Things to do nearby Grubbings
Graythwaite is a magical world all of its own with walking and cycling trails around its gardens and woodland. Pack a picnic and take the gentle stroll down to Windermere's shore less than a mile away. Head to beautiful Hawkshead less than six miles away, a truly charming Lakeland village with cobbled alleyways, quaint pubs and delightful shops. You could always test your wilder side at Go-Ape, a high ropes course in in nearby Grizedale Forest. Alternatively just use the fabulous facilities right outside your door at Grubbings such as the indoor swimming pool, fitness suite, farm shop and children's playground.
The Graythwaite Estate is a magical world of history, ancient woodland, formal gardens and outdoor adventure all nestled in glorious Lakeland scenery. The cottages on the estate benefit from the use of delightful on-site leisure facilities. There's an indoor pool, fitness suite, children's playground and farm shop for guest's convenience. Added to this, Graythwaite guests can book tailored outdoor activities with a dedicated team of instructors from CBA events.
The walking and cycling in this gently undulating landscape is just delightful. Explore the miles of trails within the Estate's 5,000 acres without ever troubling a main road. Why not pack a picnic and wander down to Windermere's shore less than a mile away? Alternatively get the family on their bikes and explore the woodland trails. Graythwaite's ancient woodland is home to native oak, ash, birch and alder.
Esthwaite Water nearby offers trout fishing, winter Pike fishing as well as general coarse fishing. Aside from the fishing there is also the opportunity to spot some magnificent ospreys during their season. Why not give it a try in the manner of Jeremy Fisher whose story was inspired by Esthwaite Water?
Grizedale Forest is a tranquil haven just five miles from Graythwaite. The forest park is home to a captivating range of art works inspired by their natural surroundings. It has 8000 acres of mixed woodland with a web of walking and cycling trails interweaving through the scattered sculptures. The visitors centre is great fun for families. There's a wonderful adventure play area where children can burn off steam to their heart's content. The park also plays host to a "Go Ape" trail where guests could get roped up and take on an exhilarating range of obstacles high up in the canopy.
Hawkshead, five miles away, is one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages. No cars are allowed in the village itself (although there is a large car park on the outskirts) and it is full of whitewashed houses, lovely little cafés, and walks in all directions. Visiting here is like stepping back into a bygone era.
The hamlets of Near Sawrey and Far Sawrey, three miles from the Estate, are picture perfect examples of Lakeland villages. At Near Sawrey you will find Hill Top Farm, previously the home of Beatrix Potter. It's now a popular museum and many of the author’s personal knick knacks and the rooms have been kept as they would have been in her day. Sawrey also boasts two good pubs where you'll find real ales and hearty meals.
The delightful Victorian folly that is Wray Castle lies just a few miles up Windermere's shoreline. Set in gorgeous grounds it's ideal for families with young children as you'll find rooms with dressing up boxes, soft play building blocks and play areas. Outside, there are rope swings, woodland to build dens in and family-friendly gardens.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is surrounded by mountain peaks and pretty Lakeland villages. Head along to Waterhead Pier, opened in 1845 and once popular with the Victorians. The bay is now a cluster of gift shops and café where you can while away an hour or two. Steamers and launches sail daily from here throughout the year. The main cruise is a three-hour sail between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. Hop off the boat to sample the delights of the steam railway and aquarium at Lakeside or the World of Beatrix Potter attraction at Bowness. Float across Windermere in the evening and watch the sun setting behind the mountains whilst listening to cool jazz on an evening buffet cruise.
Blessed with beautiful scenery, Ambleside is a bustling South Lakeland village situated at the northern end of Lake Windermere. Though largely Victorian, there has been a settlement here since Roman times when the fort of Galava was built to house 500 soldiers. Their aim was to defend the south Lakeland fells from invasion and to guard the vital trade route to Ravenglass via Hardknott Pass. The remains of the fort were excavated between 1914 and 1920 and can be found next to Borrans Park at Waterhead on the northern end of Windermere.
Within Ambleside you’ll find a wide selection of pubs and cafés. There’s a great choice of eateries here too, whether you're looking for cosy cafes, pub grub, high end restaurants or world food. Try Zeffirellis (pictured) for tasty vegetarian Italian food and take in an arthouse film at their cinema or chill with some live music in their jazz bar. If you’re looking for good beer, head to Ambleside’s hidden gem, the Golden Rule, off the main street. Beautifully unchanged in decades, it’s a favourite of locals, tourist and walkers alike. If you fancy something very special, two Michelin starred restaurants are nearby; The Samling just outside Ambleside and Grasmere's Forest Side. Both have outstanding restaurants producing culinary delights to tantalise your taste buds in fabulous settings
At Newby Bridge, at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, there is an aquarium with a whole host of interesting creatures, both water-dwelling and otherwise. On the edge of the lake is Fell Foot, a great park with plenty of open space for games, picnics and gentle walks. You can sail boats on the lake and the bay is perfect for swimming and paddling. Newby Bridge is also one of the stops on the route taken by the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway. This journey travels up the river and alongside part of Windermere, taking in wonderful, varied views as it goes.
Coniston Water is a stunning lake that stretches for five miles through beautiful countryside and mountain scenery. Why not take a trip on the traditional launch or the beautiful Steam Yacht Gondola? If you'd rather be under your own steam, so to speak, you can hire motor boats, kayaks and rowing boats at the lakeshore. You can recreate your own Swallows and Amazons story on the Lake that inspired Arthur Ransome to write the books.
Coniston is also famous as the lake where Donald Campbell broke the world speed record in 1955. He was infamously killed when attempting to do the same in 1967. His boat, the famous Bluebird, was raised from the bed of the lake in 2001, along with his remains, and a memorial service was held in Coniston church. A replica of the Bluebird can be seen at the Lakeland Motor Museum in Backbarrow