Things to do nearby Halecat House
Halecat House is at the head of an ancient valley with views to the coastal estuary at Grange-over-Sands. There are some great walks right from the property including Whitbarrow Scar and the area is popular with wildlife enthusiasts.
Whitbarrow has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it contains some of the best examples of natural limestone habitats in Europe. The fell is often known better as Whitbarrow Scar due to the impressive cliffs lining its western edge. Whitbarrow is a mixture of woodland, grassy fellside and the dramatic limestone pavement.
According to Wainwright’s book of the Outerlying Fells of Lakeland, ‘All is fair to the eye on Whitbarrow’. He describes an anticlockwise walk from the summit, known as Lord’s Seat, which returns along the valley to the west, easily reached from Halecat House.
Just up the road at nearby Levens is Sizergh Castle, a beautiful medieval house with rich gardens and estate. The Strickland family has lived in this imposing house for over 700 years, and it contains a rich and interesting history on their time here. There are beautiful grounds and gardens with a pond and a lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.
The southern Lake District is easily reached from Halecat, with Windermere being around 20 minutes away and Coniston, the Furness fells and Grizedale Forest are not much further.
Halecat has views of the estuary at Grange over Sands, historically a quiet fishing village until the introduction of the railway in 1857. Large hotels and grand houses were built for wealthy businessman taking advantage of the pleasing climate. These houses and terraces can be admired as you walk around the town.
The railway can take you all the way up the coast to Maryport with plenty of interesting places to hop on and off in-between, especially Ravenglass, where you can catch a connecting train right into the heart of Eskdale.
A traffic-free promenade runs along the coast and is lovely for an evening stroll, taking in the beautiful sunsets. In the middle of the village is a large duck pond and beautiful ornamental gardens.
On the opposite side of the estuary you will find Arnside and Silverdale where you can visit the wildlife meadows and bird sanctuaries.