Lakeland Leisure village Facilities
• Bar Meals
• Restaurant – take away food available
• Disabled WC
• Family Park
• Indoor Pool
• Steam room
• Visitor Parking
• Designated Parking
• Boat Launching
About South Lakeland Leisure Village…
South Lakeland Leisure Village is an exclusive, luxury lakeside resort offering every creature comfort to ensure you have a relaxing holiday. As well as the David Bellamy Gold award for its environmental and conservation work, the village has also been awarded 5-star Holiday Park status by Quality in Tourism. The lake offers the possibility for guests who bring their own craft to enjoy windsurfing, canoeing or sailing. There is also a small beach for the little ones to enjoy and a sports field for informal games.
The smart Health & Leisure Club has a large indoor heated pool, steam room, gymnasium, fitness studio and Pure Essence beauty therapy suite offers a full range of luxury face and body treatments and massage. There are many different fitness classes available including aerobics, yoga, pilates, swimming lessons for adults and children, running club and breakfast club.
The Waters Edge Restaurant with its cosy cocktail bar serves beautifully prepared and imaginative dishes of both English and Mediterranean cuisine. Whether it’s a lunchtime snack on the patio overlooking the lake or an intimate dinner, this fine restaurant is hard to beat. The Food Standards Agengy recenlty awarded the Waters Edge a 5 star grading for health and hygiene. There is a launderette on site.
Round and About
The Lake District National Park is famous for its unsurpassed scenery, awe-inspiring fells and dramatic mountains that plunge into beautiful lakes and valleys. A walker’s paradise that offers so much, from museums and cultural history to lake cruises, excellent shopping and an abundance of fine restaurants.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is easily accessed via the traditional market town of Kirkby Lonsdale where the River Lune offers opportunities to walk or picnic on its banks. Scenic drives will bring you to historic castles, ruined abbeys or stately homes and gardens. Easy riverside strolls or full day treks along the Pennine Way are available to suit any age and all ability ranges.
The spectacular Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty opens up rural Lancashire with its many small towns and villages and includes the famous Pendle Hill.
Right on the doorstep Arnside and Silverdale, also designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is perhaps less well known
yet those who explore the area will be well rewarded.
Leighton Moss RSPB nature reserve has activities throughout the year and is a tourist attraction not to be missed, while Leighton Hall stately home has a good collection of antique Gillow furniture and some panoramic views over to the Lake District. Birds of prey are flown regularly.
Carnforth railway station, famous for the 1943 film ‘Brief Encounter’, is now restored and has an interesting heritage centre. The attractions of Morecambe Bay and the historic city of Lancaster are just down the road. Blackpool offers its own unique style of entertainment.
There are almost unlimited opportunities close at hand for leisure activities including walking, rambling, climbing, cycling, golfing, sailing, fishing, windsurfing and bird watching; or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside to get away from it all!
Non-motorised sports are allowed on the lake within the Leisure Village and water skiing can be arranged on the adjoining Pine Lake that is within walking distance.
Things to do …….
• Arrive on Saturday, get installed then have a panini and a glass at Waters Egde…
• Bring badminton racquets or football and have a game on the grassed area behind the lodge….
• Bob into Carnforth to have a look at the train station café/museum where they filmed Brief Encounter…
• Get Fish & Chips from T’Other Chippy in Carnforth and bring them back to the lodge.
• Sit on the veranda in an evening with a bottle of chilled white….
• Grab an orange juice then pop over to the pool for a swim before breakfast….
• Visit Holker Hall while touring and if you don’t want to walk the grounds or go in the house or visit the car museum, just visit the farm shop and then have a Poached Salmon & Prawn Sandwich at the Courtyard Café ….
• Call at some of the recommended local pubs (see Lodge info) for evening meals … (visit Beetham and the Wheatsheaf – probably need to book).
• Bring your bikes and cycle along the Lancaster Canal to the Canal Turn for lunch…..
• Hire a day launch and take a trip along the canal……
• Check out the birds in the area … at Leighton Moss (10 mins) or along the bay (15 mins).
• Order some pizzas from the Water’s Edge, have a drink at the bar while you wait and take ‘em back to the lodge.
• Take a ride to Kirkby Lonsdale, do a walk from there, perhaps along the Lune, eat in the cafes or pubs (try the Snooty Fox)
• Drive into Arnside, have a beer or a bar meal at the Albion outside and watch the sunset over the sands.
• Walk up Arnside Knot for the view (or cheat and drive half way).
• Have a posh meal one night at the Water’s Edge – might be worth booking though.
• Take a walk down to Jenny Brown’s Point and into Silverdale, perhaps……
• Walk from Arnside along the bay to the point (check the tides). (Do not venture away from the shore, the tide comes in fast and the sands can be dangerous)
• Do the local walks – guides in the lodge, including the Fairy Steps.
• The Lakes …. So much…. So much….
A Lakes Drive for the day…
• Head up to Lake Windermere via the east side, maybe calling at Blackwell House near Windermere for a bit of art (nice café)
• Stop on outskirts of Windermere and go into Lakeland Ltd. (kitchen stuff galore) and buy something useful – the café upstairs is excellent.
• Drive up to Ambleside. Maybe stop, carry on to Langdale Pikes via Skelwith Force (visit the Kirkland Galleries) then Elterwater village (try the Britannia Inn), drive round the valley.
• Drive back via the west side of Lake Windermere to Hawkshead for a stroll round the place - some good pubs there…. Drive to Tarn Hows – beautiful, peaceful, walk about. Head back home.
Useful OS Maps
OS Explorer OL7 The English Lakes – South Eastern Area for walking and cycling.
OS Landranger 97 Kendal and Morecambe, Windermere and Lancaster for driving and cycling.