Things to do nearby The Shippon
Located on the outskirts of the vibrant town of Kendal, The Shippon is perfectly placed for exploring everything that the popular South Lakes has to offer. Kendal is well known for its arts’ scene and there’s certainly plenty to please those with an interest in culture: take in a film or play at the buzzing Brewery Arts Centre or walk to the ruins of Kendal Castle to learn about the history of this charming market town. For those who prefer a bit of retail therapy, Kendal has a great choice of shops – be sure to stop for coffee and cake in one of the many local cafes on offer. A short drive in the car will take you to Wndermere and Bowness. Why not hitch a ride on one of the stately steamers and enjoy an afternoon cruising round the lake? Or take the ferry across to Hawkshead, where you can visit Beatrix Potter’s former home Hill Top before grabbing an ice cream from The Little Ice Cream Shop in the village for the return journey.Kendal is one of those exciting places with so many nooks and crannies to explore. It has its main street, of course, which is largely pedestrianised. But then going off from here are all sorts of allies and ginnels leading to many a discovery! It's a great place to wander around and see what turns up. As well as shops and eateries, Kendal also boasts not one, but TWO castles, a couple of museums, and lots of other historically interesting buildings. It's also the birthplace of the world-famous Kendal Mint Cake, so don’t forget to pick up some of this tasty treat during your visit! Alfred Wainwright made his home in the town after moving from Blackburn, and Kendal Museum hosts the Wainwright Gallery, which includes a recreation of the author’s office from when he was curator. Five minutes out of Kendal is the pretty village of Staveley, which nestles at the foot of the Kentmere Valley. It's renowned for housing Staveley Mill Yard, home to lots of local enterprises including one of the best cafes in Cumbria (Wilf's cafe), one of the largest cycle stores, an ice cream parlour and the famous Hawkshead Brewery! It's also a great starting place for lots of walks including Craggy Wood, Longsleddle Woods, and Spring Hag. Dorothy Farrer's Spring Wood (a nature reserve) is nearby and has beautiful bluebells in spring. Windermere is just a 15-minute drive away and brings with it the lake and two villages: Windermere village with its cafes and shops, and Bowness village, which is on the lake itself. You can take a boat out on the lake, try your hand at watersports, book yourself in for some action with one of the area's adventure companies, stroll along the lakeshore, or eat in one of the many restaurants and pubs. There's also the World of Beatrix Potter to visit, or the beautiful Blackwell Arts and Crafts house nearby. From Bowness-on-Windermere, you can take the ferry across the lake to explore Grizedale Forest where there are mountain bike trails and a Go Ape! high ropes course (discounts available for guests of Sally's Cottages). The impossibly pretty village of Hawkshead, which has a car-free centre, is worth a visit for its wonky whitewashed buildings, arches, and tiny streets. Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top at Near Sawrey, is now a museum about the beloved author and her work. Her home has been preserved so well that you will feel as though she just stepped out of the door before you walked in! Twenty minutes from Kendal is the southern tip of Windermere and 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. There's an aquarium at Newby Bridge here, or you could take a trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway. Closer to Kendal is Whitbarrow Fell, 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. Animal lovers will enjoy the walk immensely for the opportunity to spot a host of wildlife. 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! The nature reserve also has a traditional orchard and bluebell woods. On your way back from Whitbarrow, you could drop into the privately owned Levens Hall and Gardens. Widely known for its magnificent topiary gardens, it's a great place to explore or play hide and seek! If you love a historical building, then Sizergh Castle is close by too. It's a medieval fortress surrounding by gardens and is owned by the National Trust If you'd like to escape the crowds, then head east to historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale (20 minutes). As well as shops and a market place, there are some great river walks here that take in both Ruskin's View (he described it as 'one of the loveliest views in England, therefore in the world’) and Devil's Bridge (legend has it that the devil promised to build a bridge in exchange for the first soul who crossed over it). The river also provides a popular swimming spot. A further 10 minutes takes you to the Caves at Ingleton (and the Yorkshire Dales National Park). If you head west from Kendal then you'll reach the coast, in particular the coastal estuary at Grange-over-Sands (20 minutes), which, historically, was a quiet fishing village until the introduction of the railway in 1857. Large hotels and grand houses were then built for wealthy businessman who wanted to take 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 butcher. A traffic-free promenade runs along the coast and is lovely for an evening stroll, taking in the beautiful sunsets. On the opposite side of the estuary you will find Arnside and Silverdale where you can visit the wildlife meadows and bird sanctuaries.