The Woods

Grab a pair of wellies from the boot rack, and take a walk in the ancient woodland that surrounds the Inn. There’s a wide range of trees, wildlife, history, art and activities that makes this 72 acre site a very special place indeed.

Woodland Trails

Exploring The Wild Boar woods has never been easier. We have binoculars, maps and information on the wildlife, flora and fauna – we’ll even supply the wellies if you forget to pack your boots. Seventy acres of unspoilt woodland just waiting to be discovered. Several walking trails and something to suit most fitness and energy levels. Choose a gentle stroll up to the tarn, or a more strenuous route with a bit of a climb.

Views across our beautiful Gilpin Valley, and close up views of Sweet Chestnut, Alders, Cherry, Larch, and Bluebells. Keep a look out for Red Deer and Roe Deer, or track an otter, fox or badger. Glance back in time to Hell Fire Pass and Blighty Don, reminders of WWI, and even further back to the retting ponds, and the Inn’s historic link to a burgeoning textile industry. Or try your hand at something a bit different like archery or clay pigeon shooting available from Michael Coates. (both archery and clay pigeon shooting must be pre-booked directly with Michael Coates). Who will work out the clues to our family-friendly alphabet trail? Or manage a circuit of the Outdoor Gym?

New for 2019, pick up your Wild Boar Woodland Trail from Reception and start your own outdoor adventure.   

Plethora of Trees and Wildlife

Alder, Silver Birch, Hawthorn, Holly, Hazel and Wild Cherry take their place amongst the majestic Douglas Fir, Sessile Oak and sweeping Larch. The variety of trees is dwarfed in number only by the range of birds and wildlife that can be spotted.

There are over forty different species of birds including Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Sparrowhawk, Eagle Owl and Peregrine Falcon. In springtime it’s delightful to watch, via webcam, some of the eggs hatch in nesting boxes secreted in the woods.  

If you happen to find yourself in the right place at the right time, the quick of eye might spot foxes, badgers, squirrels, otters, lizards, adders and slow worms, red deer and roe deer.

Early morning spotting of young roe deer.

Military History

A wonderful example of an ancient Sweet Chestnut stands beside the many old trunks of coppiced sweet chestnuts. The wood was used for charcoal in the production of gunpowder and methanol explosives in the First World War. Continuing on the military theme, the former rifle platforms are evidence that the woods were used for target shooting by volunteers of the Rifle Corps in the Great War.

The Wild Boar history map shows ‘HellFirePass’ and ‘Blighty Don’, memories perhaps of action in the Crimean and Boer Wars. Even earlier than this, the woods supported the thriving textile industry in Kendal, supplying softened flax fibres from the many retting ponds, now drained and colonized by wetland species.

Old Meets New

Meeting the demands for daily exercise, a team of our Managers built The Wild Boar gym trail. Eight exercise stations designed to provide an all-body workout for residents or diners at the restaurant.  For less focused individual, the parallel bars, ladder walk, balance beam and other apparatus can provide some fun and a friendly challenge. Perfect for building up an appetite!

If the exertion is all too much, there’s a whole series of organic and sculptural seating at positions to take advantage of views through the woods and along the Gilpin Valley. The latest striking edition is features owls either end designed and produced by a local artist.

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