Things to do nearby The Annexe
Why not explore the Duddon Mosses Nature reserve from The Annexe? The Site of Special Scientific Interest is home to a huge variety of significant species and habitat. If you take the 90-minute walk as far as Foxfield you could reward yourself with a meal and a drink at the Prince of Wales Pub! You can even catch the train back. Also using the coastal railway you can look into the rich history of the area at Barrow’s Dock Museum and majestic Furness Abbey. To venture into the fells from the cottage guests can investigate the peaceful Duddon Valley or the more bustling town of Coniston nearby.
The Duddon Estuary, nestled between the Irish Sea and the Lakeland Fells was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1990 and is a dynamic and diverse environment of sand and mud flat, home to a huge variety of significant species and habitat. A ninety-minute walk from the property takes you on a tour of the Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve from Kirkby-in Furness across to Foxfield. The gentle stroll offers you spectacular views of this incredible landscape and a chance to see some of its inhabitants. If you don't want to retrace your steps to return, hop on the local Cumbrian Coastline railway at Foxfield Station; Kirkby-in-Furness is just one stop south.
Combine a walk across the Mosses National Nature Reserve with a stop at the Prince of Wales pub in Foxfield for an enjoyable day out. Situated at the village train station, this pub is a unique place to enjoy a drink, chat with the welcoming locals or simply relax in front of one of its cosy open fires. But this isn't any ordinary village pub, the Prince of Wales is home to the Foxfield Brewery and offers an extensive range of bottled beers from around the world, as well as a good selection of its own, and there is decent cider menu on offer too. Many of their drinks come with detailed tasting notes, making a trip here more of an experience than just a pitstop.
The charming town of Broughton-in-Furness sits between the Duddon Estuary and the southern Lake District fells. It has an ancient history and a gently bustling village atmosphere. Set around a Georgian market square with a stone obelisk at its centre, Broughton boasts several pubs, two cafes and some much loved village shops.
The buzzing little market town of Ulverston has been delighting visitors for many years with a collection of independent shops, cafes and eateries, a regular market offering local produce and a vibrant calendar of festivals and events taking place each year. In the centre of the town, the Coronation Hall is an impressive early twentieth-century building housing a large traditional arched theatre which hosts a range of productions. Another impressive building in Ulverston is Conishead Priory, a beautiful historic house with extensive grounds which is now a Buddhist Centre. Just a short walk from the town centre is the Laurel and Hardy Museum, home to works and memorabilia from this legendary comedic duo. The town is understandably proud of its connection to the duo as it is the birthplace of Stan Laurel.
Situated at the tip of the South Lakes Peninsula Barrow in Furness is the largest town in the area and boasts rich industrial and religious heritage and some wonderful coastline to explore. Visit the remains of the once majestic Furness Abbey, a mighty red sandstone ruin that was once one of the wealthiest Cistercian abbeys in the country. The abbey owned a vast amount of land in the area and developed a harbour at nearby Walney Island and built a castle for defence on Piel Island. To explore the industrial heritage of the area why not visit Barrow’s Dock Museum? It makes for an interesting visit explaining how the town became an incredibly important port for iron and steel movement and how it then became synonymous with shipbuilding. Today visitors can often see one of the mighty submarines being built in the dockyards nearby.
Coniston lies just over 12 miles away from Kirkby-in-Furness and is justifiably famous for many reasons. Set on the shores of pristine Coniston Water there are many walks to be had, from easy strolls around the lake to challenging mountain climbs, including the Old Man of Coniston, at 2600 feet.
Why not explore the valley from the water? You could take a cruise on the elegant Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola, alternatively take one of the Coniston Launches to one of the various landing stages around the lake. Brantwood, the home of Victorian polymath John Ruskin, has its own landing stage and the launch company offer ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and ‘Campbells on Coniston’ tours too. The more energetic Swallows and Amazons among you can hire their own rowing boats, sailing dinghies, canoes or kayaks from Coniston Pier and create their own adventures on the lake where Arthur Ransome was inspired to write his stories.
From Kirkby-in-Furness visitors are also well placed to explore the popular tourist destinations of Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere. Ambleside is a lovely Victorian town at the head of Windermere with a range of independent shops and galleries. There are also many acclaimed restaurants in Ambleside, perhaps you might enjoy a cinema evening at Zeffirelli’s or Fellini’s, two charming cinemas frequently showing independent films with excellent vegetarian restaurants attached to them.