Tucked away in Torver ~ The Lake District.

A perfect Winter break for Wil, Hugo and I definitely involves somewhere with a toasty log burner, a dog friendly pub in close proximity and lots of walks, straight from the door. We chose pretty well I think when we headed for the Lake District village of Torver at the weekend. We had found on Airbnb a quirky little cottage called ‘The Old Dairy’ , one of three holiday Letts at Brocklebank Ground. We arrived in driving sleet and rain so immediately set about getting cosy in our ‘home’ for the weekend.

The Old Dairy ~ a bijou home from home.
Sign swinging in the wind.
Walk research..

Fortunately the next day dawned fine so we decided to get our water proofs on and head out and about. Torver itself is not to far from Coniston Water ( the third largest Lake in the Lake District) so our plan was to walk down to the lake, via a disused railway route. Unfortunately there had been so much rain that the paths we found to the shore were pretty water logged, so we only got as far as Torver Common, which was still a beautiful place to explore.

Hello, Herdwicks!
Old Railway Walk.
Lunch Time.
Torver Common. You can just about spy Coniston Water in the distance.
Hugo posing. πŸ™‚
A sprinkle of snow on the mountains.
Spring Window box at The Wilson’s Arms.

For lunch we bought a couple of bits from the deli in The Wilson Arms, one of two pubs in the village. We ate in both and they are cosy olde worldy pubs with roaring fires, real ales, good pub grub and are dog-friendly too.

After lunch we decided to revisit Beacon Tarn, a beautiful small lake tucked away in the Blawith Fells, about 5 minutes drive from Torver. We first discovered the tarn ten years earlier on a hot summers day, the surrounding fells were green with bracken, and our Labrador Jake dived straight into the water. Our recent visit was sunny, windy and cold, a different Labrador enjoying a bracing dip in the chilly waters.

Beacon Tarn.
My guide book says Beacon Tarn is the ‘Trout Tarn’ of Arthur Ransome’s’ Swallowdale’ ( Swallows And Amazon’s 1930).
The bracken in March, a rusty brown colour.

What follows are a few views of our journey back to Brown Howe Car Park, the nearest proper car park to Blawith Common, where our circular walk began.

A bench with a lake view. πŸ™‚ Brown Howe car park is on the shore of Coniston Water.

Incredibly only a few minutes after we got back to Brown Howe, the heavens opened and giant Hale stones bounced off the car. We had timed our return just right!

On Sunday the bad weather continued as we packed the car and said our goodbyes to Torver. It had been the perfect little get away from it all. πŸ™‚

On our way home we decided to visit Lakeland Motor Museum near Newby Bridge, which is a dog friendly attraction. There aren’t that many museums that welcome four legged friends, so this was a good find! Plus we got to shelter from the weather. It had started snowing!

Well worth a look if your in the area, the museum also has a Donald Campbell Bluebird exhibition and a good sized cafe.

See you soon. X

42 thoughts on “Tucked away in Torver ~ The Lake District.”

  1. Sounds like a great little weekend away in spite of any bad weather. Great photos, especially the blue sky ones, and I love the one of Hugo posing πŸ™‚ I’m planning on going to the lakes myself at Easter, to an area I’ve never been to before – camp site is booked and deposit paid, now all I need is some good weather πŸ™‚

  2. Coniston is one of my favourite places in the Lakes. As far as I’m concerned it’s still in Lancashire πŸ˜‰
    Looks like you had a good break despite the weather πŸŒ§πŸ’¨

  3. The little cottage looks very cute and cosy. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend away despite the weather. I loved reading the Swallows and Amazons books as a child so was interested in seeing a real setting from the story. It’s lovely that Hugo was able to go into the museum with you!

    1. I still need to read the books, though I have seen the recent film from a couple of years ago. I shall have to get reading. The museum was a fun place to spend a couple of hours out of the weather. The staff made a fuss of Hugo. πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely Sharon & although I’ve not quite been to where you went, I’ve been to the Lakes District & the museum. Some of your museum photos looked familiar & we had afternoon tea from the cafe out on the terrace overlooking the water tumbling over rocks in the river. Thanks for sharing, as it brought back some wonderful memories for me. Take care & have a good weekend.

  5. Great to see Hugo (and you) out and about. Shame the excessive rain stopped you going where you wanted. Seem to have had even more of that this week. Love that first little red car – looks so cheeky! Stay warm and dry xx

  6. It all looks very beautiful, and you managed to go on some lovely walks. Its a place you could go back to in the summer months (and it sill will be raining!!!) πŸ™‚
    Amanda xx

  7. I love the Lake District! Getting withdrawal symptoms looking at your gorgeous photos. I read all the Swallows and Amazons books as a child, probably several times in the case of Swallows an Amazins itself. I must check if I still have my copy somewhere …

  8. Sounds like a lovely wekend away with much to enjoy. Like the sound of a cozy cottage and good food at the local pub as well as long and intersting walks:)

  9. That sounds like a perfect weekend getaway (well, ok, near perfect, the weather could have been a little better!). You took some beautiful photos. I really do need to visit the Lake District!

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