Things to do nearby The Hideaway, Lakeside
The Hideaway (Lakeside) is ideally located for exploring the varied attractions and landscapes of the southern Lake District - from the ever popular Lake Cruises on Windermere which leave from Lakeside just a mile down the road to peaceful walks in the wooded hills nearby. Lakeside Hotel has a restaurant, pub and spa just a short walk, drive, sail or even swim away. Head up to the craggy Coniston fells, down to the quiet south Cumbrian coast, or over to bustling Bowness. Whatever you choose to do, you can return to he peace and quiet of The Burrow at the end of the day, put your feet up and relax.
High Stott Park, on the shores of Lake Windermere, is perfectly placed to take in the most popular areas of the Lake District. Nearby Stott Park Bobbin Mill is a working mill that created bobbins used in the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries. Owned by English Heritage, it is now open for public tours where you can observe bobbins being made on the original machinery!
Just a short distance away from High Stott Park is Lakeside, where you can either hop on a cruiser and explore Windermere by water, visit Lakes Aquarium. or take the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway south along the river and be amazed by the beautiful views! One of the stops on the rail route is Newby Bridge at the southern tip of Windermere, where you will find 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.
Continue your journey south and you will reach the southern peninsulas of Cumbria, which have a special character all of their own. The Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is full of interesting fauna and flora including the delicate lady's-slipper orchid and an assortment of birdlife. Alternatively, head to the southernmost tip of Cumbria to South Walney Nature Reserve where you may be lucky enough to spot seals!
The active market town of Ulverston is the birthplace of comic legend Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy fame. 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 and numerous exciting events throughout the year including an international music festival, a Dickensian festival and a beer festival!
Heading back to the Lake District itself, and you are spoiled for choice! The steamer boat service on Windermere can take you across the water on a stately cruise, and there are various interesting stops along the way. From High Stott Park'ss 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 to 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.
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.
If you're a Beatrix Potter fan, you'll want to take the opportunity to visit Hill Top, the author's home at Near Sawrey. Now owned by the National Trust, the 17th-century farmhouse is a time capsule of Potter's life that includes thousands of objects, writings and drawings that belonged to her. Continue your literary pilgrimage with a visit to pretty Hawkshead, a car-less village of cobbled streets and quirky buildings that hosts the Beatrix Potter Gallery (the former office of her husband, William Heelis) as well as a school that William Wordsworth attended.
You can happily spend an entire day or more at Grizedale Forest. Those who love an adrenaline rush can take on a Go Ape! high wire course or experience the thrill of the Altura mountain bike course. For a more relaxed day, Grizedale is famous for its forest sculpture trail - you can cycle or walk this route or many others routes. Alternatively, why not get about in a different way by hiring a Segway? However you occupy yourself, you can refresh with a delicious picnic in one of the dedicated areas or head to the café for tea and cake!