Local Walks 6- Easedale Tarn

This walk takes in a beautiful tarn and lots of gorgeous Lakeland scenery. Leave about 2 hours to do the whole walk (and a further two if you plan to continue onto Stickle Tarn). This walk contains some steep sections and an element of scrambling over rocks- make sure to read the safety information on walking in the lakes provided by the national park here and please do not do this if you are not confident in fell walking and map reading.

You can park in Grasmere or get the open top 599. Find bus timetables here.

Get the 599 from Bowness Pier to Grasmere village. You should be able to see Lucia’s coffee and bakehouse once you’ve got off (good stop for a cake!) and Sam Read’s Booksellers. Opposite these you will see a sign to ‘Easedale Tarn’. Follow this, heading up Easedale Road for about 10 minutes until you reach a little footbridge on your left. Cross the stream and follow the path along through some trees. The stream will remain on your right. Follow this path as it climbs up the hill, all the way up until you reach Easedale Tarn. This should take you about an hour.

Once you reach Easedale Tarn you can continue on up a little to get higher; it is even possible to carry on the walk to reach Stickle Tarn in the Langdales if you feel confident with some scrambling. Alternatively, head back down to Grasmere and return home. Don’t forget to taste some of the famous Grasmere Gingerbread before you leave!

If you are continuing on, carry on up the path and you will see a smaller tarn- Codale Tarn-to your right. Shortly after this, the path becomes a scramble as you clamber over the rocks. After this, you will come out onto the tops of the fells. Follow the path along for about 5 minutes before coming off the path, to the left. Walk across the fell and you will come out at the edge of Stickle Tarn. The views up here are fantastic! You will need a map for this section so please don’t attempt it if you are not confident with map reading.

Follow the path along the edge of the tarn and you will come round to the front of the tarn where you will be able to see Stickle Ghyll and the path down.

Follow the path down- it is quite steep and there are a few short scrambles in places. Once you reach the bottom, you’ll be at Sticklebarn pub- a National trust ran pub, which generates it’s electricity from the waterfall! Have a well deserved drink in the pub and then get the 516 back to Windermere train station, from there you can either walk back to the hotel, or if you want to rest your legs, get the 599 down to Bowness pier! If you don’t want to carry on to Stickle Tarn, retrace your footsteps down the way you came and get the 599 back to Bowness.

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Local Walks 5- Cathedral Cave

This is an excellent walk which leads up to a large old mining quarry- you’ll be able to see why it’s called ‘Cathedral’ Cave! You should leave between 2-3 hours for this walk, and please bear in mind that some parts are quite steep and the path can be rocky and/or muddy and wet.

Park in Elterwater’s national trust car park and upon exiting the car park, turn left and cross the bridge over the river. Keep following this road along, passing by Elterwater Hostel until you get to the Eltermere Inn, at which there’ll be a right turn marked ‘Coniston (Challenging route)’. Take this turn and follow the path up. The route here begins to get quite steep, and the path will shortly become rocky, so bare that in mind, however it does flatten out at the top. After a while there will be a footpath, a sign at the start saying ‘not suitable for cars’- follow this path up through the woods.

You’ll come out through a gate at the top, where the path flattens out and shortly after there will be an option to turn left through another gate and follow the path through the field. Do this and then you’ll pass through another gate and walk alongside the fields for a while until you come out at a farm. Exit the farm onto the main road and turn right, where you’ll pass The Three Shires Inn.

After the Three Shires, turn left down a road marked to ‘Tilberthwaite’ and follow this path for a few minutes until you’ll see on your right a sign for ‘Slater’s Bridge’. This is a cut through in the wall immediately after a house, so keep an eye out as you could miss it! Follow this path along and you’ll cross over the aforementioned ‘Slater’s Bridge’- a gorgeous little stone bridge over the river, with spectacular views. Upon exiting the field turn left and shortly you’ll see a stile leading onto another path, follow this path up and you’ve arrived at the cave! Read the information sign outside and head on in.

To get back, come back down the path and over the stile, but turn right instead of going back through the field, follow the path round, until you come to another bridge, crossing that bridge, follow the path along and you’ll return back to the Three Shires- a lovely place to stop for a drink if you don’t want to stop in Elterwater. From here, just retrace your footsteps back to Elterwater for a well deserved drink in The Britannia!

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Local Walks 4- Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge

This is a flat walk and should be suitable for most abilities. You should leave around 2 hours for ample time (plus a little more for cake at the end!)

Park in the national trust car park in the small village of Elterwater and you’ll see the path to the walk through a gate just to the side of the carpark. Follow the path all the way round, past the river, and you’ll come through a gate and past a lake. This is a nice place for swimming on a warm day. If you intend to swim here please read the National Park’s advice for wild swimming here and make sure you feel confident with it.

At the end of the path you’ll come across the of waterfall of Skelwith Force, which you can get closer to by following the path down slightly, although be careful as these rocks can be slippy!

At the end of the route is the lovely café, Chesters By The River, which has a great selection of cakes to takeaway or eat in! We thoroughly recommend factoring a stop here into your walk!

After you’ve eaten as much cake as you can, just retrace your footsteps back along the path to the carpark.

Alternatively, you could park at Skelwith Bridge (although there is less parking here) and do the walk in reverse, ending in The Britannia Inn or Slates (both great options in Elterwater!)

Don’t have a car but want to do this walk? Get the 516 from Windermere train station and get off in either Elterwater or Skelwith Bridge. You can find bus timetables here.

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Local Walks 3- Claife Viewing Station to Hawkshead via Esthwaite Water

This is a longer walk than the previous two which takes you all the way to the pretty village of Hawkshead, passing by Beatrix Potter’s house and along lots of lovely country lanes. A large proportion of this route is on tarmac roads or footpaths but there are parts that are steep and very wooded/ overgrown or on country paths. This walk should take about 3 hours.

Leave the hotel from the front entrance and head down towards the lake, turning left at the tourist information centre and follow the signs for the ferry. The ferry will take you approx. 15 minutes to reach the other side of the lake at which point you should follow the road round until you reach a gate on your right. Go through the gate and follow the path, keeping the lake on your right. When you come out of the gate on the other side turn left into a little courtyard where you will pass Joey’s café-a nice place to stop for a drink and some cake! Keep going up the hill until you arrive at the Claife viewing station- an old Victorian viewing platform which gives you excellent views over the lake through the stained glass panels. You can find out more about the Claife viewing station here.

After you arrive at the viewing station, you have two options:

Depending on access, as sometimes this route can be blocked by trees, you can carry on along the steep path as it winds up through the wood and then flattens out at the top, where you will follow the path through a fairly overgrown path- but keep pushing through! And you will come through a gate at the end. If you have had enough here you can turn right and descend to the Lake shore and then follow the path along the lake back to the ferry, but if you want to continue you should turn left here and follow the path straight along until you come to a gate- carry on through and follow this path until you come out into the village of Far Sawrey. From here you want to take a left after the Cuckoo Brow Inn and follow the road into Near Sawrey, where you will pass Beatrix Potter’s house Hill Top. Carry on along the road and you will be able to see Esthwaite Water. Keeping the lake on your left follow the path- it dips in and out of road walking and footpath here- and eventually you will come into the village of Hawkshead!

Alternatively, you can head back down to the road from the viewing station and make your way to Far Sawrey along the road. This should take about 20-25 minutes and varies between walking on the road and little footpaths. Follow the path back down from the viewing station the way you came, past Joey’s café and when you come out of the courtyard turn right along the road. Walk down until you can see the lake and then turn right again, and follow this road as it curves around, keeping the lake on your left. After about 10 minutes you’ll come to a sign for Far Sawrey. Carry on on the same road for another 10-15 minutes and you will come into Far Sawrey, where you can carry on following the route we detail above!

Once you get to Hawkshead there are plenty of pubs and cafes to go to here for a much needed drink after your walk! To get back you can catch the 505 from Hawkshead to either Ambleside or Windemere depending on the time and then the 599 back to the hotel. Bus timetables can be found here. Or if you’re feeling up for it you can retrace your footsteps and walk back the way you came!

 

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Local Walks 2- School Knott

This week we’re going on another walk that starts near to the hotel, this is a pleasant walk up to the summit of School Knott and School Knott tarn with beautiful views across the fells. This walk can be a little steep at times and does include some rougher terrain. I’d suggest leaving around 2 hours for this walk.

Leave the hotel through the back drive the same as if you were going to walk up Brant Fell but instead of turning right to go up Post Knott continue on along the Dales Way until you cross Lickbarrow Road at which point go through the gates on both sides of the road and continue along the Dales Way.

Follow the Dales Way until you join a road that leads onto the B5284. Once on the B5284 turn left and after approx. 300m take the path to the left which will take you back onto the Dales Way. Continue along until you cross Scout Beck, where you will see a split in the path, here you should take the path heading to your right. Follow this path and you will arrive at School Knott tarn from which you can head up to the summit of School Knott. To come back, simply retrace your footsteps the way you came.

Let us know if you decide to do this walk!

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Local Walks 1- Post Knott and Brant Fell

Hi I’m Molly, I work at the Burn How in reception and over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favourite local walks with you! Since moving to the Lake District last July I have tried to do as much walking as possible and have managed to compile a little list of favourites I would recommend you try. Not all of them are directly around the hotel but all are accessible by either car or public transport and would make a nice day out.

As the weather starts to get better now is a perfect time to venture into walking in the Lakes, as the woods are filled with beautiful bluebells and the smell of wild garlic. The walks we’ll be going on vary in ability from absolute beginner to a bit more experienced, but please make sure you’re prepared with warm clothes and food and have told someone where you’re going as conditions in the fells can turn quickly.

Before we get into the list please make sure to read the safety information on walking in the lakes provided by the national park here and the countryside code here. Make sure to keep yourself and the countryside safe!

We’re kicking off with the walk up Post Knott and Brant Fell which starts just behind our hotel! This is a moderately easy walk, although it can be a little steep and the path can get muddy if wet. I suggest leaving about 40 minutes- an hour each way.

Leave the hotel through the back drive, heading onto Kendal Road. Turn left as if to walk into Bowness, but after the Royal Oak take the right leading onto Brantfell Road. Follow this road all the way to the top where you will reach a gate into a field. Keep following the path through the field- passing a bench that signals the end of the Dales Way (80 miles from Ilkley to Bowness!). At the top of the path you will head through another gate. Turn right here and follow the path all the way round, curving up the hill until you reach the Post Knott viewpoint. On the way up you will pass by a bench which has a message on from the team at Burn How. I won’t tell you exactly where it is but if you bring us back a picture of the inscription you’ll get a free glass of wine! Once you’ve passed Post Knott follow the hill up through a gate and you’ll come out onto the summit of Brant Fell where you’ll be able to take in glorious views of Lake Windemere and Grizedale forest on the other side. To descend, we suggest following the path back down but instead of turning left onto the Dales Way and Brantfell road, keep going coming out onto Helm road which you can follow back down into the town and past the shops in Bowness.

If you plan to do this walk, come and speak to us at reception as we have a map we can give you which will help!

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Easter in the Lake District!

Easter is almost upon us and so we have collected some of the best things to do in and around Bowness on Windermere over the next few weeks to help celebrate the beginning of Spring!

 

There’s nothing more fun than a good old fashioned easter egg hunt, and the lakes has plenty to choose from! Our nearest one is Wray Castle- you can even catch the boat across and walk along the lake to get there if you’re feeling extra adventurous! The trail will be running from 3 April – 18 April (apart from 11 and 12 April). More info can be found here.

You can also hunt for easter treats at Aira Force, and fit in a walk to see the beautiful waterfall whilst you’re at it! The trail takes place between 2-18 April 2022, from 10 to 3, so come along and explore the beautiful Aira Force and Gowbarrow Park. The price of the trail is £3 per child and includes a trail map, pencil and a chocolate egg at the end. More info here.

If you want an egg hunt with a difference, head to the Bay in Barrow-in-Furness where they’ll be hunting for eggcases from shark and skate species.  1-4pm, Saturday 16th April. More info can be found here.

 

Another lovely way to spend Easter, is going to see all the beautiful spring flowers we have in the Lake District.

We would recommend going to see the beautiful daffodils at Dora’s Field- originally owned by William Wordsworth- in Grasmere- you can even pop into the Wordsworth museum to learn the history of the man himself! More info here.

Another place to see daffodils is Tarn Hows and you can combine it with a lovely family friendly walk. More info here.

The gardens at Sizergh are full of beautiful spring flowers and makes a lovely day out. More info here.

 

And if you want even more Easter fun, both Holker Hall and Walby Farm Park are running events throughout the Easter period.

From Saturday 2-Tuesday 19th April, Walby Farm Park are running their Easter Eggstravaganza. Meet baby lambs, hunt for easter eggs and visit the chocolatiers kitchen. More info here.

And Holker Hall are putting on ‘Charlie’s Chocolate Extravaganza’ an interactive children’s outdoor theatre experience on Saturday 16th April. Advance tickets are £15 per child with one accompanying adult. More information and a link to buy tickets can be found here.

 

We hope you enjoy Easter week in the beautiful Lake District!

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Blackwell Spring Craft Fair

This weekend Blackwell arts and crafts house will be home to contemporary craft makers showing off their creations. You can pick up handmade jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and wooden wares as you wander through the beautiful setting of Blackwell.  Entry to the Craft Fair is £6/adult. A ticket will give you entry to walk through the rooms and halls of the house, shopping directly from local makers and fine craftspeople.  

The Spring Craft Fair at Blackwell runs Saturday 5 March & Sunday 6 March 10am – 4pm.

More information can be found here.

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Let’s get together and explore!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and so we’ve gathered together some of the most romantic things to do in the Lake District to mark the occasion!

  • Hire a boat on the lake. There’s nothing quite like being on the open water, with the mountains surrounding you! You can take a trip on one of the boat cruises around Lake Windermere, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, hire your own boat down by the pier and explore the more hidden parts of the lake. You can book your boat trip here.

 

  • Visit the Wordsworth museum. It might not seem like an obvious choice, but as one of- if not the- key poets of the romantic period, Wordsworth has been inspiring budding romance for generations! Romanticism marked a shift away from the enlightenment period and moved to a focus on ways of looking at the world which recognized the importance of emotions and the imagination. He wrote about the depth of human emotions, the beauty of the natural world- in particular the Lake District and the importance of social justice and equality. You can find more about the Wordsworth museum here.

 

  • Go and see a waterfall. The Lake district is well known for our beautiful lakes and mountains but we also have some spectacular waterfalls in the local area. Nearby in Ambleside, we would recommend Stock Ghyll Force and if you’re up for more of a challenge, Stickle Ghyll in Great Langdale is an excellent walk. Alternatively, if you don’t want to do a walk but want to see a waterfall, Skelwith Force in Skelwith Bridge is a good option and you can go for a cake and coffee after at one of our favourite cafes Chesters by the River! You can find more information about Stock Ghyll Force here, Stickle Ghyll here and Skelwith Force here.

 

  • Go Stargazing. There’s nothing quite as romantic as gazing at the stars on a clear night. And just in time, Cumbria’s Dark Skies Festival is back! Keep your eyes peeled for the events which will be taking place over the next couple of weeks. You can find out more here.

 

  • And finally, to round up our list- have a weekend away in the Lakes! What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a last minute break with us to destress and get away to the natural beauty of the Lake District. You can book your stay here!

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🎄Christmas Craft Fair🎄

If you’re looking for some local gifts for Christmas, Carus Green Golf Course (LA9 6EB) is hosting a Christmas Craft Fair from 10am until 4pm on the 21st November 2021. It’ll be a great opportunity to pick up some locally made crafts! You can find more info here.

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