Nestled on the southern banks of Lake Windermere, this lovely hamlet takes its name from an ancient stone bridge across the River Leven. With their peaceful setting and close proximity to beautifully unspoiled countryside, Newby Bridge holiday cottages are a great choice for a self-catering holiday in the Lake District. Unlike many of the region’s villages, Newby Bridge remains quiet and is missed by most visitors. There are no shops or restaurants, making it the perfect location in which to unwind to the sound of birdsong in the hedgerows. The glittering waters, ancient woodland and misty mountains or southern Lakeland and the Furness Peninsula are a stone’s throw away. Whether you want to spend your time hiking, sailing, wildlife-watching or visiting ancient stone-built villages and market towns, a more enchanting base would be hard to find.

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Newby Bridge is very nicelty located for holidays in self-catering accommodation exploring this Lakeland corner of Cumbria combined with day trips to the coast. Newby Bridge has a station on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, which runs steam train tours of the Leven Valley’s stunning rivers and lakes from April to October. The hamlet is just a couple of miles from Lakeside Pier, from which Waterhead and Bowness can be reached by boat. There’s also a ferry to the National Trust’s delightful gardens, at Fell Foot, where the Aquarium of the Lakes provides a fascinating insight into the region’s unique plants and wildlife. The countryside surrounding Newby Bridge is scattered with historic sites, including Stott Park Bobbin Mill, which can be reached on one of the area’s most scenic circular walks. Sizergh Castle and Gardens, Lakeland Motor Museum and The Beatrix Potter Gallery are also nearby. For unique gift shops, cosy pubs and welcoming cafes, the charming villages of Cartmel and Hawkshead are a short drive away. Head eastwards from Newby Bridge and you’ll soon reach the coasts of Lancashire and Cumbria, home to pristine, sandy beaches, ancient fishing villages and classic seaside resorts.