Things to do nearby Little Mellfell Cottage
Outdoors enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in the beautiful Ullswater area – one of the most scenic and undeveloped parts of the Lake District. Walking and water-based activities abound – the following are just a few favourites:
Little Mell Fell, the hill from which the cottage takes its name, is a great walk from the door. Great Mellfell is just a few minutes away and can be climbed in around an hour.
Aira Force, one of the Lake District’s best known waterfalls, is just a ten minute drive away. The 65 foot fall itself is reached via an easy walk through ancient woodlands – an ideal picnic spot, with a National Trust car park and tearoom. If you are feeling energetic, you can walk there from the cottage in less than two hours.
For a real physical challenge, head to the Lake District’s third highest peak, Helvellyn. This is one of the Lake District’s most well-known mountains, a favourite of the Romantic poets and made famous by Wainwright. Glenridding is a good starting point for an assault on the summit, just 15 minutes drive from the cottage.
A gentler walk can be found at the foot of the famous Kirkstone Pass - a level lakeside stroll around the little known and unspoilt Brotherswater, a short drive from the cottage.
Anyone who enjoys messing about in boats will find Ullswater the perfect holiday location. Ullswater Steamers provides a variety of boat trips, which you can hop on and off to combine with a variety of short or long walking or cycling routes to suit every ability. Boats of all kinds from canoes and kayaks to sailing dinghies can be hired from Glenridding Sailing Centre, which also offers tuition.
Adrenalin junkies should make a beeline for nearby Rookin House, which offers a wide range of fantastic adventure activities including horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, an assault course, quad biking and many more.
Shopaholics will enjoy browsing a great range of shops in the picturesque villages of Ambleside, Pooley Bridge, Keswick and Windermere, which also feature pubs and teashops galore. The Horse and Farrier Inn in the nearby village of Dacre dates back to the 18th century and is a popular choice for real ale enthusiasts and anyone looking for traditional pub fare in a cosy, relaxing location.