The Lake District
The Lake District is Englands largest and most visited National Park and is world famous for its stunning mountains, lakes, fells and forests. It welcomes 15.8 million visitors each year from all corners of the globe and is famed for its unique beauty.
One of the most highly populated National Parks, the Lake District has four main towns ? Ambleside, Keswick, Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere. These are in the area known as the Central Lakes which is home to the most famous of the mountains and fells. Outside of the National Park boundaries lie a number of significant towns, such as Kendal (which is 6.9 miles north of Hincaster), Penrith and Barrow-in-Furness. The Hincaster site is in the area of Cumbria known as the South Lakes. (see page 119 of Cumbria book)
Famous mountains of the Lake District include which Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England at 3,209 feet and the ever popular Helvellyn at 3,117 feet with its challenging ridge route, Striding Edge.
The Lake District became popular with the Victorians who favoured mountains such as Helm Crag with its unique Lion and Lamb feature, and in particular, poets such as Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth who made his home here.
Photo of lion and lamb
Lake Windermere, at the heart of the Lake District, is the largest natural lake in England, at 10.5 miles, 1 mile wide and 220 feet deep. Excellent for watersports and boating, the lake is surrounding by tourist attractions and beauty spots. This is the closest lake to Hincaster and can be reached within 25 minutes drive. Further afield, Coniston, Ullswater, Buttermere and Derwent Water are all equally stunning and within 1.5 hours drive of the South Lakes.
The Western Shore
The Hincaster site is close to the west shore of England, with the Kent Estuary being just 3.5 miles away, and the picturesque sands along the Duddon Channel all within a 45 minute drive. Just north of Barrow-in-Furness, beaches such as Earnse Bay and Roanhead are ideal for watersports and exploring, made extra special by the mountain views in the distance.
Roanhead Beach, just 29 miles from Hincaster
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Arnside and Silverdale, which are 5.8 miles and 9.1 miles respectively from Hincaster, are officially classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Regarded as the gateway to the Lake District, this part of the South Lakes enjoys views of the Central Lakes mountain ranges, as well as views of Morecambe Bay and Kent Estuary.
Protected wildlife and landscapes make this a popular place to visit but not as inundated with tourists as the Central Lakes, making it the perfect beauty spot for local residents. A 5 minute walk from the car park on Arnside Knott offers stunning views.
Looking out from Arnside Knott
The Cumbria Wildlife Trust is very active across the county, ensuring the conservation of wildlife and much loved natural landscapes in the area. Of the 43 reserves in Cumbria, Hincaster is lucky enough to have 9 sites within a 10 miles radius and the popular Walney Island being a worthwhile 33 miles away.
Grey seals can be seen at high tide
The RSPBs Leighton Moss nature reserve is 7.9 miles away from Hincaster and is the largest reedbed in the North West England. There are bird watching hides across the site, and the reserve is popular with local school children who visit there to build elf houses.
Within a very short distance of Hincaster, there are two picturesque deer parks ? Levens Hall, which is famed for its Bagot goats, and Dallam Deer Park, which overlooks the town of Milnthorpe. Both have public access and popular with visitors and locals alike.
Dallam Deer Park in Milnthorpe
A very strong presence in the Lake District, the National Trust offers many places to visit close to Hincaster. The medieval Sizergh Castle is only 2.1 miles away with a house, gardens and extensive land to explore, and Fell Foot Park at the bottom of Lake Windmere, 8 miles away, featuring lake access, a childrens playground, boathouse cafe and gorgeous views.
Boating access at Fell Foot Park, Newby Bridge
Attractions/Places to visit
Wray Castle nestles on the west shore of Lake Windermere and is idyllic for children to explore or play croquet on the lawn. It can be reached by car, or by bike on the lake side cycle path, or even by boat from Ambleside or Brockhole Visitor Centre.
The striking ruins of 12th century Kendal Castle dominate the landscape overlooking the market town of its namesake and are perfect for inspiring the imagination of children or just for admiring the views.
Kendal Castle, 7 miles from Hincaster
Halls and Gardens
There are two stately homes with grounds to explore close to Hincaster. Levens Hall, just 2.8 miles away, is a privately owned Elizabethan house that boasts world famous gardens ? the oldest and most extensive topiary in the world.
Holker Hall in Cartmel dates back to the 16th century and has an impressive house and gardens. Plentiful activities for all ages take place here, and it became the new host of the popular Chilli Fest in 2014.
South Lakes Safari Zoo
Brockhole Visitor Centre
Just 16 miles away from Hincaster, Brockhole is a restored historical house is at the heart of this Lake District National Park owned attraction. There is a childrens adventure playground, horse riding, boating and crazy golf ? all on the shore of Lake Windermere. A Treetop Trek (complete with 250 metre zip wire) and Treetop Nets are recent additions which have made Brockhole ever more popular with both locals and visitors. From here, you can take catch the boat to Ambleside or enjoy traditional tea and scones on the patio overlooking the lake.
Playground at Brockhole on the shore of Lake Windermere
The county of Cumbria has a population of 499, 000 people (2011), with 104,000 people (2010) living within the South Lakeland area. Hincaster is amongst a number of small villages that surround the market town of Kendal, which has a population of 28, 398 people. The people in Hincaster and other similar villages are a mixture of locals and incomers. Being so close to vital transport links, the South Lakes is an area that is popular with families wishing to relocate for a better quality of life.
Many households have at least one adult member who commutes a significant distance on a regular basis and this part of the county has a comparatively high level of income. People who are new to the area have plenty of opportunities to mix with the existing community both at events and through the open friendly culture.
Local occupancy clauses are very common in Cumbria and new developments are largely restricted to affordable housing. New luxury developments, such as the Hincaster project, are therefore very rare.
The walks and climbs of the Lake District mountains, fells and lakes are well documented and in abundance ? ideal for hikers, bikers and fell runners. Many routes are suitable for those with elderly companions, prams or young families (Miles without Stiles) at a low level but still with beautiful views. Walks and climbs are suitable for novices and experts alike.
Throughout the Lake District, caving and potholing are widely available with a number of training centres and adventure companies who offer individual training and group sessions. Close to Hincaster, Dallam Outdoors offers caving sessions for adults and children, with cave leader training being available for adults.
Caving with Dallam Outdoors
In addition to natural caving spots, there are a number of disused mines that can be accessed under the guidelines of the British Caving Association, with many mines on the Old Man of Coniston and the scenic landscape of Borrowdale.
Hincaster has its own Trailway walk which follows the old railway link that linked Hincaster to Arnside and stopped running in 1966 when the rails were removed. The Hincaster section of the path has been converted into a walk suitable for all ages and abilities by a group of local volunteers. The path runs directly alongside the Greenside site and plays a vital role in the community.
Running close by Hincaster, the Lancaster Canal has been undergoing restoration since 1963 and the route from Tewitfield to Kendal now offers 14 miles of pathways and boat trips. There are a number of historical and notable structures along the route, including the Hincaster Tunnel.
The Hincaster Tunnel
Cyclists and mountain bikers will relish the many designated routes throughout the entire Cumbria area, with Grizedale Forest remaining ever popular. A range of trails through this unique landscape cater for all levels of riders, from young families to those seeking more of a challenge.
Grizedale cycle trail
Grizedale Forest is home to Go Ape, a tree top rope adventure 18 metres above the ground that finishes with a 200 metre zip wire over Grizedale Beck (http://goape.co.uk/days-out/grizedale).
Go Ape at Grizedale Forest, 25 miles from Hincaster
The walks and trails throughout the forest will reveal famous outdoor sculptures, commissioned from leading international artists, making it a fascinating place to visit for children and adults alike.
Forest sculpture at Grizedale
With 16 lakes, the coast and lots of tarns, there are plentiful opportunities to learn new watersports or practise what you already know. Boats can be hired on Windermere, Coniston and Derwent Water, with each of these lakes having watersports centres. Canoeing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing, paddle boarding and open water swimming can all be found within short distance of Hincaster.
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Swimming lessons are widely available at Kendal Leisure Centre, the Netherwood Hotel in Grange-over-Sands through Starfish Swim School, Capernwray Swimming School at Over Kellet and Carnforth Leisure Centre. Capernwray is also home to a popular dive centre.
As one the countrys leading providers of outdoor activities, Dallam offers a wide range of courses for children and adults alike. Popular with local families, the school holiday courses for children aged 6 to 15 feature kayaking, caving, climbing and ghyll scrambling, as well as the work done alongside local schools, such as trips to Humphrey Head followed by tepee camping for Year 3 children. Dallam Outdoors is noted for its adult courses, in particular Instructor Training and National Governing Body awards. The centre is based in Heversham, the neighbouring village to Hincaster.
Close to Hincaster, in the nearby town of Milnthorpe, fitness classes such as Zumba and Pilates are held at Dallam Sports Centre courtesy of Fitness Dynamics, as well as adult dance classes at Rigney Bank Ballet School. Some of the Fitness Dynamics classes are held at the village hall in Heversham and in other villages in the area. Kendal Leisure Centre offers a wide range of classes including aqua fit, kettlebells, moky, zumba and yoga.
On the outskirts of Hincaster, at the foot of Heversham Head lies Tristrams sports field where rugby and football matches are regularly played. The pavilion ……………………..
Every summer, an inter village cricket match is held.
Kendals rugby union team, the Hornets, play at grounds in the heart of Kendal and in addition to their first team are home to social rugby, ladies rugby, juniors (under 13s to under 18s) and minis (aged 5 to under 12).
Milnthorpe & District Junior FC
Milnthorpe Cricket Club
Based in the centre of Milnthorpe and only a short distance from Hincaster, the cricket club was founded in 1863 and has two senior teams in the Readers Westmorland Cricket League, as well as being involved in The Cricketer National Village Cup Competition. With grounds running alongside Dallam Deer Park, the club is handily (for mums) set next to the popular restaurant No 17, which has a stylish lounge for drinks and outdoor seating in the summer months.
Only 2 miles from Hincaster, Dallam features an outdoor, floodlight 3G astro pitch, pay and play sports and a fitness suite. The sports hall is used for a range of sports, including athletics, tennis, cricket, netball and martial arts, as well as being used for childrens sports parties. There is a gymnasium which is home to trampolining, gymnastics, circuits and classes such as Zumba and pilates. With a wooden sprung floor, ballet barres, music system and full length mirrors, the dance studio is ideal for a variety of dance and exercise classes.
Dallam astro turf
Kendal Snowsports Club offers UKSS standard lessons in skiing, boarding and tubing, as well as sessions for groups, corporate functions and schools. Overlooked by Kendal Castle, the club is in the heart of the market town and is just 7 miles from Hincaster.
Kendal Mountain Festival
The largest and most diverse of its kind in the world, this event sees film makers, athletes and guest speakers top a fully packed programme spanning 4 days each November. Thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Kendal to celebrate the great outdoors with fellow enthusiasts.
Excellent cuisine ? 3 Michelin starred restaurants ? LEnclume in Cartmel, Holbeck Ghyll in Windermere and The Samling in Ambleside
Rosettes awarded dining / gastro-pubs
Number of microbreweries
Thriving arts scene ? Brewery Arts Centre, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick
Close to the city of Lancaster for open air theatre.
Forum at Barrow
Strong agricultural culture that welcomes all residents and tourists alike. The Westmorland County Show is held at the Crooklands County Show Ground every year (5 minutes from Hincaster)
Party in the Pasture
Hincasters very own festival is a celebration of local music, food and the local community. With family friendly events such as welly wanging, treasure hunt and chicken poop bingo leading onto a pea and pie supper accompanied by live music, this is a very popular social event.
This award winning music festival has been nominated for some impressive titles in 2014s UK Festival Awards, including Best Medium Festival and Best Family Festival. Amongst headline acts in 2014 were Suede, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Happy Mondays and Tom Odell. Set in Lowther Deer Park, the festival features an array of attractions to suit all the family, from market stalls to cinema, performing arts to toddler clubs and a range of accommodation.
Food markets, local producers and specialities eg damsons
Pick your own
The perfect activity for a warm summers day, the Pick Your Own fruit site is ideal for families and anyone wishing to sample Cumbrian home-grown produce as fresh as it comes. Park House Farm, just 2.2 miles from Hincaster, overlooks the Kent Estuary with views of Arnside and the sands. During summer months, you can pick strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries, as well as buy home reared meats.
Pick your own at Park House Farm, Heversham
Nearby towns ? Kendal and Milnthorpe
Children and teenagers
Youth theatres, dance, Young Farmers, Scouts, Brownies,
Milnthorpe Primary School
Good Ofsted rating
Milnthorpe Primary School benefits from sharing a site with Milnthorpe Family Centre, which is home to Joeys Nursery, offering wrap around care for babies up to Year 6. Part of this service is the before and after school club which is held in the school hall.
Heversham St Peters C of E
Outstanding Ofsted rating
Windermere Preparatory School
Aged 3 to 18
Ofsted rating Outstanding
St Marks C of E
A mixed, comprehensive 11 to 19 international language school with state boarding.
Ofsted rating good, with outstanding for behaviour and safety of pupils. A new head has been appointed within the past 2 years and the school has a fast growing reputation locally as an establishment that can rival QES in Kirkby Lonsdal
Ofsted rating outstanding for boarders.
2.1 miles from the Greenside site on quiet and safe roads which could be walked or cycled on by students.
Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale
A 400 year old school that provides education for 11 to 19 year olds. Ofsted rating outstanding. School motto of scholarship and care.
8.6 miles from the Greenside site. A coach is contracted to take pupils from the Levens and Heversham area directly to the school and back. (Route to be confirmed as to whether it runs along Woodhouse Lane.
Windermere Preparatory School
Aged 3 to 18
Ofsted rating Outstanding
Sixth form colleges
Windermere Preparatory School
Aged 3 to 18
Ofsted rating Outstanding
Oxenholme is the main station for the Lake District and is on a direct line to London Euston. This station is 4.6 miles from Hincaster and there is no rush hour traffic. Parking is easy and plentiful at the station.
Arnside to Manchester
M6 Junction 36 within 5 minuets