The cottage is located in the village of Skelwith Bridge. A small village with a hotel at
its heart and the beautiful river Brathy running through its centre.
Skelwith Bridge is located in the Langdale Valley which provides seclusion and some
of the best walking country to be found.
The hotel has its own restaurant and bar area whilst the village also hosts an excellent
café, Chesters, a craft shop and good access routes all around for those days out,
either by car or public transport.
Grasmere (approx 3 miles) and Ambleside (approx 2 miles) are the nearest towns
providing all of the facilities you would expect of them, cafes, bars, shops and
attractions. The ever popular villages of Elterwater and Chapel Stile are only a short drive away. This central location is an ideal spot for exploring the surrounding Lake District whilst never to far from those more vibrant communities.
No matter what the time of year the location provides you with a superb base to explore the local beauty spots and stunning landscapes with their ever changing appearances whether bathed in sunshine, autumn gold or carpeted in snow.
The Lake District National Park
The Lake District National Park is the largest of the National Parks in England and Wales, 900 glorious square miles in which are special places to find and discover. National Park status ensures that the natural beauty and unique landscapes of the Lakes are protected and preserved for everybody to enjoy.
The Lake District contains forests, 16 lakes the deepest being Wastwater and many smaller tarns. Over 150 high peaks, with four over 3000 feet including England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.
There are attractions for all, superb scenery, quaint villages and hamlets, an abundance of wildlife, endless outdoor pursuits or simply a place to rest and escape and enjoy the hearty food and drink that the Lake District has to offer.
The Langdale Pikes
The majestic, craggy profile of the Langdale Pikes dominate the Langdale Valley and
are the most distinctive, instantly recognisable of mountains in the Lake District.
The Great and Little Langdale Valleys contain some of the most outstanding
scenery Lakeland has to offer.
One of the best views of Great Langdale is undoubtedly that from the slopes of
Loughrigg Fell. You can access Loughrigg Fell by walking from the cottage.
The pikes themselves, once volcanic, from below appear as a sharp rocky ridge,
though they are only precipitous on their southern side. They include
(leading from west to east) Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle, Loft Crag and
The thimble shaped Pike of Stickle (2323 feet) has one of the most distinctive
summits in the Lake District and commands superb views of the surrounding area. The pikes are visible from a distance of many miles when approaching Lakeland from the south.
Further down the valley is the dramatic Dungeon Ghyll, a spectacular waterfall set in a deep gorge.
There is a bus route up the Langdale Valley which comes from Ambleside as well many footpaths which head that way, the easiest being the river side walk.
Tarn Hows is an area of the Lake District National Park, containing a picturesque tarn.
Due to the beauty of the location it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in
the area. From the cottage the tarn can be reached by car or for the more energetic
Tarn Hows is fed at its northern end by a series of valley and basin mires and is drained
by Tom Gill which cascades down over several small waterfalls to Glen Mary bridge.
The Tarn Hows area originally contained three much smaller tarns, Low Tarn, Middle
Tarn and High Tarn. It is now one larger Tarn and is set wildly among larches and
heather slopes and circled by a sturdy footpath.
In 1930 the Marshall family sold 4000 acres (16 km²) of their land to Beatrix Heelis of Sawrey (better known as Beatrix Potter) for £15000. She then sold the half of this land containing the tarn to the National Trust and bequeathed the other half to them in her will.
Tarn Hows was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1965.
The National Trust have made a number of more recent changes to the area including moving the car parks to a less obtrusive place, footpaths, road improvements to minimize the damage caused by the visitors and more recently a building designed to harmonise with the landscape was opened, providing toilets and an information display under a sedum roof.
Loughrigg Tarn is a small, natural lake situated just north of the cottage and the village of Skelwith Bridge. It is at the foot of Loughrigg Fell and can be reached by walking from the cottage or by car. It’s a fabulous location especially on a clear day.
From the tarn you have wonderful views of the Langdales which are even better should you chose to view the tarn from the top of Loughrigg fell.
Loughrigg Tarn was a favoured place of William Wordsworth and was also used as a location for filming the recent Beatrix Potter film “Miss Potter” staring Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger.
Elterwater is a small lake but a true beauty spot and backed dramatically by the craggy ridges of the Langdale Pikes.
The lake is situated at the heart of Lakeland and is only a short walk from the cottage by following the riverside path. The lake attracts a large variety of wildlife.
The Langdale Beck joins the River Brathay, at 187 feet above sea level and is the smallest of the sixteen lakes, measuring only around half a mile long, 0.4 km wide and reaches a depth of 15.24 m.
The lake is fed by water from both the Great and Little Langdale Valleys. The River Brathay flows quitely and sedately out of Elterwater through magnificent scenery, past the cottage and through Skelwith Bridge before continuing on its journey to Lake Windermere.
Dramatically beautiful Blea Tarn, one of the Lake District's innumerable small tarns, occupies a ridge between the Little Langdale Valley and Dungeon Ghyll in Great Langdale.
Set in a superbly panoramic location beneath the shadows of the rugged Langdale Pikes, the tarn stands 700' above sea level. The shores of Blea Tarn are awash with a carpet of wild alpine flowers in the spring and summer. The tarn is quite small, the circuit footpath, which makes an enjoyable walk, takes only about twenty minutes to complete.
The approach road to the tarn is narrow and single track and care should be exercised in bad weather conditions.
There is a convenient car park situated on the Great Langdale to Little Langdale road.