Things to do nearby Brandle How
Ullswater is a stunning area to explore, and Brandle How is perfectly situated to surround yourselves with the rural tranquility of this part of the Lake District.
First things first, the small village of Dockray (which is on the road going towards Ullswater lake) has a good pub called the Royal Hotel that serves lunch and evening meals, plus a wide range of Lakeland ales. There is also a pub at Troubeck (5-10 mins drive) and a selection of pubs at Ullswater (10 mins)
Just a five minute drive away is Aira Force, one of my favourite waterfalls. The woodland walk here is beautiful - you can never visit it too many times. It can get busy but there are plenty of paths going off along the fellside if you want to have the place to yourself.
The main Ullswater village of Glenridding is a ten minute drive from Brandle How, and Patterdale village is a mile further on. You can hire boats from here or it is a good place to start a hike up Helvellyn - the third highest mountain in the Lake District.
Ullswater is one of the Lake District's longest and most majestic lakes. There are plenty of coves and beaches for picnics and perhaps a little swim. Lake steamers operate between Glenridding, Howtown and Pooley Bridge - ideal for a linear walk perhaps, or a leisurely sail across the magnificent lake (there is a bar on board).
If you carry on beyond Glenridding you can drive over Kirkstone Pass and into Ambleside (about 35 minutes from Brandle How). This is a lovely small town with all sorts of museums, outdoor shops, galleries, cinemas, restaurants and cafes. Windermere lake is just beyond Ambleside.
Finally, if you like thrills and adventure, take a trip to Rookin House Farm (five minutes from Brandle How) where you can try your hand at archery, quad biking, rifle shooting, fishing, tree climbing, JCB operating, pony trekking or even driving a tank!