At the Hawksmoor Guest House we love you being able to make the most of your stay so below you will find link with ideas of things to do in the Lake District, as well as links to popular Lake District events' websites.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (Ravenglass)
This was always a favourite of our family when we were kids, and it's just as charming and entertaining today as it was then. They are, as they claim, a "family friendly steam railway" in the Western Lake District. If it's sunny, you can enjoy riding the very scenic line in phone carriages and if the weather turns grey, there are closed coaches to enjoy the journey. You get a free guide to the line, which will give you a wealth of information about the amazing scenery you're seeing, and there's a free La'al Ratty (the line's nickname) children's game to play. It's also true there is unrivalled walking and cycling. At Dalegarth Station there's now a Visitor Centre including "Fellbites Cafe" and the "Scafell Gift Shop". Great fun, highly recommended, and A Top Attraction!
Rydal Mount and Gardens (near Ambleside)
Well, what can one say about this place? I should think everyone who has been to the Lakes has at some time been to visit the two most famous Wordsworth memorials - his houses at Dove Cottage, Grasmere, and Rydal Mount. They both have many interesting features, but the grounds and the breathtaking views of the lakes and hills make this place rather special. Dove Cottage is better on the poetry and context of his writing.
- Daily March - October 09.30-17.00, November - February 10.00-16.00 Closed Tuesday in Winter months and from 10 - 31 January.
- Rydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside,Cumbria, LA22 9LU
- Off A591 1.5 miles from Ambleside, 2.5 miles from Grasmere.
- 015394 3300
Sizergh Castle & Garden (near Kendal)
Now, another wonderful attraction. Sizergh is a beautiful and fascinating "castle" (actually a pele tower, I think), with a distinct sense of history and full of ancient treasures. It has a sense of place that many old houses, Open to the public, simply don't have. In addition, it's set in wonderful grounds with walks around the estate. No doubt one of the reasons it feels different to so many mere museum pieces is that it's been lived in by the Strickland family for over 760 years. As they say: "You can learn about the Elizabethan carvings and contents of the castle, then explore the stunning gardens including the renowned limestone rock garden." But you can enjoy it much more than that rather formal description suggests! A Top Attraction!
Solar Electric Launches, Coniston Water (Brantwood, Coniston)
Can they really be powered by the sun? Yes, but I guess they have some back-up - the sun doesn't shine all the time in the Lakes! But the electric launches are a delight - quite, smooth and peaceful. Sit back, relax, and imagine you're in the days of the Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome's delightful children’s books were actually set on Coniston Water, though they resemble Windermere more closely). No surprise that special cruises include "wallows and Amazons" and "Campbells on Coniston" - see website for details. Private Charter available.
- Sailing daily from 10.30 to dusk - see website, or, for details and winter sailings.
- Coniston Ferry Services, Pier Cottage, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AJ
- Parking at Coniston Boat Landings. Or you can get the Stagecoach bus from Windermere or Ambleside.
- 015394 36216
Steam Yacht Gondola (Coniston Water)
A unique and elegant steamboat providing an unrivalled cruising experience. Just like the Victorian passengers of the original Gondola launched in 1859, today's passengers can enjoy a steam-powered cruise in opulently upholstered saloons. It's certainly fun to sail down the lake in style on Gondola, and it gives you a very different perspective of Coniston.