• Autumn wood walks

    There is nothing like a picnic in the great outdoors, sandwiches always taste better, your appetite is always bigger and you never feel quite so guilty about that extra slice of cake.

    Autumn is an amazing time of year in the Lake District, the changing colours, leaves falling from the trees and digging that cosy warm jacket out from the bottom of your wardrobe to snuggle into.

    So pop your hat and gloves on and venture out with your picnic to enjoy the view (and a few slices of your favourite cake!)

    Gummer’s How (near Windermere)

    This a great family walk, gives the feeling of being out in the fells but the terrain isn’t quite as tricky so perfect if you have young children whose legs might get a bit tired and want to break out the picnic within the first 5 minutes! Great views over Windermere, Coniston and the central fells.

    Catbells (near Keswick)

    Another classic Lake District walk, you can make it longer or shorter depending how the legs are feeling. In the height of summer you might struggle to find a peaceful picnic spot, but in this quieter time of year you definitely won’t have to share your sandwiches (unless a Herdwick sheep decides to join you!)

    Loughrigg Tarn (near Ambleside)

    A truly beautiful walk with a clear tarn just perfect for a picnic stop. You will get some amazing views of the Langdale Pikes on a clear day and it was also a favourite of William Wordsworth. Not sure if he ever took a picnic with him, but this is definitely one of the hidden treasures of the Lake District, take an extra large picnic so you have an excuse to stay longer.

    Penny Rock Beach (near Grasmere)

    If you could put all the best things about the Lake District together in one place it would be Penny Rock Beach. Fantastic views, a lake, accessible to all and lots of places for the kids to explore. Only a short walk from Grasmere village, the walk takes you along a level lakeshore path and you can always have a paddle along the way or go exploring in nearby Deebolts Wood.

    Tarn Hows (near Coniston)

    A beautiful, and historical place for a picnic. Right in the heart of the Lakes, Tarn Hows is part of the Monk Coniston estate which was preserved by Beatrix Potter and now the National Trust. Sometimes there will be Belted Galloway cattle grazing near the area, which often wander into the nearby carpark to say hello.

    Wrap up warm and enjoy one of the best seasons in the Lake District.

  • We’re lucky enough to be able to experience the ambience and beauty of the Lake District everyday, and as such, we have gained a real appreciation for everything it has to offer. But for those of you experiencing the Lakes for the first time, a huge question might be “where do I start?”

    Wonderful Walks

    We are situated in the Heart of the Lake District in the town of Ambleside, well known for it’s gorgeous surrounding scenery and recently, for having the most walking routes out of all towns and cities in the UK (2,731 routes)! Whether you’re interested in a brisk and easy stroll along Waterhead Bay or a more challenging trek to Troutbeck and back, there’s bound to be a route best suited to you!

    A Step Back in Time

    There is plenty to learn about the history of the Lake District, and with a range of museums at our fingertips, it couldn’t be easier! Discover what inspired writers like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter at the nearby attractions of the wonderful Wordsworth Museum and The World of Beatrix Potter, both just a short distance away. Or take an even further step back in time and visit Ambleside’s own Roman Fort!

    The Lakes have a bounty of attractions to keep you entertained! And we’d be more than happy to give you more information on what you could be up to. Visit our Things To Do page for even more inspiration, or contact us here.

  • Ambleside Sports Grass Track Cycling

    Here in the Lake District we have plenty to keep you busy come rain or shine, the hardest bit is trying to decide what to do and where to go. To help you choose we have put together a list of ideas.

    A few dates for the diary:

    Thursday 27th July
    Definitely not to be missed, Ambleside Sports. Fell and track races, hound trails, wrestling, grass track cycling, food court and bar including traditional offerings, children’s activities…….we could go on forever about this one! A long-standing and famous event in Ambleside’s heritage and one which should be on your list.

    Wednesday 2nd August
    There is always something going on in picturesque Cartmel, and the pretty village kicks off August with their annual agricultural show. A traditional country show with vintage tractors, stone masonry workshops, dog shows, show jumping, an array of animals and competitions, the list is endless.

    Saturday 5th August
    Bring a blanket and a picnic and sit back to enjoy the open air theatre experience of Peter Pan. Set in the grounds of the magnificent Holker Hall, rain or shine this is a great way to spend a Saturday evening (even if you have to get the brolly out).

    Saturday 5th - Sunday 13th August
    Bassenthwaite Sailing Club are celebrating the arrival of summer with their annual regatta week. Take a trip to Keswick and experience some great sailing in a beautiful location while you enjoy a family friendly regatta.

    Thursday 10th August
    Looking for a traditional Lake District day out? The 119th annual sheep dog trials are taking place at Ings, near Staveley. Watch hound trails, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, craft displays and demonstrations. A great day out to sample a bit of Lake District heritage and tradition.


    Open all year attractions

    Here are just a few ideas to tempt you.

    Take a cruise on Windermere and explore the stunning scenery in comfort. You will be treated to amazing views of the surrounding Lakeland fells, wooded shoreline and countryside. Best of all, the pier is just across the road from us here at Lake House Hotel.

    If you want an even better view of the Lake District then head to Claife Viewing Station. Surprisingly the Lake District wasn’t always thought of as a beautiful destination to visit and it wasn’t until the late 1700’s that people started to arrive after the publishing of a guide book in which viewing stations played a key part.

    Another historical tradition we owe our thanks to is Grasmere Gingerbread. Established way back in 1854, locals and visitors have been chomping their way through endless supplies of this amazingly delicious chewy cross between a biscuit and a cake ever since.

    We have got plenty more ideas for great days out so why not take a look at our latest offers and packages, we look forward to welcoming you to the glorious Lake District this summer. 

  • Everyone knows the Lake District is a stunning setting of lovely landscapes, rolling hills and beautiful views. But not everyone knows these 10 weird, wacky and wonderful facts about the Lakes.

    Test your knowledge to see how many you know, and if we’ve missed any, please do drop us a line and tell us! We love to discover more fun facts about the Lake District that we can share with visitors to Lake House.

    1. Windermere is possibly the most famous body of water in the Lake District, and at 11.2 miles, it is also the longest in England.
    2. Wastwater is the deepest body of water in England, at 74 metres. It also has no aquatic life, not even bacteria!
    3. The Lake District is home to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike (3,210ft). It is estimated that the mountain was formed more than 450 million years ago, and on a clear day you can see other peaks in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
    4. The Lake District is populated by a huge number of sheep. The Herdwick breed is known for being hardy and strong in tough weather conditions. A fun fact is that Beatrix Potter played a large part in the conservation of Herdwick Sheep - she was involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, and was even president of the breed association!
    5. Speaking of Beatrix Potter, she was of course inspired by much of the Lake District’s wildlife for her stories, including the famous Peter Rabbit. But did you know she bought her house, Hill Top cottage in Ambleside, with the profits of her first book?
    6. The Lake District also inspired poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth’s most famous work is probably Daffodils, but in 1810 William Wordsworth published Guide to Lakes. Amazingly, the famous romantic poet only wrote the travellers’ guidebook because he needed the money!
    7. There are approximately 14,560 archaeological sites and monuments. These include remains of homes from the Bronze Age, ruins of an Abbey built in 1200 and some rock carvings that are believed to be up to 6,000 years old.
    8. The Lake District National Park covers 2,292 square kilometres (or 885 square miles). It’s also home to England’s wettest inhabited place - Seathwaite sees approximately 140 inches of rainfall each year, a whopping 356 centimetres!
    9. It has had national park status since 1951. Until the 19th Century, areas such as Lake District were seen as dangerous - until the romantic poets discovered its beauty and inspiration.
    10. More than a quarter of the UK’s population visits each year - that’s approximately 17 million visitors annually, and just over a quarter of the UK’s total population of around 65 million people.

    If you want to discover some of the weird, wacky and wonderful facts about the Lakes for yourself, why not plan a trip to visit? If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, we’re perfectly placed in Ambleside. Take a look at our offers and packages available.

  • Don’t let a bit of soggy weather put you off making the most of our beautiful area. Here are six ideas for fantastic indoor activities…

    The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Bowness-on-Windermere. Most of the attractions here are indoors and tickets are now on sale for the smash-hit theatre show running from 10 June – 3 September. This entertaining family show offers add on packages to visit the exhibition and enjoy breakfast or afternoon tea with Peter Rabbit!

    Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere. When the architect MH Baillie Scott built a holiday home overlooking Windermere for his client Sir Edward Holt, he created Blackwell, a masterpiece of twentieth-century design and a perfect example of the arts & crafts movement. It’s one of the most enchanting historic houses in the Lake District with window seats offering stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Visitors can appreciate the house as it was originally intended, without roped-off areas.

    Also, if you enjoy history, there are plenty of historic houses to visit in the Lakes, and most of them have a café or restaurant too. Some recommendations within the South Lakes include: Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, Levens Hall. near Kendal and Sizergh Castle, also near Kendal.

    The Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow. This is a must for car fans of all ages. The site itself has a rich and interesting history as it’s located on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill, which closed in the 1980s. Now it’s home to a collection of heritage vehicles, memorabilia and displays of ‘how things used to be’, which will appeal to all ages.

    But whatever the weather, the outlook is always bright inside Lake House. Why not take advantage of our latest offers and packages?


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