So what is there to do around here …….?
Cowan Bridge: is a small village with an excellent general store/newsagents and cafe run by the delightful Geoff and Steven. It also has two restaurants (Hipping Hall & Whoop Hall) and a bar (Connor’s in Whoop Hall) only a half mile walk away.
Kirkby Lonsdale: is an absolute gem: a beautiful historic market town situated on the river Lune, home to numerous enticing cafés, bars, restaurants and many small independent shops.
Ingleton: is a charming village geared to everything outdoors, including even an open air swimming pool (summer only). The famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail offers some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the North of England. http://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk/
Walking: This whole area is a walkers paradise in all seasons. Walk straight from the doorstep into the Lune Valley or up into the Yorkshire Dales. Or just a very short drive away is the southern Lake District and the Silverdale & Arnside AONB. We really are spoilt for choice here! We have details of innumerable suggested walking routes and local OS maps at the cottage or, if you prefer a guided walk try: www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk; or http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/events
Potholing/Caving: For experienced pot-holers the Lancaster Pot and Easegill Cave System, believed to be the longest and most complex cave system in Britain, is virtually on your doorstep. Caving equipment can be hired in Ingleton. For the inexperienced, the spectacular Whitescar Caves and Ingleborough Cave can be easily explored. Or for sheer exhilaration try the 105 metre descent into Gaping Ghyll. http://www.bpc-cave.org.uk/gaping_gill.htm http://www.cravenpotholeclub.org
Climbing/Abseiling: This area offers superb climbing at any standard. The limestone scars and grindstone crags of the Dales provide a challenge to climbers of all abilities; and the Lake District offers everything from low level scrambles to extreme big crag routes. www.aboveandbelow.org.uk www.yorkshiredalesguides.co.uk For indoor climbing try the Indoor Climbing Wall at Ingleton http://inglesport.com/our-climbing-wall/
Golf: Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, an 18 hole course stretching over 6,500 yards, enjoys stunning views of the LuneValley, has lush fairways and a natural undulating terrain http://www.kirkbylonsdalegolfclub.com/ Casterton Golf Club, a 9 hole course over 2,900 yards, also has stunning views of the LuneValley. Both clubs are of a high standard and welcome visitors http://www.castertongolf.co.uk/
Cycling: There are great cycle routes, both on and off road. For country road cycling you can’t beat the Yorkshire Dales http://www.cyclethedales.org.uk/home For excellent traffic-free mountain bike trails try Grizedale Forest in The Lakes http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8z4dzz or Gisburn Forest in the Forest of Bowland www.gisburnforestbikes.co.uk/the-trails/ Good quality, lightweight bikes are available for hire from Ingleton Mountain Bike Hire.
Canoeing/Kayaking: For canoe/kayak hire on Lake Windermere in the Lake District go to: http://www.windermerecanoekayak.com/pages/canoe-and-kayak-hire For those with their own canoe/kayak Devil’s Bridge, only 1 mile away, is a popular venue for a days canoeing, suitable for both beginners and those with some skill, for as you move upstream there are successively stronger eddies. The put-in for Leck Beck which runs past the end of the cottage garden is only 2 miles away. www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/rivers/england/north-west/leck-beck
Sailing: Enjoy sailing in the sublime setting of Lake Windermere only 22 miles away. http://www.yumping.co.uk/sailing/cumbria/
Swimming: Kendal has an indoor heated swimming pool http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/south-lakeland/kendal whilst Ingleton has a heated open-air swimming pool (open summer only). www.ingletonpool.co.uk
Fishing: at Devil’s Bridge on the River Lune (1 mile from cottage) with a valid Environment Agency rod licence. There is approximately 1½ miles of single bank fishing for salmon and sea trout.
Horse Riding: Holmescales riding centre Old Hutton (12 miles from cottage) welcomes novices and experienced riders from 5 years upwards for treks and hacks in the LakeDistrictcountryside www.holmescalesridingcentre.co.uk
Go Ape: great for both adults and children (aged 10 and above) alike! http://goape.co.uk/days-out/grizedale
Settle – Carlisle Railway: One of England’s most scenic railway journeys takes you through the magnificent Yorkshire Dales and over the majestic Ribblehead Viaduct www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
Historical Properties & Museums in the area include:
Lancaster Castle, Lancaster http://www.lancastercastle.com/
Beatrix Potter Gallery and Hill Top, Hawkshead; Townend, Troutbeck and Sizergh Castle, nr Kendal www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Levens Hall nr Kendal http://www.levenshall.co.uk/
Leighton Hall nr Carnforth www.leightonhall.co.uk/
Dove Cottage, Grasmere, Wordsworth’s first family home https://wordsworth.org.uk/home.html
Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, nr Windermere http://www.blackwell.org.uk/
The Folly, Settle http://www.ncbpt.org.uk/folly/photographs/
Bronte Parsonage, Howarth is only an hour’s drive away. www.bronte.org.uk/
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal http://www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk/
Dales Countryside museum, http://www.dalescountrysidemuseum.org.uk/
For more “What’s On” info go to: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/visit-the-dales
And perhaps more for the children:
Greenlands open farm, Tewitfield http://www.greenlandsfarmvillage.co.uk/;
Lakeland Maze Farm Park has the mazes, animals, outdoor playground, indoor soft play area, climbing wall, tractors, go karts and sandpit. http://www.lakelandmaze.co.uk/
Williamson Park in Lancaster has a tropical butterfly house and a great playground. http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/williamson-park/butterfly-house/
The World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness http://www.hop-skip-jump.com/ is a good choice for a rainy day. It is very interactive as you wander through recreations of Beatrix Potter’s stories;
Take a boat out on Lake Windermere https://www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk/self-drive-row-boats or a steam train on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway http://www.lakesiderailway.co.uk/
Ingleton: Great childrens playground. Paddling in the river with a picnic (and maybe an ice-cream!); Ingleton Waterfalls trail http://www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk/ has a small adventure playground attached to a lovely café with newspapers and good coffee.
Morecambe http://www.visitlancashire.com/explore/morecambe-bay for the beach and playgrounds along the promenade,HappyMountPark with train, splash park (seasonal, take change of clothes and/or swimwear) and adventure playground.
Hawes: Dales Countryside museum, http://www.dalescountrysidemuseum.org.uk/ (the railway carriage section is very hands on, ideal for children) and Wensleydale Creamery http://www.wensleydale.co.uk/ go and see the real thing being made and buy the Wallace and Gromit cheese!
Fell Foot Park for picnics, take the ferry over the lake or hire a rowing boat, adventure playground, http://www.lakedistrictletsgo.co.uk/attractions/attractions_pages/fellfootpark.html