Troutbeck is a historic village, located in a stunning valley setting between Windermere and Ambleside. It comprises of a collection of tiny hamlets, a village shop and 3 traditional country pubs. The surrounding scenery is breath taking, with miles of patchwork farmland and woodland spanning as far as the eye can see. It’s a fantastic place to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and tranquillity in the great outdoors.
Despite its small size, Troutbeck is popular with visitors, with many stopping to take in the sights during a holiday in the Lake District. The beautiful scenery is a hit with walkers, thanks to the network of footpath and bridleways that pass close by.
Things to do in Troutbeck
Townend House is the historic home of The Browne’s – a hardworking local family that were once a pillar of the local community. It is now owned and manged by the National Trust and open to the public to explore.
The National Trust have worked hard to retain much of the cottages’ original charm and little has changed since it was donated. Within the cottage you can see the families’ personal belongings, which include intricately carved furniture and an extensive collection of books, some of which are the only remaining copies in the world.
Elizabeth, the lady of the house was a keen cook. During her time in the house, she compiled a 57-page collection of food and medicinal recipes that is on display today. In open season the living history team recreate some of her famous dishes.
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Keen gardeners should pay a visit to Holehird Gardens during a day trip from Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. The immaculately maintained gardens are situated in a pretty location, with lots of floral displays to explore.
There is a walled garden with patio area, herb beds, perennial roses, climbers, trees and shrubs. Volunteers have worked hard to create areas that are colourful year round. Other gardens include the upper green and lower garden with Gunnera Pool and Hydranga Walk. There’s also several Victorian style glass houses – some are used for display and others are open to the public.
The site is managed by the Lakeland Horticultural Society and entrance is on a donation basis. The suggested donation for adult visitors is at least £5.
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Jesus Church is another of Troutbeck’s top attractions with an interesting past. In the early 1700’s Ben Browne of Townend House installed his own pew in the church, which angered locals causing them to break in, steal it and burn it!
Today, visitors flock to the historic building to admire the stunning East window. The glass was made by Sir Edward Burne Jones and William Morris.
Getting to Troutbeck
Troutbeck is located approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Skelwith Fold Caravan Park
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How to find Troutbeck
Opening times: Always open
Distance from park
5.5 miles (approx. 17 mins)