The Lake District - Things to do

The area around Linthwaite House abounds with places of special interest and places to visit. There are over 50 visitor centres and attractions some of the more famous include Beatrix Potter's 17th century house from where she penned many of her famous children's stories and William Wordsworth beloved homes; Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount. There are an array of historic homes and gardens. Many attractions are open all year round and all are within easy reach of the hotel.

Linthwaite is ideally located for touring the Lake District so take time to explore the countryside that inspired Wordsworth, enter Beatrix Potter's 'land of stories' and follow in Wainwright's footsteps, high among the mountains and fells. Or just marvel at the truly magical splendour of the lakes.

Further afield you could visit Birdoswald Roman Fort - it was one of sixteen forts situated along Hadrian's Wall frontier system. It is now a designated World Heritage Site and is the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain. It is the best known frontier in the entire Roman Empire and stands as a reminder of past glories of one of the world's greatest civilisation.
Useful Lake District links

Activities


Providing hot air balloon flights across the Lake District - your chance to view the Lakes from a different perspective.

Whether you are in the Lake District for the first time or are a seasonal visitor, The Quirky Traveller offers a new way to see the UK's most popular holiday location. Sharing your trip with Zoe Dawes you can enjoy a tour of parts of the Lake District you may never have seen before and discover whole new landscapes. Zoe's tailor-made tours are designed to encourage visitors to discover new people, places and perceptions.

Attractions

Located only five minutes away from Linthwaite, Blackwell is one of England's most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. Designed by M. H. Baillie Scott between 1897 and 1900, it is a superb example of Arts and Crafts movement architecture.

It occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere in the English Lake District and has recently been restored and opened to the public as a gallery for craft and applied arts.

Literary

"Who comes not hither ne'er shall know how beautiful the world below..." William Wordsworth, 1778.

This link will take you to The Wordsworth Trust's Website where you can find out the history of Wordsworth and information about Rydal Mount - his most beloved home, Dove Cottage and Wordsworth House - where he spent some of his childhood.

Miscellaneous

Since its establishment in 1993, The Lake District Tourism & Conservation Partnership has worked to bring together conservation organisations and businesses engaged in tourism.

The aim of The Partnership is to promote sustainable tourism by raising much needed funds for vital conservation projects in the Lake District. Linthwaite recognises the importance of contributing to the surrounding landscape and supports the work through contributions - the money raised goes directly to look after the red squirrels.

The National Trust in The Lake District
The National Trust's main aim in the Lake District is the conservation of over a quarter of the National Park, including the land, houses, castles, gardens and countryside parks in its care. To those of us who enjoy the Lakes, the work of the Trust must be encouraged and supported in order to preserve the treasures of the Lakes for future generations.

The most popular National Trust properties in the area are:

Beatrix Potter Gallery, Hawkshead:

An annually changing exhibition of original sketches and watercolours painted by Beatrix Potter for her children's stories. This 17th-century building, which became known as Tabitha Twitchit's shop, was once the office of Beatrix's husband, William Heelis. The interior remains substantially unaltered since his day, giving an interesting insight into a Victorian law office.

Fell Foot Park, Windermere:

This Victorian park, restored to its former glory, offers substantial access to the lakeshore of Windermere, where there are leisure facilities in season including rowing boat hire, and fine picnic areas.

Hill Top (Home of Beatrix Potter), Near Sawrey:

Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories in this 17th-century house, it has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with her furniture and china. There is a traditional cottage garden attached. A selection of her original illustrations may be seen at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

Steam Gondola, Coniston Water (best boat ride in Lakes):

The steam yacht Gondola was first launched in 1859 and now, completely rebuilt by the Trust, provides a steam-powered passenger service in its opulently upholstered saloons. This is the perfect way to view Coniston's spectacular scenery.

Sizergh Castle, near Kendal

The home of the Strickland family for over 760 years, the medieval castle was extended in Elizabethan times and has an exceptional series of oak-panelled interiors with intricately carved chimneypieces and early oak furniture, culminating in the magnificent Inlaid Chamber. The castle is surrounded by handsome gardens which include a particularly imposing and beautiful rock garden.

Stagshaw Gardens:

A woodland garden, created by the late Cubby Acland, Regional Agent for the Trust. It contains a fine collection of shrubs, including many notable rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. Adjacent to the garden are Skelghyll Woods, which offer delightful walks and access to the fells beyond.

Townend, Troutbeck:

An excellent example of Lake District vernacular architecture and an exceptional survival. Largely 17th-century, the solid stone and slate house belonged to a wealthy yeoman farming family and contains carved woodwork, books, papers, furniture and fascinating domestic implements from the past, largely accumulated by the Browne family who lived here from 1626 to 1943.

Wordsworth's House, Cockermouth:

The Georgian town house where William Wordsworth was born in 1770. Several rooms contain some of the poet's personal effects. His childhood garden with terraced walk, attractively restored, has views over the River Derwent, referred to in his autobiographical poem The Prelude.
Mike's Lake District Guide
Mike Bevans, owner of Linthwaite, gives you his personal insight into his favourite Lake District locations, attractions and snippets of local information.

A wandering I shall go.....

Apparently I enthuse about a few paces in the Lakes to shop, stop and eat, stop and stare, and it's been suggested I should write 'em down.
so here goes.

Bowness:

Stars of Bowness are not obvious, though the village is really very nice being on the edge of Lake Windermere. If you want some outdoor gear I use Stuart Sports half way up the hill on the right, just past the NatWest bank. I am not a fan of Costa because I like to support small businesses. Bowness is near Linthwaite, so coffee is back at the ranch. Hole in t'wall is the pub to go to. Looks authentic. We have arrangements at the McDonald Spa at the Old England Hotel for our guests; it's free if you stay with us.

Windermere:

The bit of town by the A591, the main trunk road through the Lakes, also known as the Golden Mile in Windermere. Lakeland is loved by shoppers of kitchen stuff. Go to the station and the car park's through there. There is a great cafe upstairs, run by our friends the Doherty's. He's ex Gavroche, so the nosh is good indeed. Nice views too. Lunch may involve a wait though. You can browse the kitchen drawer specialists meanwhile. There is a Greggs, to be avoided at all costs, but just down from them is the Oak Street Bakery. A different prospect altogether. There are the staples such as Boots, and WH Smiths if you really need them.

Staveley:

This is a small village between Kendal and Windermere. Worth a detour. Great base for mountain biking and walking the Kentmere Valley. Wheelbase: they have all your bike needs. Huge warehouse. Also in Staveley Yard are numerous other good things. MORE bakery, where we buy some bread and I buy the 'full shaba'. Go on, find out what it is. Awesome brownies, or muddies as he calls them. A proper bakery with great takeaways and fine coffee. There is a small sitting area in and outdoors. Of course most people mention Wilfs, the vegetarian cafe, spread out over all sorts of levels in and outdoors as the place to eat in Staveley. In between these esteemed establishments is the Jewel in the Crown; Hawkshead Brewery, where you can not only enjoy a pint of fine local ale, but you can accompany it with some of the ubiquitous Mr Doherty's fine food. (Cumbrian tapas in other words.) Don't spoil your dinner though! Work it all off with a visit to the Waters and Acland bespoke furniture and cabinet makers. Serious antiques for the future.

Ings:

A bit farther along from Staveley towards Windermere. here there are two things. A petrol station and the excellent Watermill Inn, where one of our old chefs cooks hearty meals. But the beer's the thing here. (Noticed a theme yet?) Worth mentioning you can download a fantastic map of the beers and breweries of Cumbria. The CAMRA breweries map is based on the London tube map. As well as the breweries, regular beers are featured along with their alcoholic strength, so you know what you’re getting. This is the second version of the map and 500 individually numbered maps have been printed. Click here to view.

Grange-over-Sands

Also known as God's waiting room, it really is a splendidly gentile place. It has a long flat promenade overlooking Morecambe Bay. Fabulous views. It has some shops. Some lovely parks and garden style parks with water and exotic bird life. It even has an adult outdoor gym. Most of all though it has Higginson's Butchers which happen to sell the best pies ever! Brilliant if you're off walking.

Hawkshead:

This is where Wordsworth carved his initials in the desk at the grammar school. It's pedestrianised. Good car parking. No street parking. Great tea shops with massive cakes (The Sun Tea Shop), pubs, relish shops, and the National Trust have the Beatrix Potter Gallery here too. Essential!

Lakeside:

The Bobbin Mill. What more can I say? I could mention the Lakeside Hotel; nice people, lake front, right next to where the boats stop on their way round Windermere (Bowness-Lakeside-Waterhead). Also, why not drop in to the YMCA which has a fabulous position; if you have kids you can book them on some terrific outdoor pursuits here?

Newby Bridge:

On the way to Haverthwaite (you can always get the steam train from Lakeside), is the excellent Lakeland Motor Museum. One of the best I have ever seen, and I do love cars.

Ambleside:

This is the biggest central Lakeland town. It has myriad outdoor clothing shops. Loads of tea shops and cafes. Pubs, cinemas, bookshops. Great on a rainy day. If you like garden centres, you may not want to go to Hayes. There are nicer ones elsewhere, but this one is enormous.

Grasmere:

Daffodils. Wordsworth's grave. National Trust's new Allan Bank House; decidedly radical for the NT. Outdoor clothing shops, tea shops; Baldry's the best, pubs. Brilliant Jumble Room Restaurant. If you like 70's music you'll admire the LP sleeves in the toilet! Beautifully small. Cute, and American called it. Nestled in the central lakes overlooked by big fells, this is truly a great setting for a village. Don't forget to try the famous Grasmere gingerbread!

Skelwith Bridge

One of our favourite destinations for the fabulous Chesters by The River. This is run by our friend Steph Barton who also has the amazing Drunken Duck at Barngates. Chesters has a fabulous setting. A wonderful eaterie which is constantly re-inventing itself, and a shop full of desirable things for your home and kids/grandchildren. Soon to have a new takeaway food thingy. This is also another good base for walking but she won't thank you if you leave your car in the ir car park as space is precious!

Barngates

The Drunken Duck. Great food; Chef Johnny used to work for us at Linthwaite 'when he were a lad'. Great beer; they brew the famous Tag Lag. All beers here are named after their dogs. But don't taste like dogs. I have never had one, honest.

Near Sawrey

The ferry goes from South of Bowness (Ferry Road is a clue) just down the hill from Linthwaite across Windermere, the water not the town, to the Western shore. Drive West a very few miles, and in a short time you'll pass through Far Sawrey to Near Sawrey. Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm (NT).
The Lakes
The English Lake District or "The Lakes" has long been a popular holiday destination, and is an ideal location for romantic breaks, easter holidays or simply for some rest and relaxation. It is treasured for its spectacular beauty. Made famous by the many great literary figures connected with the area - none more so than the poet William Wordsworth who was born in Cockermouth in 1770 and whose home for much of his life, Dove Cottage, can be visited to this day in Grasmere.

Occupying the central portion of Cumbria, the Lake District National Park covers around 700 square miles of England's most stunning scenery. Renouned for both its lakes and mountains, the region is home to both England's largest lake (Windermere) and highest mountain (Scafell Pike - 3,210 feet). Nearby Helvellyn is not far behind at 3,118 feet.

Holidays in The Lake District

The Lake District's dramatic glacial landscape is a haven for walkers and watersports enthusiasts. Well known lakes in the area besides Windermere include Derwentwater, Ullswater, Coniston, Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite Lake, Haweswater, Brotherswater and Buttermere, each of which has its own unique character and charm. For those that are here for a more relaxing break, there are numerous towns and villages to be enjoyed - there's Bowness and Windermere almost on our doorstep, of course, but also towns such as Ambleside, Coniston, Grasmere, Hawkshead, Kendal and Keswick that are a little further afield yet which are all well worth a visit.

The outskirts of Cumbria and the Lake District such as Carlisle, the Eden Valley, the Lake District Peninsulas of Furness and Cartmel, and Cumbria's west coast are also all worthy of visits, offering a diverse range of scenery and local attractions. It is perhaps no wonder that the Lake District is England's most popular tourist destination outside of London.

Linthwaite House Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the Lake District and outlying areas, occupying a convenient location alongside key transport links.

Activities in the Lake District

Linthwaite House Hotel is located close to many of the Lake District's popular tourist attractions including Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens and National Trust properties. The Lake District is an ideal location for walking and cycling breaks. Please use the drop down menu at the top of this page for further details of activities in the Lake District.