Crosthwaite, the gateway to the countryside and fells of the Lake District

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Fell Foot Park and the Damson Dene Hotel

If you’re looking for peace and quiet but within touching distance of the major locations in the Lake District and Cumbria such as Windermere and Kendal then Crosthwaite is a delight.

Located between Kendal and Lake Windermere along country lanes, Crosthwaite is just 15 minutes from the M6 junction 36. Low level walks are plentiful thanks to rolling countryside and the ultra pretty Lyth Valley. Whitbarrow Nature Reserve in on the doorstep and both Bowness and Lakeside with piers for ferries up and down the lake by Windermere Lake Cruises, only minutes away.

A great activity day for the whole family can be found just 5 miles towards Lake Windermere at Fell Foot Park, a National Trust lakeside park with mountain views. At the park hire kayaks, take gentle strolls, have picnics and for little ones, a safe outdoor play area with scramble nets, paddling and even an indoor play area (it can at times rain in the Lake District!).

For the best views then it’s really worthwhile if possible to venture up one the many fells and hills. There are many walks, including the ever popular Gummers How on the Eastern side of Lake Windermere providing views down the lake as well as across to the Langdale Pikes and beyond. Head to Bowness for ferry connections to Waterhead for Ambleside and a walk up Loughrigg or hire one of the rowing boats.

Family friendly accommodation in Crosthwaite can be found at the Damson Dene Hotel. Set in acres of grounds with views, the hotel has special family annexe suites and a restaurant and a bar for eating and drinking. The leisure centre on site is a real bonus for all with pool, spa pool, sauna, steam room and gym and ideal for entertaining kids on a rainy day. Family rooms from £172, for booking and more info visit