Black Fell Cottage
Activities

Walking
  • Major peaks are near at hand, e.g. six miles to the Langdales, and Wetherlam and the Coniston Fells are even closer.
  • Smaller peaks, but excellent view points are Loughrigg, Wansfell and Lingmoor Fell also nearby.
  • There are delightful short walks from the house to Tarn Hows, and to Black Fell Crag along the 'mountain road'.
  • Slightly further afield there are excellent walks in Grizedale Forest, over Latterbarrow etc.

Walks around nearby Tarn Hows

Other Activities
  • Boating/steamer trips on Windermere, Coniston Water and Grasmere
  • Swimming in the baths in Windermere
  • Pony trekking is available locally at several centres
  • Information about fishing can be found at the Information Centre in Ambleside
  • Birds such as curlews and buzzards can be seen and heard at the right time of year
  • Go Ape! Grizedale. High wire circuit in Grizedale Forest. See the link below the table.
Visits
    Local places to visit include:
  • The attractive old village of Hawkshead,
  • Beatrix Potter's cottage, Hilltop, at Sawrey,
  • The Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre with a free exhibition and nature trails,
  • Grasmere village with Wordsworth's cottage (Dove Cottage), the church and antique shops.
  • There are several good gardens and garden centres (e.g. Hayes in Ambleside) to visit in the Lake District.
Old houses with cafes and views over lakes
  • Ruskin's House, Brantwood, is nearby on the east side of Coniston Water. It has an unusual garden and cafe with views of Coniston Old Man over the lake.
  • The Langdale Chase, south of Ambleside, does bar lunches with views over Windermere, and has a pleasant garden for a stroll afterwards.
  • Blackwell, south of Bowness, is a classic 'Arts and Crafts' house, very elegant and restful, a cafe with Henry Moore sheep prints on the walls, and a terrace to relax on.
Evenings
  • Zeffirelli's in Ambleside shows up-to-date films, and also does a combined meal+ticket offer.
  • There are many good local pubs and restaurants for meals out.
  • The Outgate Inn has Friday Jazz nights.


The Information Centre in Ambleside has details of many more attractions and walks, and there are many leaflets in the cottage.

A useful website for more ideas and detail is
The Central and South Lake District 'Places to visit'

View of Knipe Fold