The Courtyard, Bigland Estate, Backbarrow, Ulverston, LA12 8PB07866

Things to do during your South Lakeland holidays

The Courtyard Cottages, Bigland Hall are an ideal destination for guests planning adventure-filled South Lakeland holidays. Our location is a short journey from some truly fantastic activities, interesting locations, perfect walks, and high-energy bike rides.

The Lake District really does have something for everyone.


The Courtyard Cottages are an ideal base for heading out into the Lake District on your bike. Some of the area’s best cycle routes are right on our doorstep and there are rides suitable for all ages and skill levels.

The much-loved Bay Cycle Way is a short drive away and offers a gentle tour of some of the Lake District’s most popular towns and villages. Whilst a half an hour drive takes you to Grizedale Forest, which has cycling routes ranging from child-friendly to adrenaline-fuelled. If the latter appeals, don’t miss the black diamond mountain biking trails.

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Food and drink

Whether you’re planning on making a quick lunch in one of our cottages’ stunning kitchens or treating yourself to the makings of a five-star dinner, you won’t have to look far to find the finest food and drink in the Lake District. The whole area is brimming with fine food shops, local markets and specialist retailers.

And, for those days when you’d prefer to let someone else to do the cooking, the South Lakes is home to Michelin restaurants, five-star gastro pubs, quirky cafés, and charming tea rooms – all of which make use of the finest local ingredients.

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The Lake District is well known for scenery and adventure, but did you know it is also a fantastic shopping destination? Its towns and villages host an eclectic mix of independent shops, galleries and boutiques. Souvenirs, fashionable brands and artisan crafts sit alongside each other in the high streets and back streets. Cumbria’s shops and markets are well worth exploring during your stay.

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Scenic walks

The Lake District is perhaps most well-known for its walks, which have long inspired artists, poets and writers. There is literally a walk and a view around every corner.

Bigland Hall, The Courtyard Cottages make an excellent starting point for getting out into the South Lakeland countryside. And it’s comforting to return to our home away from home after a long day on the fells.

Walks suitable for all ages can be found around Cartmel and alongside Coniston and Windermere.
Further afield are the iconic mountains and breathtaking views of Scafell Pike, Coniston Old Man, and Helvellyn.

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Local Attractions

History, culture, art, adventure, and family fun are found in abundance in the Lake District: from the historical manor and gardens at Holker Hall in Grange-over-Sands to art at Abbott Hall and kayaking on Coniston Water.

You can plan an unforgettable day out at one of the Lake District’s many attractions.

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Nature on your doorstep

Nature lovers will be right at home in the Lake District; its dozens of well-maintained nature reserves are home to rare species such as the red squirrel. And you’re sure to enjoy spotting some of the flora and fauna that’s not commonly found in the rest of Britain.

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