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The Surrounding Area

Borrowdale is one of the most stunning valleys in the Lake District - with plenty of walking, climbing, cycling and any other outdoor activities

Nearby Keswick is at the heart of the Lake District with scores of attractions. Here is a small selection near at hand:

Borrowdale, with Keswick's derwentwater in the foreground

Ashness Bridge looking over to Derwent water in Keswick          Surprise View with Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake in the far background

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Ambleside is connected with many well known characters, including John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and Harwicke Rawnsley.
  • Armitt library and museum which brings to life famous people inspired by the Lake District:
  • Gift and outdoor shopping
  • Zefferelli's cinema and pizzaria (including both blockbuster and arthouse films):
  • Stock Ghyll Force - a spectacular 70 foot waterfall with its carpet of daffodils in the Spring
  • Bridge House - one of the most photographed scenes in the Lake District
  • Superb cafes, pubs and restaurants serving high quality meals (no visit to Ambleside is complete without an hour spent at Lucy's on a Plate).
  • Windermere Lake Cruises - ferries can be taken from Ambleside to Bowness and Lakeside:
  • Numerous galleries and studios
  • Hundreds more walks

Faery land boats

Grasmere, a charming village in the centre of the Lake District, beloved of Wordsworth who worte of its lake, "the most loveliest spot that man hath found".
  • Grasmere lake with its gentle rowing boats.
  • Dove Cottage - Wordsworth home from 1799 to 1808. It was here where Wordsworth wrote much of his poetry:
  • Rydal Mount - Wordsworth's home from 1813 to his death. Its extensive gardens were landscaped by the poet.
  • Grasmere's famous gingerbread shop:
  • Heaton Cooper studios:
  • Loughrigg Fell - with many many walks intertwining with each other and panoramic views of Grasmere, Rydal Water, Windermere and the rest of the Lakes
  • Sour Milk Ghyll - a wonderous waterfall after heavy rain
  • St Oswald's church - the final resting place of both William and Mary Wordsworth
  • Many places to eat, drink and shop.
  • Grasmere is the perfect starting point for hundreds of walks and bike rides



Hawkshead is still the same tiny village of higgledy-piggledy houses, archways, and squares beloved by William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Cars are banned from the village, but there is a large car park on the outskirts.
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery
  • Car ferry to Windermere and Bowness
  • Nearby Grisedale forest with its woodland walks & bike trails and its forest sculptures
  • Hundreds more walks

Coniston (viewed from the Old Man of Coniston)

The Old Man of Coniston, rises dramatically behind the houses when seen from Coniston village. The village itself is a good centre for walkers and climbers, and those wanting to investigate the Tilberthwaite Slate quarries. Donald Campbell broke the water speed record on Coniston Water in 1955, and was killed attempting to regain it again in 1967.
  • John Ruskin's home - Brantwood:
  • The Ruskin Museum Lakeside launches (a superb way to reach Brantwood)
  • Cycling round the lake Rowing on the lake
  • Tarn Hows - one the of the Lake District's most famous beauty spots
  • Coniston Brewing Company, makers of 'Bluebird Bitter', CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 1998:
  • Spoon Hall Pony Trekking Centre
  • Summitreks Adventure Services - Licensed Adventure Activities including rock climbing, abseiling, aquasailing, canoeing, mountain biking:
  • Paragliding School
  • Fishing (licence needed)
  • Shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants
  • Hundreds more walks

Bowness on Windermere

Bowness-on-Windermere is a sprawling tourist town on the shore of Windermere, the Lake Districts longest lake (around 12 miles). The Victorian influence can be seen everywhere - with large residences built by wealthy businessmen in the late 19th Century, overlooking the lake.


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