The Local Area

Littlemere is located in the edge of the Lake District, surrounded by picturesque towns and villages. Shops, outdoor activities, walks and cycle routes are never far away.

Kendal and The Lake Distict are home to many amazing places to eat and drink. We have Mitchelin star restaurants (L'Enclume in Cartmel and The Samling near Ambleside), fantastic local restaurants in Kendal and Lake District pubs offering a fantastic atmosphere and good, traditional food. 

There's also no shortage of Breweries, including micro breweries and larger breweries such as The Watermill at Ings. You can also find family-owned cafes, perfect for a coffee, cake or toasted sandiwich. You will never be short of options, and many pubs and cafes within the Lake District are Dog Friendly.


A few recommended Pubs and Cafes include: (DF = Dog Friendly)

Deja Vu, Kendal  
Pedro's Casa, Kendal  
The Moon, Kendal  
The Brewery, Kendal  
The Gateway, Kendal DF
Romney's, Kendal DF
The Station, Oxenholme DF
Strickland Arms, Sizergh DF
The Watermill, Ings DF
The Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer DF
Derby Arms, Witherslack DF
The Black Labrador, Underbarrow DF
The Brown Horse, Winster DF
Punch Bowl, Barrows Green DF
Hare & Hounds, Bowland Bridge DF
Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley DF
The Plough, Lupton DF
The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale DF
Gilpin Bridge Inn, Levens DF
Wilf's Cafe, Staveley DF
Brew Brothers Cafe, Kendal DF
Bluebird Cafe, Coniston DF



Littlemere is lucky enough to have public footpaths and bridleways in every direction, meaning beautiful walks and gorgeous views are on your doorstep. The Central Lakes and many of Wainwrights 214 walks are just a short drive away.

- Our Guide to Family Walks in the Lakes


We are fantastically placed on lovely country roads where you can bike for miles at your leisure, and we also have a selection of bridleways in the area. For the more adventurous the Lake District is home to some of the best off road biking routes and you're never far from one!

Horse Riding

We have a trekking centre just a couple of miles from Littlemere who offer some fantastic short rides and full day treks. There are also many other centres not far away on the outskirts of Kendal.

Water Sport

Small boats can be hired from many locations around the Lake District. There are also water sports centres specialising in wakeboarding, water skiing and sailing. The Lake District is also a fantastic venue for open water swimming and Lake Windermere hosts the Great North Swim every June.

Whatever your interests, your age, and however brave or able you feel, the Lake District truly is an outdoor adventure playground. We'll be happy to answer any questions from our guests about where to find your pefect day out, but to kick things off we also have a number of handy guides!

National Trust Sites

National Trust members have plenty of wonderful options available to them in the area, with free entry and car parking for some of the region's most fascinating historical landmarks. Click to read our full guide to National Trust sites in the Lakes!

Free Days Out

Visiting the Lakes doesn't have to cost a fortune. So we've gathered a list of free days out that will keep you and your family busy for your whole stay! Click to read our full list of free days out in the Lakes.

One thing is for sure - you will never be short of things to do in the area. Visit the Lake District's official tourist board website to find out what's happening, where and when! Image: The pier at Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre.

Kendal - The Gateway to the Lakes

Just a few miles away from Littlemere is the market town of Kendal. Not only famous for snuff production and Kendal Mint Cake, it is also a lovely town full of small shops, high street names and specialist shops from sport and book stores through to trophies and collectibles.

The Westmorland Shopping Centre and Elephant Yard, found within the Stricklandgate area of town, are the main shipping centres.

Kendal's outdoor market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Local Farmers 'Made in Cumbria' Markets take place on the last Friday in the month. On the North edge of Kendal and within easy reach of Littlemere you can find Morrison's, Sainsbury's and Aldi Supermarkets within a stone's throw of each other. There is also an Asda Superstore on the other side of town which offers a delivery service to Littlemere.


Windermere, Bowness & Ambleside

Windermere is home to Lakeland Limited, one of the first specialist stores you'll find as you jump off the Lakes Line train. Lakeland has for years excelled as a supplier of all things cooking and homeware and it's impossible to visit without buying something you'd previously never heard of! Further down into town and beyond into Bowness, there are plenty of souvenir shops, art and interior design dealerships, outdoor clothing stores and much more to discover.

Although smaller, Ambleside has established itself as the perfect place to get kitted out for a climb, ramble or cycle through the Western Lake District that waits just beyond its one-way systems. Gaynor Sports, one of the country's largest outdoor clothing stores, is an absolute must-visit with clothing and accessories for all styles and budgets, and from internationally recognised, quality brands. 


The North Lakes

If you're lucky enough to venture right the way up and into the Lake District during your stay, some beautiful towns with quality shopping awaits. In a similar category to Kendal, Penrith is a cosy and picturesque town with plenty of local and high street shops to visit. And just down the road is the Rehged Centre, complete with shopping, galleries and a cinema all built into a giant hill. Carry on further still in that direction and you'll end up in Keswick, a town full to bursting with Cumbrian spirit and local treasures.