Lake District Lodge

Lakeland Days Out

Here are our favourite Lake District Days Out

Days Out 1 - Aria Force Waterfalls
There are many different routes that can be taken. However we simply take the easy follow the river path route.
The circular path is approx 2 miles and takes 1 hour.
There are a couple of footbridges which span the waterfall, there are several other crossings over the beck, some wetter than others !
The path is narrow & steep in places, with some slippery sections.(Its not suitable for strollers)

In general a pleasant stroll with many photo opportunities and the kids can wade in the shallower sections.
The noise of the waterfall and drop are impressive.
There are several other options to extend this stroll into a days walk, if needs be.

Wellies are advisable.

Details Photograph Video
Activity Walk, 2 miles, 1 hour
Distance From Holiday Park 13 Miles
Journey Time 30 mins
SatNav (NT Carpark) CA11 0JS
Ordance Survey (Exp OS 5) NY 399205
Minimum Age 6+
Facilities Toilets
Car Park
Cafeteria

 

Days Out 2 - BrockHole - Lake District Visitor Centre
BrockHole can be found on the A591 between Windermere and Ambleside. The Visitors centre provides numerous activities and events throughout the year. The Visitors centre staff are happy to help with any queries. The centre contains a gift shop, a ariel photo exhibition of the lake districts many famous landmarks, a activity room and film room.

The café has a large selection of cakes and sandwiches.

The park, contains a large Adventure Playground which will be a hit with the kids. Stroll along sections of Lake Windermere or through the gardens. Jump on a short cruise or paddle on the lake(seasonal). If you can keep the kids quiet, you will see numerous birds at the Bird Hive ....ssshhh.

The Lake District Visitors centre is the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Additional information can be found at http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/index/visiting/brockhole.htm

Details Photograph Video
Activity Multi Activity
Distance From Holiday Park 3.5Miles
Journey Time 10 mins
Sat Nav LA23 1LJ
Ordance Survey (Exp OS 7) SD 389009
Minimum Age All Ages
Facilities
   Adventure Playground,
   Grounds, Water Activities
Toilets
Car Park
Cafeteria

 

Days Out 3 - Tarn Hows - Coniston
A minor road off the Hawkshead-Coniston road (B5285) winds the couple of miles northwest to Tarn Hows.
Tarn Hows is a beautiful body of water surrounded by spruce and pine Trees, circled by paths with numerous picnic spots.

This is a very easy 2mile circular walk on a well-maintained path, which is suitable for strollers.
The walk itself can be easily completed within 1 hour, however you will find yourself staying for several just to soak in the beauty and to enjoy your picnic.

There are additional sections which can be incorporated such as the walk to Tom Ghyll, where you pass a small waterfall. You can also walk all the way to Coniston, but we usually drive to the lake to make a day of it. 

View the video to see the contrast between summer & autumn 2010.

(Sat Nav =  Tarn Hows, Hawkshead Hill, @ 54.38760N, 3.03665W)

Details Photograph Video
Activity Walking
Distance From Holiday Park 11 Miles
Journey Time 30 mins
Sat Nav See Above
Ordance Survey SD 328997
Minimum Age All Ages
Facilities Toilets
Car Park

 

Days Out 4 - Lake Buttermere
The journey to Lake Buttermere is an event in itself, as you wonder if the car will make it over Honister Pass.
You will see what I mean when you make the journey, and yes we took the same photos as well !!

The scenary around this lake is beautiful (using this word to often, but it really is inspiring).
The lake is overlooked by Fleetwith Pike(see photo below). This is one of our favourite walks.

The walk itself is approx 4.5 miles and takes 2-3 hours to complete. A couple of sections require care if taking a stroller.
The path is fairly flat but bumpy and narrow in sections (i.e carrying).

Details Photograph Video
Activity Walking
Distance From Holiday Park 35 Miles
Journey Time 70 mins
Sat Nav CA139UZ
Ordance Survey NY 180160
Minimum Age All Ages
Facilities Toilets
Car Park
Pub/Cafe

 

Days Out 5 - Go Ape - Grizedale Forest
Fancy yourself as being a bit of a Tarzan? Then prove it, this is your chance to fly between the trees on 200 metre zip lines.
Go Ape is set 40-ft above the ground, its basically an aerial assault course.
containing multiple obstacles and zip lines.

This activity is great fun and requires nerves.

Please check the website http://www.goape.co.uk/days-out-in/cumbria/grizedale/the-course for more details and especially the driving instructions.

Watch the video below to get an idea of how mad you ned to be. Here them scream !!  Its great FUN 

Details Photograph Video
Activity Thrill - Aerial
Distance From Holiday Park 13 Miles
Journey Time 35 mins
Sat Nav LA22 OQJ
Ordance Survey SD 335943
Minimum Age 10
Facilities Toilets
Car Park
Cafeteria

 

Days Out 6 - Ravenglass
Ravenglass Village is located on the west coast of Cumbria, it offers a day at the beach with the following local attractions;

 - Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway
 - Ravenglass Roman Bath House
 - Muncaster Castle

This is a day out that the kids will enjoy.
The video below was taken in April 2011, and captures a visit to the Steam Railway and the Roman Bath House.
The train ride is approx 40 mins in each direction and provides opportunities for the kids to see lots of farm animals.
On a sunny day the journey provides a relaxing treat for all the family as the train passes through some beautiful countryside.

Please check these websites for more details
http://www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk/
http://www.muncaster.co.uk/

Beware There is a direct route over Wrynose and Hardknott passes. This road is very narrow and includes EXTREME gradients of 33% (1 in 3) with many hairpin bends. It is not for the nervous traveller !!

Details Photograph Video
Activity Multi Activity
Distance From Holiday Park 40 Miles
Journey Time 70 mins
Sat Nav CA18 1SQ
Ordance Survey SD 085964
Minimum Age N/A
Facilities Toilets
Car Park
Cafeteria

 

Days Out 7 - Troutbeck Valley
There are numerous walks suitable for all levels from the lodge, access to the fells can be obtained from the bridle path behind the Haybarn Pub.
So leave the car behind and stretch those legs

The video below was taken from Garburn Pass (2 miles approx 60 mins walk from the lodge) in April 2011 and the footage shows;
Northbound - we have Troutbeck Tongue surrounded by numerous peaks such as 
                  Red Screes, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell, Yoke
Westward   - we have Wansfell
Southbound - we have views of Lake Windermere

Take a picnic with you and simply enjoy one of the Lake Districts prettiest Valleys.

Details Photograph Video
Activity Walking
Distance From Holiday Park 0 Miles
Journey Time 0 mins
Sat Nav LA231PA
Ordance Survey NY 435044
Minimum Age N/A
Facilities None

 

Enjoy a fantastic family holiday in the English Lake District… 

Whatever your age, whether you want to enjoy the many attractions that the Lake District has to offer. This is where you come to get away from it all! Wordsworth was born here and it’s not surprising that the treasures of these lands inspire a little poetry in us all!

Designated as a National Park in 1951, South Lakeland has something to offer visitors at all times of the year, in all seasons. Autumn and Winter provide snow capped fells, spectacular scenery and numerous possibilities for the outdoor pursuits lover, whilst during the spring and summer months the area blossoms fully into life with many country fairs, attractions, events and shows.

Animal Attractions

For animal lovers the South Lakes Animal Park and The Aquarium of the Lakes are both award-winning attractions and a perfect day out. One of Europe’s best conservation parks, South Lakes Animal Park is the World’s top Sumatran tiger conservation centre, while the Aquarium of the Lakes boasts playful otters and terrifying sharks! This attraction is sure to interest the kids!

Beatrix Potter Attractions

Windermere’s famous daughter, Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated many of her famous children’s stories in a little 17th century farmhouse called Hill Top (near Sawrey). She owned the house for 38 years and it has been kept exactly as she left it, complete with furniture, china and a traditional cottage garden. Now a National Trust Property it’s a real treat for any Potter enthusiast. Nearby, The Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, houses a magnificent display of original watercolours painted by Beatrix Potter for her children’s books. The former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood in Coniston, is one of the most beautifully situated houses in the Lake District and well worth a visit.

Stately Homes

Visit Flookburgh for Cumbria’s only miniature village, or take a trip to a magnificent Historic House. We are proud to have some of the finest stately homes in the country here in Cumbria. Award-winning Leighton Hall, a short drive south of Cumbria, in Carnforth, Lancashire, is the lived-in house of the famous furniture making Gillow dynasty, where trained birds of prey fly every afternoon (weather permitting).

Holker Hall at Grange over Sands has over 125 acres of stunning woodlands and gardens, and even boasts its own Motor Museum, whilst Levens Hall near Kendal is famous for its awesome topiary gardens that were first laid out in 1694. As well as lively entertaining house tours, led by enthusiastic guides, these 3 historic houses also have an impressive events calendar.

Countryside Activities

There are plenty of ways to see the local countryside. Hire a mountain bike and explore the lakes on two wheels, or why not take a trip on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, where working steam locomotives and comfortable coaches roll through the beautiful Leven Valley to Haverthwaite and back. For something really different take a luxurious boat trip with Windermere Lake Cruises.

Walking, Canoeing, Sailing, Fishing…

This area is a haven for walking, canoeing, sailing and fishing. It is perfect for mountain biking and horse riding and the beautiful Cumbrian coastline is only a short drive away from our parks at the heart of the Lake District.

Other leisure activities include; cycling, pony trekking, coarse and game fishing, tennis courts, golf courses, sailing, windsurfing schools and water sports of almost every kind. These activities are especially popular during summer. There are museums, galleries, cinemas and a host of attractions to suit all ages. You will be spoilt for choice with the selection of restaurants, bars and cafés available wherever you go in the Lake District.

From world-class bird watching around the lake to strolling around the numerous little market towns in search of the perfect pot of farmer’s homemade jam; the story here is quiet bliss.

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