5 April 2012

5 things to do this Easter in the South Lakes

To celebrate Easter we've put together one blog for both the houses and countryside teams with 5 suggestions for things you can do across our whole National Trust South Lakes patch this Easter ....

1 Take a guided tour of Wray Castle
Wray Castle bathed in Spring sunshine
Open from 2nd April for another season we'll have regular guided tours of the Castle running throughout the day. House open from 10.30 every day of the week. If the weather's good you can enjoy the grounds with its great views of the lake and mountains and yellow daffodils out in time for Easter.
visit our Wray Castle web pages (opens in a new window)

2 Do the Children's Easter Egg trail at Hill Top or the Beatrix Potter Gallery. 
Yummy chocolate eggs
A quiz-based trail with an eggy-shaped chocolate prize at the end, entry is £1 and the proceeds help our conservation work here. The Trail is supported by Cadburys. You might spot some 'Easter bunnies' in Hill Top garden but don't tell Pete our gardener!You will definitely see bunnies at the Gallery as we celebrate Peter Rabbit's 110th birthday with our 2012 exhibition.
visit our HT or our  BPG web pages (opens in a new window)

3 Walk the quieter Western side of Lake Windermere
Looking out on the lake from Claife Viewing Station
You can arrive by boat from Ambleside and take a linear walk from Wray Castle to Ferry Landing (or vice versa if you arrive by boat from Bowness). Stop off to take a peak at Claife Viewing Station which is one of our Lake District Appeal fundraising priorities. We want  to build a new viewing platform inside the old ruined shell and help to recreate for today's visitors, the experience the early tourists had over 200 years ago.
visit our Hawkshead & Claife web pages (opens in a new window)

4 Enjoy a 'Herdy' or 'Beltie' burger at Tarn Hows
A very local 'Herdy' burger ready to be enjoyed
Food doesn't get much more local than this! The meat comes from our National Trust tenant farmer at Yew Tree Farm, and its beef and lamb are raised in and around the Tarn Hows estate. The van is in the Tarn Hows car park daily from 10.30 to 4.45 so once you've enjoyed a walk round the tarn you can give yourself a tasty picnic lunch with a freshly-cooked burger.
visit our Coniston & Tarn Hows pages (opens in a new window)

5 Cycle from Coniston to Little Langdale
Enjoy a scenic route this Easter holiday
Using stoney tracks, bridleways and minor roads, there are a choice of  routes to take, distance is around 15 km and there's a pub in Little Langdale to help revitalise you for the trip back! This being the Lake District you can't get away entirely without a hill but going and returning via Tilberthwaite it is possible to minimise the uphill sections; if you don't mind more of a hill, return by Hodge Close for a great free-wheeling ride down the valley.
visit our Little Langdale web pages (opens in a new window)

Happy Easter!

post by Linda 
photos | National Trust & Yew Tree Farm

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