Days Out in the Lake District
One and a half miles to the south of Low Graythwaite Hall is Lakeside, with its famous Aquarium of the Lakes, steamer passenger ferry to Bowness, Ambleside and Ferry Nab, where a regular Mountain Goat bus takes you to 'Hill Top' at Near Sawrey (Beatrix Potter's house) and Hawkshead. Lakeside also has small passenger ferries to several points on Windermere, as well as tearooms, gift shops, restaurants and a steam railway - the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.
Low Graythwaite Hall is just three miles away from Near Sawrey. This pretty village was the setting and inspiration for a number of Beatrix Potter tales. She wrote many of her most famous stories at her home 'Hill Top', including the tales of Jemima Puddleduck and Samuel Whiskers.
'Hill Top' is now a museum owned and run by the National Trust. It is open to the public from Easter through to the end of October (please check for exact dates). The Tower Bank Arms is the local inn for excellent bar meals.
Lots to see and do in the Lake District!
World of Beatrix Potter
All 23 of Beatrix Potter's Tales are brought to life in three dimensions.
Enjoy a wide range of activities and events all year round.
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum
Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere. Visit the inspirational home of the poet William Wordsworth. View portraits, manuscripts and possessions. www.wordsworth.org.uk
Windermere Lake Cruises
Steamers and launches sail daily between Lakeside, Bowness and Ambleside. Enjoy 10 miles of stunning scenery.
Just five miles north of Low Graythwaite Hall is the picture postcard village of Hawkshead. It is situated in the vale of Esthwaite and surrounded by fells. It is named after a 10th century Norseman named Haakr. William Wordsworth attended the Old Grammar School here from 1779 - 1787. The 15th century church of St. Michael overlooks the village's pretty white-washed cottages, old inns, squares and narrow alleys. It hosts an array of shops, pubs and hotels.
Coniston Water, eight miles north, is a natural centre for water sports as well as an ideal spot to go boating. The famous 'Gondola' is a restored 1859 steam launch which runs scheduled trips around the lake for visitors. In the village of Coniston is Brantwood House, the former home of John Ruskin, poet, artist and critic. He bought the property unseen, believing that any place opposite Coniston Old Man must be beautiful. The house and gardens are open to the public (please check for opening times).
The beauty spot of Tarn Hows lies between Hawkshead and Coniston. It is particularly spectacular in autumn when bedecked in reds, golds and browns. It is an ideal place to go walking.
Eight miles away Ambleside, a bustling market town, sits at the head of Lake Windermere and has an abundance of shops, cafés and restaurants and two cinemas. The tiny 17th century bridge over Stock Ghyll, originally built as a summer house, is undoubtedly Ambleside's most photographed building. It is now a National Trust Information Centre.
Bowness and Windermere
Only three miles via car ferry lie Bowness and Windermere which are huge attractions for visitors. The world of Beatrix Potter Exhibition features the immortal Lakeland tales of Beatrix Potter in three dimension using the latest sound and lighting techniques. A must for all the family.
Grasmere just twelve miles away, is set in a valley surrounded by the lower grassy slopes of the Lakeland hills. Grasmere's most famous resident, William Wordsworth, lived here from 1799 to 1813 in Dove Cottage. The cottage and museum are open to visitors. Grasmere is the home of gingerbread - stop for a treat at the fat mouse gingerbread shop near the church.
The Langdale Valley is situated 11 miles away. The Langdale Pikes are among the most recognised mountains in the Lake District. Surging abruptly 609 metres above Great Langdale, they are an awesome presence in the valley. Elterwater is a beautiful hamlet set in the valley. It derives its name from the Norse word 'elptar' which means Swan. The lake still attracts whooper swans from Asia in winter time. Fine food is served at the Britannia Inn.
Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel
Ten miles south from Low Graythwaite Hall are the coastal towns of Grange-over-Sands and Cartmel, famous for its priory, racecourse, Holker Hall and sticky toffee pudding.
Kendal, the southern gateway to the Lake District, is a large market town ten miles away - perfect for the serious shopper
More about Lake Windermere and Grizedale Forest
The shores of Lake Windermere are a five minute walk away. This is an ideal starting point to walk around the lake and enjoy the stunning scenery. You can go as far as Ambleside or Windermere and hop on a ferry back.
From the back of Low Graythwaite Hall it is just a 15 minute walk to Grizedale Forest - a popular area for walking and mountain biking. Here you will also find 25 tarns, 90 pieces of sculpture, art workshops and exhibitions, a café in the forest and the Go Ape high wire adventure course. Grizedale Forest Park provides a fantastic full day out for the whole family right on the doorstep of Low Graythwaite Hall.