Things to do nearby Orchard Cottage (Ingleton)
Whether you take gentle strolls in the delightful Lune Valley or prefer to get your heart pumping with the choice of walking, climbing and caving sites in the Yorkshire Dales, you’re sure to fill your time at Orchard Cottage. A trip to Kirkby Lonsdale is a must to wander the many independent shops and excellent eateries, while nearby Ingleton has a great pump track for kids, an open-air swimming pool and a lovely walk on the waterfall trail.
Cantsfield is a peaceful hamlet near Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton, both of which are just over five miles away. It is also a dedicated conservation area and a convergence of Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire, giving easy access to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland and the west coast. It is an ideal location for a touring, walking or relaxing holiday. The Lune Valley is incredibly pretty, with stone-built villages dotted around. The prominent Lakeland writer and philanthropist John Ruskin commented when he first saw the valley: “I do not know in all my country, still less France or Italy, a place more naturally divine…”.
Within half an hour’s drive of Cantsfield are various beautiful locations, including the southern Lake District, Malaham Cove, the Eden Valley and Ingleborough, the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales. The natural features of the landscape make it suitable for a host of outdoor activities, and the area is a magnet to walkers, climbers, cavers and potholers.
Ingleton is a limestone village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and the starting point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk. The scenery is stunning, and with little effort you can walk to see the natural wonders of spectacular scars, limestone pavements, high cliffs and deep dry gorges. Below ground there is just as much to see, as the region is awash with dramatic underground rivers, stunning potholes and caves. White Scar Cave at Ingleton is the longest show cave in Britain and is well worth a visit, with its subterranean passages, caverns, waterfalls, eco-friendly visitor centre and a cafe. Guided tours of the cave cover one mile and last about 80 minutes. Features include the amusingly, and aptly, named Witch’s Fingers, Judge’s Head, Arum Lily and the Squeeze! You can also follow the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a circular route beginning and ending in the village. The footpath runs as close as possible to the edge of the rivers Twiss and Doe to provide spectacular views of the waterfalls. Walking boots or strong shoes are recommended as the path includes a large number of steps.
Ingleton open-air heated swimming pool has been in existence since 1933 when it was dug out by a team of local volunteers. It resides in a beautiful setting on the riverside just out of the village and is a delightful place to relax during the summer season. The pool is run by the community and regularly undergoes investment and improvement to keep the facilities in excellent condition for locals and visitors to enjoy. There are some lovely little cafes in the village when you're ready for a refreshment stop too.
Kirkby Lonsdale, an attractive town nestled on the banks of the River Lune, was awarded market town status in 1227. The imposing Royal Hotel provides a backdrop to the main square and is a great place to pop in for a coffee after a busy morning wandering around the interesting selection of shops and old buildings. You will find 17th and 18th century properties lining the streets, housing some of the many quirky and unusual independent shops the area is known for. Markets are held every Thursday in the market square. Pay a visit to Churchmouse Cheeses, which sells all manner of international cheese and specialises in local offerings including Swaledale and Blacksticks Blue. As well as shops and services there are several visitor attractions for you to enjoy, such as The Station House Pottery, a workshop with everything you need to decorate a piece of ceramic. You can also check out the Sheepfolds sculpture project, a major Cumbria-wide sculpture, landscape and environment project with the internationally renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, developed by Cumbria County Council.
Kendal is about half an hour's drive from Canfield and offers an excellent selection of shopping arcades, a host of historical buildings and bridges, fine restaurants, a multitude of pubs and stunning views. It also houses the Brewery Arts Centre, a multi-purpose arts complex that presents a year-round programme of theatre, music, films, lectures and exhibitions, together with art and craft workshops. And while you’re in town, be sure to pick up some Kendal Mint Cake!
Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, has a great range of things to do in the various towns and villages around its shore. The most visited is Bowness-on-Windermere, where you can walk around the bay or enjoy the many shops, eateries and attractions. The World of Beatrix Potter, in the centre of Bowness, offers something for everyone, from the history of the iconic children’s writer to the wonderful characters that she created. Experience the scenery and serenity of the lake on one of the Windermere Lake Cruises. You can use it as a ferry service to visit Ambleside, Wray Castle or Lakeside or just stay on board and enjoy the views.
Why not take time to explore the city of Lancaster, about half an hour from Cantsfield? You could visit the imposing medieval castle with its antique furniture, 19th century prison cells and views of the River Lune. There is also the city museum, Lancaster Priory Church, Ashton Memorial, a maritime museum and Williamson Park, which offers woodland walks, a butterfly house and coastal views.