Things to do nearby Upper Bell Cottage
The small village of Lindale is ideally located for those looking to explore the beautiful South Lakes, whilst still being within easy distance of the south Cumbrian coast. Visit nearby historic Holker Hall, a magnificent stately home with beautiful gardens. A 10 minute drive will take you to the neighbouring village of Haverthwaite, where you can enjoy a train ride through scenic countryside. Make the most of being within a short drive of the coast and enjoy bracing walks by the sea whilst taking in the stunning wide open vistas.
Lindale, also known as Lindale-in-Cartmel, is a small village on the southern edge of the Lake District. With easy access to the best of the South Lakes as well as the coast at Morecambe Bay, it offers a fantastic playground for you holiday. Its most famous former resident was John "Iron-Mad" Wilkinson, an 18th century inventor who produced iron for and helped build the world's first iron bridge! His memory is honoured with a large obelisk (made of iron, of course!) in the village. Despite its perfect position, Lindale remains tranquil and is an ideal retreat if you want all the benefits of the area without the crowds.
Nearby Cark-in-Cartmel is a pretty village with several lovely inns and the grand Holker Hall. This stately home is beautiful inside and especially outside, with spectacular varied gardens that you can spend all day exploring. There are also plenty of events throughout the year including a spring fair, chilli fest, and Christmas market - something for every season!
Grange-over-Sands became a popular seaside destination in the Victorian era, with doctors recommending the clean air as a cure for all sorts of ailments. Nowadays you can still see the evidence of its Victorian popularity, with a Grade II Listed Lido that the community is working to restore, and a beautiful cast-iron bandstand. The promenade offers the opportunity for a pleasant and gentle walk with lovely views over the bay.
Morecambe Bay is an excellent place to enjoy long, sandy strolls, spectacular sunsets and exhilarating outdoor adventures. Why not pack a picnic and head to the beach for a day paddling in the water? Or walk the length of the bay at certain times of year with the aid of a Queen’s Guide, who will help you navigate the quicksand. For even more excitement, try an adrenaline-pumping activity: there's windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding and more!
The Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the far side of the Kent Estuary, is a nature-lovers dream. It's home to numerous nature reserves, rare flora, and fascinating wildlife and you can happily spend your whole day here walking or cycling through the landscape, spotting birds and butterflies, and admiring the views. Stop off at some of the pretty villages such as Arnside or Silverdale - which host an annual arts and crafts fair - or learn about the history of the area at one of several fascinating sights.
A short drive away is Cartmel, famous for its Sticky Toffee Pudding, which is still carefully homemade at the village shop. You can visit for the pud and stay for the rest of the village, which has plenty to offer. Pop in for a quiet moment at Cartmel Priory, get around the town in a horse and cart or on Segways, or enjoy a fancy meal at one of two Michelin-starred restaurants. There are also plenty of lovely cafes, a pretty riverside, a craft brewery and the famous Cartmel Racecourse.
Enjoy the area’s quiet roads by bike while taking in the beautiful scenery or put on your walking boots to make the most of the array of magnificent walking routes nearby, including Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve. There's a wonderful, seven-mile circular walk in the reserve that takes in ancient woodland, damson orchards and stunning limestone scenery all the way up to its high point at Lord's Seat. From here you'll enjoy the magnificent panorama of Lake District Fells and Morecambe Bay.
Nothing beats a good round of golf with fabulous views, and nearby Grange Fell Golf Club offers just that. Overlooking Morecambe Bay and the sea beyond, you might find it difficult to keep your eye on the ball! The nine-hole course has plenty to draw back your attention, though, with the landscape playing a big part in making this an enjoyable yet challenging game. There's also a second golf course in the Arnside & Silverdale AONB, which forms part of a nature reserve and where deer are occasionally spotted on the green!
You're well placed here for exploring Windermere and the South Lakes. At the southern tip of England’s longest lake is Backbarrow with its interesting motor museum, the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park, and Lakes Aquarium. You can also hop on a boat and cruise Winderemere, either completing a full lap of the water or hopping on and off at the numerous attractions along the way. Why not visit Brockhole, 'the Lake District's visitor centre', or sail the whole length of the lake to reach Ambleside?
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway is well worth a ride with vintage steam trains taking you on a scenic trip along the river and lake. Make a journey part of your day (or days!) around Windermere, with one of several combined tickets with attractions such as the Lakeland Motor Museum, Wray Castle, Windermere Lake Cruises, Holker Hall, and the World of Beatrix Potter!
Kendal is less than 20 minutes away by car. The town is considered to be the southern gateway to the Lake District and Alfred Wainwright wrote his Pictorial Guides while living there. It’s popular for shopping, arts and offers much more than your average market town. The vibrant Brewery Arts Centre has a year-round calendar showing everything from comedy and films to stage productions and bands while Abbot Hall holds an incredible array of art. There are also pretty yards and ginnels to explore in the town along with pedestrian-friendly streets and interesting markets.