• It is no secret that the best time of year to enjoy woodlands and forests is autumn. The multicoloured falling leaves create a magical scene, as if it does rain at least you’ve got a little bit of shelter! Planning to visit us this fall? Here is a selection of the finest Lake District woodlands.

    1. Craggy Woods
    Craggy Wood overlooks the picturesque village of Staveley which is a short 18 minute drive from Ambleside. This wood is dominated by huge beautiful Oak trees on steep slopes. A truly natural adventure playground, craggy woods has many dens and rope swings and ‘whomping willow’ like trees for children to enjoy. Plus being only a short walk from Staveley village you can always grab tea and cake afterwards at one of the lovely cafes in Staveley mill yard.

    2. Skelgyhll Woods
    Skelgyhll Woods are right on our doorstep, only a short walk from Ambleside pier. This ancient woodland sits above the lake and town. What’s great about this walk is Jenkin’s Cragg view point, a picturesque spot offering delightful views of the lake. Interestingly Skelgyhll Woods is home to the tallest Grand Fir tree in England. See if you can spot it! Plus if you’re peckish afterwards, why not pop into our sister hotel The Regent Hotel for lunch? They serve fresh, delicious seasonal dishes.

    3. Rayrigg Woods
    Rayrigg Wood is a hidden gem! It is accessible via a small path between Windermere and Bowness, approximately a 15 minute drive from Ambleside. Rayrigg woods is stunning at this time of year and really does feel like untouched natural beauty. There is a stream that runs alongside the pathway adding to the tranquility. This is a great place to enjoy with family and friends and if you have the energy to walk all the way through the wood it will be worth it! Rayrigg Wyke’s viewpoint is the reward at the far end.

  • Here at Lakes Lodge we welcome families and we even have a book three, get one free offer on our superior rooms so you can enjoy your family holiday for less. We know how much organising is involved in family trips away, so to help we’ve put together a list of top three attractions that are nearby and ideal for families.

    1. Brockole Visitor Centre

    Brockole visitor centre is a fantastic place for family fun and is a short 5 minute drive from Lakes Lodge. They have a whole host of activities entertaining for adults and children alike.

    You can ‘Brave the Cave’, suitable for children 5+ the activity includes completing challenges in the cave, retrieving cave paintings and finding your way in the dark!

    The adventure playground is free and has activities suitable for all ages. The playground includes a picnic area, so a great place to enjoy a spot of lunch.

    There is also, rafting, archery, bike hire, lazer clay shooting, boat hire, kayak tours, pony rides and much more! It is certainly worth having a look at their website to see what you fancy, so much choice!

    2. The World of Beatrix Potter

    The World of Beatrix Potter is a top tourist attraction for families, and is a short 12 minute drive from Lakes Lodge.

    You can look forward to a self guided tour of the exhibition and garden. Throughout summer there is a live theatre show called ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’, which is great entertainment for the kids, this show is running until September 2nd!

    There is also a fantastic gift shop, a lovely tea room to relax in.

    3. Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest

    Whinlatter is England’s only mountain forest, and it is a great place for walking and cycling with views across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater. It is a stunning 40 minute scenic drive from Lakes Lodge.

    Fantastic for all the family, Whinlatter is home to outdoor activity centre, Go Ape. The Tree-Top adventure is suitable for those over 10 years, it is a high ropes course that includes a variety of obstacles and a free-fall Tarzan swing!

  • Ambleside is the perfect destination to be at the foot of the fells.

    Spending your days, with a map in hand, exhaustingly exploring the infamous South Lakes by foot, boat or bike. Daily rewards are required! Especially after a long hard day in the fresh air.

    Here are our top 3 recommendations to enjoy your evenings in Ambleside.

    Table 22
    For a end of holiday treat, special occasion or private party Table 22 is the perfect place for you.
    With stunning lake views and a variety of locally sourced lovingly created dishes from traditional, vegetarian to pan-asian catering for everyone’s craving.

    Not to be missed is their bespoke-made toffee apple ice cream handmade - literally - for dinners to enjoy by Handmade Ice Cream Company in Ulverston.

    The private dinner space is unique to Ambleside, catering for up to 16 people and offering tailor made menus to suit your celebration.

    Food served until 9pm daily. Waterhead Bay, LA22 0ES

    The Priest Hole Restaurant
    Based inside Kesick Old Hall, one of Ambleside oldest buildings. With original features in tow, this makes for a memorable evening serving traditional Cumbrian food locally sourced and perfectly matched with wines and locally brewed ales and beers.

    With August soon to arrive, the outside terrace for alfresco dining will be the perfect place to the sunset evenings.

    Food served until 9pm daily. Dog friendly on the outside terrace.
    Church Street, LA22 0BU

    Zeffirellis
    Based in the heart of Ambleside, a vegetarian restaurant influenced by simple mediterranean ingredients. Producing organic wholesome delights with a contemporary flair.

    Extend the date night with an evening film? As this restaurant has a cinema attached, showing the latest blockbuster and avant-garde films offering all dinners a movie meal deal.

    Food served until 10pm daily. Compston Road, LA22 9AD

  • 25 June 2018

    Short and Steep.

    For those passionate for the outdoors, we certainly cater for your needs at Lakes Lodge. Based in the hugely popular and picturesque town of Ambleside, we are right on the doorstep of many wondrous mountains and lakes.

    Sometimes when faced with endless opportunities it is hard to decide what to pick! If you are planning on cramming a variety of activities into each day during your visit, these short, steep walks nearby could be just the ticket.

    Wansfell Pike
    Wansfell Pike is situated ½ a mile east of Ambleside. It is a great walk for those who struggle with navigation as it is a clear path all the way to the top! You can ascend the fell starting from a road in Ambleside that passes Stockghyll Force waterfall. The road bears right, leading to a stile on to a footpath that takes you right to the summit. The walk ascends around 1500ft, the viewpoint at the top is famous for its fantastic view of Ambleside and Lake Windermere. Depending on which way you descent, this walk can be short and sweet usually taking about a couple hours.

    Red Screes from Kirkstone Pass Inn
    You can drive up to Red Screes from Ambleside by taking Kirkstone Pass on the A592. The road, known as “The Struggle” by locals is a popular, challenging cycling route with amazing mountain views. You can park in the car park opposite Kirkstone Pass Inn, and cross the stile at the far end of the car park. The path is clearly marked and easy to follow, as you ascend the path’s steepness increases with some scrambling. Once at the top you can enjoy views all around, of Windermere in one direction and Ullswater in the other.

  • 18 May 2018

    On Your Bike

    Getting on your bike and heading up a trail is a great way to see some of the Lake District's best bits. There are plenty of places to go, here are some recommendations for the more advanced riders among us:

    Helvellyn
    Starting off toward the south of Ullswater, making your way slowly upwards to the top of Helvellyn, the third highest peak (950m) in the Lake District. The good thing about going up...you must come down. After a needed rest, head down the glorious descent of the Stick Pass. The trail is on average 12 miles long.

    Nan Build Pass
    This route is filled with mud, chutes and hairpins along a single stoney pass. Perfect for those looking for a technical trip. A 10 mile round trail.

    Brathay Belter
    The Brathay Belter is an event for endurance cyclist looking to test themselves. There are 3 distances, short, medium and long to choose from.

    The short distance is 15 miles with a total of 1,400 feet of climbing. This distance is perfect for families and people new to cycling who want to get out.

    The medium is 44 mile route with 4,200 feet of climbing offering a challenge but not as strenuous as the Long distance. The long distance takes you passed places like Blea Tarn, Elterwater, Green Hows Tarn all magnificently still pockets of waters that show the reflection of the Hills. Rehydrate yourselves, as this is no easy feat! Spanning 56 miles and 6,200 feet of climbing with the spectacular views of Windermere, Coniston and Duddon Valley. this is 58 miles and 6,200 feet of ascent.

    Date: 24th of June 2018
    Time: 08:00 am
    Location: Brathay Trust Brathay Hall Clappersgate Ambleside Cumbria, Ambleside, LA22 0HP

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