Picnic & paddle at Penny Rock beach

Duration:2 hours or less
Activity:Picnic spots

This is a wonderful place to spend some family time if the sun is shining. Penny Rock beach and Grasmere Lake shore with its clean gravel beach and superb views is a great place for a picnic and is easily accessible. There is lots to entertain children like paddling in the lake, seeing the ducks and exploring in nearby Deerbolts Wood. There are fantastic views looking North to the island with Helm Crag in the background. You could try making a leaf boat and see whose sails best! Cool your feet after the walk by paddling in one of the shallow bays (remember to take a towel)!

Further Information

Planning your visit:

In Grasmere: Public toilets; cafes; restaurants and shops – if you need to stock on provisions for the day. Car parking: Pay and display at Grasmere Village or White Moss Car Park (not NT). Nearest petrol station Ambleside. Remember pack a towel and to put your waterproofs in the bag even if the sun is shining!

How to get here:

From Grasmere follow Red Bank road out of Grasmere (signed with a big blue sign close to the National Trust Information Centre). Follow the road for about 1.5km and then turn left through a small wooden gate and follow the path down to the lake shore path. Just before the gateway is a fantastic old oak tree in the middle of the dry stone wall. At the lake shore, the path turns right. Follow it along the lake shore and then through the bottom of Deerbolts wood. Keep following the path for about 1km until you arrive at the open beach area at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. You are free to picnic on any of the National Trust lakeshore.

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How to get here

Penny Rock Beach, Grasmere

United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL7
The English Lakes
South Eastern area

NY 342 059

Get Directions

By bus: Stagecoach 599 and 555 offer direct services to Grasmere from Kendal, Windermere and Ambleside.

Call for further travel information: 0871 200 22 33