Stafford House is an ideal base for exploring the Lakes District and its surrounding areas. Our nearest Lake is Ullswater only 7 miles from us, and you can catch the ferry to ride up and down the Lake or stop off at various points to explore and take in the fabulous views.
Below is Ullswater and the surrounding eastern fells of the Lake District as seen from Gowbarrow Fell, also of the infamous "Host of Golden Daffodils" written into a poem by William Wordsworth.
Penrith and it's unique character thrive because it is on the edge of the National Park rather than within the Park. This is a shame as it is often overlooked by many visitors but generally the prices are lower than in the Lake District National Park and accommodation is significantly cheaper.
The popular little town retains it's natural charm as the locals are so welcoming and the north eastern fells of the Lake District re within easy reach for walkers. There are also many
surprising delights to be found in the surrounding Eden Valley and North Pennines.
Starting near Bewaldeth on the A591 (you can park on the Caravan Park Road) This 2 hour walk is 4.1 miles long, and you will incorporate climbes of 292 metres and there is some verge side walking on the A591. Please note that there are no refreshments available on this route. Apparantly Wainwright did a self portrait of himself on this hill?
Borrowdale to Watendlath, Rosthwaite, Seatoller and Grange
Starting from Lodore this low level walk in Borrodale of 8.6 miles will take between 4 - 5 hours. A couple of climbes that incorporats 614 metres, short accents, decents and some roadwalking will get you around this unique circular route. Refreshments can be found at Rosthwaite.
Starting from Cow Bridge this is an easy 1 - 2 hour circular walk of 2.4 miles around Hartsop Village. This is one of the Lake Districs enigmatic waters with climbes of 60 metres, please note there are no refreshments available on this route.
Catbells and Little Town
Starting at Little Town Chapel, this is probably the most climbed hill in all of the Lake District. Taking approximately 2 hours, this 3.3 mile walk incorporates climbes of 342 metres, there is some quiet roadwalking stretches. Please note that there are no refreshments on this route.
Fellbarrow and Low Fell
Starting from Thackthwaite this 2 - 3 hour walk is 4.2 miles long. Low Fell itself offers one of the most spectacular scenes in all of Lakeland. There are climbes incorporating 417 metres, and please note that there are no refreshments available on this route.
Gowbarrow Fell & Aira Force
Starting from Aira Force Car Park, this is a superb 2 - 3 hour walk of 4.2 miles with waterfalls, woodland, low fells and exquisite views. Climbes incorporating 366 metres and there is also a cafe near Aira Force car park.
Great Cragg and Grange Fell
Starting from Rosthwaite this moderate climb will take between 3 - 4 hours and is 5.2 miles long. Climbes of 477 metres provide access to a wonderful tarn and craggy fells. There is a little bit of road walking but refreshments are available in either Rosthwaite or Keswick
A nice easy 1 hour walk walk of 1.5 miles and is suitable for all the family. There are climbes incorporating 120 metres, and glorious views of Keswick where you will be able to get refreshments.
Ullswater's South East Fells
Starting from Martindale Church, Steel Knotts and Arthur's Seat are just two of the many highlights on this underated walk. It will take between 3 - 5 hours and is a distance of 8.3 miles. Expect climbes of incorporating 761 metres and there some steep decents also please note there are no available refreshments on route.
Hartsop Dodds and Craggs Circular
Starting from Brotherswater, this is a lovely high level walk of 3 - 5 hours over 6.7 miles. On route the round trip meets the Fairfield Horseshoe. The climes incorporate 783 metres with steep accents and decents. Please note that there are no refreshments on route.
Riggingdale Cragg, High Street and Mardale Ill Bell
A superb 3 - 4 hour walk of 5.9 miles from Mardale Head, Haweswater to a wonderful ridge accessing High Street's majestic views. Climbrs will incorporate 637 metres, there are steep climbes and decents but also some easy scrambles. Please note there are no refreshments on this route
Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Craggs
This 3 - 4 hour walk istarting from Mungrisedale is 7.7 miles long, and are two of the most north eastern Wainwright Fells from Mungrisedale to walk in bleak midwinter. Climbing incorporates 569 metres with fording rivers. Refreshments are available at the Mill Inn Mungrisedale.
The High Dodds & Clough Head
Starting from Legburthwaite this is a tough 10.7 miles walk and climb taking between 5 - 7 hours, takes you to Sticks Pass and gives access to lush high fell pleasures. There are a few stretches of quiet roads but no available refreshments on this route.
Helvellyn from Glenridding
This classic walk from Glenridding takes 4 - 5 hours and is 7.5 miles long. It includes Swirral Edge, Catstye Carn and Striding Edge which is brilliant. Climbes incorporating 958 metres and involve some scrambling. Refreshments can be found in glenridding.
High Street and Stony Cove Pike
Taking 4 - 6 hours over 9.3 miles is an accent from Hartsop which includes a finale on Caudale Moor. There are climbes incorporating 987 metres, also steep climbes and decents. Please note that there are no refreshments on this route.
Blencathra via Sharp Edge
An awesome and very hard 4 hour walk by any standards, on an equally spectacular mountain. Starting from Scales Farm it is 8.2 miles long, and climbes incorporate 869 meters, this is a Grade 1 Scramble. Refreshments can be found in Keswick.
Helvellyn from Legburnthwaite
Starting from Legburnthwaite (about 1/4 mile off the A591) this is probably the most popular walk in the Lakes. It is very hard and takes between 5 - 6 hours to complete. It is 9.8 miles long and incorporates 1,302 metres of strenuous climbes and decents also some Scrambling on Striding Edge. Please note there are no refreshments available on this route.
Branstree & Selside Pike
A walk starting from Mardale Head with Haweswater, itself a striking feature will take between 3 - 4 hours A distance of 5.8 miles and incorporating climbes of 556 metres - please take care while decending on Old Corpse Road, and note that there are no available refreshments on this route.
High Cup Nick from Dufton
Starting at Dufton this special adventure is 8.1 miles long. Taking between 3 - 5 hours it will bring you to a much photograped place. High Cup Nick is one of those places which all discerning walkers should visit. Incorporating climbea of 519 metres with a difficult decnt into High Cup Gill. Refreshments can be found at Dufton or nearby Appleby.
Only a short distance away from Stafford House is Greystoke Forest, which offers you the opportunity to take in some short or long walks, whilst admiring the wildlife. The forest has open access for the public and is used by walkers, cyclists, horse riders, rallying and much more.
The forest is also good for bird/wildlife watching and is know to house 3 species of woodpecker, tawny and long-eared owls, otters, roe deer and more.
Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of
However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges