Board Games/Cards. One of the drawers in the lounge contains a selection of board games in the unlikely event that it should rain during your holiday.
Attractions, Excursions, Activities and Events. In one of the lounge drawers you will find leaflets containing a wealth of information ranging from suggested walks, to ideas for nearby places at which to eat, shop, and visit. These include:
- Timetables for cruises on Windermere, Coniston and Derwentwater.
- Steam Train excursions (Lakeside & Haverthwaite, Ravenglass & Eskdale)
- Esthwaite Trout Fishery (Beginners & Experts - rod & boat hire, or fish from the bank)
- Sport & Leisure (Watersports, climbing walls, swimming, horse riding, etc,)
- Beatrix Potter attractions (Hill Top Farm and others)
- Wordsworth Museum
- South Lakes Wild Animal Park (excellent - nothing like any other zoo - needs dry weather)
- `GO APE` (Tree top adventure - excellent - you need to book in advance at Grizedale)
- Brantwood House and Gardens (visit by boat if you wish - Coniston)
- Grasmere Gingerbread Shop
- Dock Museum , Barrow-in Furness
- Aquarium at Lakeside(combination day trip with SteamTrain and Boat cruise available)
- Steam Yacht `Gondola` on Coniston
- Sizergh Castle( nr Kendal)
- Pony Treks ( Limefit Park - Windermere)
- TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES (Hawkshead car park& Ambleside have more ideas)
- Local Phone/Yellow pages books also in lounge drawer.
Local Walks And Entertainment
Printed Local Walk Guide Sheets These are inexpensive and detail local walks varying in length and difficulty. Available Hawkshead Post Office - we usually keep a few in the lounge drawers.
The Outgate Inn (tel:015394 34613) Sue and Keith provide bar snacks and more substantial meals at lunch times and evenings.Well behaved dogs are welcome (as you will find in many Lakeland pubs). Children are asked to leave by 9.00pm (dogs can stay later!). Live entertainment is advertised on the signs outside and in the bar. OPENING TIMES tend to vary depending on demand and season; a notice on the front door always displays current hours. Food is usually served all day.Typical snack and main course menus are kept in Barn End Flat.
Drunken Duck (tel:015394 36347) One of Lakeland`s most famous hostelries is only a short (1 mile) walk away at Barngates. Pass the red phone box, turn right then keep going up the hill. A good range of real ales is brewed on site. Many single malts available. Excellent meals at predictable prices. Advanced booking for a table is usually necessary. A typical menu is kept in our lounge drawers. [My personal opinion is that it has gone rather `Wine-Barish` since the recent change of management - decide for yourselves]. Good to sit outside on a sunny lunchtime with a cool drink - excellent views.
Last Word on Pubs - My current favourite is the Queen`s Head at Troutbeck. Good food, log fires, oak beams and horse brasses. Difficult to find - to make it more confusing there are two `Troutbecks` in the Lakes - this is the one near Windermere.]
Tarn Hows Walk Certainly not one to be missed whilst you are in the area; Drive towards Hawkshead, turn right towards Coniston just before you get into Hawkshead then follow the Tarn Hows signs. National Trust car park. A delightful half-day stroll round the tarn. Spectacular scenery - take your camera.
Walking Into Hawkshead 1.Across The Fields Turn left immediately after the Outgate Inn, before the white cottage. The path is marked all the way through to Hawkshead. 2.Roadside Walk There is a roadside footpath which follows the road - part in the fields at the side and part on the road; the path starts near the post box opposite to the pub.
Local Walks`From the Doorstep`
1.The Most Local and Extremely Short Walk. The small piece of woodland immediately opposite the front door of Barn End (Steveney Spinney) is open to the public. Access is over the stile on the left of the path down the side of the W.I. Recommended for collecting conkers and early morning dog walks.
2.Passing Blelham Tarn Through to Wray Castle and Windermere Lake Shore. Walk 50 yds along the road towards Ambleside and turn right (by the Outgate Village sign up Spika Lane). Follow through the woods , past Blelham Tarn. On reaching the road, turn right. Pass Low Wray Camp Site entrance.You will come to the entrance of Wray Castle. The grounds are open to the public(free).You can walk down through the grounds to the shores of Windermere.
3.Wray Castle Grounds, Public Jetty and Launch Trips Car parking at Wray Castle is free. The grounds have pleasant lake-side walks (and - NB.DOG WALKERS these are sheep-free!). A small shuttle launch does a circular sail from the boathouse, via Brockholes and Waterhead. Leaves at 10.15, 11.015,12.15, 1.25, 2.25, 3.25 & 4.25. April-September. It offers opportunities for connections to other trips down the lake to Bowness and beyond. Ask the crew for details or phone 015394 32225 (Don`t bother going into the Castle - there is not much to see!).
4.Access To Local Walks and Fields Various public footpaths start by going down the side of the W.I.and into the fields - but I usually get lost down there.
5. Blelham Tarn-A Circular Walk A `walk guide` (code HD5)is available from Hawkshead P.O. It passes by the flat, so you can start and end here [Walkers on this route get lost just outside the flat wondering whether to go down the side of the W.I. The correct route takes Spika Lane 50yds further towards Ambleside. A pleasant hour can be spent leaning on the handrail at the top of Barn End steps, spotting confused walkers with peach-coloured walk guides, listening to them argue for a bit , then re-directing them].
Slightly Further Afield
1. Grizedale Visitors` Centre (tel:01229860010) 20 minutes drive away. By-pass Hawkshead, take the Newby Bridge road. A mile past Hawkshead turn right towards Satterthwaite and Grizedale (you can easily miss the turning). Graded forest walks of various lengths, sculpture in the forest, cafe, local history museum, mountain bike hire. Try the `GO APE` high wire adventure -highly recommended--you need to book in advance.
2. Lazy Walk With Pub Lunch Park at Skelwyth Bridge, follow the riverside path to the Brittania Inn at Elterwater. The walk back seems half the length. All on the level, but can be muddy.
Hawkshead Bottle & can recycling bank in the back corner of the main car park.
Post Box The post box is set into the wall opposite the Outgate Inn (yet another excuse to go over to the pub!).
Laundromat/Dry Cleaner 19, Main Road Windermere.
Taxis Kevin`s Ambleside tel:015394 32371 Alan Dover Coniston tel:Mobile 07977148730
TESCO (online) will deliver from the Barrow-in-Furness branch to the Barn End postcode (LA22 ONH).
Churches in Hawkshead St.Michael`s Parish church - Quaint and peaceful, well worth a look round. Delightful graveyard with good views (not such a bad place to spend eternity!). Sunday services 8am, 10am and 4pm. Methodist - Sunday service 2.20pm.
Mobile Butcher and General Store Mr W Hutchinson stops by the red phone box each Thursday morning (9.15 - 10.30 ish) you may have to wait for him finishing his regular cup of tea in Rock Cottage!). Fresh meat, fruit, vegetables, tinned goods, general groceries and bread. An amazing selection of good quality food, well presented in a specially adapted Transit Van. Check the side door as well as the rear door for anything you may have forgotten to bring. Enjoy getting up early to buy your fresh breakfast bacon and supporting the local economy. Mr Hutchinson will also give a local weather forecast (if usually somewhat optimistically) for the day.
Bus Service The Ambleside - Hawkshead - Coniston bus route passes through Outgate. The bus stop is opposite the pub. The timetable is fixed inside the pump-shed opposite the pub. For timetable services on all routes phone TRAVELINE on 08706082608