Author - Callam Mcloughlin

Things to Do in the Lake District

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom. From the stunning lakes that give it its name, through to scenic mountains and picturesque villages, it’s simply a wonderful place to visit. Whether it’s England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike or its longest lake, Windermere, there’s true variety in the Lake District. Staying in a holiday cottage in the Lake District is one of the best ways to explore the area. You can climb mountains, sail around lakes, eat your way through excellent local food producers and sample drinks from Lake District-based microbreweries and distilleries. Our cottage collection, in the Silverdale & Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, puts you in a prime position for a mix of things to do, whether you’re after things to do in Silverdale & Arnside or you’re using the cottage as a base to explore the Lakes.

The Best Things to Do in the Lake District

Holgates cottage collection is perfectly placed to help you discover the Lake District. From walking and cycling routes to boat trips and aquariums, we’ve put together the best things to do in the Lake District.


family walking in the lake distirct The Lake District has some of the best walking trails in the country, offering something for both ramblers are more experienced hikers. There are gentle strolls around lakes or more intense hikes up mountains. A few of our favourite walks in the Lake District include:
  • Borger Dalr geology walk - Explore the best of the Lakes with this 4-mile walk, including amazing coloured rocks at Dalt Quarry, and stunning views over an old drained ice age lake.
  • Rydal Water & Grasmere - This 6-mile hike takes in stunning views of Rydal Water and the village of Grasmere. It’s particularly stunning in Autumn as the trees are changing colour.
  • Tom Gill to Tarn Hows - A short 1.6-mile walk to see the iconic viewpoint at Tarn Hows takes in stunning waterfalls and beautiful woodlands. The views include the Old Man of Coniston and Wetherlam.
  • Ennerdale Lake - At 14 miles, this one is for the true adventurer, but it’s the best of what the Lakes has to offer. There’s real solitude allowing you to get close to nature and immerse yourself in the beauty of the lakes.
The National Trust has an extensive collection of walking guides across the Lake District, as does Countryfile. Both are a great option for those looking for more walks around the Lake District.


cycling in the lake district The Lake District is also covered in wonderful cycling routes. Whether you’re after something on the road or want to take your mountain bike onto something a little bumpier. Some of the cycling routes are a little more advanced than others, especially with the hilly terrain, so keep that in mind when you’re planning. A few of our favourite cycling routes are:
  • Chalet Tearoom loop in Keswick - This easy 12.9-mile circular starts and ends in Keswick. It’s on good roads without any major hills, plus it ends at the Chalet Tearooms for a bite to eat.
  • Grizedale Forest - This one can be as short or as long as you want, from 2 miles to 14. You’ll need a mountain bike or hybrid here, and to choose your route through the forest wisely. If you choose well, there’s something for every age group.
  • Newlands & Honister - 17.5 miles may not seem too much, but this one is a little harder, with a couple of big hills to climb. The scenery is stunning and there are pubs for refreshments on the route.

Boat Trips

ullswater steamers It wouldn’t be a trip to the Lake District without getting out onto one of the lakes in some way and the best and easiest way to do it is with a boat trip. These boat trips vary from guided sightseeing tours to ferries designed to get you from A to B. The bigger lakes, like Lake Windermere, have numerous boat trips to pick from. Windermere Lake Cruises stop at several locations on England’s longest lake, making it a great choice for both getting around the lake and seeing it from the water. Ullswater Steamers has been operating for 150 years on the beautiful Ullswater, on heritage steamer vessels. Coniston and Derwentwater have boat trips of their own too, so getting out on the water couldn’t be easier. If you want to hire a boat in the Lake District then that’s an option too. You can hire boats on WindermereConistonUllswater and Derwent Water from local watersport centres. It’s worth considering your abilities and the conditions before hiring a boat and understanding the risks that you’ll be undertaking when taking your boat out onto open water.

Things to Do in the Lake District for Couples

couple in the lake distirct The Lake District is the perfect place to explore as a couple, there are a number of romantic and intimate things you can do in the area. These include theatre trips, outdoor activities, museums and famous landmarks in the Lake District. Below is a list of some of our favourite things to do in the Lake District for couples.

Theatre by the Lake

What better way to spend a romantic evening than a trip to the theatre? The Theatre by the Lake is the perfect place to spend a slow evening, nestled beside Derwentwater in Keswick. Take in a show in the unique theatre, which has been hailed as one of the most beautifully located and friendly theatres in Britain. With a variety of shows and festivals from local performers and visiting companies, there’s always something worth checking out.

Go Ape

Go Ape is a favourite for many across the country, with locations dotted around the UK. Take to the trees in Grizedale, with the Treetop Challenge or the Zip Trekking Adventure. There are tree climbing and zipline activities perfect for all ages and abilities, plus a Segway course for those looking to keep their feet closer to the ground. Go Ape is the perfect way to do something adventurous outdoors, whether you’re after an exciting activity for a couple or the whole family.

Rydal Mount & Gardens

If you want to combine stunning views, idyllic gardens, romantic literature, history and a quiet afternoon tea, then Rydal Mount & Gardens is the perfect place to visit. The house offers a peek into the life of its former resident, the poet William Wordsworth’s life, as well as beautiful views across the surrounding area. You can take a stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens too, before unwinding in the tearooms.

Things to Do in the Lake District in Winter

lake district in the winter The Lake District is a great place to visit any time of the year. The winter months may not be everyone’s ideal, but for many, it’s the best time to visit. The roads are quieter, the scenery still beautiful and atmospheric, the walking still good and there’s the chance to curl up in a cosy cottage away from the bustle of the wider world. There’s also a number of activities perfect for winter in the Lake District.

Keswick Museum

Even if it’s too cold and wet outside, the Keswick Museum will be there to welcome visitors. Following a refurbishment in 2014 the museum reopened to the public to showcase life in the local area. The collection is a mixture of images and items that represent the local landscape and natural history, the lives of local people, the industrial history of the area and art from people in the area. Only a small portion of the wider collection is ever on display at any one time, so it’s always worth a revisit to look at new exhibits.

Lodore Falls

Winter is the best time to see the Lake District’s waterfalls, and Lodore Falls is a great example of these. Located near Derwentwater, you can witness a brilliant cascade of water falling into the Borrowdale Valley. These falls drastically reduce in the summer, especially if there are prolonged periods without rainfall, so winter is by far the best time to view them.

Wray Castle

The National Trust property, Wray Castle, is located near the shores of Windermere. It’s a mock-Gothic castle that’s ready to welcome visitors to its extensive grounds and historical interiors. There’s a cycle trail, viewpoint and multiple walking trails around the grounds. Inside the castle, you’ll find activities for all the family. You can even arrive at Wray Castle by boat!

Things to Do in the Lake District When It Rains

A rainy day can happen all year round. The Lakes, while beautiful, are known for their rainfall. Even if you’re caught in a sudden summer downpour, or you find your trip covered with rain clouds, there’s something to do in the Lake District, whether it’s soaking in the atmosphere the rain brings to the scenery or opting for one of the area’s excellent indoor activities.

Lakes Aquarium

Discover the secrets of the deep at the Lakes Aquarium. This particular aquarium has a focus on freshwater life and you can learn all about the lakes in the area and the creatures that live in them. There’s even a tunnel that recreates the bottom of Lake Windermere that you can walk through. The aquarium also has areas based on the shoreline, with a focus on the nearby shores of the Lake District, plus tanks that feature species from all over the world like Asia and the Americas. You can spot short-clawed otters and piranhas, to name a few.

The World of Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is a household name throughout the UK, having created many much-loved characters. You can explore the World of Beatrix Potter in any weather, but it’s ideal for a rainy day. This unique experience will allow you to learn everything you could ever want to know about Beatrix Potter and the characters that she made famous. Along with exhibits, there’s a Peter Rabbit garden and a theatre putting on shows inspired by her characters and stories.

Rheged Centre

The Rheged Center in Penrith is the perfect place to spend a rainy day in the Lakes. It’s a large centre that offers a blend of different activities, from food to film, play areas and shopping. There’s something here for everyone in the family, with a good number of options for distracting energetic kids when it’s wet outside. The food hall showcases some of the best local food vendors, while the cinema shows all the latest box office hits amongst other more unusual films. There’s a family theatre too and a selection of indoor and outdoor play areas and pottery painting. There are shops available as well, offering toys, clothes and all sorts of other useful items.

Unusual Things to Do in the Lake District

hardknott fort There’s really something for everyone in the Lake District. There’s a whole host of quirky and unusual things to do in the area too, for those who don’t want a more traditional day out. You can get up close and personal with an alpaca, or ask the fairies for a wish. We’ve gone over some of our favourite unusual things to do in the Lakes.

Alpacaly Ever After

If you want to meet an alpaca then Alpacaly Ever After is the place for you. Rescuing and rehoming alpacas is their speciality. They want to make sure that alpacas are living in the very best circumstances possible. You’ll be able to meet & greet alpacas or go alpaca trekking. You get to have a fun day out while supporting a sanctuary.

Fairy Steps, Slack Head

If unusual geology is more your vibe, then the Fairy Steps at Slack Head will be right up your street. Taking a path up from Beetham village you’ll find two sets of steps going up between the sheer rock face. It’s said that if you can walk up the steps without touching the sides, a fairy will grant you a wish. This may be easier said than done, but it’s certainly worth a try!

Hardknott Roman Fort

The whole area is steeped in Roman history, and one of the best examples of this is the Hardknott Roman Fort. The remains of the fort are incredibly well preserved and the position of the fort itself is one that’s not to be missed. If you’re a history buff, or simply want to see something a little different, then Hardknott Roman Fort is for you.

Fun Things to Do in the Lake District

outdoor activities in the lakes The Lake District is ideal for letting your adventurous side take over. It’s jam-packed with fun and exhilarating things to do. You can abseil down cliffs, go ghyll scrambling or on a 4x4 driving experience. There’s something to get your pulse racing.

Keswick Extreme Outdoor Activities

Keswick Extreme Outdoor Activities are ideal for the thrill-seekers amongst us. They specialise in group activities like ghyll scrambling, white water tubing or caving. They’ve got a whole range of activities available, for all ability levels. They can take you rock climbing if you want to stay dry, or into the depths of a mine or caves, helping you explore the Lake District from all angles.

Crags Adventures

The team at Crags Adventures specialise in canyoning and are one of the best outdoor activity providers in the area. They offer the chance to go ghyll scrambling, gorge walking and canyoning with experienced guides. You’ll find yourself scrambling up rocks and throwing yourself into plunge pools, so be prepared to get wet!

KANKKU Driving Experiences

Take yourself off-road in an ex-army 4x4 vehicle. KANKKU specialises in helping you explore the Lake District from behind the wheel of a car, but without being tied to the road. They offer a selection of self-drive, guided or team tours, so you can experience the Lakes in a truly unique way. These off-road trails can be demanding, but they can help you discover large parts of the Lake District that aren’t accessible otherwise.

10 of the best free things to do in Lancashire

Lancashire is synonymous with beautiful coastlines, tranquil villages, and miles of countryside. With famous landmarks such as Blackpool Tower, Lancaster Castle, and the Eric Morecambe Statue, there’s a great deal to see each time you visit. Holgates Cottages are the perfect place to stay while exploring the county of Lancashire, situated in Silverdale, which is itself a wonderful place to visit. Situated on the Lancashire coast, Silverdale is within easy reach of the M6 with links to Blackpool, Preston, and the Lake District all just a short distance away. There are a great number of things to do locally, and many of them are completely free! We thought we would run through a few of our favourite free attractions in Lancashire, to give you some inspiration for the next time you visit us.

1.Happy Mount Park - Morecambe

Happy Mount Park Splash ParkHappy Mount Park in Morecambe is a fantastic day out, and the perfect place to visit if you have children. You can combine a visit to the park with a walk by the seaside, or a day at the beach, and there are lots of things to do, including a free adventure play park and plenty of open green space to relax and enjoy a warm sunny day. There are also paid activities, such as trampolines, swing boats, and crazy golf, and for just £1 each you can enjoy an hour in the ever so popular splash park, which has entertained both locals and visitors for generations. There’s a cafe, too, so you can spend plenty of time in the park and refuel your energy, and of course, you’ll be able to grab an ice cream on a nice hot day.

2.Martin Mere Nature Reserve - Blackpool

martin mere nature reserveIf you’re a nature lover, then why not head to the Martin Mere Nature Reserve, just outside of Blackpool? Open 364 days a year, the reserve is free for WWT members, and there are lots to see and do. If you have children in tow, they host a variety of family-friendly events throughout the year, which are well worth checking out, and of course, there are a lot of animals and birds to discover when you visit. There are hours of fun to be had, with hands-on wildlife discovery activities including feeding the birds by hand, and a craft room where little ones can enjoy a range of craft activities. There are a variety of habitats where you can spot different types of wonderful wildlife, including different types of birds such as ducks, geese, and wading birds.  

3.Brockholes Nature Reserve - Preston

Brockholes Nature ReserveAnother great place to visit if you love nature is Brockholes Nature Reserve, which is a 250-acre reserve near Preston. featuring a floating visitors centre in the middle of a lake! There are plenty of birds, butterflies, and wonderful wildlife to be spotted on the reserve, including deer and even reptiles. There are fantastic facilities, too, including plenty of parking, a cafe, and onsite toilets, and a gift shop so that you can pick up a memento when you’re ready to return home. There is something for everyone at Brockholes, so be sure to plan a visit next time you’re staying with us.

4. Samlesbury Hall - PrestonSamlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall, near Preston, is a stately home that is not to be missed. Steeped in history, and in the heart of Lancashire, Samlesbury Hall is a wonderful day out for the whole family. Entry is free, and they are open Sunday to Friday, however, they close on Saturdays as the hall also doubles as a beautiful wedding venue, so be sure to check the website when you’re planning your visit. There is a gift shop, restaurant, and a playground to keep the children entertained, and even a honey bee heritage centre! The Hall and gardens themselves are absolutely beautiful, and they even offer free tours on Sundays.

5. Harris Museum, Art Gallery, & Library - Preston

With free admission and lots to see and do, the Harris Museum in Preston is a great day out for all. You can discover over 1200 painting and sculptures, stunning ceramics, over 6000 items of fashion costumes, as well as a stunning history collection that includes a full skeleton of an ice age Elk dating back to 11,500 BC. There are events and exhibitions held regularly, and the museum is wheelchair accessible, with an onsite cafe, toilets, and gift shop.

6. Williamson Park - Lancaster

Williamson Park LancasterWilliamson Park is a stunning park in Lancaster and is not to be missed if you are visiting the area. Sitting right at the top of Lancaster, it offers breathtaking views over Lancaster, Morecambe and Morecambe Bay, and you can even see the mountains of the Lake District. It’s worth a visit just to enjoy the view, particularly if you also manage to catch a sunset, but there is plenty more to see and do as well. With 54 Acres of parkland, woodland, paths and play areas, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy, and there is even a butterfly house with a mini zoo, where you can see Meerkats, Marmosets, and creepy crawly spiders. The stunning Ashton Memorial sits in the centre of the park, and you can climb to the top, or simply admire it from down below. It’s a beautiful landmark and a popular wedding venue. For refreshments, there’s a cafe, with both indoor and outdoor seating available, perfect for a cold drink on a hot day or somewhere to shelter on a crisp winter’s day.

7. Stanley Park, Blackpool

Stanley Park BlackpoolAnother wonderful park that is well worth a visit is Stanley Park, in Blackpool. Voted the best park in the UK twice in the last three years, this 390-acre park offers everything for a fun family day out. From play parks to sporting facilities, to a boating lake there are lots to see and do. The park is known for its iconic bandstand and Italian gardens, and is a tranquil haven amongst the hustle and bustle of Blackpool. It is split into four sections, the north and west making up the formal gardens, the east the lake and woodland area, and the south containing the children’s playground and sports facilities. The park is open from dawn to dusk and has a fantastic Art Deco Cafe, which is not only a great spot for refreshments but an attraction in itself for period enthusiasts.

8. Greenlands Farm Village - Carnforth

Greenlands Farm Village, in Carnforth, is an attraction that is simply packed with wonderful things to do for the whole family. It’s free to visit the artisan village, which has shops, a butcher shop, a garden centre and cafe, and you can pay a little extra to visit the open farm, play miniature golf, or enjoy the indoor soft play barn. The farm is a lovely hands-on experience for anybody who wants to meet the animals up close, including pygmy goats, Kune-Kune Pigs, reptiles, and guinea pigs, and plenty of the farm is indoors, so it’s well worth a visit even if the weather isn’t too good. The retail village is a great spot to discover some local businesses, and you can buy everything from food and wine, to gifts, homeware and children’s toys.

9. Pendle Sculpture Trail - Pendle

Pendle Sculpture TrailIf you fancy a walk with a difference, then be sure to check out the Pendle Sculpture Trail. Starting in Aitken Wood, in Barley, this one-mile trail through the wood offers 10 ceramic plaques each with its own unique symbols which represent the Pendle people who were hanged 400 years ago in the biggest witchcraft trial in this country’s history. There are also a number of mythical creatures dotted around the wood to find, which should keep both children and adults entertained while you enjoy the great outdoors!

10. Haworth Art Gallery - Accrington

Haworth Art GalleryHaworth Art Gallery is one of Lancashire’s most wonderful arts and crafts houses, and also has the most beautiful garden which is a delight to walk around. The art gallery has a beautiful collection of 18th and 19th-century paintings, as well as Tiffany glassware, and community artists studios, with workshops, events and sales of artwork regularly taking place. There is also a stunning restaurant & tea room situated in the original arts & crafts dining room. The gallery is open to all and is free admission, so it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful way to enjoy a little bit of art and culture.

Welcome back to Holgates Cottage Collection

Our holiday cottages are now open and we are excited to be welcoming back our guests, allowing you to stay in our splendid self-catered holiday cottages in Silverdale, Arnside and the surrounding areas. On this page, you will find details on what has changed to keep everybody safe and the 'new normal' we are now getting used to. We suggest checking in on this information regularly. There is nothing more important than the safety of people visiting our parks. Over the last few months we have been working hard to adapt our facilities, discovering ways to keep everyone safe with as little impact on holidays as possible.

Checking In

If staying in Hollins Cottage, please check in direct with the park. Otherwise, we ask you visit our main reception at Silverdale Holiday Park to receive your keys and learn more about what's new at Holgates.

Additional Cleaning Procedures in our Cottages

We have new cleaning procedures and precautions across our holiday cottages, learn more via the link below Additional Cleaning Procedures - Cottage Collection

Do I need to wear a mask?

It is now compulsory to wear masks in shops, as a result we will be asking all visitors using our on-site shops to wear a face covering.

When is your pool at Silverdale Holiday Park re-opening?

Following government guidance, we are allowed to re-open our pool from Saturday 25th July. Initially this will be for owners and holiday bookings only, full details on the additional safety measures are below.

Pool Open Daily 9am - 9.30pm (last entry 9pm)

Guests are limited to a 40 minute honesty swim to ensure everyone has fair access to the facilities.
  • All users of the leisure club must be swim ready on entry to the leisure facility.
  • All pool users must gain entry to the pool facilities to the rear of the building once details are provided for track and trace, you will be allocated a cubicle to change in, clothes MUST be put in a locker (50p required). All users of the swimming pool are to use the showers on poolside prior to entering the pool.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible person of 16 years or above at all times whilst using the leisure facility. The responsible person must go into the water with the child/children they are accompanying remain with them at all times. No play equipment, including balls, inflatables, woggles, noodles etc. are permitted in the pool. The pool has implemented a no diving, no jumping policy at this time.
  • Buoyancy aids accepted under this policy are those that fully support the child's weight in the water & remain secure in and out of the water. E.G. Arm bands, float suits any buoyancy aids that are hand held are NOT considered appropriate.
Adult to child Ratios in the Swimming Pool 1 Adult to 2 Children - Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied into the pool at all times by a responsible adult (Over 16 years) 1 Adult to 1 Child - Children under the age of 4 years must be accompanied into the pool by a responsible adult. 1 Adult to 2 Children - However in the event any child under 4 is wearing a suitable buoyancy aid.

What facilities will be open at Silverdale Holiday Park?

✔ Bar & Restaurant (First come first served dining & takeaway) ✔ Reception ✔ Outdoor Play Areas ✔ Shop (6 people max & pre-order for collection coming soon!) ✔ Arcade Games ✔ Swimming Pool (Saturday 25th July onwards) ✔ Gym

What is still closed?

The below facilities will remain closed until further guidance on re-opening our parks is issued. ❌ Sauna & Steam Room ❌ Indoor Play Area ❌ Bowling Lanes
We have been awarded 'Good to Go' status, recognising the changes we have made across our parks & locations to keep everybody safe. Learn more about the Good to Go scheme here.

We need your help

In order to keep our parks open during current events, we ask that if you visit our parks you adhere to our guidelines and be respectful of other guests and social distancing rules.

Safety measures being introduced

We have introduced the following measures to ensure the safety of our guests: ✔ We have strict hygiene routines across our cottages in addition to the already thorough cleans we carry out daily ✔ Social distancing measures have been put in place around our parks if you are visiting. This will include all facilities operating at a lower capacity with floor markings in areas where there is likely to be a queue such as our park receptions and shops ✔ Safety screens are now in place in all areas necessary, including our main reception and bar as we look ahead to opening more and more facilities ✔ Hand sanitisers have been placed around our parks for customers to use ✔ You will also find information throughout our parks and buildings explaining the safety precautions all visitors to the parks must work towards


✔ Enjoy your cottage and their outside areas. ✔ Enjoy the villages surrounding our cottages, observing social distance at all times. ✔ Bring soap, hand sanitiser, gloves, toilet roll and disinfectant (just to be on the safe side & especially if it will make you feel more comfortable). ✔ Remember we are here! Our team are always happy to help if you have any queries or concerns. ✔ If ordering takeaway food from Silverdale Holiday Park, maintain social distance whilst collecting.

Please do not

❌ Meet or gather with friends in a social group. ❌ Invite or entertain visitors. ❌ Allow children to roam unsupervised outside the boundary of your cottage, so that they do not break social distancing rules (even if it is by accident!) Please take your own precautions when playing and spending time outdoors if visiting our holiday parks nearby, supervising children where you feel necessary.

Dog Friendly Holiday Cottages

If you’re looking to escape to somewhere with beautiful scenery and incredible walks, then the Silverdale & Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is waiting to welcome you. It’s the ideal place to bring your furry friends for a holiday too. Staying at dog friendly cottages allows you to bring your pets with you, so they can join in your adventure. Bring your dog on holiday to Lancashire and it’ll be joyfully swimming in lakes and bounding up mountains with you in no time. There are a number of pet friendly holiday cottages in Lancashire, that are perfect for those who want to be able to experience everything the area has to offer, but want to be able to share it with their dog.    

Our Dog & Pet friendly Cottages

We understand that your pet is part of your family. Our pet friendly cottages in Lancashire are designed for you to bring your dog with you on your holiday. Our pet-friendly cottages can be booked all year round. Each pet-friendly cottage allows one pet per booking with a fee of £40.00. Our dog-friendly cottages include our Hollins Cottage and Cove Lodge, both of which are ready to welcome you and your pup for a holiday filled with exploration and adventure. All of our cottages come with access to the facilities at Silverdale Holiday Park, which includes a swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room plus kids indoor and outdoor play areas.  

Hollins Cottage

Hollins Cottage, tucked in on the edge of our 5-star holiday park at Hollins Farm, is ready to welcome you, your family and your pet to the Silverdale & Arnside AONB. Hollins Cottage is perfect for your family getaway, sleeping up to 6 humans and one four-legged friend. The cottage has been exquisitely decorated and kitted out with everything a family will need. There’s a private walled garden so you can sit outside and stunning views across Morecambe Bay. The cottage is situated next to the holiday park but also amongst the working farm, so you’ll have a break with a difference. While Hollins Cottage is happy to welcome your pup, there’s only one allowed per booking and there’s an additional fee of £40.00.  

Cove Lodge

If you want to escape to a private dog friendly holiday cottage, then Cove Lodge is perfect for you. Cove Lodge sleeps up to 4 people and is just moments away from the sea in a secluded corner of Silverdale. With a large private garden and a beautifully furnished interior, complete with art from local artists, Cove Lodge is perfect for you, your family and your best four-legged friend. The cottage has a log-burner with a starter kit, making it an excellent option at any time of year. If you want to bring your pooch with you to Cove Lodge you’ll need to pay an additional fee of £40.00. Dogs are limited to one per booking.  

Dog friendly days out in the lake district

The Lake District is just a short drive from our dog-friendly holiday cottages, and it’s the perfect place to take your dog for a day out. Whether you want to visit a distillery, go on a lake cruise or simply take your dog on a hike, there’s a dog-friendly day out in the Lake District for you. Below you’ll find a few suggestions for a day out with your dog in the Lake District.
  • The Lakes Distillery - learn all about the distillation process and stock up on some excellent spirits.
  • Windermere Lake Cruises - see Windermere from the water and take your pup with you. Enjoy stunning views and learn all about the lake and surrounding area.
  • Yew Tree Barn - explore a barn filled with Antiques and other wonders, along with an on-site blacksmith and cafe.
  • Lakeland Motor Museum - learn everything you’d ever want to know about the humble automobile and discover vintage cars, all with your dog in tow!
A number of attractions allow dogs in their gardens and cafes too, but it’s always worth checking that attraction’s website before you go, just in case. You can find dog friendly pubs around the Lake District as well as around Morecambe, Lancashire.   

Local dog friendly things to do

If you want to stay a little closer to your cottage, there are so many dog-friendly things to do in the Silverdale & Arnside AONB too, as well as Lancaster and Kendal and the wider Lancashire area, all of which are just a short journey away. For starters, there are numerous wonderful walks in the Silverdale & Arnside AONB that are perfect for your dog. You could visit the Leighton Moss Nature Reserve, as long as you keep your dog on a lead, or you could take your dog to the park at Leighton Hall. The Lakeland Miniature Village is just a short journey away and is welcoming to dogs too. Check out guides for things to do in Silverdale and things to do in Arnside for more ideas. Levens Hall, on the way up to Kendal, welcomes dogs on the Levens Kitchen Terrace and in the areas surrounding it. Dogs are welcome on the Sizergh Castle estate too, although they can’t go in the main gardens. Check out our guide on things to do in Kendal for more suggestions. All of these areas have a host of walks and other activities that are welcoming to dogs too. Each location has a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants that allow dogs, but it’s always worth checking on an individual basis before you go, just in case.

5 great walks around Arnside and Silverdale

All of the Holgates cottages are situated in the Silverdale and Arnside Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As you’d expect from an area officially listed as beautiful, the surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and just waiting to be explored. There are so many things to do in Silverdale & Arnside, and walking is one of the best ways you can discover even more about the area. There are numerous walks around Morecambe Bay and even more walking routes around the wider Silverdale and Arnside area that cater for all abilities. We’ve gone through our favourite walks in Silverdale & Arnside below and hope it inspires your time away in one of our holiday cottages.  

Arnside Knott 

Length: 2.5miles Estimated walk time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy Type: Circular Located in Far Arnside, the Arnside Knott walk is around a small hill that offers stunning views over the bay, the River Kent, the southern Lake District and as far as Ingleborough when looking inland. The walk starts at the National Trust car park on Arnside Knott. As Arnside Knott is a hill, it does require some hill climbing but it’s all fairly straight forward. The walk takes you on a loop around Arnside Knott, giving views around the surrounding area, including the Kent Viaduct, Grange-over-Sands and along the estuary. There are a number of benches to rest tired legs and take in the glorious views. If you’re looking for refreshments you’ll find them in nearby Arnside before or after the walk. Hollins Cottage is located at Hollins Farm which sits at the foot of Arnside Knott, meaning you can easily return for some peace and relaxation after you’ve completed the walk.  

Gait Barrows Nature Reserve 

Length: 2miles Estimated walk time: 50 minutes Difficulty: Easy Type: Circular The Gait Barrows Nature Reserve is nestled in amongst extensive limestone landscapes. It’s a short distance from Silverdale and close to the larger Leighton Moss Nature Reserve too. The walking route around the nature reserve is ideal for a leisurely stroll and perfect for spotting wildlife and rare plants. The Lady’s Slipper Orchid, which is particularly rare, can be found here, so make sure to keep an eye out if you’re visiting during their main blooming season of November to March. The route takes you around the edge of Hawes water which is situated within the reserve and starts at the Gait Barrows car park.  

Warton Crag

Length: 7.3 miles Estimated walk time: 3.5-4.5 hours Difficulty: Moderate Type: Circular This walk takes in a large chunk of the southern tip of the area and explores the Warton Crag. Overall the walking is fairly easy, despite the slightly longer distance, but some of the walking on Warton Crag itself may involve a little scrambling that some may find more difficult. You’ll start at the car park at Quaker’s Stang before making your way to Warton Crag. The walk is a mixture of road, woodland and open green spaces. It offers views of impressive limestone crags, Morecambe bay and down to Warton village and Silverdale. There’s another car park at Warton Crag so you can always make this walk shorter if you want.  

Eaves Wood

Length: 2.5 miles Estimated walk time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy Type: There and back again - with a loop Located between Gait Barrows Nature Reserve and the Silverdale itself, you’ll find the picturesque Eaves Wood. The Eaves Wood walk takes you from the National Trust car park, through the Eaves Wood and up to the Pepperpot, a monument built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s silver jubilee, on top of King William’s Hill. Alongside the beautiful woodland, you’ll find limestone pavements and views across the area. On the return leg, you can make a loop within the woodlands before rejoining the main path. This walk is really close to Silverdale and all of the amenities it has to offer, like pubs and cafes.  


Length: 2 miles Estimated walk time: 2 hours Difficulty: Easy Type: Circular This walk takes in the picturesque town of Silverdale along with the beautiful coastline of the Morecambe Bay, a lime kiln, Lindeth tower and the wonderful view from the giant stone seat on Jack Scout. The walking is relatively easy but it’s worth checking the tide times, as some areas may be awkward or inaccessible at high tide. As this walk starts and finishes in Silverdale itself, you’ll find a number of options for refreshments to pick from, whether you want a pub or a cafe. Our holiday cottages The Knott and The Pepperpot are in the centre of Silverdale village which are perfect for exploring walks like this one.

7 Great Cycling Routes Near Silverdale

The beautiful scenery of Silverdale, nearby Arnside and the surrounding areas are perfect to be explored by bike, connected by a series of quiet lanes which cut through the picturesque countryside. With stunning views such as the sands of Morecambe Bay and various wildlife and nature to discover, here are some of our favourite cycling routes in the Silverdale area.  

Warton, Silverdale & the Lancaster Canal

Taking you right around the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one of the highlights of this ride are the great views out across Morecambe Bay from Warton Crag Quarry (once you’ve managed to make your way up there!). After making your way through some of the wooded lanes past Arnside and the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis you’ll hit the disused towpath of the Lancaster Canal, which will take you all the way back down to Warton.  

The Bay Cycle Way

If you’re an experienced cyclist and want a real long distance trek that takes you all the way around Morecambe Bay, the Bay Cycle Way is part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and takes in one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK. They list the start/end point as Glasson Dock, at the mouth of the River Lune, but you just as easily start from here in Silverdale. All in all the route stretches for 80 miles as it loops around the bay to Walney Island, so you’ll want to break it up into chunks if you do decide to tackle it.  

Heversham to Farelton & Beetham

This is a nice, easy route with no major inclines to worry about, other than a steady climb from Heversham to Woodhouse, meaning that it’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy. The route criss-crosses the old Lancaster Canal, taking you through the village of Beetham where you can stop off for a drink at the Wheatsheaf pub for refreshments. The highlight is the downhill section through Dallam Deer Park toward the Kent Estuary on your way back to Heversham.  

Holme to Hutton Roof

While it isn’t the longest of rides, the route from Holme to Hutton Roof is a steep route, but you get some great views when you reach Hutton Roof and Newbiggin Crag, where you can see towards the Howgills, Ingleborough and the Yorkshire Dales, Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland Fells. Be prepared for a tough climb, with the highest point of the route reaching 630ft (192m), but rest assured that the rewards are absolutely worth it in the end!  

Arnside to Kirkby Lonsdale

Heading a little further away from the AONB, this route takes you inland through the woodland lanes toward Beetham as you cross the busy M6, the Lancaster Canal and the West Coast Mainline. After passing Burton, you’ll head up the limestone crags of Hutton Roof before dropping down into the village of Kirkby Lonsdale. On your way back to Arnside/Silverdale, you get some great views towards the Howgills, with a final climb up past Beetham and Storth for the final stretch.  

Warton to Arkholme

Another ride starting in Warton, this route starts off by passing the impressive gothic architecture of Borwick Hall, before climbing up past Capernwray Hall and Lord’s Lot Wood, with great views to match. You’ll then have to spend a couple of miles on the B6254 as you drop down to Arkholme, before climbing back out of the Lune Valley through the woods. As with many of the local routes, Hutton Rood is the high point, before making your way back down across the canal and motorway on your way through the Yealands.  

Silverdale to Lancaster

To explore all of the best that the local area has to offer, this route take you up to Milnthorpe and back through the AONB  before heading all the way down to Lancaster via Carnforth and a short detour into the Forest of Bowland. Be sure to set aside some time to explore the historic city of Lancaster, with its medieval castle, before making your way back up along the coast to Silverdale.   If you’re looking to come and explore Silverdale and the beautiful surrounding areas, be sure to check availability at our cottages today.

8 of the Best Coastal Walks in the Morecambe Bay Area

Lancashire is home to some of the best coastline in the UK, particularly Morecambe Bay, where the landscape changes from limestone crags to saltmarshes, farmland and of course, the seaside towns such as Morecambe itself. A stroll by the coast is one of the best things to do during a visit to the area, or if you live locally, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites.

Cark and Flookburgh

Starting out at the very top of Morecambe Bay, the marshes near Cark and Flookburgh make up a small part of the Cumbria Coastal Way which stretches all the way around the county, up to the border with Scotland. The old fashion villages themselves are known for their famous potted shrimp and have plenty of character.  

Arnside Knott

Arnside Knott is a hill that’s not too challenging but offers some incredible views out over the bay. It’s also well-known as a habitat for multiple types of birds and wildlife and it’s also very easy to get to from our cottages here in Silverdale.  

Carnforth Canal Walks

This series of four walks are all based around the village or Carnforth and the multiple marshes and sandbanks that sit just inland from the bay itself. Home to a variety of wading birds and shellfish, the Lancaster Canal links much of the local area and while it used to be a thriving industrial transport route, these days, it makes for one the county’s best beauty spots.  

Hest Bank

Situated between Morecambe itself and Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank makes for a nice and easy walk with lots of flat marshland to explore, where you might also spot some of the local salt marsh lamb which graze in the grassy marshes. This walk takes in some of the Lancaster Canal towpath too and is around eight miles long.  

Warton Crag

Warton Crag is the highest point in the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, at 163m. When you get to the top you’ll discover the ruins of an Iron Age fort, as well as some great views, of course. Once you’ve made your way back down, you can pop into the New Inn at Yealand for some well-earned refreshments.  

Sunderland Point

One of the lesser-known walks along the bay is Sunderland Point, a village which is bursting with history from its shipbuilding heyday. The village is home to some beautiful Georgian homes, but the main highlight is Sambo’s Grave at the end of the peninsula, which is the poignant resting place of a slave left behind by his master and a sombre reminder of the key role which the area played in the slave trade. Just note that access to Sunderland Point is dependent on the tide!  

The Hoad

Visitors to Ulverston will immediately spot this landmark looking out over the town from atop its hill. Also known as the Pepper Pot by locals, the monument resembles a lighthouse. During the summer you can climb the spiral staircase within for an amazing panoramic view of both the Furness Peninsula and Morecambe Bay. Be sure to have a proper look round the market town of Ulverston while you’re in the area too.  

Jenny Brown’s Point

If you’re staying at any of our cottages here in Silverdale, this one is right on your doorstep! Silverdale truly is one of the most beautiful places surrounding the bay and this is one of the best walks to enjoy in the local area. The Point itself is a small headland with a grade II listed chimney believed to have been part of a copper mining facility in the 18th century, as well as what remains of Walduck’s Wall, which was an attempt to reclaim some of the land between here and Carnforth, which were submerged by the bay’s sands in the late 19th century, only to re-emerge in 1975.   To explore all of these walks and many more for yourself, be sure to check our availability here at Holgates Cottage Collection.

6 Days out in Cumbria for animal lovers

Cumbria is one of the best places in the UK for getting in touch with your wild side. Once you’ve hiked your way through the mountains, and boated around a number of lakes, there are also plenty of fantastic opportunities to surround yourself with incredible animals and other wildlife. Cumbria has a whole host of incredible experiences at your fingertips that can let animal lovers discover something new or fall even further in love with their favourite species.  

Meet the Meerkats at Lake District Wildlife Park

A glorious 25 acres of wildlife a stone's throw from Bassenthwaite lake, the Lake District Wildlife Park offers you the chance to get up close and personal with an array of animals. Whether you want to watch a lively lemur climb a rope or see a bird of prey go through the paces, there’s something for everyone at the wildlife park. They also offer a number of experiences to get you truly up close and personal with the animals, including meeting the meerkats, lemur encounters and alpaca walking.  

Become a Zoo Keeper at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

You’ll find the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis in Milnthorpe. Combining a little zoo with a museum, the wildlife oasis is all about conservation. Priding themselves in their partnerships with conservation and breeding schemes they offer a number of slightly more hands on experiences.  While you can simply visit and take in the wildlife, from the snow leopards to the molluscs, they also offer the chance for you to become a zookeeper for the day. You can shadow a zookeeper and get your hands dirty, helping them care for the animals. They also offer a junior zookeeper experience too!  

See the Bottom of Windermere at the Aquarium of the Lakes

You’ll find the Aquarium of the Lakes at the southern tip of lake Windermere, at the Lakeside Pier. You can even arrive by boat if you want to make it a truly nautical experience. It’s also accessible by train, so is the ideal day out if you don’t have a car. The aquarium itself showcases marine wildlife from all over the globe. With tanks showing marina animals and fish from the Americas, Asia, Africa and many others. There’s also a tunnel that recreates Windermere itself and lets you see what it would be like at the bottom of England’s largest lake.  

Watch Falcon Displays at Lakeland Bird of Prey Center

Located near Lowther castle, the Lakeland Bird of Prey Center is tucked away in a scenic walled garden. With over 150 different birds of prey, from hawks to falcons and eagles, there’s a myriad of birds to see. Every day between 2 and 4 the birds are flown and you can come watch incredible falconry displays.  

Spot a Black Grouse at RSPB Geltside

Encompassing two hill farms in the north Penines, RSPB Geltside is a must see for avid birdwatchers. Take one of the many nature trails through the reserve and spend time spotting some of the UK’s most interesting birds. The stars of the show at RSPB Geltside are Band Owls, Black Grouse, Curlews and Lapwings, but there’s sure to be more to spot. With educational facilities and refreshments available on site, it’s an excellent place to spend a relaxed day. Whatever animals you love, Cumbria has something that you’ll enjoy. If you’re looking for a nature-based day out then it’s truly an excellent place to visit, so get planning your Lake District holiday today and get yourself even closer to nature.

Arts and Crafts Activities Near Silverdale

Silverdale and the surrounding area is a particularly beautiful part of the country, so it makes sense that many people would feel inspired by the incredible scenery that provides the backdrop for this little corner of the world. There are a number of different activities you can get stuck into, or places you can visit if you want to bring out your arty side, when you visit the area. So, if you are planning out your trip, make sure to add these to your list.  

Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail

Arranged by members of the community, the Silverside and Arnside Art and Craft Trail is an event that brings local artists together to exhibit their pieces across different venues throughout the area. This is a great way to explore some of the local area alongside seeing the best of local artists. Make sure to bring your wallets and purses as you are sure to want to pick up a piece or two! This year, the event will take place from the 26th-28th June.  

Wolf House Gallery

Based in Silverdale, Wolf House Gallery is a gallery and studio run by mother and daughter artist duo, Janice McGloine and Bells Scambler. The gallery exhibits the unique work of the two artists including one fantastic piece that depicts our very own restaurant, The Royal Silverdale. Both artists are inspired by the local area so you’ll be able to see plenty of pieces that show off just how beautiful this part of the country is.  

Brewery Arts Centre

The town of Kendal is home to the Brewery Arts Centre, a venue which offers a range of artistic activities, whether there’s a film being shown, live music, an art exhibition or even a comedy show. The centre has so much to offer that it makes a trip to Kendal truly worth it. You can even sit down for a great meal and enjoy a few drinks in the restaurant so you can make a day of it.  

PottyRoo’s Paint Your Own Pottery 

This is a great activity for the kids, especially if they have an arty streak. At PottyRoo’s in Morecambe, you can paint your own pottery, choosing from a whole range of items. This is suitable for all ages, so you might just find that it offers a fun day for the grownups as well as the kids. Best of all, you get to take something home with you to show off your creative skills, and the kids can earn a sense of satisfaction at creating something and having fun while doing it.   Silverdale and the surrounding area is the perfect place to get in touch with your arty side. With such beautiful surroundings, you may just find the inspiration you need to get creative. Best of all, plenty of artists have found their inspiration here so you’ll have no end of arty and crafty places to visit. At Holgates Cottage Collection, you’ll find the perfect base from which to explore the local area and find all the creative spots in the village and beyond. Take a look at our availability and make a booking for a cottage holiday in Silverdale today.  

5 Reasons Why a Holiday Cottage is Perfect for a Couple’s Getaway

When you’re planning your next escape from the doldrums of day-to-day life, it may seem obvious to look at jetting off abroad on another city break, or for a week on a beach somewhere else in the world, but we believe that there’s no better break than a holiday cottage for a young couple. So get yourself a brew, get comfy and see why a holiday cottage is perfect for a couple’s getaway.

Spend some quality one-on-one time together

There’s nothing like a bit of privacy and space to really help you spend quality time together as a couple. Whether you’re a new couple just getting to know each other, or have been together for years, having the run of a holiday cottage can really help. A hotel room often feels a little cramped, and like you don’t truly have the privacy you desire. A holiday cottage could be the perfect setting to help you keep the flame alive, or light a new fire.

Get some much needed downtime with true home comforts

Escaping from your everyday life is even better when it actually still includes some home comforts. Being able to relax in a cosy armchair with a cup of tea beside the fireplace, but still knowing you’re miles from home and your responsibilities is a wonderful thing to experience. It still gives you a chance to relax and unwind, giving you the downtime you need from a break, but having the home comforts a hotel can’t provide can give you a chance to properly relax.  

Whip up a romantic meal

Being confined to only eating in a hotel restaurant can be limiting. A cottage offers you the chance to have your own kitchen and whip up something home cooked while you’re away. There’s something particularly great about going out for a day of hiking or sightseeing and coming back to a hearty meal you’ve cooked up in your own cottage, or when you’ve had a true lazy day and done nothing but batten down the hatches and bake or cook. You can even cook up something special and have a cosy romantic evening in with a bottle of wine, just the two of you. Of course, you will want somebody else to cook for you while you’re away at least once, so it’s lucky that you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy a delicious meal at our neighbouring pub The Royal  

Escape the city and explore

Holiday cottages can really bring you true peace and quiet. They can help you escape the hustle and bustle of a city and explore a whole new part of the country. True seclusion gives you a chance to shut yourself off from the noise, and take life at a different pace. This means you can find spots for romantic picnics, stunning sunsets and scenic hikes. Use the slower pace to share some new experiences or try out something you don’t have the time to do at home, like playing a board game, finishing a puzzle or reading a book cover to cover in one sitting.  

Holiday cottages for couples near the Lake District

The Holgates Cottage Collection is ideal for couples looking to for a romantic getaway, with carefully planned cottages perfectly placed near the Lake District in picturesque Silverdale. Come and explore the beautiful surroundings or unwind in your comfortable cottage. You’ll even get complimentary access to leisure facilities at Holgates Holiday Park in Silverdale.