Things to do nearby Dodds Howe Cottage
Dodds Howe is in the pretty little village of Crosthwaite, 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.
It is just a stone’s throw to Bowness-on-Windermere (15 minutes) with its independent shops, museums, cinema, pubs, restaurants and cafes. 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 take the car ferry over the Lake from near Bowness to Hawkshead which is one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages. There are no cars in the centre and it is full of whitewashed houses, little cafes 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!
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House (10 mins) is an inspirational 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 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.
Ambleside is another lovely town to visit (11 miles). Here you will find more shops, restaurants, cinema and little nooks and crannies of interest. There is pitch and putt here, a climbing wall and the 17th Century Bridge House which must be one of the most photographed houses in the Lake District. Kirkstone Pass features one of the highest pubs in England and takes you over from Ambleside to Ullswater Lake.
Just beyond Ambleside is Rydal Water and Grasmere – both small lakes with beautiful scenery and walks.
Kendal is your nearest town (10 minutes). 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.