Troutbeck in the Lake District
High Fold Guest House is located in the village of Troutbeck. Troutbeck is a series of hamlets straggling for about a mile along a line of springs above the valley and set in a conservation area. Village cottages and farm buildings go back as far as the mid 17th Century. The National Trust's 'Townend House', which is open to visitors between Easter and end of October each year, is located in the village and is one of the finest examples of Lakeland's Statesmans houses in Cumbria, having belonged to the same family, the Brownes, for over 300 years.
Activities, Attractions and Things to Do
Troutbeck is the ideal place for those wanting to enjoy walking or cycling, but is also suitable for those who wish to 'get away from it all' and enjoy the wonderful scenery and peace and tranquillity of one of the Lake District's prettiest and unspoilt villages. For those who haven't any knowledge of the area we can supply books and maps of local walks - or, if you wish, there are many short walks around the village whilst enjoying views of the Troutbeck valley. Alternatively a short stroll up Robin Lane will be rewarded with glorious views over Lake Windermere.
You may also choose to leave your car at the house and enjoy the many and varied walks, climbs and views in and around the Troutbeck area. High Street, the Troutbeck Circuit, Kentmere Round, the route over the Garburn Pass into Kentmere and to Ambleside via Wansfell are all walks you can start from High Fold.
The Kirkstone Pass, at the head of the Troutbeck Valley, can be reached within a few minutes by car or a little longer by the hardier on foot! Kirkstone Pass is one of the highest and most exciting in the Lake District, with breathtaking views towards Patterdale, Glenridding and Ullswater.
From Glenridding you can catch the lake steamer to Howtown or Pooley Bridge and walk back along the shoreline of one the prettiest lakes in Lakeland. Brockhole Visitor Centre is but a few minutes away as is the Low Wood Aquatic Sports Centre on Lakeside.
Ambleside, Bowness, and Windermere Town are conveniently placed for shopping, for lunch or an evening meal in one of the many restaurants available, for the cinema, and for many other entertainments and attractions. However Troutbeck is also fortunate in having two excellent Lakeland Inn/restaurants for those not wishing to have to drive to enjoy excellent food, fine wines and ales.
At the heart of the Lake District and just a mile away from the lake of the same name, the Lakeland town of Windermere offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and nearby fells and a great selection of accommodation, ranging from family run B&Bs and cosy guest houses to luxurious hotels, it provides the perfect base for a relaxing break in this beautiful area of the county. Windermere is a centre for watersports and climbing enthusiasts but for the less adventurous visitor Windermere has a multitude of charming shops, pubs and restaurants to relax away the day. There are many superb attractions not to be missed such as the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole and the Windermere Steamboat Museum. There are walks to suit all abilities, ranging from shoreline strolls to energetic hikes up the fells and the opportunities for outdoor activities are endless, from swimming and canoeing to water skiing and sailing. At 10.5 miles in length and 0.5 miles in breadth at its widest point, Windermere is England's largest lake. A trip aboard Windermere Lake Cruises allows you to enjoy the splendour of the scenery from a different perspective.
Ambleside, one of the jewels of the Lakes, is set in the centre of the Lake District at the head of Lake Windermere. Blessed with beautiful scenery, this bustling market town provides everything a visitor could want from the numerous shops offering wares for walkers and climbers, to the many drinking and eating establishments.Ambleside is rich with history and heritage. Originally containing a Roman fort (Fort Galava, the remains of which can be seen in Borran's field, Waterhead), Ambleside has always been an important area of the Lake District.Buildings such as the 17th century Bridge House, one of the smallest houses in Britain, jostle with the Ambleside Museum (home to many Beatrix Potter artefacts) to hold the attention of visitors and offer an interesting insight into local life. Nearby Stock Ghyll Force, a beautiful waterfall, provides another stunning natural attraction.An ideal base for a walking holiday, Ambleside has easy access to the surrounding fells and breathtaking mountains. For the less energetic, there are strolls along the shore, boat trips on the lake and a fantastic collection of interesting visitor attractions. Shoppers are well catered for also with an abundance of outdoor retail outlets, craft shops and galleries.