Ulverston, a lovely market town, has banks, shops, eating and recreational facilities. The town is also famous for its many festivals and is a 10 minute drive from the bungalow over the scenic fell top road.
Broughton has a delightful village square -with stocks! and a range of shops, pubs and cafes.
Other ideas within a half hour drive: Coniston Lake (Campbellís Bluebird and Swallows & Amazons country), Old Man & village; Ruskinís Brantwood; Newby Bridge, Aquarium of the Lakes, Ferry trips, Fell Foot Park; Haverthwaite Steam Railway; South Lakes Safari Zoo (a must to see the tigers being fed!); Barrow, Furness Abbey and Walney Island; Duddon Moss Nature Reserve; Grizedale Forest Park; Ravensglass & Eskdale railway. Horse riding is available at Cumbrian Heavy Horses. See our activity file at the house for other ideas. For adventure activities e.g. canoeing, gorge walking etc. we can recommend an excellent local company River Deep Mountain High.