Top 5 National Trust Places In The Lake District

The National Trust is synonymous with the Lake District. This might be in part due to it’s connection to Mrs Hellis (Beatrix Potter), who used her mass of wealth to purchase, preserve and then donate vast numbers of farms and acres of land to the National Trust. But there’s far more than just land and farms to be enjoyed in the Lakes.

This really is a short list of National trust properties int he Lake District. You can find more here.


Aira Force

National Trust Aira Force Lake District

There are plenty of waterfalls in the Lake District, we can see some from Low Nest. But none are like Aira Force. The National Trust have done a great job of creating a lovely little walk from the bottom car park, winding up one side of the beck through ancient woodlands and over traditional lakeland stone bridges to give a spectacular view of the falls from multiple locations.

While it can be bashed out in less than an hour; we’d recommend you to take your time and enjoy the woods and surrounding areas. There is a cafe, but also a picnic area by the main car park so you can enjoy an al alfresco lunch. This could be a great stop off if you are visiting Ullswater for the day.


Hill Top Farm

Hill Top Farm National Trust Lake District

Explore Mr Macgregor’s garden and get a glimpse into Beatrix Potters life at the house that she called home for much of her life in the Lake District. You can see what made this place so special and how it inspired her to preserve other farms like it (such as nearby Yew Tree Farm, the set of the movie Mrs Potter). Outside you can explore her famous gardens and take a walk to Moss Eccles Tarn.


Wordsworth House and Gardens

Wordsworth House and Gardens National Trust Lake District

“The loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.

Discover the place that bred and inspired one of Englands greatest poets and laureates. Far more than just a house you can explore the gardens that captivated a young William and gave him a life long passion for gardening. Whats more; situated in Cockermouth on the edge of the Lake District, this is the perfect place to escape the busier in the central lakes at peak season.


Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows National Trust Lake District

If you’re ever exploring between Ambleside and Coniston then we thoroughly recommend stopping off and having a lovely stroll round Tarn Hows. This man made tarn offers a gentle yet very picturesque 2 mile walk, which can take an hour or 2 depending on how often you stop to admire the stunning scenery.


Fell Foot

Situated at the bottom of Windermere the ground of this old country residence boasts a lovely manicured old country garden with quaint boathouses, rowing boat hire and plenty of space to enjoy a picnic. As a kid Alasdair’s family would take their canoe and boat down here.

What To Do When It Rains In The Lake District?

I don’t think we’re breaking any news that it rains in the Lake District. The lush green fells need a regular soaking to keep themselves looking so good. But what to do when the heavens have opened? First of all; don’t worry, there’s loads of great things you can do when it’s raining in the Lake District, and in the surrounding area.


Things to do around Keswick

There’s lots of things you can do around Keswick when it’s raining. From the bustling markets and quaint cafes of the town itself, to the sophisticated distillery tours and historic mining museums. But for those who like to keep active the old slate mines at Honister are an ideal dryish activity, while the Keswick climbing wall also boasts a cafe! Here’s a few of our ideas for you


The Lakes Distillery
Fine food and extra fine booze. What’s not to love. Not just a maker of exquisite gin, The Lakes Distillery is the crafter of the finest English Whisky. As well as tours of the distillery there are numerous tasting experiences and a delicious bistro.


Keswick Brewery
You can never tour too many breweries! Keswicks brewery not only offers tours, but also has its own bar.


Honister Slate Mines
Learn about the fascinating history of slate mining in the Lake District while exploring the old mine shafts.


Threlkeld Railway and Quarry Museum
Pan for (fake) gold while you wait for the narrow guage train to take you up the steep track to the top of the mine where you can explore old exavators.


The Puzzling Place
Enjoy optical illusions and puzzling puzzles. A great quick town escape.


Keswick Launch
Huddle inside one of the Keswick Launches and enjoy the spectacular scenery around Derwent Water.


Kong Adventures
Whether a total novice or experienced climber Kong Adventure, in the centre of Keswick is a great active wet weather option.


Keswick Climbing Wall
Just a 20 minute walk from Low Nest, next to the Castlerigg stone circles is Keswick Climbing Wall. Great for experienced and newbie climbers, with the added bonus of a cafe!


Lakeland Culture

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth

Heaton Cooper

World of Peter

Windermere Jetty

Hill Top


Wordsworth House and




Trains, Boats and Wildlife

Ravenglass and Eskdale

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite

Windermere Jetty


Coast Aquarium,

Lake District Wildlife



Get On The Water





Self Drive Motor Boat – All the main lakes have self drive motor boats available to hire. Most have an en closed cabin so you can enjoy the beauty of the lakes, but in the comfort of the sheltered cabin.


Get Active


Keswick Climbing

Ambleside Climbing

Kendal Climbing



One last option; grab a coat and get out for a lovely walk in the rain. If the weather forecast is bad then we wouldn’t recommend doing anything to high or out of your comfort zone. But the rain gives a whole new dimension to the views you’d normally get. Particularly round tarns and lakes. As Billy Connolly says: there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. So grab ya wellies and enjoy the Lake District at one of its finest moments.

Climbing Dollywaggon

A gander up Dollywagon & Helvellyn


This walk takes on one of the highest mountains in England, Helvellyn, while passing a tarn hiding a golden crown and all importantly finishes in a pub!

Leg 1 – Dunmail Raise to Grisedale Tarn

After 15 minutes on the bus from Low Nest, get off at Dunmail Raise. Parking is available on the roadside, but for this route it’s best to get the bus.

This open barren land is riddled with mystique and history. The story goes that after King Dunmail, the last King of Cumberland and Strathclyde, one of his loyal servants took his crown and ran up to Grisedale tarn where he threw the gold crown into the tarn, never to be seen again. Sadly while I would like to say “until now”, if I had found this ancient gold crown I would not be typing this and instead would be halfway to my subsequently purchased Caribbean Island.

The climb is well trodden and easy to follow. You follow the roaring stream all the way up the ghyll until you reach Grisedale tarn. It’s about a mile, about 30 to 45 minutes of walking. While steep it is a good warm up for the walk ahead.

The views from the tarn alone are worth the walk, you truly feel in the centre of the Lakes.

 Leg 2 – Grisedale tarn to Dollywagon

The best route up is to get to the Eastern side of the tarn and follow the path up. The path zig zags, but rarely with steps. While the height gained is around 200 metres once at the top you’re basically on the ridge.

Leg 3 – Dollywagon to Helvellyn

After an hour of walking up hill there is no feeling like getting on the ridge. You go from walking at a snails pace sweating a litre a minute to strolling along as if you’re on Oxford Street. However you’re not on Oxford Street, you’re somewhere far better, you’re on the Helvellyn Ridge. With clear skies you have views almost as far east as the North Sea (It feels like that anyway!), but even on cloudy days (like our one) there’s something truly beautiful about this path.

The path itself is well trodden so easy to follow. There are cairns every 20 metres at points so it’s actually quite hard, but still possible, to get lost.

There is a small dip between Dollywagon and Helvellyn, but not a huge amount and the path up to Helvellyn is nice and gentle. As you walk up, note all the boulders strewn across the plateau. Then just as you approach the top read about how a crazy bloke who landed a plane there on December 22nd 1926. Apparently landing was easy, but to take off they had to do a James Bond Golden Eye style nose dive over the edge.

Take time to rest and enjoy the view in the cross shelter offering a welcome escape from the inevitable piercing wind from nearly all directions.


Leg 4 – Helvellyn to the Kings Head Pub

After taking the inevitable photos of Striding Edge and selfies at the trig point it’s time to head down. Like much of the walk the track down is fairly easy to find and follow, even in poor visibility. However still take compass bearings.

The footpath is a pretty busy one. Follow it all the way down and you’ll get to the Thirlmere carpark. It’s also one of the easiest ascents of Helvellyn. There are great views all the way down. Be sure to try and spot Low Nest!

You will have to start to keep an eye on navigation as halfway down you’ll have to escape the mob and head right. This last bit is sublime. You’re unlikely to see another person. The ferns and heather also means few if any sheep, so dogs can run around happy and free.

The Kings Head just appears from behind a crags and you can almost taste that celebratory drink! It’s a great traditional Lakeland Pub and the perfect place to finish the walk.