Things to do nearby Toffee Cottage
Toffee Cottage could hardly be better placed to enjoy the great outdoors. Get well prepared and take on the stunning Langdale Pikes stopping at Stickle Tarn along the way; alternatively walk along Lingmoor Fell to the iconic Old Dungeon Ghyll Pub. Follow the circular Langdale cycle trail towards the Pikes then to Elterwater. Why not stop for lunch at the Britannia Inn to keep your strength up? Explore the shops, eateries and independent cinemas of nearby Ambleside or take a Windermere Lake Cruise to take in the scenery from the water.
Langdale is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Lake District. With stunning mountain scenery, a lush green valley floor and a glistening river running through, it makes a wonderful base for a South Lakeland stay. Its popularity with outdoor enthusiasts goes back a long way; easily accessible from major roads and the bustling hubs of Ambleside and Windermere, yet with scenic grandeur on every side, its popularity is well-deserved.
The Great Langdale Valley boasts an incredible choice of walking and cycling. The image of the mighty Langdale Pikes is a familiar one as it features in so many pictures of the region. The massif is made up of Pavey Ark, Pike of Stickle and Harrison Stickle. Stickle Tarn is a hugely popular walk and worthwhile visiting even if you don’t fancy taking on the peaks. Lingmoor Fell sits on the opposite side of the valley from the pikes. Starting at Elterwater walk over the fell and descend to the Old Dungeon Ghyll, reward yourself with a pint and walk back along the Cumbrian Way.
The valley is blessed with several pubs and eateries. In Elterwater there’s The Britannia, Chapel Stile has The Wainwright’s Inn while further up the valley lies the Old Dungeon Ghyll, a place with rock climbing folklore woven through it. Chester’s By The River is a smart café and shop at nearby Skelwith Bridge where you can enjoy one of their gorgeous scones watching the River Brathay bubbling past.
Surrounded by beautiful scenery, Ambleside is a bustling South Lakeland village situated at the northern end of Lake Windermere, just a few miles from Langdale. You’ll find a great choice of shops and eateries in the village. Try Zeffirellis and its sister restaurant, Fellini's, for tasty vegetarian Italian food and take in a film at one of their cinemas or enjoy some live music in their jazz bar. If you’re looking for good beer, head to Ambleside’s hidden gem, the Golden Rule, off the main street. Beautifully unchanged in decades, it’s a favourite of locals, tourists and walkers alike.
The area around Ambleside has a vibrant cultural scene with several museums, galleries and studios. The Armitt Library and Museum is a hub of local history and many of Beatrix Potter's natural history watercolours are displayed here. Why not pay a visit to Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum in nearby Grasmere? Here you can explore the rich literary heritage of this special part of the world. Visitors can look further into the region's past at one of the many historical houses including Wray Castle, a fairy tale of a place overlooking Windermere, and Brantwood, the Coniston home of Victorian polymath John Ruskin.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is surrounded by mountain peaks and pretty Lakeland villages. Wander down to Waterhead Pier at Ambleside, opened in 1845 and once popular with the Victorians. The bay is now a cluster of gift shops and cafés where you can while away an hour or two. Steamers and launches sail daily from here throughout the year. The main cruise is a three-hour ride between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. Hop off the boat to sample the delights of the steam railway and aquarium at Lakeside or the World of Beatrix Potter attraction at Bowness. Float across Windermere in the evening and watch the sun setting behind the mountains whilst listening to cool jazz on an evening buffet cruise
Take one of the heritage steamers to Brockhole, where you can explore the house and gardens or take part in a range of other activities such as clay pigeon shooting, “Brave the Cave” or swing through the tree canopy on their Treetop Trek!
Grizedale Forest is a tranquil haven nestled between Coniston Water and Windermere. It offers walking, cycling and adventure aplenty. The forest park is also home to a captivating range of art works inspired by their natural surroundings.
Esthwaite Water nearby offers trout fishing, winter Pike fishing as well as general coarse fishing. Aside from the fishing there is also the opportunity to spot some magnificent ospreys during their season.
Coniston Water is a stunning lake that stretches for five miles through beautiful countryside and mountain scenery. Why not take a trip on the traditional launch or the beautiful Steam Yacht Gondola? If you'd rather be under your own steam, so to speak, you can hire motor-boats, kayaks and rowing boats at the lakeshore. You can recreate your own Swallows and Amazons story on the Lake that inspired Arthur Ransome to write the books!
Hawkshead is one of the Lake District’s prettiest villages. No cars are allowed in the village itself (although there is a large car park on the outskirts) and it is full of whitewashed houses, lovely little cafés, and walks in all directions. Visiting here is like stepping back into a bygone era. At Near Sawrey, just a couple of miles from Hawkshead, you will find Hill Top Farm, previously the home of Beatrix Potter. The museum has retained many of the author’s personal knick-knacks and the rooms have been kept as they would have been in her day.