Merewood – Ecclerigg
Nr. Windermere, Cumbria
For your Sat Nav: LA23 1LH
Merewood Cottages are in an ideal location for exploring the honeypots of the South Lakes, as well as walking some of the greatest fells & valleys in England. Arguably the best of locations in the country for fellwalkers and visitors alike, surrounded by the most famous of names – Grasmere, Ambleside, Lake Windermere, Bowness, Rydal, Troutbeck Valley, the Langdales… and a host of world beating restaurants.
Windermere & Bowness are only 1.5 miles away by car or bus from the bottom of Mirk Lane. They provide excellent opportunity for messing around on the water in boats, feeding the swans, low level walking or a leg stretch up Orrest Head most favoured by Wainright and shopping in small shops or the well-known Lakeland store.
Ambleside is 1.5 miles away by car or bus also, or you can take the high road on foot by walking from the back door of Merewood Cottages and along the fellsides. Plenty of walks to do and walkers life in Ambleside with its pubs, cafes, restaurants, local shops and very popular Hayes Garden Centre. Roads leading up and over to Keswick via Thirlmere, or over the Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater.
Local Fells for those looking to feel the wind in their hair, the scenery of the Lake District National Park is second to none. Where to we start to describe the South Lakes! In a handful of the high fells names, simply ….. Wansfell Pike, Orrest Head, Claiffe Heights, Dunmail Raise, Helm Crag, Loughriggs, Langdale horseshoe, Harrison Stickle & Pike o’ Stickle, Bowfell, Coniston Old Man, Hellvelyn.
Gardens & Visitor Attractions – Brockhole Visitor Centre with pier to catch the Lake Windermere cruiser is across the road from Merewood Cottages. The area is famous for such a lot but Beatrix Potter & Wordsworth feature highly. Gardens worth a visit include Stagshaw & Fellfoot. For foodies….. the choice is world beating….. a few – The Samling, Forestside, Hrishi & The Gilpin, Kevin Tickell’s new Heft, Merewood Hotel, Miller Howe, Simon Rogan’s at the Linthwaite, new to the scene The Old Stamp House
A short walk up the back of the cottages to Holbeck Lane, add a few circular diversions for the views and go back down Wain Lane takes a minimum of 45 minutes. In early May the bluebells carpet the woods on the way up, which is delightful.
A stroll down to the shores of Lake Windermere at Brockhole for an evening leg stretch or muscle relaxer. Depending on how long you linger by the lake, it is a nice half hour break.
Straight from the door to the top of Wansfell Pike is especially to be recommended to those who wish for typical views from easily accessible heights. There is a variety of routes down but the diversion via Troutbeck Village is a popular one – the Queens Head being a good watering hole!
An easy climb up Orrest Head – start in Windermere and take the short hike up to Alfred Wainrights favourite panoramic viewpoint. Not to be missed – 1 to 1.5 hours depending on speed & lingering!
The Langdale Valley has several challenging fell walks with spectacular views from the tops. We like Bowfell & Crinkle Crags – as children with our parents it was a long walk on small legs – and up to Harrison Stickle & Pike o’ Stickle descending via the neolithic scree run! Not for the faint hearted but we did it at 8 years old!
Hellvelyn the nation’s No1 favourite walk in the UK. It can be done from Grasmere but there are several routes. A more a demanding walk, but extremely worthwhile. Simply outstanding – not for amateurs (although, with good walkers for parents, we were 7 & 5 when we went up first time!