Things to do nearby Chimney Cottage
Baycliff village is a lovely place to relax and unwind. It is a quintessential English village set around a green. The playground is perfect for little ones and the picnic tables scattered around the pristine parkland that surrounds the play area is a lovely place to enjoy the views. Just across the lane from the park, the Fisherman's Arms serves good food and an excellent choice of drinks. The beer garden is also a lovely place to catch up with friends after a fun-filled day out.A 10-minute leisurely stroll from the village centre sees you at the beach, a vast expanse of sand, pebbles and rock pools when the tide is out. You can walk the shore in both directions and kids and dogs can run free while you take in the views. A lovely two-mile walk east takes you to Bardsea where you can enjoy refreshments at the Chill and Grill Ice Cream Parlour or The Ship Inn and, often, the resident ice cream van is parked on the seafront, too! If a cup of tea and a tasty slice of cake are more your thing, Moat Farm Tea Rooms at Aldingham are a must visit.
The vibrant market town of Ulverston is less than five miles from Baycliff and is the nearest town for stocking up on supplies. It has so much more to offer than a supermarket, too; visitors can enjoy pottering around its labyrinth of cobbled lanes and discovering its many independent shops and tearooms. Comedy fans will love a visit to the Laurel and Hardy Museum, which celebrates the town's status as the birthplace of Stan Laurel. The Coronation Hall, or "The Coro" as it is affectionately known, is a magnificent, early 20th-century building housing a large traditional arched theatre that hosts a range of productions and events throughout the year.
On the outskirts of Ulverston is Conishead Priory. Originally founded as a hospital by Augustinian monks in 1160, the present house, which is a Grade II listed example of Victorian Gothic architecture, was restored by the Buddhist community. You can visit the magnificent Temple for World Peace, café, gift shop and gardens, and its relaxed woodland walks take you to the beach for breathtaking views across Morecambe Bay.
Newby Bridge, located at the southernmost tip of Windermere, is crammed full of attractions for visitors. The Swan Hotel and Spa is the ideal place to ease your aches and pains while the National Trust lakeshore parkland at Fell Foot offers a perfect spot for a picnic. Kids will love the adventure playground and you can hire boats or have a go at other outdoor activities on certain days of the year. Nearby, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway transports you back in time as you hop aboard a steam engine for a scenic journey. At the end of the line is The Lakes Aquarium where you can explore the underwater world and meet a surprising variety of creatures! As well as the expected fish, you can see pygmy marmosets, otters, tortoises, and many more. Alternatively, car-lovers will be in for a treat at the Lakeland Motor Museum. Their impressive display of vehicles includes a replica of the Bluebird - the boat that Donald Campbell famously crashed while trying to break the water speed record - the Ford Model T, vintage motorbikes, and pedal cars that will have you reminiscing about the good old days!
Just over half an hour's drive from Baycliff is the lovely Lakeland village of Coniston and the picturesque Coniston Water. Though small in size, Coniston packs the punches when it comes to admirers, with authors Arthur Ransom and Beatrix Potter and poet and artist John Ruskin all declaring their love for the place and calling it home for parts of their life. It has played its role in history too, remembered as the water where Sir Donald Campbell broke the water speed record in 1955, and where he died trying to regain it again some twelve years later. For many, there is no more civilised way to experience the Lake District than a walk along the shoreline, a cruise on the steam yacht gondola or an afternoon tea in one of its delightful tearooms and cafés!
Situated at the tip of the South Lakes Peninsula, Barrow in Furness is the largest town in the area and boasts rich industrial heritage and a wonderful coastline to explore. Visit the remains of the once majestic Furness Abbey, a mighty red sandstone ruin that was one of the wealthiest Cistercian abbeys in the country! The abbey owned a vast amount of land in the area and built a harbour at nearby Walney Island and a castle for defence on Piel Island. To explore the industrial heritage of the town, a visit to Barrow’s Dock Museum is a must. It makes for a fascinating insight into how the community became an incredibly important port for the 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 nearby dockyards.
The Morecambe Bay Cycle Route stretches 81 miles along the full length of Morecambe Bay from Walney Island in Barrow to Glasson Dock in Lancaster. It takes in a beautiful stretch of coastline, exploring the stunning landscape as it goes. The nearby train station at Ulverston opens up the possibility to explore different stages of this route and return the same day. The terrain along the way includes quiet highways, towpaths, forest track and promenades to provide a largely traffic-free route. Route maps can be downloaded from the Morecambe Bay Partnership website, and there is a lot of information available to help you plan your ride, including shops, cafés and visitor attractions to stop at as you go.
Starting out in the 15th century as a small fishing community, Grange-over-Sands later became known as a "beautiful sea-bathing village." Its glory days were in the Victorian era when it became a lively seaside resort. The Edwardians added a promenade, contributing to it becoming known as the "Torquay of the North". The promenade today is still an elegant place to stroll and enjoy the sea air. Its seafront children's park, tennis courts, bowling green, crazy golf and tearoom give it a distinctly holiday resort feel, while it still retains much of its heritage and charm. Grange-over-Sands is a 30-minute drive from Baycliff or can be accessed via the Furness Community Railway.
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 flats, home to a huge variety of important species and habitat. A ninety-minute walk 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 want to take a different route on your return, hop on the local Cumbrian Coastline railway at Foxfield Station; Kirkby-in-Furness is just one stop south and less than 10 miles from Baycliff.
Just five miles from the property, The South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness is a treat for kids of all ages. You can spend a full day exploring the various enclosures and on-foot safari and take part in feeding the animals and listening to the various timed talks. The little train which journeys through the vast park is always a firm favourite with little ones, and the café and gift shop are well worth a visit too.