We’re fortunate to be set amidst a glorious hiking area, surrounded by mountains, valleys and forests there are numerous walks for all abilities only a short distance away. Indeed we think you will be spoilt for choice with many of the Lake Districts iconic peaks being less than 15 minutes drive away. Knowing this we have provided our guests with varied walking guides for walks in the surrounding area from 3000ft traverses to lazy strolls along lake shores. So whether it’s forging up Skiddaw or Scafell, strolling around Derwent Water, ambling around Buttermere or striding up Catbells we’ll have you covered.
Only a few paces from the C2C cycle route and having Whinlatter Forest virtually on our doorstep providing both cycling and walking routes that criss-cross the forest we are perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding area on two wheels . Whinlater provides three graded mountain bike routes that traverse a large part of the forest with wide forestry tracks also allowing those who prefer a more gentle pace the opportunity to explore. A dedicated cycle shop with hire bikes & route maps will ensure a great days mountain biking for all abilities.
For those seeking a wider range or exciting activities the north lakes is the perfect spot. Such as the many water facilities on offer on Derwent Water, including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sailing & even ghyll scrambling along the many inlets. Fancy something a bit more heart pounding then why not the Via Ferrata at Honister Pass. Or perhaps something more sedate like segwaying in Whinlatter Forest. For the adventurous there’s always something to do!
From Keswick spectacular passes such as Honister and Newlands lead you into remote valleys and past stunning scenery such as by the shores of Crummock & Buttermere. Or why not drive along Thirlmere into Grasmere, rated one of the most scenic drives in the UK. Along with our hiking guides we also have a touring guide that will take you through all these areas with detailed instructions and background information on the sights seen. And with various pubs, cafes and opportunities for a short stroll along the way its the ideal way to spend a day in the lakes.
Just a 5 minute drive away the old market town of Keswick is the ideal place to do a spot of shopping. With a wide variety of shops Keswick also has many pubs, cafes and restaurants of which to stop for a while and relax in. The Theatre by the Lake is just a short walk away with afternoon and evening shows with Derwent Lake providing a lovely backdrop where you can take a boat trip, or just sit and admire the views. As well as Keswick, Cockermouth is only 15 minutes away, lying just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park Cockermouth is an attractive market town with many local shops. Not overwhelmed by the tourist atmosphere of Keswick and Ambleside it is one of only 51 towns in Great Britain designated as a ‘Gem’ town.
The theatre, hailed by The Independent as “the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain”, opened in 1999. It is set a short stroll from Derwentwater on the edge of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District.
They have two stages, a 400-seat Main House and 100-seat Studio; aiming to produce a new play every year and their Christmas plays have become firm favourites with family audiences. They aim for the highest standards of production and design and many Theatre by the Lake productions have won multi-star reviews from national and local critics.
The theatre hosts a variety of festivals and visiting companies and is open for 52 weeks each year.
Did you know we are affiliated with the Theatre by the Lake and can offer guests £3 off each ticket you book at the theatre.