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The Best Luxury Places to Stay for Walking from the door in The Lake District

When you’ve spent all day travelling to get on your holiday, why not stay somewhere where you won’t need to use your car all week? Walking from the door in The Lake District is something we are really lucky to be able to do. All of these amazing places to stay have got enough walking around them that you wouldn’t need to use your car at all. Set for adventure in The Lake District.

March 18, 2022


Hartsop Fold

Set between Brothers Water and Patterdale near Ullswater, the Hartsop Fold is perfect for walking from the door in The Lake District. You’re set in one of the most tranquil valleys and surrounded on all sides by mountains.
High Street, St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn are all within walking distance and even if mountains aren’t your thing, there swimming and paddling on Ullswater and plenty of nature to relax and watch. This must be one of the only places in the world where you can sit and watch red deer and red squirrels from the comfort of your hot tub.
The lodges themselves are cosy and a real home away from home. Heated porch cupboards’ pet-friendly features make these the perfect getaway for you to walk from the door in The Lake District.
A fantastic walk for the family from Hartsop Fold is Angle Tarn. Find the route at the bottom of the page.

The Brimstone

One of my favourite valleys, The Langdale Valley, is host to a little slice of luxury in The Lake District, The Brimstone Hotel. If you want to walk from the door in The Lake District then you wouldn’t need to look any further than here.
You can lie in your huge bathtub and be surrounded by the forests of the Langdales and head out the door and have a great day in mountains like The Langdale Pikes, or Loughrigg. The Valey is full of adventures like climbing, mountain biking and ghyll scrambling. Check out Langdale Active for amazing adventures.
The Brimstone has its own luxury spa, incredible rooms and an Arcteryx Boot Room where you can hire any equipment that you need to get out in the mountains.
Mud and Boots have a great round-up of walks in the Langdales on their website. It’s got everything from family-friendly strolls to adventures high and long!

Lodore Falls Hotel

Deep in The Borrowdale Valley, in the shadow of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, is Lodore Falls Hotel. You can head straight up some of the highest peaks in the country right from the door and then come back to a luxury spa that overlooks Derwentwater from the infinity pool.
They have a great selection of rooms that all give you ultimate comfort for relaxing after a great day of adventure and fun.
The area is great for walking of all levels from a gentle meander to the waterfall behind the hotel or a walk up the smallest Lake District Wainwright, Castle Crag, to a full day adventure swimming in the river, paddleboarding on the lake or climbing some of the classic routes in the valley.
One of my favourite walks is linked below!

Kirkstile Inn

One of the quieter parts of the national park, but should not be underestimated for how much walking from the door you can do. This classic Lake District pub, with great rooms and food, is in the perfect location for walking from the door in The Lake District.
The pub sits beneath Melbreak, a big, burly, mountain with plenty of character. If the wilder mountains of the western lakes aren’t what you look for, there are great walks around Loweswater and Crummock to keep you entertained.
The pub is a fantastic restaurant in the evening and the pub garden is one of the best in The Lake District. A perfect, cosy, place to stay for walking trips.
Even in this corner of The Lake District, you can find a fantastic range of walks including a 4km gentle walk included in the National Parks ‘Miles Without Stiles.’

Askham Hall

Askham Hall sits in the Far Eastern Lakes and can be a fantastic base for walking from the door in The Lake District. The woodland, mountain and valley walks here are all fantastic and there are routes to suit everyone.
Askham Hall is in the small village of Askham that has a small shop and a pub, The Queens Head. At Askham Hall itself, there’s a Michelin star restaurant that can give you a little bit of luxury after a long day out walking.
This is a quieter part of The Lake District where you can spend the whole week just exploring walks from Askham Hall.

Haweswater Hotel

The Haweswater Valley is known for its wild scenery, impressive reservoir, remote location and flora and fauna. However, located right in the middle of the Valley is The Haweswater Hotel, the perfect location for walking from the door in The Lake District.
You could come along to this art-deco themed hotel and not have to use your car all week. The walking around her can be truly wild where you cannot see roads or buildings for miles. Take your camera to spot deer, squirrels, badgers, birds and more.
Go during early Autumn and get up early to listen to the hundreds of deer rutting as it echoes around the valley.
Walk Lakes have a great range of walks from Haweswater Hotel for all abilities.

The Forest Side

Sitting just outside of Grasmere village, The Forest Side is a fantastic location for the best that The Lake District has to offer. The historic village of Grasmere is famous for its poetry, much down to William Wordsworth, and you can see why he was inspired by the beauty. You are in the mountains within minutes with views all around.
Some of my favourite walks from the door include Helm Crag, Loughrigg and around Grasmere, the lake. Once you’ve had a walk take yourself back to the hotel and dine in their award-winning restaurant so you can really relax and unwind after a long day.
The National Trust have a great selection of walks from Grasmere, including around the lake for a more relaxed day, to Easdale Tarn for a little more adventure. Easdale Tarn also features in my piece, ‘the best places to wild swim in The Lake District.’

Storrs Hall

If you would like the best of both worlds, getting a walking holiday whilst being connected to a town with plenty of food, drink and things going on then Storrs Hall is perfect for you.
It is wrapped in 17 acres of its own land, where you could spend the whole day relaxing. There are plenty of walks along the lake as well where you can take your paddleboard or even swim – if you’re feeling brave!
From Windermere, you can also walk up Orsett Head, a great sunset spot that everyone can walk to with its accessible paths. This whole area is great for access by public transport and can be a great base to be without a car.
Storrs Hall is the perfect location for all of this and more for a fun-filled trip to The Lake District.

The Yan at Broadrayne

The Yan has a perfect balance of luxury, location and food. Also just out of the village of Grasmere, this old bunkhouse is now converted into beautiful rooms, a restaurant, bar and camping pods right in the shadow of the Helvellyn range.
Some of the greatest and most popular can be walked from here, whilst still having seclusion and privacy at the Yan.
Come back from your adventure and relax with a drink on their bar terrace that overlooks Helm Crag and the famous Lion and Lamb stones. The camping pods and rooms mean there are different price points however, the comfort is never compromised.

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March 18, 2022