Wet Weather Activities
Now lets be honest, we do get our fair share of showers in this part of the world and we thoroughly recommend embracing the charm of the Lake District and getting out and about undeterred. To help you do this we have Muck Boots available at the inn, along with macs and umbrellas that you are very welcome to borrow. We also provide a list and guide of local walks that are a comfortable length to complete on a showery day, many of which have a refreshment stop part way round, and all of which are definitely best suited to Wellingtons.
A guide for each walk is available from the inn, along with Muck Boots and a rain mac if required.
- Mansergh & Rigmaden – 5.75 miles – Easy walking on old tracks and byways in an unsung corner, enjoying extensive views across the Lunesdale fells.
- Barbon Low Fell – 5.75 miles – A stunning combination of first rate Dales scenery, and though every step is outside the Dales, it’s a National Park landscape.
- Leck Beck – 6.25 miles – The lovely environs of Leck Beck penetrate unfrequented fell country to discover limestone ravines, all within Lancashire!
- Whittington 5.25 miles – Easy rambling to an attractive village, and a return that clings tightly to the Lune’s bank.
- Wenning and Greta – 6.5 miles – A richly varied walk encountering much of interest in between the lower reaches of two parallel rivers.
- Three Rivers – 5.5 miles – Two absorbing, very contrasting villages link the genteel Lune Valley with the wilder, wooded edge of Bowland.
- Kirkby Lonsdale – A gentle stroll around the town and down by the River to Devil’s Bridge, to get to grips with the local amenities and sights.
Places to visit
Easily located on the A6 between Preston and Garstang. Barton Grange is a garden centre with the ‘Wow Factor!’ With a huge houseplant and outdoor all weather plant section, alongside a fabulous home decor department. Barton Grange also boasts a stunning farm shop offering all the best quality locally sourced produce as well as a Cook Shop with beautiful things for your kitchen. There is plenty on offer to make the trip worthwhile, a must for the foodies and horticulturists.
Leighton Hall and Gardens
The Leighton Hall estate, home to the world renowned Gillow furniture making family, stretches over some 1,550 acres, both the hall and the beautiful gardens are well worth a nosey round. Leighton Hall can be found in the north of Lancashire, just outside Carnforth, a few miles from the city of Lancaster. It nestles in a bowl of parkland against a backdrop of English Lake District hills. Dogs are not permitted in the house or gardens but there is 80 acres of parkland around the estate where dogs are more than welcome.
Levens Hall and Gardens
Levens Hall is a short drive away and one of the finest stately homes in South Cumbria. In the 1590s the Bellingham family developed what was a Medieval Peel Tower into a Gentleman’s residence. The grand estate boasts tenanted farms with their produce available to buy in the gift shop, a lush deer park and stunning Grade I listed garden. Leave Kirkby Lonsdale, head North on the A65 towards the M6, following signs for Milnthorpe A6, look out for the brown heritage signs to direct you.
Yew Tree Barn
A stunning 19th Century barn, home to a unique collection of artisans and antiques and an architectural reclamation yard. On sight there is also a the Hat Trick Cafe, and plenty to see, an Aladdin’s cave of vintage treats and hand crafted goodies. Head towards Grange over Sands then follow signs for Low Newton. Yew Tree Barn is sign posted.
Wensleydale cheese has been made in Wensleydale since 1150, when Cistercian monks settled in the dale and established a monastery, just 4 miles from Hawes. The Creamery set in the heart of Hawes, a lovely drive from Kirkby Lonsdale with fantastic views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park to accompany you on your journey, boasts a cheese making museum, a viewing gallery to watch the pros at work and an amazing cheese shop with endless tasters of all your favourite Wensleydales.
Kirkby Lonsdale, shopping, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea
Kirkby Lonsdale is a beautiful market town. With plenty to see and do to keep you occupied during the day and well into the night. With numerous shops, all stocked to the brim with gorgeous fare perfect for gifts and, of course, for treating yourselves. There are also many different tearooms and eateries to choose from for either morning coffee, afternoon tea or a light lunch. Kirkby is also a great place to stock up your fridge, with both an award winning butchers and cheese shop, chocolate shop and bakery.
Staveley Mill Yard and Hawskhead Brewery
Staveley Mill Yard is a four-acre site comprised of over 20 retail and industrial units, in the centre of Staveley village, it is situated near to both Kendal and Windermere and close to central Lake District. Hawkshead Brewery is based here and well worth a visit with a fantastic beer hall offering tasters of the ales brewed on site. Brewery tours take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2pm
If your going into to Windermere for the day then Lakeland Plastics is a must for the foodies and the domestic goddess’. Lakeland offer an unrivalled collection of creative kitchenware, practical ideas for the home and garden, and inspiring gifts from all over the world.
Sizergh Castle and Gardens
The Strickland family has lived at Sizergh Castle for more than 750 years, and it remains their home today. Set in large, beautifully landscaped gardens and based on an impressive 14th Century pele tower. The mansion contains some of the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country. Of particular interest are the large gardens surrounding the Castle, a notable feature being the National Trust’s largest limestone rock garden, including part of the National Collection of Hardy Ferns. Enchanting wildflower and water gardens also add to the charm of this elegant estate