Here at the Southern end of The Lake District we have many reasons to devote part of your stay to discovering exactly what The Furness Peninsula has to offer.
Travel west along the A590 passing the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and you will arrive in Ulverston, known in these parts as The Festival Town. Here you will find the Laurel & Hardy Museum (as Stan Laurel was born in this historical market town) two microbreweries, Cumbria Crystal, and a host of independent shops and tearooms, as well as an abundance of pubs and restaurants.
Take the 590 out of Ulverston and you can visit Wax Lyrical at Lindal before hopefully spotting some wild animals roaming free on your right at The South Lakes Safari Zoo. Barrow lies ahead if you fancy some retail therapy, or maybe a visit to The Dock Museum or the nature reserves on Walney Island. Another option is to take the A595 towards the Duddon Estuary and Valley with Muncaster Castle and the sandy beaches of St Bees beyond.
A more leisurely route out of Ulverston takes you along the coastal road, passing the fabulous Conishead Priory and Buddhist Temple, from here enjoy the pebble beaches and in the summer treat yourself to an ice cream while the little ones ride on the donkeys ! Morecambe Bay opens out on your left, take the road to Roa Island with its lifeboat station and catch the tiny “ferry” to Piel Island to visit its castle ruins and pub !
Just a few miles south of Lakeland Village is the pretty village of Cartmel with its magnificent Priory, of course these days Cartmel is just as well known for being home to one of the country`s top eateries – L`enclume. The village also boasts its own brewery as well as some quaint shops, cafes, traditional pubs and the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop. From May to August expect the place to be much busier as Cartmel Racecourse holds regular meetings, don’t forget your picnic hamper !
Take a left at the Newby Bridge roundabout and the A592 leads you to the much busier destinations of Bowness, Windermere, Ambleside and beyond. At the Swan Hotel in Newby Bridge follow the Western shores of Windermere and veer off for Hawkshead, Coniston and the high peaks and passes to the North.
The Coach House holds a multitude of visitor attraction information, including maps and details of local walks, as well as books, games and DVDs you can borrow.
We also offer some great discounts to local attractions – these are available to all who stay with us.
One last piece of advice…..ENJOY !!