Ash Cottage

Skelwith Bridge


The cottage nestles in 20 acres of fell-side grounds managed by us for conservation.  Red and Roe Deer roam freely. Buzzards soar at eye level. Red Squirrels build their drays here. Bats and Owls emerge at dusk. A multitude of wild flowers grow, such as the heath spotted orchid and devils bit scabious.

A bird table outside the cottage attracts many garden birds and the squirrels which provides wonderful photo opportunities.

Walking can begin at the door. Join the old packhorse route to Hawkshead and reach Tarn Hows without nearing a road. An information pack is kept in the cottage for your use.

The darkness of our night skies is excellent for stargazing.

How to find us

Call 01539433135 for further details

Stephen How
Skelwith Bridge
LA22 9NP

From Ambleside, take the A593 towards Coniston. At Skelwith Bridge (approx 3 miles from Ambleside), cross over the bridge and continue up the hill towards Coniston for half a mile and as you begin to level out “Stephen How” driveway is on the left hand side.

You will see a triangular shaped rock on a stone gateway. There is a turning point on the right hand side, or you can continue on for 500 yards to a lay-by to turn around.