The Area

Located in the idyllic and accessible South Lakes, Pepper Cottage lies between Ambleside and picturesque Hawkshead village, in the cosy hamlet of Knipefold. Overlooking a green, pleasant valley to a tarn topped hill, with an abundance of walks, attractions and pubs on the doorstep it is the prefect rural location. 

Pub within 1 mile's walk 


Hawkshead only 1.5 miles away


Walks on the doorstep


1 mile to the Grizedale Forest 


Trout and pike fishing in Esthwaite Water


Located just over a mile away is the popular Drunken Duck, this upmarket inn boasts a great variety of ales (including their own!), superb locally sourced food and a great atmosphere throughout the season. It's definitely not one to miss, though if you plan on eating, you're best to book in advance.


Slightly closer to home at just under a miles walk is The Outgate Inn. It's everything you could want from a local - good, reasonably priced beer, large portions and an open fire. It's the perfect place to catch a quick pint or fill up on some tasty pub food. Plus it's dog friendly - what more could you want!


Grizedale Forest, is an unrivalled day out offering walking and cycling trails for all abilities. Named by The Telegraph as 4th best mountain biking route in the country, it offers "fabulous views, testing climbs and technical excitement" and with bike hire available. The forest also plays host to the exhilarating ‘Go Ape’ aerial adventure course and fantastic sculptures. 


Fancy getting on the water?  Everything from motor boats to kayaks are available to hire at both Coniston, and also at Esthwaite water where you can also hire fishing gear. 

Rainy Days?

There’s plenty to do when the heavens open in Ambleside including a cinema and climbing wall.


Alternatively learn about the history of the area at the local neo-gothic Wray Castle or further afield, the impressive 14th century Muncaster Castle with a hawk and owl centre open every day


And Peter Rabbit fans are spoilt for choice with the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead and her 17th century farm, Hill Top House within a couple minutes drive.


Arguably the biggest draw of the Lakes is the innumerable number of walks on offer with options and scenery for all to enjoy. Some of our favourite walks include Elterwater, Orrest Head, Old Man of Coniston, Blelham Tarn, I could go on! 


One of our guests favourites from the cottage is Tarn Hows which leads up from the cottage with great views across to Windermere before delivering you the the peaceful tarn, with well maintain paths and in the summer an ice cream van. 

An OS Map is definitely a good investment! Find some of our suggestions here.

Get the most out of your stay

Whether it's your first visit to the Lakes or one of many, we hope that our interactive map of places to visit, which is included in your digital guide will help you discover the local area. It includes suggestions for:

  • Restaurants, pubs and cafes

  • Entertainment and activities

  • The best places to walk, cycle and fish.

  • Where to shop

  • And much more.


All these are displayed in an easy to use map, integrated with Google Maps for directions, suggestions and information from us and links to their websites to access opening times and further information.

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For guest pictures, inspiration and deals.


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