Newlands Valley in the Lake District - photo Peter Henry

In this guest post, Sally Fielding, owner of family-run Sally’s Cottages, shares some of her favourite, and less known, places in the Lake District in Cumbria.

Middle Row Cottage in the Lake District, Cumbria

Middle Row Cottage

I’ve lived in the Lake District my whole life and I’ve discovered some truly memorable places. Many of these aren’t mentioned in guidebooks and even frequent Lake District travellers may not have heard of them.

Everyone at Sally’s Cottages knows Cumbria inside and out and we are always telling visitors the best places to go and stay depending on what experience or holiday they are after. We have a team of explorers here and we love to travel and find the new.

I’m going to share my top 5 Lake District treasures with you here. The secret is out!

One of my favourite places is Fairy Glen in Borrowdale. The waterfall is so picturesque and there is a beautiful mix of shallow and deep pools to explore – you can even have a quick dip. The Lakeland water here is clear, fresh and a stunning mix of blue and green colours.

Fairy Glen Wild Swimming Borrowdale, Lake District Cumbria

Fairy Glen

Spout Force is another secluded location and the spectacular Spout Force waterfall can be reached by a path through the forest – just follow the sound of the water echoing through the trees and you’ll find it. There is a viewing platform to marvel the waterfall in action.

Spout Force in the Lake District Cumbria, by Ann Barker

Spout Force – photo by Ann Barker

The Newlands Valley has miles and miles of empty fells and open countryside and is one of the quietest areas in the Lake District. If you want to go walking across remote terrain, try the ten mile round trip around the valley’s main summits including Catbells. It’s a challenging trek but well worth the effort.

Newlands Valley, Lake District, Cumbria - photo by Peter Henry

Newlands Valley – photo by Peter Henry

One of the most beautiful lakes is Loweswater and very few visitors seem to visit this peaceful place. Surrounded by quiet fells and unspoilt forest this is one of my most recommended destinations.

Loweswater in the Lake District, Cumbria


My final hidden gem is a beautiful cave just outside Ambleside. The large cave is on the side of a fell called Loughrigg and is one of the most undiscovered natural caves in Lakeland. After a short walk and climb to the top of the fell you can also see panoramic views across Rydal Water and the glorious Cumbria landscape.

Loughrigg Fell Cave overlooking Rydal Water - by Zoe Dawes

Rydal Cave – photo by Zoe Dawes

Sally’s Cottages, Cumbria has over 280 holiday cottages throughout the Lake District and Cumbria and many of our properties are also pet-friendly.

Cherry Tree Cottage in the Lake District

Cherry Tree Cottage

We love the Lake District and we want to share this love with anyone wanting to spend time here.  We can recommend the best places to go and will find you the perfect cottage to suit all your needs. We offer both short breaks and full week stays.   Visit our website Sally’s Cottages or come to our friendly office in Keswick.