In & Around Graythwaite

Something for everyone: fascinating day trips to local market towns to full on action and adventure

There is plenty to do and see in the land that enchanted Beatrix Potter and inspired a generation of romantic poets. Here are just a few ideas of ways to spend your days:

Relaxed Excursions


A picturesque village 4 miles from Graythwaite of historic buildings and quaint courtyards. It has museums dedicated to Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and is great for artisanal food shops.


11 miles from Graythwaite, every Thursday is a weekly market dating back to the 13th century. This village is known for festivities and local events.

Hill Top

Delve into 150 years of Beatrix Potter in her Lake District home

3 miles from Graythwaite is the home of Beatrix Potter. Gain an insight into her life and the tales she wrote.

Beatrix Potter home at Hill Top in the Lake District house home cottage

Dove Cottage, Grasmere

Wordsworth’s family home for over 8 years now has a museum dedicated to the great Lake poet. The village is also famous for its gingerbread – the recipe is a closely guarded secret!

Steam Train and Lake Cruise to Ambleside

Take the steam train to Lakeside and then switch to boat for a scenic cruise up Lake Windermere to see the picturesque village and craft shops at Ambleside.

Steam Train and Lake Cruise to Ambleside

Action, Adventure and the Great Outdoors

Mountain Biking and Cycling

What better way to see more of the beautiful Lake District than to travel by bike. Whether it’s racing up miles of country road that excites you or getting down and dirty on the hill trails, Graythwaite has it all on its doorstep. Bring your own bike or hire locally.  Our preferred suppliers, Lake District Bike Hire, offer a door to door service for drop off and collection.  They can be pre-booked for your stay.

Grizedale forest provides a great day out for all levels of cyclist. There are a range of marked trails on forest roads and tracks. For more information and to plan your route, visit the Forestry Commission.

Cycling at the Lake District on Graythwaite | Bike Hire in Cumbria | Estate Enduro Championships Mountain Bikes

Walks and Hikes

There are endless paths to walk, hike and scramble. Visit the daffodil fields that are said to have inspired Wordsworth in Ullswater. Walk through the same woods he often walked and that featured in Beatrix Potter tales.

Climb the famous Gummers How for spectacular views along Britain’s largest lake, Windermere. Although relatively small (321m above sea level), it is the highest of the foothills in the area and also rewards visitors with exceptional panoramas across the Coniston fells and beyond to Morecambe Bay.

For our favourite walks visit our blog! Please feel free to Contact Us for maps and suggested routes, as we would be only too happy to help.

Hiking in the Lake District at the Graythwaite Estate Woodland Forest

The Graythwaite Fishery

Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, enjoy fly fishing on our 2.5 acre lake, just a 10-minute walk from the central courtyard at The Cottages. The Graythwaite fishery is regularly stocked throughout the season with quality rainbow trout and naturally bred wild brown trout.

We operate a catch and release basis and you can also buy a day ticket to take your fish. We’d love to see your photos. Send them to us by email or post them on social media with #graythwaitecatch.

For fishing aficionados, visit the Esthwaite Water Fishery just 3 miles away. It is a natural 280-acre water. Great if you want to spend a day pike fishing, coarse fishing and fly fishing. You can get fly fishing tuition and hire boats and equipment.


UK’s No. 1 Forest Adventure is a short drive away in Grizedale forest. Take to the trees, speed down zip slides and navigate an exciting tree-top course using Tarzan swings, rope bridges and crossings.

Go Ape in the Lake District

Into the Wild

With a woodland base on the estate, enjoy activities such as bushcraft and working with willow or go on a herb walk.

Woodland Sustainability on the Graythwaite Estate in the Lake District

Sheep Dog Experience

Get in touch with your country roots, while handling these friendly and fully trained sheep dogs under full instruction.

The sheep dog experience


YMCA National Centre is a five-minute drive from Graythwaite. Perfect for family fun. Here you can get involved in canoeing, kayaking, archery and climbing, aerial zip wires and swings.

Forest Woodland Fell Views of the Lake District on the Graythwaite Estate