Things to do..
The cottages are set in the heart of Caldbeck Common in the Northern Lake District. This is ideal walkers country with a good mix of easy rambling or hiking up Blencathra or Skiddaw, the latter of which lie just to the south of our cottages!
And if it’s not just the great-outdoors you’re looking for then we are perfectly placed for visits to Carlisle (the Castle and Tullie House), Cockermouth (the birthplace of Wordworth), Keswick (a mecca for Lake District visitors with cinema, theatre, as many pubs and restaurants as you could imagine and more) and Penrith (a great local market town).
Places to walk
Being in the Lake District there are a great many walks to choose from. For those that like to get up high then you do not have to travel far to start the ascent of fells (mountains) like High Pike or the Northern Fells that include the sixth highest mountain in England, Skiddaw. Checkout this link for some great insights into the Northern Fells with maps and photos.
For the less energetic, the gently rolling countryside is beautiful for a stroll setting the scene for amazing sunsets and sunrises. Nearby are the lovely villages of Caldbeck and Uldale where you can dine & shop. Why not amble to Caldbeck via the ‘Howk’ (a gorge alongside the river) – you’ll find a rather good guide here.
Peaceful Bassenthwaite Lake is about 10 miles away and Derwentwater, Buttermere, Loweswater, Crummock Water, Grasmere, Thirlmere, Rydal water and Ullswater can all be reached via a scenic drive.
Some of the larger lakes offer scenic trips by steamer or launch (Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston & Derwent) whilst others allow only unpowered craft and some allow none at all.
Places to visit
In John Peel Country, Caldbeck is a pretty and peaceful village with a collection of restaurants, cafes, shops and a good pub The Oddfellows Arms!
Within a 45 minute drive, the lively market town of Keswick has a wealth of outdoor and gift shops, a theatre, a lake with rowing boats and launch, cinema, climbing wall and a multitude of fabulous walks.
The market town of Cockermouth, a 40 minute drive, offers the National Trust Wordsworth House, the Jennings Brewery Tour, some delightful antique shops and craft shops and hosts an Annual Cumbrian Food Fair and the Wool Festival.
Other excursions include Honister Slate Mine, The Lakes Distillery and The Mire House in grounds on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. We are also within easy reach of the restored Georgian harbour at Whitehaven with interesting exhibitions at the Beacon and The Rum Story in the town.
Maryport also has a pretty harbour, a Sea-Life centre and the Senhouse Roman museum.
The Lake District Wildlife Park is just a few miles away and Carlisle with its famous castle and beautiful cathedral is well worth a visit.