Things to do nearby Winder Ghyll
High Winder occupies a very special slice of the Lake District, positioned high above Ullswater, off the beaten track and amidst endless tranquility. The location on the lower slopes of the High Street range offers great fell walking straight from the door, not to mention the historic Roman Road, the course of which passes right by the cottages.
Uphill from High Winder is the mysterious Moor Divock, a series of ancient stone circles. The largest and most impressive is called the Cockpit. Further uphill you can find remains of the Roman road, and ruined stone structures on Loadpot Hill.
One of the biggest draws to Ullswater is Helvellyn. Its famous ridges are not quite visible from High Winder, or from the villages in Ullswater, but you cannot fail to be aware of the mighty bulk of the mountain cutting off Ullswater from the west. A drive into Glenridding or Patterdale would take about 30 minutes, or you could arrive in style via the steamer boat from Pooley Bridge. Helvellyn and its neighboring fells are all big walks so allow the entire day.
If you don’t fancy striding out for the giant fells of High Street or Helvellyn then there are plenty of gentler walks in the area, and days out to historic houses and gardens.
There are several notable ruined castles in the Penrith and Eden Valley area. Most of these can be visited in a day’s tour, a very pleasant way to see the area. You can read our article here.
Nearby Lower Castle stands on a limestone escarpment on the edges of the Lake District and the Eden Valley. The ruins are spectacular and the famous gardens though under restoration, are still lovely to wander round.
Larch Cottage is an RHS nursery running gardening talks and workshops throughout the year. There is also an Italian inspired café and a huge range of plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits etc on sale.
Eating our near High Winder Cottages
The local villages of Tirril and Askham each have an excellent pub sharing the name of the Queens Head. The Tirril version is brimming with character – inglenook fireplace, flagged floors and oak beams, It has it’s own renowned brewery and holds an annual Sausage and Beer festival. What’s not to like!
The Askham Queen’s Head serves good food & drink and is dog friendly. Wainwright once described this village as the prettiest in all of Eden and not much has changed since he was there – there is a delightful village green, and an abundance of daffodils in spring.
For a really special occasion, the world-famous Sharrow Bay Hotel occupies a prime position on the eastern shore of Ullswater. This grand mansion gained its legendary reputation when it became the first county house hotel in 1948, and also lays claim to creating the famous Lakeland dish sticky toffee pudding. The interior may not be to everyone’s taste but the food is to die for and the attentive service, second to none. An evening meal is something of an investment price wise, afternoon tea is more affordable and comes with the same high level of service and attention to detail.
You can read more in our Ullswater Area Guide. Click here for ideas on things to do in the area.