The Damson Shepherd's Hut

UK England North West England Cumbria Bowness on Windermere

  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Campfires allowed
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Walking
A shepherd's hut for two in the lesser-known Lyth Valley, four miles from Lake Windermere

In the grounds of a 16th-century water mill with views across the valley, it’s hard to find a more quintessentially English setting for a shepherd’s hut. As the name suggests, this hand-built hut for two is tucked amongst a couple of damson trees that bear purple fruit in summer, while, in spring, daffodils give way to bluebells that blanket the shady area beneath the trees. Beyond, meanwhile, the quiet valley is hidden from the wider delights of the surrounding National Park. The best of the Lake District – Windermere, Ambleside and the mountains of the South Lakes – are on your doorstep but, despite its accessibility, this secret spot in the Lyth Valley is pleasingly lesser known.

The Damson Shepherd’s Hut is the only accommodation on the site, meaning guests have full run of the place, from the south-facing patio where you can sit in the sun, to splashing your feet down in the river (below the hut at the bottom of a steep bank). The hut itself is a self-sufficient home for two. There’s an en-suite shower room, a well-equipped kitchenette and a fitted king-sized bed, while a raised wood burner creates a cosy and warm ambience whatever the time of year. In summer, you may be better off lighting the campfire on the terrace instead, perhaps grilling some sausages from the Lakeland Farm Shop, 15 minutes away.

While it’s nice to ensconce yourself in the privacy of the shepherd’s hut, most people don’t come to this part of the world to sit around and sniff the bluebells. The most immediate walk is over the hill behind the glamping site to the village of Winster (around 25 minutes each way), where a country pub awaits, but for demanding hikes you can drive the 20 minutes to Ambleside, a popular starting point for hikes up Red Screes and High Pike, or continue round Lake Windermere for Grizedale Forest (popular for mountain biking) and the Old Man of Coniston. There are good watersports and sailing opportunities nearby, too, as well as ‘organised fun’ with the Windermere activity centre. It’ll all wear you out nicely for a kip beneath the damson trees at the end of a busy day.

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Facilities

The Damson Hut is en suite and has everything you need, with a fitted king-size bed (bedding provided), a shower room with a flushing loo and basin, a fold-out dining table, a wood-burning stove (logs provided) and a kitchenette with a gas hob, sink, fridge/freezer, crockery and cutlery. Outside there is seating and a campfire pit on the small terrace. This is an exclusive site, so you will be the only guests and the whole place is your own.

Suitable For

The shepherd's hut sleeps two and dogs are not permitted. Camping in your own tent, campervan or caravan is not permitted at this site.

Nearby

It's four miles to Bowness-on-Windermere, where you can hire boats to take to water on Lake Windermere or hop on one of the regular ferries to Ambleside. Bowness is also the home of the World of Beatrix Potter (015394 88444), if you're on the hunt for a little childhood nostalgia, as well as the steamboat museum but, by and large, most people are coming to the Lake District for hiking, biking and outdoor activities. Footpaths immediately from the glamping site lead over the hill to Winster, while another footpath to and through Mitchelland eventually links you up with the Dales Way. Some of the most popular walks within a short drive are those around Kirkstone Pass – High Street, Fairfield, Helvellyn – as well as taking the ferry from Bowness and driving to Coniston to hike the Old Man of Coniston. For watersports, gorge walking and other organised fun, try Ghyll Head Activity Centre (01539 443751) or Windermere Outdoor Activity Centre (01539 447183).

Food & Drink

There are five different pubs within as many minutes drive of the Damson Shepherd's Hut. In particular there's a good walk over the hill to The Brown Horse (01539 443443) in Winster, while The Wild Boar (03332 203108) in Mitchelland is also within walking distance (around 20 minutes each way depending on your fitness). It's not far by car, though, to Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere, where restaurants and tearooms abound.

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Open all year round.

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The Owner Says

Damson Shepherd's Hut is set close to the banks of the River Gilpin in the heart of the Lake District, National Park. Situated out of sight and peacefully set amongst damson trees and a spring bed of bluebells, the hut and its patio attract the sun all day long. Perfect for a blue sky breakfast or sundowners and alfresco dining. Having recently been lovingly built, Damson Shepherd's Hut offers new and luxurious accommodation to those wishing to rest and enjoy its tranquil surroundings.  The hut is located in the forgotten Lyth Valley, just a short drive from Lake Windermere and everything that the South Lakes has to offer. With an abundance of walks or cycling for all levels and gastro pubs available to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your days.

Social Distancing Measures

  • As we only have the one hut, you will be completely on your own and with no shared facilities.
  • Our hut will be deep cleaned with disinfectant, including all hard surfaces before you arrive and hand sanitiser will be provided.
  • All bedding will be washed at 60 degrees & hot-dried in a tumble dryer.

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Accommodation

Just the one shepherd's hut, so guests have the entire place to themselves.

The Damson Shepherd's Hut

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Located in the forgotten Lythe Valley, The Damson Shepherd's Hut is a short drive from Lake Windermere and everything that the South Lakes has to offer. With an abundance of walks or cycling for all levels and gastro pubs available to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your days.

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Location

Contact The Damson Shepherd's Hut, Gilpin Mill, Crook, Near Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8LN

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Getting There

From the M6 South: Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and turn left, taking the A590/A591 (the Kendal by-pass) to the first roundabout. Take the B5284, the first exit, to Crook and Hawkshead via ferry. In the village of Crook pass the Sun Inn on your right and travel for a further three quarters of a mile up the hill before turning left at Crook Church. At the first fingerpost, take the right turn to Winster. 50 yards later take the next fingerpost to Winster. As you turn you will see a house directly in front of you down on the beck. Follow the lane over the bridge and turn immediately left into Gilpin Mill.

From the M6 North: Leave the M6 at Junction 39 and follow the A6 to Kendal. Take signs for Windermere and at the big roundabout above Kendal take the B5284, the second exit, to Crook and Hawkshead via ferry. ​In the village of Crook pass the Sun Inn on your right and travel for a further three quarters of a mile up the hill before turning left at Crook Church. At the first fingerpost, take the right turn to Winster. 50 yards later take the next fingerpost to Winster. As you turn you will see a house directly in front of you down on the beck. Follow the lane over the bridge and turn immediately left into Gilpin Mill.

From Nowness-on-Windermere: Travel East along the B5284 towards Kendal. Turn right down the lane directly opposite the Wild Boar Hotel. Go up the hill for half a mile and take the first left turn. Travel down the single track lane, bearing left where the lane splits, past Bateman Fold on the left and down to Gilpin Mill at the bottom.

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