Local Lake District Tips

Meet Mary

Portfolio Development Manager

♥ Kendal

Mary's tip

Growing up in the South Lakes was lovely as a child but as a teenager I wanted to explore and see the bright lights of cities and left to study. Funny how time changes you and fast forward more than twenty-five years, and I found myself zooming back up the M6 to come back to the area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at every opportunity. The lure of the Lakes became too hard to resist and I settled back in Kendal the market town which is known as the “gateway to the Lakes” five years ago. One of my favourite local walks just which I can walk to from my door or is just a couple of minutes away by car is Scout Scar which is situated west to the town and is gently elevated above the town which overlooks the Lyth Valley and is also a Wainwright walk. It gives you “one of the best views across the entire southern Lakes" according to the Lake District National Park Authority - and I couldn’t agree more. The views are simply spectacular and stretch to the Lakeland Fells such as the Langdales, Skiddaw and beyond, out to the Morecambe Bay Estuary and on a clear day you can see Blackpool tower, over to Kendal and the Yorkshire Howgills and Kentmere. There are 360-degree views with the mushroom to show you all the points on a map. On a summers night it’s great to have a picnic and watch the livestock and wildlife in the valley. In the warmer months you will often see hot air balloons rise over the hills from the opposite side of the valley. Scout Scar is made from limestone so there are pavements of limestone and a wonderful abundance of alpine flowers including orchids. It is a site of special scientific interest for its flora and fauna. Naturally after this the walk you may want refreshments and there is a good choice of excellent pubs in the valley to help quest your thirst such as the Black Labrador which is my favourite (and the closest) or the Wheatsheaf – a very close second, both of which are dog-friendly and have outdoor seating too. If the Lake District is on your holiday agenda, why not take a look at our Kendal cottages here

Meet John

Property Manager

♥ Ambleside and the Mickleden Valley trail

John's tip

I moved to the Lake District over four years ago, and love everything about it, the mountains, the food and the people are all wonderful. My favourite spot and walk is along the Mickleden Valley at the end of the Langdales Valley. It’s a relatively flat walk but takes you into the heart of the fells with fantastic scenery and views. Its best to park at the National Trust car park next to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (more about that later) From the car park head behind the hotel and quite literally follow the path along the valley. To your right you have Pike O’ Stickle towering over you and to the left ‘The Band’ which leads to Bowfell. The path winds its way along the bottom of the valley floor following Mickleden Beck, there are numerous natural plunge pools along the away, perfect spots for a picnic and a dip on a sunny day. The path splits into two at the wooden bridge both heading onto steeper ground to the fells beyond. The bridge is a perfect spot for a quick pit stop and to take in the breath-taking vista before heading back along the valley to your starting point. We can’t fail to mention The Old Dungeon Ghyll and its famous Hikers bar, used by generations of mountaineers and climbers it’s a warm and friendly bar serving homemade food and local ales, there is often a fire blazing and at the end of the day will be full of hikers reminiscing about their days adventures. There is also an open folk night on a Wednesday night, just turn up and play or relax and listen. Ppst.. Don’t tell too many people as it’s the best night in the Lakes! Find out more about Ambleside and the surrounding area with our guide here

Meet Jess

Office Manager

♥ Tarn Hows in the National Park

Jess's tip

After moving to the Lake District around seven years ago I still can’t believe that I call it my home. There is nothing better on a wintery Sunday afternoon than to take the dogs to Tarn Hows, a lovely circular walk owned by The National Trust. It’s great for people of all ages, pushchair friendly and you can hire an off-road mobility scooter off the National Trust at certain times of the year. After a brisk walk we tend to end up at our local pub The Drunken Duck, which has an on-site brewery and has now started doing its own gin! You can either sit outside and look at the stunning views over Ambleside and settle down in front of the log burner. Paradise.

Meet Lynsey

Property Assistant

♥ Coniston

Lynsey's tip

Coniston is a favourite spot of mine anytime of the year. Walking down to the lake is peaceful and calming even on its busiest days in the height of summer. Coniston Water is a super place to visit for all ages and offers a variety of activities, from taking a ride on the steam yacht Gondola, hiring a bike or simply feeding the ducks in front of the Bluebird Café. I enjoy sitting at the edge of the lake with the kids with a large hot chocolate full of marshmallows and relaxing. It truly is worth a visit. Our cottages in Coniston are well worth considering when booking your Lake District getaway, take a look here

Meet Leah

Property Checker and Office Assistant

♥ Bowness on Windermere

Leah's tip

My favourite place to spend my free time in the Lake District is on the shore of Lake Windermere at Cockshott Point. It is located at the bottom of Bowness past the Glebe. On a sunny day it's a great spot for a picnic and people watching with an ice cream from Atkinsons Ice Cream which use to boast over 32 flavours (although I imagine there’s more now!). I usually only head to Bowness out of the summer season and it can get quite busy during the holidays! Take a look at our cottages in Bowness on Windermere here