South Lakes Holiday Cottages
Telephone: 01229 715104
The Manor Arms, Broughton-in-Furness
Tel: 01229 716286
The Blacksmiths Arms, Broughton Mills
Tel: 01229 716824
The Newfield Inn, Duddon Valley
Tel: 01229 716208
Beswicks Restaurant, Broughton-in-Furness
Tel: 01229 716285
Riding: Cumbrian Heavy Horses, near Millom
Tel: 01229 777764
Mountain Guide: Mark Eddy, Ambleside
Tel: 07971 622616
Animal Portraits: Jo McGrath, Broughton-in-Furness
Tel: 01229 716170
The Lake District plays host to some of England's best known and most beautiful scenery. Whilst the central area, around Windermere and Ambleside, attracts most of the visitors, those in the know head to less frequented spots, such as the Lake District's south-western peninsula. Here the mountains meet the coast to give dramatic and unique vistas. With a wide range of tourist attractions, historical sites and leisure activities, this part of the Lakes has so much to offer we are sure you will want to return again and again.
The Duddon Valley, which inspired many of the writings of William Wordsworth, is easily accessible from all of our Lake District cottages. One of the hidden gems of the Lake District, here you can truly relax and appreciate the slower pace of life coupled with wonderful scenery.
Nearby can be found Harter Fell, the Ulpha Fells, Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man. Yet better known areas - such as the Langdale and Wasdale valleys together with the towns of Hawkshead, Ambleside and Grasmere - are but a relatively short drive away.
Our Lake District cottages are located in the historic market town of Broughton-in-Furness. Broughton has excellent amenities including restaurants, butcher, baker, grocery shop and post office. In and around Broughton you will also find some of the best pubs you could wish for, including several award winners. With many offering good quality food alongside their real ales and roaring fires, you will be spoilt for choice as to where to dine out.
Family days out include the South Lakes Wild Animal Park at nearby Dalton, where you can see Amur and Sumatran tigers, Muncaster Castle with its owl sanctuary and adventure playground, Eskdale minature railway, the Lakes Aquarium and boat trips on Coniston Water and Lake Windermere.
Several walks can be made straight from the front door of many of our holiday cottages and walking guides are provided for visitors to use. We also suggest some of our own favourite activities such as the Wallowbarrow Gorge Walk, a visit to the Duddon River "Beach" (take fishing nets and buckets for the kids), the view from Kiln Bank pass, especially at sunset, a walk along the World Heritage dunes at Roanhead and a trip to Swinside Stone circle.
During the summer some villages put on annual shows. These are well worth a visit to get a real feel for local life from Cumberland wrestling and fell races to stick making competitions and well groomed Herdwick sheep.
Leisure activities close by include golfing, canoeing, mountain biking, horse riding, rock-climbing and fell walking.
There are several golf courses within a few miles drive of Broughton while Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston both have leisure centres with tennis courts and swimming pools. The Duddon River is a favourite venue for canoeists while cyclists and motorcyclists tend to congregate in Broughton. Nearby Grizedale Forest is a mountain-biking mecca - try the challenging North Face trail!
Riding stables in the area include Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre at Silecroft offering beach rides while Cumbrian Heavy Horses in the Whicham Valley provide an opportunity to ride magnificent Clydesdale and Shire horses.
Rock-climbers can try out local spots such as Wallabarrow Crag in the Duddon Valley and Dow Crag near Coniston or head further afield to Langdale or Borrowdale for some classic routes.
Short walks in the vicinity include Gummers How and Latterbarrow, both with splendid views over Lake Windermere. Tarn Hows gives an enjoyable circuit of the tarn, suitable for both young and old. Stickle Pike, near Broughton Mills, has a 20 minute ascent rewarded by great views of the western fells. Medium length walks include Black Combe giving stunning views of sea and fell, Caw (above Broughton Mills) or Whitfell and Harter Fell (both in the Duddon Valley). If it's full day classic walks you are after, try Scafell Pike from Wasdale, Coniston Old Man from Coniston village, Wetherlam from Tilberthwaite and Bowfell or Harrison Stickle from Langdale.