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Cote How – Set in the heart of walker’s paradise

There are numerous walks and bridle ways directly accessible from the house including Loughrigg, Nab Scar, The Fairfield Horseshoe and Rydal Water. Fabulous walking country whatever the weather, spring and autumn sees some of the best walking of the year. This photograph was taken on Friday 2nd February, from a 300m high tarn close to the summit of Loughrigg looking east towards Red Screes.

There are many interesting and varied walks which can be accessed directly from Cote How including the famous Fairfield Horseshoe, Loughrigg Fell, the lakes of Grasmere and Rydal Water, taking in the Coffin Trail and Rydal Cave.

We can provide you with maps and walk plans, so please let us know your abilities and what kind of walking you would like and we can advise on the most suitable routes for you. We also offer organic packed lunches to keep you going until dinner.

And not to worry…. we have ample washing and drying facilities to get you dried out ready for the next day’s challenge!


Rydal Water and Grasmere – 6 miles (10km)


A great introductory walk to the local area – I recommend this walk to new visitors to Cote How, as it is fairly gentle and takes in lots of stunning views and wildlife. It also helps you to get your bearings around the area – figure out Rydal, Loughrigg, Grasmere, the shops and churches and places of interest. It takes in the famous “Coffin Route” from Rydal to Grasmere and passes by Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage – both homes of William Wordsworth.




Rydal and Loughrigg Terrace

View-Rydal TN

Rydal Valley from Cote How

Both of these routes start and finish at Rydal Water car park and follow the same directions until you reach Rydal Caves. Once you have finished exploring the caves, the little ones can complete the shorter green route and older ones can carry on along the blue route for another 1.2km before meeting up back at the car park.



Our Fresh Air is Free Campaign

In conjunction with Nurture Lakeland. Designed to help you leave your car behind and explore the immediate vicinity – plenty of ideas for short walks, long walks, or sightseeing on foot, bike or bus right from our doorstep!

DLSM Loughrigg Terrace


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Sight Seeing

“Rydal Mount, his home for thirty seven years, became a place of pilgrimage, not just for the great and powerful in church and state, but also more touchingly, for hundreds of ordinary people who came to pay their silent tribute to his genius.”

Juliet Barker – ‘Wordsworth – A Life’
5-10 min walk from Cote How


Cycling & Mountain Biking

If you are planning a cycling holiday or short break in the Lakes, then there is no better ideally suited place to stay than Cote How guest house and b&b. Cote How is situated near to many classic mountain bike routes including Rydal Water and Loughrigg.

Hire Shops

BIKE TREKS – 015394 31245
Bike Hire (incl helmet and basic kit) from £20 per day

GHYLLSIDE CYCLES – 015394 33592
Bike Hire – Full day from £18.00

COUNTRY LANES – 01590 622627
Bike Hire – Full Day from £15.50
Family of 4 £43.00

Grizedale Forest :
GRIZEDALE MTB – 01229 860 335
Bike Hire – Full Day from £25.00

Whinlatter Forest :
CYCLEWISE – 01768 898775
Bike hire – Full Day from £22.00


Water Sports

Cote How has the sole rights to sail on Rydal and we have ample storage for your sailing equipment and trailers in the car park. Launch kayaks and dinghies within only 200m of the house!

You can choose a lazy afternoon on the Lake or a more action packed trip along the River Rothay down into Ambleside taking in the stepping stones and a Weir on the way – Great fun when the river is in spate.





Cote How added the WOW factor to our wedding - Such an amazing time. Love it here!  John and Jo Coppock 

Thank you Caroline for hosting our wedding! You and your team pulled out all the stops to make it absolutely perfect! Such a gorgeous location with you as a brilliant wedding planner who organised pretty much everything for us! Could not have wished for a better day! We would highly recommend!! Xxx   Kerry Gibbons

Lovely, peaceful place, fantastic host in Caroline!   Claire Chapman

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