Local Area

Hartsop Fold is in middle of the Lake District National Park and is ideal as a base for hill walking, mountain biking, fell running, canoeing, and exploring the local area.

We are close to the outstandingly beautiful natural attractions of Helvellyn, Ullswater, Brotherswater and Dovedale, and provide an excellent base for fell walkers and cyclists to access the fells straight from the lodge park. There are a number of Wainwright routes which can be walked from your lodge.

We are also a popular place to stay among runners and triathletes competing in mountain marathons and triathlons.

Hartsop Fold offers tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the busier local towns. However, due to our central location we are only a short drive away from the popular town of Ambleside and from Lake Windermere over the dramatic Kirkstone Pass.

Walking and Fell Running:
Hartsop Fold is close to the Helvellyn and High Street ranges and many routes can be walked straight from the park without needing your car.

There are also circular fell runs which you can access straight from your lodge.

For families, or those who prefer gentler routes, there are lovely walks around the shore of Ullswater and along the River Eden, and lower, easier peaks such as Gowbarrow Fell, Halin Fell and Great Mell Fell.

For those on two wheels, there is the challenge of Kirkstone Pass and also two long distance cycle routes nearby. The 140 mile C2C (Coast to Coast) route and the Reivers Route are not far away. The Reivers Route opened in 1998 and is 173 miles long. It is also known as the ‘Return C2C’ as it takes you from the end of the west-to-east route all the way back to the start of the C2C.

Mountain bikers are well catered for with a variety of options from scenic bridleways to challenging and technical routes over the top of nearby fells like Hevellyn.

Road routes: Kirkstone Pass is the highest major road (A592) in the Lake District and the climb is 454 metres. The three different routes to the top are challenging but exhilarating for cyclists who are rewarded with outstanding views of some of the finest fells in the Lake District.

Hartsop Fold is close to some of the most famous landmarks in the Lake District, so for those who enjoy sightseeing, or who simply fancy a day off from their exertions, we are near:

Ullswater - One of the most beautiful lakes in the Lake District. It is two miles long and Ullswater Steamers run daily. There is plenty of boating activity available. 

Aira Force, one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in the Lake District, is only a few minutes’ drive away and close to the shore of Ullswater.

Ambleside and Lake Windermere - We are approximately six miles from Lake Windermere - one of the best loved parts of the Lake District.

At Low Wood Bay Marina on the Lake there are excellent watersports facilities for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and powered boats.

You can take in the beauty of the surroundings on a cruise round the lake on Windermere Lake Cruises.

Country Houses:
Hutton in the Forest   
Located six miles NW of Penrith, Hutton-in-the-Forest is a Grade 1 listed country house which has belonged to same family since 1605.

Dalemain is a country house ten miles SW of Penrith. Opened to the public in 1977 but is still lived in by the Hasell-McCosh family. There are interesting collections of fine furniture, portraits, ceramics, dolls' houses, and old toys. 

Greystoke Castle is five miles west of Penrith and was traditionally a sporting estate and deer park. The castle dates back almost a thousand years although, having been largely destroyed by Oliver Cromwell and latterly badly damaged by fire, much of the interior is early Victorian. 

These houses are all open to the public and have beautiful gardens to explore. 

Fishing – Anglers are well catered for in the area and there are stocked lakes nearby where fishing is available subject to daily permits. 

Centrally located: We are close to

  • Ambleside (6 miles)
  • Bowness on Windermere (11 miles)
  • Penrith (16 miles)
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