Things to do nearby Howe Farm
Crosthwaite is a pretty little village just a few miles from Lake Windermere and Bowness. This quiet corner of the Lake District is the perfect retreat to escape to, with rolling hills and the famous damson orchards of the Lyth Valley, laden with fruit in the Autumn and white blossom in Spring.
This is a wonderful area for walking and cycling with a huge range of paths and quiet roads to explore. Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve has a wonderful, seven-mile round walk taking in ancient woodland, damson orchards and stunning limestone scenery all the way up to its high point at Lord's Seat. From here you'll enjoy the magnificent panorama of Lake District Fells, the Cartmell peninsula and Morecambe Bay.
Kendal is your nearest large town. The Brewery Arts Centre is well worth a visit – it is a lively arts hub with exhibitions, live music, comedy, cinema and theatre. You can also visit The Quaker Tapestry – an exhibition of 77 small tapestries telling stories of Quaker events throughout the years. Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry make an interesting day out. Those with a sweet tooth won’t want to miss the 1657 Chocolate House!
Bowness-on-Windermere sits on the lake and boasts incredible views of the surrounding mountain scenery. It is full independent shops, museums, cinema, pubs, restaurants and cafés, so you’ll never be at a loss for something to do! Why not take a trip on the steamer around Windermere Lake, where you can hop off and then back on again exploring different parts of the shoreline? Or you could hire some rowing boats, a self drive motor boat, canoes or a sailing boat. If you’d like to learn how to sail there are several places offering courses.
If you read the books of Beatrix Potter as a child, then take a trip to The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness and find out more about all your favourite characters – Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, the Two Bad Mice – they’re all in there. You can even explore Mr McGregor’s garden! Why not finish off your trip with a tasty cream tea at the café?
Around the lake are numerous attractions, many of which can be reached on the Windermere Lake Cruisers. Wray Castle is a Victorian folly surrounded by acres of beautiful woodland; the Lakeland Motor Museum with an extensive range of vehicles, including a replica of Donald Campbell’s Bluebird; the Lakeland and Haverthwaite Railway’s steam engines pootle along the shores of Windermere, reminding you of a bygone era.
You can take the car ferry over the Lake from near Bowness to Hawkshead, one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages. There are no cars in the centre and it is full of whitewashed houses, little cafés and walks leading off in all directions.
Near to Hawkshead is Hill Top; with the fire lit and all her knick-knacks scattered around, it’s as though Beatrix Potter has just stepped out for a walk! The beloved author and conservationist bought the farm with the proceeds from her first books and gifted it to the National Trust upon her death.
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House is an inspirational place to visit and retains many of its original features – leaf shaped door handles, fireplace inglenooks and carved wood panelling. Other stately homes nearby include Sizergh, Levens Hall and Holker Hall. All are well worth a visit.
There are hundreds of walks in the area of Lake Windermere. too. You can choose from low level walks near the lake, or go up onto the high fells. A favourite is to walk up to Orrest Head, which takes you through woodland before you get to the summit, a rocky knoll with fantastic views over to Windermere and the Coniston fells beyond. This is an easy fell to ‘conquer’ and it was here that Wainwright first discovered the Lake District.
While visiting this marvellous southern Lakeland peninsula why not take a visit to Cartmel? It's a wonderful traditional village which has grown around its 12th century priory. It's now home to one of the smallest, and surely most picturesque,racecourses in the country, which holds steeple chase meetings during the spring and summer bank holidays. The village square is a delight with its beautiful buildings (some dating from the 16th century), market cross, water pump, and fish slabs, not to mention the village shop, home of the legendary Sticky Toffee Pudding. The village is also home to L'Enclume, a highly renowned and Michelin starred restaurant. Why not try their taster menu as a treat or for a special occasion?
You are also perfectly placed to enjoy the coastal beauty of the Cartmel Peninsula. Grange Over Sands and Arnside are on opposite sides of the River Kent estuary as is opens out into Morecambe Bay. This area is a fascinating place to visit for nature enthusiasts as there are several nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Alternatively, you could get some fish and chips and find a quiet spot on Arnside's promenade watching the tidal bore and taking in the magnificent views of the Lakeland fells as the sun sets.