Things to do nearby 2 Orchard Cottages
Travel the five miles back towards the motorway, and you'll be rewarded with views of one of England's most famous Lakes, Windermere. Travel up the Eastern shore, and you soon reach Fell Foot Park, hugely popular with kids and grown-ups alike, and a favourite picnic spot for locals in the summer months. This lakeshore parkland offers plenty of opportunities to try out a variety of watersports. The beautiful mature gardens make this a lovely place for a gentle stroll, and it has a delightful tearoom, a playground for the kids and an abundance of space for letting off some steam. Barbeque platforms and boat launch are also free for visitors to enjoy.
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
With a regular timetable and a packed calendar of events throughout the year, Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway offers a great day out. Its steam-powered engines transform you back in time and carry excited passengers through the beautiful countryside to and from the pretty Haverthwaite station and Lakeside on Windermere. A trip on the railway can also be combined with other local attractions such as Windermere Steamers, Lakes Aquarium and Lakeland Motor Museum to create an action-packed day for the whole family.
Hop aboard a vessel with Windermere Steamers for a tranquil and relaxed exploration of England's largest lake. With cruises from 45 minutes to 3 hours, there are plenty of tours to choose from. You can jump off and discover the lively Lakeland villages of Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside, or enjoy a relaxed wander around the pleasant grounds at Wray Castle or Brockhole visitors centre along the way. But with the interesting commentary and stunning views, you'd be forgiven for just wanting to sit back and enjoy the ride.
The vibrant market town of Ulverston is worth a trip. Visitors can enjoy roaming around its labyrinth of cobbled lanes and discovering its many independent shops and tearooms. Comedy fans will love a visit to the Laurel and Hardy Museum which celebrates the town's status of being the birthplace of Stan Laurel. The Coronation Hall, or "The Coro" as it is affectionally known, is a magnificent early twentieth-century building housing a large traditional arched theatre which hosts a range of productions and events throughout the year. Not far outside Ulverston, you'll find the striking Conishead Priory, a Buddist Meditation Centre which has fast become a popular visitor attraction in South Cumbria, alluring people with its historic buildings and peaceful atmosphere.
If you’re yearning to discover the tastes of the area, then a trip to Cartmel village is an absolute must. Home to the world famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding as well as the two Michelin star restaurant L’Enclume, this village is a food lovers dream. Make a visit on the third Friday of the month, and you're in for an even tastier treat as the narrow village lanes are packed with stalls from some of the region's best artisan producers. Unsworth's Yard in the heart of the village is also a great place to sample some local ale as it is home to Unsworth's Micro Brewery. But Cartmel isn't just about food; its ancient Priory and nationally renowned racecourse bring visitors flocking to this pretty Lakeland village all year round.
Holker Hall and Gardens
Home to the Cavendish Family, this magnificent stately home has been attracting visitors from far and wide for years. The house, formal gardens and parkland are all open to visitors at certain times throughout the year, and the exquisite food and drink on offer in the courtyard cafe, brasserie and food hall certainly add to any trip. The Holker Estate host events throughout the year so be sure to check the calendar to plan your visit.
Lakeland Motor Museum
A stone's throw from the property is Lakeland Motor Museum which houses over 30,000 transport related exhibits which span the twentieth century, as well as a whole host of other attractions and exhibits. Don't miss a visit to the Campbell Bluebird Exhibition; housed in its own designated building, this display celebrates the incredible achievements of the record-breaking duo, Father and Son, Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell, and offers life-size replicas of their winning vehicles. Lakeland Motor Museum is a great day out for the whole family, with lots to see, touch and do.
Grizedale Forest is tucked away above the delightful Lakeland village of Hawkshead. Owned by the Forestry Commission England, the forest is well maintained and offers an abundance of fun activities, with something to suit everyone. There are walking and cycling trails which offer spectacular views and quiet spots to admire the wildlife along the way. Grizedale Visitor's Centre offers lots of activities for visitors with young children, from the adventure play park and orienteering to the special activity trails and family events. For those thrill seekers amongst you, Go Ape's treetop ropes course and the guided Segway tours may appeal more, and if you're interested in art, the sculpture trail is a must.
Morecambe Bay Cycle Route
The 81-mile cycle route which stretches the full length of Morecambe Bay, from Walney Island in Barrow to Glasson Dock in Lancaster, takes in a beautiful stretch of coastline, exploring the stunning landscape as it goes. The nearby train station at Grange-over-Sands opens up the possibility to explore different stages of this route and return the same day. The terrain along the way includes quiet highways, tow paths, forest track and promenades to provide a largely traffic-free route. Route maps can be downloaded from the Morecambe Bay Partnership website, and there is a lot of information available to help you plan your ride, including shops, cafes and visitor attractions to stop at as you go.
Starting out in the 15th century as a small fishing community, Grange-over-Sands later became known as a "beautiful sea-bathing village", and by the 1820's a few small villas and hotels were beginning to be developed. Its glory days were definitely in the Victorian era though, when it became a lively seaside resort, and in the Edwardian era, its promenade was added, contributing to it becoming known as the "Torquay of the North". The promenade is still today an elegant place to stroll and enjoy the sea air. Its seafront children's park, tennis courts, bowling green, crazy golf and tearoom give it a distinctly holiday resort feel. However, Grange still retains much of its heritage and charm.