Things To Do

In the lodge

There is a Freeview TV, DVD player, wi-fi, set of speakers and a range of board games provided for your entertainment. The wi-fi signal is not always strong enough to support streaming.  You may want to download any movies before you come - laptops can be connected to the TV via the HDMI lead, and Android phones and tablets via a MHL lead provided.

Eating and drinking

Our current favourite for eating out is Steam Bistro in Coniston. This is a small place, so booking in advance is recommended. 

There are a range of good pubs serving food nearby, including the Wilson Arms and Church House Inn in Torver, the Farmers Arms in Lowick Green, and more pubs in Coniston village. 

Places to visit - outdoors

Grizedale Forest has walking trails, mountain bike trails (and hire) and a Go Ape course.

Tarn Hows is a great place to walk and picnic, and has plenty of parking. The scenery is fantastic.

Coniston Water provides trips on the Launch and the Gondola.  

There are a host of great walks from the doorstep, or with a short car journey. 

A little further afield is Muncaster Castle, which can be combined with a trip on a steam train on the Ravenglass & Eskdale railway.

Places to visit - indoors

Brantwood House, the former home of John Ruskin, the Victorian writer, painter and philosopher, is close by, as is the Ruskin Museum.

The World of Beatrix Potter attraction is at Bowness, where you can experience Peter Rabbit's garden and Miss Tiggy-Winkle's kitchen!

The Lakes Aquarium is on the shores of Lake Windermere.

Sport and fitness

Coniston Sports and Social Club in Coniston village provides two tennis courts and gym facilities, both of which are available to non-members. Tennis costs £5 per court per hour and the gym costs £3 per session. For more info, phone 015394 41812.

The Cascades Health Spa and Fitness Club, part of the Whitewater Hotel in Backbarrow - about 15 minutes drive from the lodge - offers spa treatments, a gym, and swimming pool. It is open to the public all year round. For more info, phone 01539 531133.