- 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.
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.
- 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