Our Area of the Lakes
There are many delightful and picturesque walks from the house and a short car journey allows the keen walker access to the Langdale or Coniston fells or to the Fairfield and Helvellyn ranges.
Fishing, sailing, horse riding and canoeing are all available in the area and there are many places of interest to visit.
We have plenty of guide books, maps and information at Betty Fold and we will happily help you plan your days. The area around Hawkshead is associated with Beatrix Potter, William Wordsworth and Arthur Ransome.
The South Central Lakes contains many areas worth visiting, including many picturesque lakes. The names of these lakes are familiar to us all, evoking fond memories and providing visitors with both energetic and restful pursuits.
Windermere offers all manner of lake activities, as does Coniston Water, with the 'Old Man' (803m) towering above. Thirlmere provides clear and pure contemplation while Ullswater is popular for sailing. Nowhere else will you find nature and culture in such close proximity. Grasmere has Dove Cottage, with Rydal Mount Close by, both former homes of Wordsworth. Sawrey is where Beatrix Potter's characters sprang to life.
At Grizedale Forest, you'll find a fascinating sculpture trail, whilst Brantwood, John Ruskin's home, above Coniston Water, offers you an insight into the life of this influential writer.
The towns are equally as evocative - from historic Kendal in the south of this area, famous for its mint cake and castle, to Bowness-on-Windermere with pleasure craft that ply the lake all year round.
Keswick-on-Derwentwater is a focal point for the northern half of the National Park, boasting the mighty Skiddaw (931m) as a backdrop. The pleasant shores of Derwentwater, 'Queen of the English Lakes', are walkable from town. While the Borrowdale Valley, so enticing to serious walkers and climbers, leads to Lodore Falls and the Honister Pass.
Photos of Coniston, the Red Squirrel & the sunrise from Betty Fold, copyright Neil Salisbury, Betty Fold Photographic.