Rambling around Allan Bank

Allan Bank is owned by the National Trust, and although it was badly damaged by a fire in 2011, the house reopened to the public about a year later. It was gifted to the National Trust by Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley on his death in 1920, and had been in private hands before that. Allan Bank from the Easedale Road Continue reading →

Elterwater and Chapel Stile

The Langdale Pikes are a familiar sight on the skyline of the southern Lakes, visible from a very long distance if you get just the right angle. They tower over the Langdale Valley and can look quite intimidating in some weathers. Our remote British ancestors prized this location highly, and stone axes quarried from here made their way across most of the British Isles and even into continental Europe. The Langdale Pikes Continue reading →

Grasmere's Exciting Events in 2017

Lake View Country House is a Grasmere bed and breakfast, and so we are brilliantly located for many exciting local events taking place throughout the year. Here is our run down of the main events taking place in 2017. Watch this space for new dates for your diary! Continue reading →

Grasmere, Thirlmere, and Dunmail, Last King of the Britons?

North of Grasmere and south of Thirlmere, beside today’s A591, there is a large cairn of stones, known as Dunmail Raise – the name also applied to the watershed between those two lakes. It turns out that there is a considerable collection of history and storytelling around this cairn, and I thought today I’d relate a little of that. Continue reading →

A walk to Alcock Tarn

The walk to Alcock Tarn provides a wonderful view over the village of Grasmere itself, but along the way other vistas open up. On a clear day almost the whole span of the Lake District can be seen, from Skiddaw in the north down to Windermere and Coniston to the south. If you look west, Scafell and the Langdale Pikes are clear against the horizon. Only the eastern view is blocked, by Heron Pike and the long ridge running down from Fairfield to Nab Scar and Rydal.   Continue reading →

Five places for a pint in or near to Grasmere

We are very lucky to have several excellent pubs in and near to Grasmere. Here are five that we recommend to guests, or head to regularly ourselves. Continue reading →

Ann Radcliffe and her tour of the Lake District

Over the years, a great many authors have written about the Lake District. Perhaps one of the lesser-known ones is Ann Radcliffe. She was an immensely famous - and immensely wealthy - writer of Gothic novels, and might perhaps be considered the J.K. Rowling of her time. Continue reading →

Rydal Cave

The river Rothay flows through the middle of Grasmere, and if you follow it south you soon get to Rydal and then Ambleside. It's not a long journey in a car, and it's also a pleasant walk. In case it seems a long way, it's worth remembering that Dorothy Wordsworth sometimes walked there and back twice a day from Dove Cottage to collect mail!  Continue reading →

Seven things to do with children in Grasmere and the South Lake District

Our daughter Emme is nearly 3 and many of the guests staying at Lake View are children of all ages. So, we know that long walks and lazy pub lunches aren’t the most child-friendly of activities. Here is a list of great things to do with children to help any families visiting the Lake District keep their little ones happy! Continue reading →