Things to see & do

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Bushcraft club

Saturdays: 1 Mar, 5 Apr, 3 May, 7 June, 13 Sept & 11 Oct

Based in the woodland surrounding Footprint, Bushcraft Club is a special chance to get to know the woods in 6 sessions through the year.

Green fingers

We have a range of green woodworking workshops planned for this year.

Come and have a go at using traditional greenwood techniques to hand-carve a bowl, spoon or spatula.

Don't miss

  • Soak up the views at Jenkyn's Field
  • Explore the spring rhododendrons and azaleas at Stagshaw Gardens
  • Head up Queen Adelaide’s hill for stunning views over Windermere
  • Wander from Windermere to Troutbeck and explore Townend farmhouse
  • Relax with a picnic by the lake at Cockshott Point
  • Make yourself a wooden spoon at the Footprint
  • Marvel at the grand firs of Skelghyll woods

Take to the waters

Whether you fancy a kayak, canoe or a good old-fashioned rowing boat, there are plenty of ways to enjoy lake Windermere.

And with 18 islands to explore, you're sure to find something new each time.

Look out for...

Dippers are easily recognised by their plump dark bodies and white ’bibs’ ©


Now the leaves are off the trees our little friend the dipper can be easily seen scouting rivers and streams for insects to eat. Distinguished by its white chest and bobbing motion when it lands on a rock, this bird is a welcome sight.

Take time to...

A host of golden daffodils © National Trust Jenny Sutton

Visit Dora's Field

William Wordsworth planned to build a house on this land in Rydal but, after the early death of his daughter Dora, he planted the area with native daffodils in her memory. Now known as Dora’s field it's the best place for a springtime wander and renowned for its display of daffodils.

Need a venue?

The Footprint, our beautiful straw-bale building, is available for hire.

Set in St Catherine's woodland close to Windermere, it makes a unique and inspirational venue for any kind of get-together.

Experience the Lakes

Keen to get outdoors but not sure where, when or how?

We love the places we get to work in within the Lakes and have plenty of ideas for fun and adventure in our valleys, lakes, hills and mountains.

Where next?

Allan Bank sits perched on a hill above Grasmere

Ambleside and Windermere are great places to explore from: