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THINGS TO DO DURING YOUR STAY AT CROFTLANDS COTTAGES NEAR KESWICK AND BASSENTHWAITE

Our cottages are located in the heart of the Northern Lake District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The landscape here is magnificent and the pace of life a little slower and perhaps quieter than some. Whatever you choose to do, it is somewhere you can really savour the fresh air, relax and unwind amidst the beauty of mountains, lakes and valleys. We love it here and hope you will too.

Here are a few of our suggestions.

WHINLATTER FOREST PARK

WHINLATTER FOREST PARK

On our doorstep is the mountain forest of Whinlatter. Paths from the village behind the cottages join up with the miles of waymarked trails, tracks and forestry roads. These wind their way around the mountainside, in and out of the trees alongside streams and onto the fells above. It is a great place for walking and mountain biking with stunning panoramic views and an abundance of wildlife. There are permanent orienteering courses set up in the forest, a fantastic WildPlay trail area for children and a GoApe Tree Top Adventure course and Forest Segways.
The visitor centre at Whinlatter Park and the terraced Siskins cafe are at the top of Whinlatter pass. Drive there on the road from Braithwaite or walk up (about 35 mins). For bike hire and mountain bike skills courses there is the Cyclewise bike shop beside the visitor centre.
Ospreys nest in the valley below near Bassenthwaite Lake (Apr to end Aug) and a live feed from the nest camera can be viewed in the visitor centre. With binoculars you can also watch them from our car park.
More info and trail maps www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter

THE MARKET TOWN OF KESWICK

THE MARKET TOWN OF KESWICK

Keswick is a vibrant and friendly Lake District town sitting beside Derwentwater and surrounded by mountains. It is well renowned for being one of the most dog friendly towns in the UK.
Within Keswick there are all the usual amenities including a good quality supermarket, a butcher, a cheese deli, a large choice of outdoor clothing and equipment shops, gift shops, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. It also has 3 parks, a leisure pool, a cinema, the famous Cumberland Pencil Museum (home to the first pencil), a brewery (tours available) and an award winning Museum and Art Gallery. The acclaimed Theatre by the Lake has productions running all year round and Keswick hosts an exciting and varied programme of events and festivals throughout the year.
Markets days are Saturdays (traditional) and most Thursdays (local produce and craft market specialising on Made in Cumbria produce).
There is a Tourist Information Centre in Keswick located inside the Moot Hall in the pedestrian area of the town centre.
The official visitor website for Keswick www.keswick.org is an excellent source of information.

Lake Cruises

Lake Cruises

Enjoy a cruise on Derwentwater with the Keswick Launch Company. Do the full circuit (50 min) or hop on and off at the different jetties to walk along footpaths round the lake or further afield. Breathtaking views of the surrounding fells guaranteed.

Walking

Walking

You are spoilt for choice with the selection of both low and high level walks on offer, many of which can be done directly from the cottages or within a short drive. You will always be able to find something to suit the different tastes and abilities of your party and the weather conditions on the day.
The Lake District National Park have a programme of guided walks throughout the year if you prefer a guided walk with a group The cottages have a selection of maps, guide books and information leaflets and being keen walkers ourselves we have a very good knowledge of the many different routes near to the cottages and further afield.

Cycling

Cycling

In Whinlatter Forest there are superb purpose built mountain bike trails and miles of forestry roads that you can pick up from behind the cottages. The area also offers lots of other opportunities for mountain biking.
The coast to coast (C2C) route 71 passes through Thornthwaite. Road cyclists too have an endless choice of quiet roads and mountain passes to scale.
Keswick Mountain Bikes (Keswick), Whinlatter Bikes (Keswick) and Cyclewise (Whinlatter) offer bike hire, service and sales.

Adventure Activities

Adventure Activities

A wide range of adventure activities are available and can be organised through locally based companies. These include rock climbing, abseiling, mountaineering, mountain skills training and navigation, ghyll scrambling, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). There are also two indoor climbing walls locally.
At the top of Honister pass is the Honister Slate Mine. Take a tour of the mines or make your way around an exhilarating Via Ferrata on the hillside high above Honister pass and also now deep underground. More info at www.adventurekeswick.org

Guided Tours

Guided Tours

The award winning Mountain Goat tour specialists offer a variety of guided site seeing mini bus tours around the Lake District or they can tailor a tour to your specific itinerary with their exclusive private hire option.
There is also a very good network of bus routes within the Lake District National Park with a bus stop in Thornthwaite. Whilst not providing guided tours these do cover some spectacular routes allowing you to sit back and enjoy the scenery. Selected services also run open top buses and have audio commentary (Stagecoach bus timetables in the cottages)
The local Honister Rambler bus service 77/77A in particular travels a circular route (in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions) from Keswick via Whinlatter pass along Crummock Water and Buttermere and back over Honister pass. Ideal for hopping on and off at different stops for a walk and refreshments.

Dodd Wood

Dodd Wood

Dodd wood is located on the slopes of Dodd above Bassenthwaite Lake and across the valley from the cottages. It has a variety of waymarked walking trails, one which takes in the summit of Dodd to reveal panoramic views around from Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite Lake and beyond. You can even see the cottages from the top.
The Bassenthwaite ospreys nest nearby and can be viewed from the manned lower and upper viewing points within the wood (Apr to end Aug). The Old Sawmill tearoom is beside the car park.
More info and trail maps www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/EnglandCumbriaNoForestDoddWood

MIREHOUSE AND GARDENS

MIREHOUSE AND GARDENS

Mirehouse is a historic house located on the edge of Dodd Wood. It has woodland play areas and walks through the gardens, grounds and woods extending from the fellside to Bassenthwaite lakeshore. The lovely St Bega’s church on the lakeside here is worth a visit.

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

There are three pubs that serve food a mile down the road in Braithwaite (The Middle Ruddings, The Royal Oak and The Coledale Inn). Keswick itself has a vast array of tea rooms, café bars, restaurants and traditional English pubs so whatever your culinary tastes you are sure to find something that fits the bill. Taste Cumbria organises food festivals and events throughout the year in Cumbria showcasing the county’s fabulous food and drink producers and culinary experts. See what’s on when you are here www.tastecumbria.com

LAKE DISTRICT WILDLIFE PARK

LAKE DISTRICT WILDLIFE PARK

Set in 25 acres of beautiful parkland at the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake (about 10 min drive) there are over 100 wildlife species to see. The park has a café and a picnic/play area.

LAKES DISTILLERY

LAKES DISTILLERY

Located at the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake and newly opened in 2014 it produces Lakes Gin, Lakes Vodka, a British Isles blended whiskey (the ONE) and the Lakes Malt, their signature spirit (first bottle due 2018). It has a visitor centre with whisky tours and tutored tastings. There is an on-site award winning Bistro.

HEALTH SPA FACILITIES

HEALTH SPA FACILITIES

For some well-deserved pampering try Oxley’s at Underscar near Keswick or the luxurious Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa at northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake. Both about 10 min drive.

Golf

Golf

Keswick golf club has a challenging par 73, 18 hole course with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding fells including Blencathra, Skiddaw and Helvellyn. Located near Threlkeld just off the A66 (about 10 min drive).
The course is open to visitors 7 days a week subject to availability

FISHING

FISHING

Subject to purchasing the necessary licences and permits, locally it is possible to fish in the Rivers Greta and Derwent, Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, Watendlath Tarn, Buttermere and Crummock Water. More information available from the Keswick Angling Association and lakedistrictfishing.net

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