Things to do nearby Hollin View
The village of Bampton is ideally located for exploring the north west Lake District and the central Eden Valley. Quietly situated Hollin View is just 2 miles from the head of Haweswater. Ullswater and Pooley Bridge are within 15 minutes, Penrith is 10 minutes away and the Adventure Capital of Keswick is a 35 minute drive away.
At the heart of the village is the Mardale Inn, an 18th century characterful pub serving good food and real ale. The village is also served by a post office, village shop and garage. Just two miles away is the mysterious Haweswater, a very quiet and remote lake with a flooded village at Mardale Head. Many great mountain days start from here, the long craggy ridge leading to High Street, Kidsty Pike and the Garburn Pass all offer fantastic walking and the opportunity to see England's only Golden Eagle.
15 minutes from Hollin View is Ullswater, one of Lakelands longest and most majestic lakes. Lake steamers operate between Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding - ideal for a linear walk perhaps or a leisurely sail across the magnificent Ullswater (there is a bar on board!). You can also hire boats from Pooley Bridge and Glenridding - Ullswater is perfect for watersports of all descriptions and there are plenty of coves and beaches for picnics or fishing. There are plenty of great opportunities for cycling in the area and there are many days of varied walking in the Ullswater area with the valley bottoms offering low level routes and access to the higher fells. A variety of walks can be had along the shores of Ullswater and the steamer service makes for excellent linear routes. Why not hop off at Howtown and explore Martindale, the lack of car access makes this valley feel very remote and wild, it is very quiet all year round. The High Street range is massive and quite out of the way from all the main Lakeland honeypot spots. But from Bampton you are well places to set foot up onto the rolling hills of HIgh Street and wander for miles without seeing a soul.
Boats can be hired at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding. Lake steamers run between Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding throughout the year (with a reduced winter service). A trip on the steamers is a great way of completing a linear walk. Hygebby Lodge is ideally positioned to provide easy car access to beautiful country houses, Hadrian’s Wall and other visitor attractions such as the houses of Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth. The Penrith area is especially well catered for with a host of watermills, potteries, alpaca and ostrich farms.
Eating and Drinking
Hollin View is well positioned for a variety of places to eat for all tastes and budgets. Try the Howtown Hotel which is situated near the lovely little Hallin Fell, accessed by car along a bumpy road or sail in style on a steamer from Pooley Bridge. The steamer option comes recommended! Also on the road to Howtown is the Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, which although at the top end of most budgets is one of the oldest Lakeland country hotels and the birthplace of the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. In Stainton the King's Arm's and the Brantwood Hotel serve good food and Yanwath is a short walk away with an award winning gastropub, The Yanwath Gate. Nearby Pooley Bridge has several lovely tea rooms and a characterful pub, The Pooley , and a range of eateries in Penrith.
Penrith is 8 miles away and offers a wide range of eateries from Italian to Indian. Keswick is a pretty 35 minute drive away with a lovely market place lined with pubs and shops and a fine selection of restaurants for different tastes and budgets.
Keswick and Derwentwater
Keswick is the adventure hub of the northern Lake District, with a vast choice of outdoor activities on two feet, a bike, and on water. The town offers a wide selection of places to eat and drink and plenty of rainy weather activities. Derwentwater has an easy, ten-mile path around it, and a pushchair-friendly stretch along its western shore. Why not take a trip on the launch and hop on and off at any of the 7 stages around the lake - great for exploring and stretching your legs if you do not want to walk all the way round! Derwent Marina and Platty+ are two of the many providers for water sports. Here you can hire boats of all descriptions and receive tuition too.
Keswick Golf Club - Based at Threlkeld Hall, three miles to the east of Keswick. 18-hole parkland course with Lakeland views. Club house with bar and restaurant, golfing shop.
Castlerigg Stone Circle - This sight is not to be missed – a short 1.5 mile walk or drive to the southeast of Keswick. This circle of 40 stones is believed to be 5,000 years old, and, in common with a lot of Cumbrian stone circles, is supposed to be aligned to midwinter sunrise…but we don’t know why! Sited on a flat-topped hill, overlooked by the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra, it’s a beautiful place to visit, whether you’re interested in ancient monuments or not.
Keswick is famed for it's many and varied festivals. The Film Festival kicks off the year in February, followed by Words by the Water. May is a busy month hosting the world renowned Jazz Festival which sees the town transformed by colourful characters, musicians and musical parades. Shortly after, the Mountain Festival rolls into town with all things outdoors crammed into a week. Try a torch lit ascent of Blencathra, a triathalon or a Wainwright bagging walk with a local guide. In June the Beer Festival takes place at the rugby club - live music, good beer and a fantastic atmosphere. Look out for the fancy dress competition too! Street Theater takes place through the town during June and July including performances of comedy, poetry, music and magic. The beggest and oldest event in Keswick is the Chritian Convention which takes place over three weeks in July and offers something for everyone no matter what your religious leaning.
Adventure Training. There are many activity providers in the area. Here are just a few:
• Keswick Rambles offers guided walks between April and November.
• Tim Mosedale - Learn to rock climb with an Everest Summiteer.
• Pace the Peaks offer guided walks .
• Mountain Sense offer guided rock climbing, scrambling, gorge walking and canoeing.
The Lowther Valley is an ideal base from which to explore Eastern Cumbria. Both Eden Valley and the Lake District are on your doorstep. Below are links to various places of interest.
- Dalemain - Historic house and gardens near Ullswater
- Hutton in the Forest - Historic home of Lord and Lady Inglewood
- Brougham Castle - Exlpore the ruins of this picturesque castle beside the River Eden
- Larch Cottage Nurseries - Enjoy coffee overlooking this lovely garden centre which has an Italian feel!
- Ullswater Steamers - Cruises down Lake Ullswater
- Penrith Driving Range - Floodlit driving range and 9 hole pitch 'n' putt course
Penrith Golf Club - Stunning moorland golf course overlooking Penrith
Rheged - 'The village in the hill' has a cinema, craft shops, exhibitions and more