Picnic on the beach at Coniston Water
Just down the road from the Yurts at our site at Moss Side Farm is th glorious Coniston Water. It’s a fantastic spot for a bit of picnicking on one of its many beaches, or for the bold a dip in the Lake, brrrrrr!. It’s also home of the All England Stone Skimming Championships, why not try your hand at beating the record. We recommend the east side of the Lake for easy access, great views and afternoon sun. The Steam Yaught Gondola or the Consiton Launch are both great ways to get around and explore the whole lake allowing you you to hop on & off at a various points around the lake.
Picnic on the beach at Ullswater
Grab the picnic blanket, some delicious smoked salmon sandwitches, a coupe of bottles of local ale and your swimming kit and you are all set for an afternoons adventure. A drive up the ‘Struggle’ from Ambleside over the Kirkstone Pass to get to the simply beautiful Ullswater Valley and the Lake is nothing short of stunning although not for the faint hearted!. Ullswater is surrounded by small secluded gravel beaches ideal for picnicking and swimming late into the evening. The launch across the Lake from Glenridding to Howtown and the walk back along the lakeshore path is also a Lake District highlight.
The Lake Districts only official lake, Bassenthwaite Lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts. At 6km long and 1 and ½ km wide makes it well sized for a day’s exploration or more. It’s also quieter than many other lakes in the National Park. Fantastic scenery, free parking, and no motor boats other than rescue vessels really do make this a stunning lake to spend time on. Around the lake there is some beautiful walking and photography opportunities and stunning picnic spots. Due to wildlife sanctuary zones there is an abundance of birdlife to watch for those so inclined. Including the ospreys, oystercatchers, lapwings, sandpipers, and many more.