What to do

What-to-do2You could spend a lifetime exploring our wonderful area but here are just a few suggestions of things to do.

After breakfast you could leave your car, put on your boots and head out for a walk. Whether you choose a gentle stroll around Grasmere lake or a moderate climb the views never disappoint. Martin and I have spent a life time walking the fells but there is still more places to discover. We are happy to help you find the perfect route and we have plenty of maps and guides that you can use…

Grasmere village is only a short walk from the house with cafés, restaurants and pubs serving exciting and delicious food. Dove Cottage, one of the homes of the poet William Wordsworth is well worth a visit and the National Trust property, Allan Bank is a truly magical place to pass an afternoon. Don’t miss Sam Reads, the lovely old book shop or the Heaton Cooper Art Studio. Not many of our visitors leave without sampling the famous Grasmere Gingerbread, a cross between a biscuit and cake which is baked freshly every day to a 160 year old secret recipe!

Grasmere is also the perfect centre for exploring by car. There are so many scenic drives, how do you choose where to go?   If you have just one day in the Lake District you could take the 20 minute drive north to Keswick. Then head through the beautiful Borrowdale valley to Buttermere where you can enjoy breath taking scenery over the Honister Pass, perhaps visiting a slate mine or sampling homemade ice creams and amazing scones along the way. Why not finish the day by eating the best fish and chips by the lake before heading home?

There are many ways to enjoy the lakes themselves, perhaps a cruise on Windermere or an unforgettable trip on the steam boat Gondola on Coniston? If you want to stay closer to home you may want to borrow one of our canoes and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Grasmere lake or the brave can join Martin for his daily early morning swim…..yes he really does swim in the lake every day of the year from our private jetty.

Top Ten things to do in Grasmere after your lovely breakfast……..

  1. Walk around the lake
  2. Visit Dove Cottage
  3. Go for a swim
  4. Sample local ale
  5. Enjoy a real afternoon tea
  6. Climb on the fells
  7. Taste Grasmere Gingerbread
  8. Buy a book from a real book shop (Sam Reads)
  9. Sit by the lake and look out for the kingfisher
  10. Slow down, relax, skim stones and enjoy the beautiful scenery that is all around.

Where to eat

Banerigg is just a 10 – 15 minute walk from Grasmere village, where you can find a great choice of food.

If you are looking for something tasty for a picnic visit the amazing little takeaway, Lucias, where everything is homemade. I can personally recommend her ginger crunch and wonderful sausage rolls!

One of our favourite restaurants is Potted Out which is within easy walking distance. I love their Antipasti sharing platter – more like a main meal than a starter and their risotto is a family favourite too.

If you are looking for vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free totally delicious food, then look no further than Greens – amazing food freshly prepared by the equally amazing pair Rob and Karen.

Tweedies Bar has live music at the weekend and a beer festival in September. They serve a wonderful Sunday lunch and I recently enjoyed a delicious ‘Crispy Lamb Shoulder’ served from their interesting menu.

The Jumble Room, a bistro with querky décor, offers a special eating experience, the perfect place to go if you are celebrating a birthday or an anniversary. They certainly live up to their belief of taking the very best ingredients, cooking them with love and serving them with pride.   Try their ‘Thriller from Manilla’ or their ‘Baked Atlantic Cod’ but please leave room for one of their delicious desserts.

Of course there are many other places to choose, you could eat somewhere different every night and not be disappointed.