Things to do nearby Tanyard Cottage
Finsthwaite is a typical Lakeland hamlet near Windermere and Newby Bridge. The hamlet is made up of a few scattered dwellings and is the very essence of laid back country life.
Tanyard Cottage benefits from several lovely walks from the door including High Dam and Lake Windermere. High Dam was constructed to turn the water wheels at Stott Park bobbin mill. English Heritage looks after the mill now and there are daily tours of the mill workings and an interactive exhibition.
The edge of Lake Windermere is nearby too. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway operates from the lake and travels a beautiful route alongside River Leven. There is a steam engine shed, licensed restaurant, shop and play area for children.
Tanyard Cottage is ideally located for exploring the Windermere area. There is a steamer boat service on the lake with a service from Lakeside connecting to the busy town of Bowness on Windermere. In the wider area Hawkshead, Coniston, Windermere, Ambleside, Ulverston and Kendal are all within a 20-30min drive. Bowness on Windermere is a popular tourist destination where you can enjoy the traditional atmosphere of the town and the pleasant lakeside setting.
Finsthwaite is a great base for enjoying the outdoor pursuits available in the Lake District. Grizedale Forest is within a short drive. Here you can try the Go Ape high wire course and zip wires through the trees or experience the thrill of the Altura mountain bike course. There are also marked trails for walking in the forest and a sculpture trail.
The southern Lake District peninsulas have a special character all of their own. The coastline to the south of Finsthwaite covers a vast area between the Arnside and Silverdale reserve and Barrow-in-Furness. The Duddon Estuary is also within a short drive. There is a railway service linking the coastal peninsulas to the west coast. The train service is a fantastic way to explore the area and to see a different side of the Lake District and Cumbria all the way from Arnside and Silverdale to Maryport.