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As well as the many activities on Ullswater, children’s attractions and local walks, there are a good range of other things to do and see within easy reach of The How in Patterdale. There are a huge number of guides to the Lake District highlighting any number of attractions so we have just selected some of our favourite less well know ones. We recommend the following:
Within 30 Minutes of The How
Aira Force is the National Trust managed waterfall on the west side of Ullswater just north of Glenridding. As well as the magnificent waterfall itself there is also a great cafe on site which is run by the owners of the The Royal Hotel in Dockray.
Dalemain House is the magnificent country house you will see if you come into Ullswater from Penrith. As well as tours of the house you can also wander through the lovely gardens and eat in the old great hall. There are also various events and festivals hosted throughout the year at Dalemain. Please make sure you check opening times before you set off as they do vary through the year.
To the south towards Windermere we recommend a trip to Townend. This National Trust run house is a fine example of a Lakeland Yeoman’s House and gives a fascinating insight into life in the Lakes in yesteryear. Again please make sure you check opening times.
After visiting Townend and before entering the bustling metropolis that is Windermere take the time to visit Holehird Gardens. They are located just on the edge of Windermere in an elevated position around a Leonard Cheshire home. The gardens offer spectacular displays
Whilst most people come to the Lake District for the fells it is worth considering a trip to the Cumbrian Coast. There are some great beaches (including sand at St Bees) and some bracing walks to be had around Allonby. There are also various attractions on offer in Maryport, including an aquarium and the wonderful Maryport Senhouse Roman Museum.
On the route to Keswick and the coast it’s worth taking a detour to Mirehouse. Another gem just off the A66 is the Threlkeld Mining Museum. Run by a dedicated bunch of volunteers this small attraction gives you the chance to go underground on a tour of the old mine workings as well as seeing some of the machinery once used. There is also an exhibition charting the mining activities throughout the lakes, including the Greenside mine in Glenridding, the remains of which you’ll walk past on our Helvellyn Walk.
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