Places Of Interest
See what else is within easy reach of Wych Elm.
Wych Elm is located in Holme village, about 10 minutes drive away from junction 36 (Crooklands) of the M6. It is a good location from which to visit both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks, with Ingleton, Bowness, Ambleside and Grasmere all within an hour's scenic drive.
Holme itself is a pleasant village, and Wych Elm is within walking distance of the local pub, The Smithy, which serves excellent food. The nearest shops are in Burton (1 mile) and Milnthorpe (3 miles).
Here are a few places to visit:
Dating from Roman times, the city of Lancaster has a wealth of history; it boasts the remains of a Roman Bath House, a 12th century Castle, several museums, including the Maritime Museum on the banks of the River Lune, and four theatre performance venues. The Ashton Memorial stands high above the city in Williamson's Park: some 54 acres of beautiful gardens and the Edwardian Palm House, which now housing a collection of exotic plants and butterflies.
Arnside and Silverdale
Arnside and Silverdale on the Kent Estuary, stand in an area of outstanding natural beauty and are within a ten minute drive of Wych Elm. Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve and visitor centre is within the same area.
Wych Elm is ideally situated for the Yorkshire Dales National Park, being only 30 minutes drive from Ingleton where you can spend a couple of hours walking round Ingleton Falls or White Scar Caves. Other places of interest in the Dales are the market town of Hawes, Skipton, Aysgarth Falls, Settle, Bolton Abbey, Bolton Castle, Malham Cove, but the natural beauty of the Dales itself maybe all that some people need. The quaint villages, some with cobbled streets, some nestling in the valleys of Dentdale, Wensleydale, and Wharfedale will take you back to a time when life was less hectic.
The market town of Kendal is known as “The auld grey town”, because of its many fine grey limestone buildings, and is the principal commercial and shopping centre of the area. As the gateway to the Lake District National Park, Kendal is situated in the valley of the river Kent and surrounded on three sides by a background of Lakeland fells and beautiful countryside. The Brewery Arts Centre on Highgate offers a wide range of music, theatre and films, plus exhibitions and café spaces, and has good parking for patrons.
Ambleside, Rydal and Grasmere
Ambleside, one of the jewels of the Lakes, is set in the centre of the Lake District at the head of Windermere. Blessed with beautiful scenery, this bustling market town provides everything a visitor could want, from the numerous shops offering wares for walkers and climbers to the many drinking and eating establishments. Ambleside is rich with history and heritage. Originally containing a Roman fort (Galava, the remains of which can be seen in Borran's Field, Waterhead), Ambleside has always been an important area of the Lake District. Buildings such as the 17th century Bridge House, described by the National Trust as “a quirky reminder of Ambleside's past”, jostle with the fascinating Armitt Museum and Library, and Sir George Gilbert Scott's Early Gothic-style parish church of St Mary, which includes two “Children's Windows” by the Pre-Raphaelite artist, Henry Holiday. Rydal, just north of Ambleside, has historic connections with the poet William Wordsworth, who lived at Rydal Mount from 1813 to 1850. Beyond Rydal lies Grasmere lake and village. Wordsworth also lived at Grasmere (Dove Cottage, Allan Bank, and The Old Rectory) before moving to Rydal Mount, and is buried in the churchyard of St Oswald's in the village centre. Grasmere is also famous for the Heaton Cooper artistic dynasty's studio and Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
For the Ramblers
The Lake District National Park offers a huge choice of walking options with one to suit just about everybody. Wych Elm is situated in the South Lakeland district of the national park, visit www.go4awalk.com for more information. Whether you prefer high mountain passes or secluded valleys, from gentle rambles to scrambles on-all-fours along airy ridges with a steep drop on either side, you will find a walk that suits your taste.
For Steam Train Fans
Wych Elm overlooks the West Coast Main Line, which allows panoramic views of the steam trains which periodically travel along it. Visit the UK Railtour Info website to see the calendar of tours and engine movements along the line.
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