Things to do nearby Howe Farm
Howe Farm is wonderfully situated in The Howe, a tiny hamlet in the southern Lake District less than eight miles from Bowness on Windermere. 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.
Being such a short distance to Bowness-on-Windermere you are perfectly placed to make the most of 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. Why not pack a picnic and find a perfect lakeside spot?
If you read the books of Beatrix Potter as a child, or indeed if you are enjoying reading them again as a parent or grandparent 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. Some more fun family days out close to Howe Farm include the Aquarium of the Lakes at Newby Bridge less than 10 miles away where kids can have lots of fun with Oscar the Otter. Why not team it up with a visit to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite steam railway which stops just next door?
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!
Ambleside is a gem of a town in the very heart of the Lake District. Just 13 miles away from Howe Farm it's a lovely place to visit. It has something for everyone with plenty of outdoor adventures to be had both on the fells and on the water, fantastic places to eat and drink and a rich history dating as far back as Roman times and including a vibrant literary legacy with both William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter having made their homes nearby. It has two independent cinemas called Zeffirelli's and Fellini's which both incorporate excellent vegetarian restaurants for pre or post movie meals and you can even catch some live jazz in Zeffirelli's bar! The town is also home to the Bridge house, surely one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District.
Just beyond Ambleside is Rydal Water and Grasmere – both small lakes with beautiful scenery and walks. If you are lucky enough to visit in bluebell season the hillsides here are laden with the fragrant little beauties. There is an excellent path from Ambleside to Grasmere along the side of these two lakes which makes a nice easy walk or a gentle cycle even with little ones.
Kendal is your nearest large town. 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. Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry make an interesting day out.
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, just 15 minutes away, is an inspirational visit and retains many of its original features – leaf shaped door handles, fireplace inglenooks and carved wood panelling. Levens Hall, a beautiful Elizabethan manor house with a glorious topiary garden is just four miles away. Other stately homes nearby include Sizergh Castle and Holker Hall. All of these are well worth a visit and hold festivals and events throughout the year.
It's a wonderful area for walking and cycling with a huge range of paths and quiet roads to explore. The Howe borders the Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve and there is a wonderful seven mile round walk taking in ancient woodland, damson orchards and stunning limestone scenery all the way up to its high point at Lord's Seat. From here you'll enjoy the maginficent panorama of Lake District Fells, the Cartmell peninsula and Morecambe Bay
While visiting this marvelous southern lakeland peninsula why not take a visit to Cartmel? It's a wonderful traditional village which has grown around its 12th century priory. It's now home to one of the smallest and surely most picturesque racecourses in the country which holds steeple chase meetings during the spring and summer bank holidays. The village square is a delight with its beautiful buildings (some dating from the 16th century) market cross, water pump, and fish slabs, not to mention the village shop which is the home of the legendary Sticky Toffee Pudding. Truly a Cumbrian icon. The village is also home to L'Enclume, a highly renowned and Michelin starred restaurant. Why not try their taster menu as a treat or for a special occasion?
At Howe Farm you are also perfectly placed to enjoy the coastal beauty of the Cartmel Peninsula. It lies within easy reach of Grange Over Sands and Arnside on opposite sides of the River Kent estuary as is opens out into Morecambe Bay. This area is a fascinating place to visit for nature enthusiasts as there are several nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest. Alternatively you could get some fish and chips and find a quiet spot on Arnside's promenade watching the tidal bore and taking in the magnificent views of the Lakeland fells as the sun sets.