Things To Do


A Cruise On Windermere Lake

Easy-to-use directory

Inside the cottage is an up-to-date directory titled ‘Places to go, People to meet, Things to do’. It is packed full of information on over 150 different attractions. Everything from animal parks to art museums, from details on Cumbria’s historic houses to places where the kids can let off a bit of steam. The directory is indexed and all ready for you to get planning!



The Howgills near Sedbergh


Ghyll Stile Mill Cottage is located between two of Britain’s best national parks – the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The scenery in each is very different but they are both very special “national treasures”. Cumbria has some stunning scenery of mountains and lakes and this has inspired poets, artists, writers and photographers for generations. The Yorkshire Dales is less visited than the Lakes but it is equally beautiful but in a different way – meandering lanes, dry stone walls, moorland, quaint villages, country pubs. All this breathtaking landscape can be enjoyed by foot, bike, car, touring coach and even by train or boat.




Westmorland Show

This area of North West England is well know for its events. At one end of the range there are the very popular county and agricultural shows whilst at the other end there are the much more exclusive bonfire night extravaganzas in the grounds of historic country mansions. Let us know if you would like us to send you a leaflet giving details of all the forthcoming events then you can plan the dates of your stay to coincide with your selected event.


A Hen Harrier


We’ve already mentioned our garden birds, otters, deer and trout that frequent the immediate vicinity around the cottage (click here to return to that section). In addition the whole of the surrounding area is a refuge for all sorts of wildlife. Take for example the Leighton Moss RSPB Bird Reserve just a few miles away – here you can see the Bittern and the Hen Harrier as well as lots of water birds. Or, half an hour’s drive north of here you can view from a special observatory, England’s only Golden Eagles soaring above the fells.



Windermere Golf Club


There are all the usual sports and fitness facilities in Kendal at the Leisure Centre and elsewhere in the town. • Golf is well catered for with 6 different courses nearby. • Fishing – there are some nice little fisheries within a short drive and if you want some ‘real fishing’ then there are all the lakes and rivers of Cumbria and Yorkshire to choose from. • And if you are interested in rock climbing, snow and ice climbing or white water canoeing then Cumbria is patiently waiting for you! • Finally there are plenty of facilities for sailing and flat water canoeing, Killington even has it’s own reservoir – you can’t get much better than that!



The Chocolate House in Kendal

Sedbergh town dates back to the 11th century. Its present day centre is small and contains traditional shops that can provide everyday essentials. Thankfully there isn’t a single mega store in sight! Instead we have traditional shops like a butcher, baker, greengrocer, a handy little ironmonger, an excellent chemist shop, an interesting antique shop and, as England's book town, 4 or 5 facinating second hand bookshops. The neighbouring town of Kendal offers great shopping for those in need of a bit of further therapy in that direction! Kendal is a market town with modern shops as well as lots of old yards and alleyways. There are also numerous restaurants and cafes including the famous 1657 Chocolate House for chocoholics!

Arts and Culture


The Brewery Arts Centre

The principle arts venue in Kendal is probably The Brewery Arts Centre – here they have performing arts, 2 cinemas and exhibitions but elsewhere in the locality there is a healthy array of venues offering the arts in many of its various forms.




Steam Engine

If you’re concerned that you could spend most of your holiday driving around, this really need not be the case at all. There is a fairly regular country bus service so, with a bit of planning, you could even leave the car at home altogether if you wish. By arrangement we are always happy to collect visitors from the mainline railway station at Oxenholme. Additionally, there are all sorts of lake cruises, railways (steam and diesel) and coach tours around both national parks. The historic Settle to Carlisle Railway is always popular, and understandably so, since it is a most lovely way to see a slice of this beautiful and unspoilt countryside.