Map & Directions
Directions from the south
Leave the M6 at junction 36, then at the motorway roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A591 (signposted Kendal, Barrow). Continue on the A591 (signposted Windermere, then Ambleside) for approximately 18 miles passing Staveley, Ings and Windermere turn offs on the way.
When entering Ambleside continue forward onto Lake Road – A591. You will pass Hayes Garden Centre on your left. Continue to a BP garage (on your right) and follow the road sharply to the left. You are now in the one-way system. Keep in the right hand lane then turn right onto Rothay Road – A593 (signposted Keswick, Grasmere A591) after about 300 metres.
Keep in the left hand lane then bear left onto Compston Road – A593 (signposted Keswick, Grasmere A591). At the traffic lights at the top of the hill, turn left for Grasmere on the A591. Follow the A591 towards Grasmere passing Rydal Mount on your right and Rydal Water and Lake Grasmere on your left. Pass the Prince of Wales hotel on your left and follow signs for Dove Cottage by turning right 15 metres before a mini roundabout. Your will pass Dove Cottage visitor centre on your left. Proceed up the hill for about 200 metres and turn left up a small lane that rises quickly. Continue on the lane bearing uphill and Tarn Cottages can be found on the left hand side next to a Duck Pond set back slightly from the road.