITV), and is quieter than other areas.

To make a day of it, jump on the nearby Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway and have lunch at The Woolpack Inn or Brook House Inn.
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A tranquil Wast Water in the western Lake District, England's deepest lake

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