Allonby and Surrounding Area
Allonby is situated on the Solway Coast between Silloth and Maryport. Allonby Bay has a superb long sandy beach and is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful Cumbrian coast as well as the English Lake District. Allonby Bay stretches for miles and is ideal for leisurely walks or paddling in the shallow waters. The bay is a favourite with walkers and bird watchers as well as a popular site for kite and wind surfing.
There are many attractions and places to visit in the area including, the stunning Whinlatter Forest above Bassenthwaite Lake, the towns of Maryport, Cockermouth and Keswick, Hadrian's Wall and even Southern Scotland. With so much to do in this beautiful area, Woodlands offers a wonderful base to return to.
Places to eat include the dog friendly Ship Hotel, Allonby Tea Room or treat yourself to the ever popular Twentyman's ice cream, or have fish and chips from the Codfather by the shore.
The North Lakes and Western Cumbria
There is much to see in the North Lakes and Western Cumbria - spectacular scenery, lakes, mountains and a wonderful coastline which is glorious in the summer and dramatic in the winter. This area makes a perfect year round retreat with a wide variety of activities to suit all ages and interests.
Derwent Water to the South of Keswick, is England’s widest lake. Once part of nearby Bassenthwaite Lake, the lake is fed from the River Derwent catchment area in the high fells of Borrowdale. This is England’s wettest spot, receiving 200 inches of rain a year. The Lake is a popular place for sailing, rowing with visitors able to take a trip on a motor launch or relax on one of its many beaches. Derwent Water has 4 islands.
Bassenthwaite Lake is a short distance from Derwent water. It is the most northerly lake in the Lake District. At 4 miles long it is one of the largest lakes and also one of the shallowest. Bassenthwaite Lake is home to the rare vendace fish. There are no major settlements on its shores and the area is popular for walking and sailing. This is the only sheet of water officially recognised as a ‘lake’, the others are either ‘waters’ or ‘meres’.
Loweswater is the smallest of the lakes and is a short distance north-west of Crummock Water. At the south-eastern end of the lake traditional rowing boats can be hired from the National Trust Watergate Farm. The lake nestles in a wooded valley and red squirrels can be spotted in the locality.
Crummock Water lies between Buttermere and Loweswater. The lake is about twice as long as Buttermere and a lot deeper. The lake is owned by the National Trust and water sports are banned (although rowing boats can be hired). With Grassmoor to the west and the fells of Melbreak to the east, Crummock Water has superb view from either side and is very popular with walkers. A number of streams feed Crummock Water and the beck from Scale Force has a drop of 170 ft, the Lake District’s highest waterfall.
Buttermere lies 8 miles south-west of Keswick. A footpath runs round the picturesque lake and there are also walk to the summits of Haystacks and Red Pike. In the little church of St James there is memorial to Alfred Wainwright, the author of the famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Haystacks was Wainwright’s favourite place.
Thirlmere to the south of Derwent Water, was once two lakes. This is reflected in its name which means ‘lake with a gap’. The lakes were dammed in the 1890’s to create one vast reservoir to supply Manchester. Although a reservoir, the lake has public access and water sports are popular here. Nearby is Helvellyn (3118 ft), the third highest peak in the Lake District. Helvellyn is approached by a dramatic one mile long ridge known a s Striding Edge, which has spectacular drops on either side.
Ennerdale Water is the most westerly of the lakes and lies 8 miles east of Whitehaven. Outlined by trees, this is said to be the most natural looking stretch of water in the Lake District. The deep lake is 2.5 miles long and has exceptionally clear water, with a variety of fish. The remote lake is the only one not to have a road running beside it. Ennerdale is dammed to provide water for the coastal towns of west Cumbria.
Wastwater which is England’s deepest lake (258 ft deep 3 miles long) lies in the Wasdale valley and is one of the most spectacular valleys in the Lake District. The dramatic Wastwater Screes drop right into the water at the lake’s south-eastern shore. Being surrounded by some of England’s tallest mountains – (Scafell Pike and Great Gable) it is very popular with rock climbers and mountaineers. St Olaf’s Church (near Wasdale village) is one of the smallest churches in the country and its beams are said to have come from a Viking long ship. The valley’s remote position, cut off from the rest of the Lake District by its mountains, means that it has remained unchanged by tourism.