Things to do nearby Tyta Alba
Tyta Alba is located in the heart of Kentmere close to the church giving perfect access to all the footpaths and bridleways heading off up and down the valley and out over the fells. It is an ideal base for exploring the valley and keen walkers will be in their element. If you want to explore further afield then it is just 4 miles to Staveley where the southern Lake District opens up to you with the A591 offering good access to Windermere, Ambleside and beyond.
Kentmere is a beautiful secluded valley in the southeast of the Lake District. As it has no through road and limited parking it retains a peaceful atmosphere throughout the year. Probably best known for the strenuous Kentmere Horseshoe walk, which takes in the fell tops around the head of the valley, it also has lower-level walks on footpaths, tracks and quiet roads on both sides of the valley.
The Kentmere Horseshoe offers stunning views from each of the eight Wainwright Fells you will visit along the way. The entire round is 12.8 miles on often-rocky paths and involves over 1,000 metres of ascent, so it is not one to undertake lightly. But for those up to the challenge you will enjoy extensive views - especially on clear days - and you can walk in the footsteps of the Romans on High Street, too!
For a lower-level walk, head for one of the two bodies of water in the valley. Kentmere Tarn in the lower half of the valley is all that remains of the one-time lake that gave the valley its name. It is quiet, unassuming and tree lined with extensive surrounding marshland: great for spotting wildlife! In the upper valley, Kentmere Reservoir was formed by the building of a dam in 1848 to provide water for a gunpowder mill, snuff mill, and the James Cropper paper mill. This is very much an upland location with a quiet, rugged beauty very different to the sylvian appeal of Kentmere Tarn, but still a worthy destination for a picnic!
Mountain bikers will delight in the challenge of taking on one or more of the old drovers' routes that head out of Kentmere to the surrounding valleys. There is a good network of bridleways and byways to conquer or, for the slightly less adventurous, there are some lovely quiet lanes to explore in the pretty countryside south of Staveley.
St Cuthbert’s Church is medieval in origin but has been remodelled since, and an ancient yew nearby suggests that this has been an important religious site for much longer. The church has a simple barn-like structure with few embellishments and is worth a visit for a few moments of quiet contemplation.
The village of Staveley, 4 miles south of Kentmere Church, offers many of the amenities not available in the Kentmere Valley, with a range of eateries and shops to sample. This bustling little village is the home of Hawkshead Brewery, which offers you the chance to try some local ales. Why not take some bottles home with you too? Staveley has a station on the Lakes Line, which links Kendal with Windermere: perfect for a day out without the car!
The historic market town of Kendal was for many years the home and workplace of Alfred Wainwright, the famed fell-lover and author. Follow in his footsteps and take a wander around the independent shops tucked away in historic cobbled yards in the town centre. Or why not enjoy a walk by the River Kent, larger here than the infant river rushing through Kentmere. You could also discover ruins of the 13th century castle, check out the local museums and galleries or, of course, sample some famous Kendal Mint Cake!
Just to the south of Kendal are two historic houses with beautiful gardens: Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle. Sizergh is known for its rock garden: veined with little streams that are overhung by Japanese maples, it offers year-round interest. A peaceful stroll round the pond is a must! The garden at Levens is completely different, renowned for a huge topiary. Both offer a slice of history in peaceful surroundings with great café’s too! If the weather is not so kind, there is a large leisure centre with swimming pool so the children can let off some steam.
Windermere is the closest lake to the Kentmere Valley and offers up a myriad of opportunities to enjoy the water, from wild swimming to an evening cruise around the lake. Or you can explore with your own boat: there are rowing boats, sailing dinghies and canoes for hire. Windermere is the longest lake in England and boasts wonderful views all around.
Families won't want to miss out on a visit to Brockhole with its lake access, pretty gardens, café, a big adventure playground, tree top nets and crazy golf, as well as a range of seasonal activities! There truly is something for everyone! A Victorian folly, Wray Castle, is found on on the other side of the lake and is set up for children with lots of play and craft activities within the castle and grounds.