Things to do nearby Bridge House
The Winster Valley is a beautiful, peaceful valley near the southern tip of Windermere. The area around Bridge House is not especially populated, making it perfect for a tranquil and relaxing break to escape the pressures of modern life.
In the immediate area there are several excellent pubs for eating out, including the well known gastro-pub, the Punch Bowl Inn at Crosthwaite.
Whitbarrow fell runs for much of the length of the Winter Valley. The fell is often known better as Whitbarrow Scar due to the imposing cliffs lining its western edge, which are within walking distance of Bridge house.
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 Bridge House.
Whitbarrow Fell is a mixture of woodland, grassy fellside and the dramatic limestone pavement. The area has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it contains some of the best examples of natural limestone habitats in Europe.
There are some lovely walks through the valley, in woodland and on bridleways. Nearby Simpson Ground is a mixture of woodland and crag outcrops with a picturesque reservoir in the woods. In the wider area near Bridge House, you can climb Coniston Old Man, the Langdale Pikes and even Scafell Pike.
Beyond Whitbarrow is the Lyth Valley, voted into the celebrated guidebook, Lonely Planet’s top 100 beautiful places in the world. On the edge of the valley, Sizergh Castle is a beautiful medieval house set amidst picturesque gardens. 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. Within the grounds and gardens there is a pond and a lake, a national collection of hardy ferns and a superb limestone rock garden.
The nearest lake to Bridge House is Windermere. The southern tip at Newby Bridge is just a ten minute drive (or a 5 mile walk via Simpson Ground). There is an aquarium at Newby Bridge, a great rainy day activity regardless of age. On the edge of the lake is Fell Foot, a great family friendly park with plenty of open space for games, picnics and gentle walks. You can sail boats on the lake and the bay is perfect for swimming and paddling.
Bowness-on-Windermere is 15 minutes away to the north of Bridge House. You can use the ferry to hop over the lake with your car and explore Grizedale Forest where there are mountain bike trails and a Go Ape course. There is also Hawkshead, an impossible pretty village (with a pedestrianised centre) and Beatrix Potter’s home/museum at Near Sawrey.
South of the Wister Valley is the coastal 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 or browse the shops that include an interesting bookshop and an award winning butchers.
The railway from Grange over Sands 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.
Eating out near Bridge House
The Mason’s Arms in Bowland Bridge is one mile from Bridge House. It is more of a restaurant than a pub and serves seriously good grub, using locally produced, wholesome ingredients.
The Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite is a short drive from Bridge House and is a superb gastro pub with an excellent. It is managed by the same owners as the well known Drunken Dunk pub in Ambleside.
The Hare and Hounds also in Bowland Bridge is a cosy, friendly local pub that has a good variety of beer on tap. There is a nice beer garden and the food is reasonably priced considering how delicious it is! You can walk to the Hare and Hounds via a footpath across the fields.
The Derby Arms in Witherslack is a great one to combine with a walk over Whitbarrow Scar. It is an excellent pub with restaurant and is just a few miles down the valley from Bridge House.