Staveley has an abundance of visitor attractions
PUBLISHED: 09:02 08 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:38 18 December 2015
This village near Kendal certainly punches above its weight when it comes to visitor attractions. Sue Riley reports PHOTOGRAPHY: KIRSTY THOMPSON
‘I am always glad to see Staveley; it is a place I dearly love to think of – the first mountain village that I came to with William when we first began our pilgrimage together,’ wrote Dorothy Wordsworth. In the 210 years since she penned those words, thousands have followed in the poet’s footsteps and descended on the village which lies between Kendal and Windermere. These days they come not just for the beautiful scenery with Reston Scar overlooking the village and the Kentmere Valley just beyond, but because of its growing reputation as a foodie destination.
Staveley Mill Yard is the main location, with its mix of artisan producers, cafes and speciality outlets. David Brockbank is the third generation of his family to own the former bobbin mill site – his grandfather Edwin Brockbank bought it in 1946. ‘About 20 years ago we started changing it into small business units.
The future’s looking bright for the village; tourism is increasing and David Brockbank says he only has one building left to convert when the time is right. In the meantime, he’s happy to continue working in Staveley for half the year and then spending the other six months overseas, pursuing his passion for yacht racing. ‘All our championships are on the sea.
Windermere is wonderful but it’s not the sea and…I can’t stand the weather in the Lake District!’ Staveley is a beautiful place, but you can’t have everything.
Staveley has its own railway station (on the Windermere line) and the famous 555 bus also runs through the village. If you do decide to drive, Staveley has an amazing amount of parking – and it’s all free. There are a handful of parking spaces on the main road which runs through the village but there are also 250 free parking spaces at Staveley Mill Yard.