Things to do nearby Shieling Barn
Shieling Barn can be found in the pretty, peaceful hamlet of Finsthwaite, near the southern end of Lake Windermere, with plenty to see and do close by. Explore local lakes and footpaths at picturesque High Dam, discover the local history surrounding Stott Bobbin Mill, or enjoy any of the many attractions around Windermere lake.
Finsthwaite is a typical Lakeland hamlet not far from the southern shores of Lake Windermere, and Newby Bridge. The hamlet is made up of a few scattered dwellings and is the very essence of laid-back country life.
There are several lovely walks nearby, including High Dam and Lake Windermere. High Dam was constructed to turn the water wheels at Stott Park bobbin mill. English Heritage looks after the mill now and there are daily tours of the mill workings, as well as an interactive exhibition.
At Newby Bridge, at the southern tip of Lake Windermere, there is an aquarium with a whole host of interesting creatures, both water-dwelling and otherwise. On the edge of the lake is Fell Foot, a great 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. Newby Bridge is also one of the stops on the route taken by the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway. This journey travels up the river and alongside part of Windermere, taking in wonderful, varied views as it goes.
The southern Lake District peninsulas have a special character all of their own. The coastline to the south of Finsthwaite covers a vast area between the Arnside and Silverdale reserve and Barrow-in-Furness. The Duddon Estuary is also within a short drive. From here, you can hop on a route that travels up the west coast of Cumbria, taking in wonderful sea views and a host of lovely seaside villages and towns along the way. Of particular note is Ravenglass, an old Roman port.
The market town of Ulverston is the birthplace of comic legend Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy. A museum celebrating the duo is found in the town and is a must-visit for any fans. Ulverston also hosts a weekly livestock market as well as a street market in the town centre. You can pick up all your necessities here at the shops and supermarkets, or why not explore one of the many antique shops and pick up a curiosity or knick knack to take home? There is also a popular lantern festival held in the town every year.
Finsthwaite is a great base for enjoying the outdoor pursuits available in the Lake District. Grizedale Forest is just a short drive away and here you can try the Go Ape! high wire course or experience the thrill of the Altura mountain bike course. There are also marked trails for walking in the forest and a fabulous sculpture trail.
Hawkshead is one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District and offers something a little different. As cars are not allowed in the centre, this quirky little village is a peaceful retreat where you feel like you have stepped back in time. You can park up in the large car park on the outskirts of Hawkshead before spending a pleasant hour or two exploring its narrow streets and literary heritage. There are little cafés for refreshments and a number of walks lead out of the village, allowing you to explore the wider area on foot.
Nearby Coniston is famous as the place where Donald Cambell crashed his boat, Bluebird, whilst attempting to break a world speed record. It is a beautiful, five-mile-long lake surrounded by staggering mountain scenery. There is a whole hosts of walks available, regardless of whether you prefer gentle lakeside rambles or high, challenging hikes. When you want to get off your feet, a cruise on a Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola is a wonderfully peaceful way to explore this lovely lake.
Windermere, another popular lake and the longest in England, is nearby, too. The steamer boat service can take you across the water on a stately cruise, and there are various interesting stops along the way. From Finsthwaite’s nearest jetty, Lakeside, you can travel to Wray Castle, a Victorian folly with spectacular views and extensive wooded grounds, to Bowness-on-Winderemere for shopping and entertainment, or Brockhole with outdoor activities that range from mini-golf and zip-lines to kayaking and archery! Alternatively, you can remain on the boat for an Island Cruise, Buffet Cruise, or Evening Cruise.
Whitbarrow Fell is part of the Whitbarrow Nature Reserve and the summit, known as Lord’s Seat, boasts incredible panoramic views over Morecambe Bay and the estuary of the River Kent. The nature reserve is a mixture of woodland, grassy fellside and dramatic limestone pavement. As well as an array of interesting birds including buzzards, woodpeckers and sparrowhawks, you may even be lucky enough to see deer at Howe Riding Wood. There is also a traditional orchard and lovely bluebell woods within the reserve.