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

Scenic walks close to our historic holiday cottages

When describing walking in the Lake District, Alfred Wainwright said it best: “Oh, how can I put into words the joys of a walk over country such as this; the scenes that delight the eyes, the blessed peace of mind, the sheer exuberance which fills your soul as you tread the firm turf?

The Lake District is arguably the best place to walk in Britain; nowhere else can rival its beautiful and varied terrain, magnificent views, and legendary history.

And when you stay in our historic holiday cottages, more walking adventures than you can imagine are just outside your door.

Walks close to The Courtyard Cottages, Bigland Hall

The Bigland Estate provides opportunities for quiet walks along country paths that are easy on the feet. Bigland Tarn is only a gentle stroll away, and you can catch excellent views of the distant Coniston Fells from the top of Bigland Barrow, notable for its old army watchtower.

A longer walk takes you down to an isolated section of the beautiful Leven Estuary, where you can watch the sun set over Morecambe Bay on what feels like your own private beach.

For those with little legs, there are plenty of short walks with flat, easy terrain (with promises of ice cream for reluctant walkers) around the nearby Fell Foot Park and at the Brockhole Centre in Windermere.

The nearby estuary at Humphrey Head makes a fascinating walk. Enshrined in local legend, the cliffs surrounding the estuary are believed to be where the last wolf in England was tracked to its lair and slain by hunters.

Walks out in the Lakes

A short journey from our historic holiday cottages takes you towards Ulverston, which offers several walking routes of varying difficultly. Head up Hoad Hill to the famous Hoad Monument, which gives you a chance to take in the full majesty of the surrounding area – and reverses the view from our windows.

Also offering terrific views are the short walk up the easy path at Gummer’s How, and the steep path from Tom Gill to the phenomenal Tarn Hows.

The steam gondola on Coniston Water makes an excellent start to many walks along the rough, hilly terrain surrounding the Water, or, climb the steep but easy path up to the Old Man of Coniston fell.

Further afield, experienced walkers seeking a challenge can equip themselves for a climb of Scafell Pike, England’s tallest mountain or the difficult ascension of Helvellyn across Striding Edge.

The Courtyard Cottages, Bigland Hall are the perfect base for an unforgettable walking holiday.