LOCAL AREA

"Very well equipped cottage one of the best cottage holiday cottages we've had!
A good base to explore from a good place to relax in. Would definitely recommend."
 

Places to Visit

Beatrix Potter Gallery

Gallery showing original watercolours by world famous author Beatrix Potter and displays on her life and work
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Hill Top - home to Beatrix Potter

Farmhouse where Beatrix Potter wrote lots of her children's stories. Many of her beloved 'treasures' are on display
Hill Top was model for 'Samuel Whiskers' illustrations and others
Shop specialising in Beatrix Potter gifts
www.nationaltrust.org.uk 

Grizedale Forest Park

Grizedale Forest Park provides a fantastic full day out for the whole family. Grizedale Visitor Centre is at the heart of the Forest Park and is a great starting place for your visit.
www.forestry.gov.uk

Go Ape! Grizedale Forest

Rope bridges, a Tarzan swing and zip slides stretch through the forest up to 60 feet above the forest floor, the highest of any Go Ape course.
www.goape.co.uk

Beatrix Potter Experience

The World of Beatrix Potter, meet Peter Rabbit and all his friends and learn even more about Beatrix Potter herself.
www.hop-skip-jump.com

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Rydal Mount, in the heart of the Lake District, retains a lived-in, family atmosphere and has seen little change since Wordsworth and his family came to live there in 1813.
www.rydalmount.co.uk

Windermere Steamboats and Museum

The Windermere Steamboats and Museum have a unique collection of Lake Windermere's nautical heritage in a beautiful and tranquil lakeside setting.
www.steamboat.co.uk

Windermere Lake Cruises - is the principal visitor attraction in Cumbria and is rated amongst the top ten in England.
www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk

Brantwood

Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin from 1872 until his death in 1900, Brantwood became an intellectual powerhouse and one of the greatest literary and artistic centres in Europe.
www.brantwood.org.uk

Kendal Museum

Kendal Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country. It houses outstanding displays of archaeology and natural history, both local and global.
www.kendalmuseum.org.uk

Cartmel Racecourse

Cartmel Racecourse is based in one of the prettiest villages in England, in the south of the Lake District.
www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk

Holker Hall and Gardens

At Holker you always feel like a welcome guest not a tourist. It is set in exceptionally beautiful countryside with gardens merging into parkland, with hills on one side and the expanse of Morecambe Bay on the other.
www.holker-hall.co.uk

Levens Hall

The Hall is a magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th century pele tower with unique Topiary Gardens and a working steam collection.
www.levenshall.co.uk

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Lakelands Wildlife Discovery Centre is a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive hands-on displays - from magic molecules to mischievous monkeys.
www.wildlifeoasis.co.uk

Natland

 

Natland is an attractive village about two miles (3 km) south of Kendal in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, close to the village of Oxenholme including main line railway station at Oxenholme, The Lake District.

The Civil Parish of Natland covers 892 acres of open countryside on the east bank of the River Kent, in Cumbria. It extends from the river to the sudden steep slope of Helm, which rises to 185m above sea level providing a fine viewpoint. Natland Village stands at the centre of the Parish.

Village landmarks include St Mark's Church, the fourth church on the site, St Mark's C.of E. Primary School, the Village Hall and the Village Store & Post Office (formerly a public house- The Horse and Farrier). The Village Green, with its Coronation oak tree (1952), picnic table and two memorial seats is a popular venue for locals and visitors alike.

There are numerous public footpaths and attractive walks in the area- up Helm (with The Station Inn at the north end and the Punchbowl at the south), north along the old canal tow path or the River Kent toward Kendal or south to Sedgwick.

Sizergh Castle (National Trust with tea room and estate trails), Low Sizergh Barn farm shop, tea room and farm trail, Levens Hall and Park and Scout Scar are within walking distance. 

A regular bus service between Kendal and Silverdale has a bus stop opposite Park Close; a more frequent service between Kendal and Oxenholme runs along the A65 at the top of Oxenholme Lane. click here for Natland New Website

Kendal

Kendal is an old market town situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country – the English Lake District. The town’s unique blend of history, culture and shopping make it a very popular destination for visitors.

"A very well equipped cottage in a lovely area, with lots to see and do. Kendal is a very nice town, with some fab shops!!"

There are attractions for all ages, fascinating museums, modern and historic art and a variety of leisure facilities. The shopping is diverse with many High Street names but the town is known particularly for specialist shops – quality independent traders offering a range of goods unrivalled anywhere in the Lake District.

Many of the buildings in Kendal are Victorian and constructed in local limestone (giving rise to the epithet “the Auld Grey Town”), but there are much older buildings, particularly the “Yards” for which the town is justifiably famous. There are even the remains of a Norman Castle and the town’s history stretches back even further.

Kendal Castle, Museum of Natural HistoryThe Quaker Tapestry HouseCastle HoweSerpentine Woods, The Brewery Arts Centre

click here for Kendal Town Council website

The Lake District

The Lake District is the largest National Park in England and renowned for its lakes and tarns. There are 16 lakes in total and over 500 tarns. Windermere is the largest lake at over 10 miles long. There are also numerous streams and spectacular waterfalls.

The Lake District is famous for its mountains and fells including Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England at 3210ft, Helvellyn, The Old Man of Coniston and the Langdale Pikes. The mountains combined with the lakes, tarns, rivers, streams and waterfalls offer some of the most stunning countryside in England and many breathtaking views.

The Lake District is a paradise for those who like the outdoor life, offering opportunites for walking,cycling, fishing,sailing and fell running. There are also many places of interest to visit and things to do; these include visiting Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, exploring Dove Cottage and Grasmere, the home of William Wordsworth, discovering Levens Hall, an historic Elizabethan mansion with topiary gardens, taking a trip on the Eskdale Railway or a cruise on Windermere, and much more besides. 

"A lovely cottage, well equipped and a good base for exploring this area. Can recommend 'The Punch Bowl' and a visit to the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal. The Pencil Museum and the Puzzling Place in Keswick both very interesting."