Things to do nearby Montara
Montara is perfectly placed to enjoy the Windermere and Coniston areas as well as the Cumbria's southern coast. Why not take a walk along to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway and take the train to the edge of Lake Windermere? While you're there you could visit the Lakes Aquarium or continue up the lake aboard one of the Windermere Steamers. Also on the doorstep is the Lakes Motor Museum, it's got lots to interest the petrolheads among you of course but there's also plenty of fascinating local history to explore and the lovely Café Ambio for those less interested in motors. Why not pit your wits against the Cliffhanger Rooms by escaping from one of their themed "rooms" using brain power alone?
Haverthwaite is a small village in the Leven Valley with easy access to all of the delights of the South Lakes. It is home to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, an historic line with steam trains that carry visitors through beautiful riverside and lakeside scenery.
A day out on the railway can be combined with various other attractions in the area. At Lakes Aquarium, you can explore the lakes of the world and meet a surprisingly varied amount 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 interesting display of cars and other vehicles include a replica of the Bluebird - the boat that Donald Campbell infamously crashed whilst trying to break the water speed record - the Ford Model T, vintage motorbikes, and pedal cars that will get you reminiscing about the good old days!
Just a few miles away from Haverthwaite is the southern tip of Windermere, England’s longest lake and a hugely popular Lake District destination. Surrounded by incredible scenery and with plenty to do, it’s no wonder why! Hop aboard a vessel with Windermere Steamers for a tranquil and relaxed exploration of the water. With cruises lasting from 45 minutes up to a longer three hours, there are plenty of tours to choose from. You can jump off and discover the lively Lakeland villages of Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, or enjoy a relaxed wander around the pleasant grounds at Wray Castle or Brockhole visitors centre along the way. But with the interesting commentary and stunning views, you'd be forgiven for just wanting to sit back and enjoy the ride.
Travel the five miles from Haverthwaite back towards the motorway, and you'll be rewarded with views of Windermere. Travel up the Eastern shore, and you soon reach Fell Foot Park, hugely popular with kids and grown-ups alike, and a favourite picnic spot for locals in the summer months. This lakeshore parkland offers plenty of opportunities to try out a variety of watersports. The beautiful mature gardens make this a lovely place for a gentle stroll and it has a delightful tearoom, a playground for the kids, and an abundance of space for letting off some steam. Barbecue platforms and boat launch are also free for visitors to enjoy.
The vibrant market town of Ulverston is worth a trip. 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 of being the birthplace of Stan Laurel. The Coronation Hall, or "The Coro" as it is affectionately known, is a magnificent, early twentieth-century building housing a large traditional arched theatre that hosts a range of productions and events throughout the year. Not far outside Ulverston, you'll find the striking Conishead Priory, a Buddist Meditation Centre that has fast become a popular visitor attraction in South Cumbria, alluring people with its historic buildings and peaceful atmosphere. Also near Ulverston is Swarthmoor House - a a 16th century country house set in beautiful gardens.
If you’re yearning to discover the tastes of the area, then a trip to the village of Cartmel is an absolute must. Home to the world-famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding as well as the renowned restaurant, L’Enclume, this village is a food-lovers dream! Make a visit on the third Friday of the month, and you're in for an even tastier treat as the narrow village lanes are packed with stalls from some of the region's best artisan producers. Unsworth's Yard in the heart of the village is also a great place to sample some local ale as it is home to Unsworth's Micro Brewery. But Cartmel isn't just about food; its ancient priory and nationally-renowned racecourse bring visitors flocking to this pretty Lakeland village all year round.
Home to the Cavendish Family, Holker Home & Gardens has been attracting visitors from far and wide for years. The house, formal gardens and parkland are all open to visitors at certain times throughout the year, and the exquisite food and drink on offer in the courtyard café, brasserie and food hall certainly add to any trip. The Holker Estate host events throughout the year, including garden tours with the Head Gardener, regular food markets, and the Holker Spring Fair, so be sure to check the calendar to plan your visit.
Grizedale Forest is tucked away above the delightful Lakeland village of Hawkshead. Owned by the Forestry Commission England, the forest is well maintained and offers an abundance of fun activities, with something to suit everyone. There are walking and cycling trails that offer spectacular views and quiet spots to admire the wildlife along the way. For those thrill seekers amongst you the Go Ape! treetop ropes course and the guided Segway tours may appeal or, if you're interested in art, the impressive sculpture trail is a must.
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 Grange-over-Sands opens up the possibility to explore different stages of this route and return the same day. The terrain along the way includes quiet highways, tow paths, 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. In the Edwardian era, its promenade was added, 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, whilst it still retains much of its heritage and charm.