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5 Lake District sites within easy reach of Swarthmoor Hall

By 29 April 2021News3 min read

Swarthmoor Hall is the ideal location for your staycation. It is right on the edge of the Lake District, yet close enough to access all the major visitor attractions.

There are only three self-contained accommodation suites on-site, for 4 to 6 people. So, we can guarantee you a very peaceful and quiet stay, in the lovely market town of Ulverston.

Walking, cycling, exploring, visiting, you are spoilt for choice in this little corner of Cumbria. We have selected five sites within easy reach from the Hall for you to visit and explore.

The Cumbria Way
1 mile away
21 minute walk

 This 70-mile route starts in Ulverston, at Gill car park, about a mile away from the Hall, and ends in Carlisle. This very scenic walk will take you through the Cumbrian countryside. The first section is 15 miles long and goes up to Coniston Water. Along the way, you will see the Sir John Barrow Monument, also known as the Hoad Monument, which you can also view from the Swarthmoor Hall gardens. You will have a glimpse of the beautiful Morecambe Bay. The X12 bus can take you back from Coniston Water to Ulverston.

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway
7 miles away
13 minutes by car

 The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is located in the Leven Valley in the Southern Lake District. It is a perfect day out for the family or train enthusiasts. You will be able to take a ride on a steam train on 3-mile route. Many period locomotives are also on display. There is a tearoom and a playground on-site too. The site is open to the public with social distancing rules in place and takeaway food available.

Stott Park Bobbin Mill
11 miles away
19 minutes by car

 Stott Park Bobbin Mill is an Heritage England site, located on Lake Windermere. It is still producing wooden bobbins to this day, the only one of its kind. There is a family trail so adults and children alike can immerse themselves as a worker. The mill is reopening on 17 May.

 Hill Top garden and house
16 miles away
32 minutes by car

Hill Top is Beatrix Potter’s 17th century farmhouse. The Tale of Peter Rabbit writer established herself in the Lake District and chose the Hill Top farm to write. Bought by the National Trust, the site has been preserved to reflect Potter’s life at the time. The garden is beautiful and picturesque and can be accessed from now on. The house will reopen in May. You will need to book in advance to access this inspiring site.

17 miles away
29 minutes by car

Bowness-on-Windermere combines everything you could expect of a town on Lake Windermere: scenic views, water sports, boat trips, restaurants and a few other visitor attractions. You will not get bored and probably will not be able to see everything in one day.

If you would like to use Swarthmoor Hall as your base to explore all the wonders of the Lake District and Cumbria, make a booking on

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at the Hall.