Whether you’re a long-time visitor to the Lake District or new to the area, this is a definitive list of all time favourite and unmissable things to include in your trip. From the best pubs to breathtaking views, there’s a little bit of everything here.
Chesters by the River, Skelwith Bridge
The long-time Colwith staple, and just a short walk from Colwith, Chesters is surely one of the best places in the Lake District for amazing cakes, delicious flatbreads and also has a fabulous shop. This is your first/last stop on any walk from Colwith and absolutely not to be missed. The terrace by the river is one of the nicest lunch spots you’ll find anywhere. Some recent changes have taken place & soon they are opening their own bakery !!!!! Whoooppeeee!!!…..morecakes & fabulous artisan breads & croissants to take away!!
Apple Pie Cafe, Ambleside
Just a short drive or walk from Colwith is Ambleside. Packed with sweet little cafes, it can sometimes be hard to know which to choose, so let me personally recommend the Apple Pie cafe and bakery. Famous for its perfectly glazed bath buns, the Apple Pie also does a fantastic full English breakfast and, of course, the famous apple pie. Order it hot with mixed spice and ice cream for a slice of heaven.
Britannia Inn, Elterwater (*also see circular walk listed below)
An easy stroll by the river from Skelwith Bridge is Elterwater. Nestled in the shadow of the Langdale Pikes, this i one of the most picturesque villages in the Lake District. It is also home to beloved Britannia Inn, the perfect place to stop off on walk for a pint of local ale, or to have a cosy evening meal. Their lamb henry, a menu staple, is not to be missed.
Masons Arms,Strawberry Bank
Over towards Cartmel Fell is another favourite pub, The Masons Arms. They boasted an enviable selection of beer long before craft ale became the norm and their menu never disappoints. The terrace with beautiful views across the Winster Valley is a perfect lunch spot, and its easy to see when many Lake District regulars consider this their favourite pub. Its a bit of a drive from CColwith but well worth the trip!!
Slater Bridge, Little Langdale ( see it on a fabulous circular walk from Colwith via Little Langdale & Elterwater)
Between Little Langdale Tarn and Elterwater, Slater Bridge is nestled in spectacular landscape spanning the river Brathay. Situated on one of the best walks in the Lakes (in my opinion) Slater Bridge is a quinesstial Lakeland sight. There is a fab walk which starts at Chester’s for a coffee to start you off then head over the bridge & up the hill heading into the fells toward Colwith Waterfall (our namesake!!)then on to the Three Shires Inn for a delicious pub lunch (and thirst-quenching local ales), visit Slaters Bridge a little further on then back over the top at Wilson’s Place to end up at Elterwater for a cuppa or another drink at the Britannia Inn. The last flat leg of the walk is along the path by the River Brathay back to Chesters.
When the weather isn’t sympathetic to outdoor pursuits, sometimes even the most tenacious adventurers have to admit defeat, and there’s no nicer way to spend a rainy Lake District afternoon than soaking tired muscles the in beautiful spa at the Langdale hotel. Set in a quiet forest clearing the spa has beautiful facilities, including pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna and even a gym for those who haven’t tired themselves out enough clambering over the fells. It is a bit pricey at £25 each adult for a day pass but perhaps worth it for a treat & some self-indulgence!!