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The historic village of Heversham has a fabulous location. There are so many different areas you can visit, all within a 30 minute car journey or less – the dramatic Lakeland fells and Lake District; stunning coastline of Arnside and Silverdale as well as the Pennine Way and Yorkshire Dales.

For local conveniences, the village of Milnthorpe is just a mile away, where you can buy almost anything, from sticky toffee pudding to a tailored men’s suit! Booths supermarket is open daily until 10pm, Mirror Mirror is there for holiday beauty treatments, and there are Indian, Chinese and Pizza takeaways for easy holiday dining. We even have our own recently refurbished village pub just a 5 minute walk from the cottages.  Dating back several centuries, Heversham Hotel is full of character, there is even an old well in one of the back bars, preserved under a glass floor panel for posterity.  The pub offers lunch and evening menus with a roast on Sundays, and as part of the Samuel Smiths brewery, it serves one of the cheapest pints in the country.  In summer you can sit outside and soak up the rays in their lovely beer garden where dogs are welcome.  There are also many other places to eat out nearby.

Walk from the cottages up the hill of Heversham Head, and within 10 minutes a great panorama opens up, with views of the estuary, coastline and fells. It really is breath taking. There are also 2 local parks just a mile away, where you can find both fallow, and the less common black deer, or visit Leighton Moss RSPB nature reserve for sightings of all kinds of rare bird life as well as otters, red deer and many other wildlife species.

There are also a whole host of attractions and activities in the immediate area, and of course many more throughout the Lake District. As a sample I have provided links to the nearest ones, and when you arrive at the cottages, there will be additional leaflets and information to help further discovery. So whether you fancy the topiary gardens of Levens Hall, outdoor adventuring, an animal experience for children, fishing, watersports, or stately homes, there really is something for everyone, and we try to make sure you know where to go!

Places to Eat and Drink

 The Kingfisher at Sandside – 1.5 miles
A restaurant with a wonderful location and split level restaurant which enables everyone to enjoy the views of the Kent Estuary, surrounding Lakeland fells and spectacular sunsets. Gorgeous food with a good value set menu.  015395 6004  LA8 8PM 
www.kingfishersandside.co.uk

The Ship – Sandside, on the road to Arnside, 2.5 miles
A friendly pub, with a busy restaurant and public bar with pool table, darts board and Sky TV for sport.  Situated right on the estuary with stunning views of the estuary and fells.  There is a garden and seating outside so you can soak up the sun and make the most of the views.  It is a real ale pub featured on the local Storth website.  015395 63113
www.storth.com/pubs.htm

The Albion pub at Arnside – 3 miles
Located on the coastline, stunning views of estuary and fells.  Outside seating with patio heaters and glass wind breaks so that you can make the most of the views whatever the time of year.  This is the place to watch the sun set.  LA5 0HA  01524 761226
www.albionatarnside.co.uk

The Hare and Hounds at Levens – 1.5 miles
The Hare and Hounds has recently been refurbished, and Becky, the new land lady, has really brought the character back to this old pub.  It is now very popular, has a great menu and specialises in cask ales.  They are very friendly and welcoming to all – families, walkers, cyclists, children and dogs.  LA8 8PM  015395 6004
www.hareandhoundslevens.co.uk

The Wheatsheaf at Beetham – 2.5 miles
Lovely oldie worldy pub, with restaurant standard food and service.  Muddy boots and dogs welcome.  LA7 7AL 015395 64652 
www.wheatsheafbeetham.com

The New Inn at Yealand – 6 miles
Home cooked gastropub style food, and a fabulous roast on a Sunday.  Suitable for a special meal out, or pub lunch.  Great range of locally brewed real ales, and fine wines.  LA5 9SJ  01524 805037 
www.thenewinnyealand.co.uk

The Black Labrador at Underbarrow – 8 miles
16th Century Inn, with a fabulous atmosphere, roaring log fire in the winter, and selection of real ales.  First class food and service.  Muddy boots and paws welcome too. 
8 miles, 20 minutes by car. LA8 8HQ  015395 68234
www.theblacklabrador.co.uk

The Punchbowl at Crosthwaite – 8 miles
Luxurious pub restaurant, with extensive menu.  Ideal for a special occasion 
8 miles, 20 minutes by car.  LA8 8HR  015395 68237 
www.the-punchbowl.co.uk

The Lakeside Hotel at Newby Bridge – 13 miles (20 mins by car)
Luxurious hotel on the banks of Lake Windermere.  Conservatory and terrace for light lunch or sumptuous afternoon tea and a la carte restaurant for the evening.  Full Spa facilities.
www.lakesidehotel.co.uk

Activites and Attractions

There are literally hundreds of activities and attractions throughout the Lake District, so these are just a few of the ones closest to the cottages. Some of them are seasonal, so please check out their websites before planning your trip.

Levens Hall Topiary Gardens – Levens, less than a mile
www.levenshall.co.uk
World renowned topiary gardens and Elizabethan house and tea rooms. Escorted garden walks with Levens Hall gardener. Collection of steam engines, usually in action on Sundays.

Wildlife Oasis – 3 miles
www.wildlifeoasis.co.uk
The little zoo with lots to do. An exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive hands-on displays, you are taken on an evolutionary journey spanning over 300,000,000 years. Breeding programmes for endangered species. Butterfly house, aquarium, meerkats, fossas, tamarin monkeys and much more.

Sizergh Castle (National Trust) – 2 miles
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sizergh
Beautiful medieval house with rich gardens and estate. Woodland trail for kids, café and shop.

Winderemere Cruises
www.windermere-lakecruises.co.uk
Cruises on England’s largest lake, Lake Windermere, from 45 minutes to 3 hours, or you can even spend all day on and around the lake with their Freedom of the Lake ticket. Boats leave regularly throughout the day.

Coniston Launch Cruises 
Open and taking online bookings.  Cruises around the peaceful Coniston lake.  There is also a café on the Lake Shore with beautiful views – The Bluebird Café, seating inside and out.  Plentiful parking at the Lakes edge, but you need to pay.  01768 775753  LA21 8AN 
www.conistonlaunch.co.uk

Ullswater Cruises 
Open and taking online bookings. Ullswater is a dramatic lake, bordered by Helvellyn on the west and High Street on the east, both imposing mountains.  High street is so called, because it used to be the old Roman road – rather than walk around the mountains which was longer, they walked up and over them from the Pooley Bridge end of Ullswater through to the Kentmere valley near Staveley and Kendal.  You can travel the full length of the Lake from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding (or the reverse), or take a shorter journey from Glenridding (NW shoreline) to Howtown on the east. 
CA11 0US – Glenridding Pier     CA10 2NN – Pooley Bridge Pier 
01768 482229  www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway  (Southern end of Windermere, about 20 mins by car) 
Very family friendly.  A much shorter train ride that shuttles between Haverthwaite and the foot of Lake Windermere.  There is a woodland walk, play area and tearoom at the Haverthwaite area, and at the lakeside you can catch a cruise ship to Bowness-on-Windermere, or visit the Aquarium.  015395 31595  LA12 8AL 
www.lakesiderailway.co.uk

Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway 
Book online, dogs welcome.  A trip back in time and journey through beautiful Cumbrian countryside.  CA18 1SW for Ravenglass Station  CA19 1TF for Dalegarth for Boot Station  01229 717171 
ravenglass-railway.co.uk

Farleton Fisheries – Farleton, 1 mile
www.farletonview.co.uk
Fly fishing and tea rooms.

Kendal – 6 miles
Visit Website
A really quaint old market town, that has kept it’s original character, whilst providing a great mix of shopping, cafes and historic culture.

Lakeland Maize Maze – Sedgewick nr Kendal, 3 miles
www.lakelandmaze.co.uk
Giant maze and farm park including trampolines, karting, tractor rides, soft play area, pets barn, lamas and alpacas, giant draughts and coin operated tractors. Café for refreshments.

The Outdoor Adventure Company – Old Hutton, 7 miles
www.theoutdooradventurecompany.co.uk
Off Road Driving, Tank Driving, Clay Shooting, Archery, Paintballing, Sheep herding, Dry Stone Walling, Zip Wire, Raft race…

Tree Top Trekking / Brockhole – Windermere, 16 miles
www.treetoptrek.co.uk & www.brockhole.co.uk
A fantastic day out. Set on the edge of Lake Windermere with a dramatic view of the Langdale fells, whether you just want a relaxing picnic on the shore of the lake, or to take part in one of their many activities, this is a fabulous place to visit, especially for families. Activities include: Tree top trekking, bike hire, boat hire, boat trips, mini golf, pony rides, trails and orienteering. Stunning grounds, café with amazing views.

COVID-19 Update 

We are currently closed until government restrictions are once again lifted.  We are accepting bookings from 27th March.  Please check our Terms & Conditions for our full policy on COVID affected bookings. 

You can contact me direct on 07717171283 or oldebluebell@gmail.com with any questions. 

Last year we introduced a whole range of new protocols for cleaning and check-in to ensure your health and well-being, and the feedback from our customers is good!   We look forward to welcoming you to Olde Blue Bell Cottages soon.

Mary

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