Location of Aikin
You can park by the house, but to get there you need to open the gate, drive through and then close the gate. The lane points steeply down after the gate and I can imagine it would be a bit tough to drive through the gate, stop on the hill, close the gate and then drive down the hill. If it were me, I'd drive to the house, then walk back up the hill and close the gate. It's only a case of 50 yards or so.
Parking for about 5 cars by the house. There is a small parking area on the road above the house which would fit another car.
Turn off M6 at Junction 40 (Penrith turn-off).
Follow A66 west towards Keswick.
When approaching Keswick, don`t turn off into Keswick but keep on A66 in the direction of Cockermouth. After the roundabout, look out for the sign to Braithwaite and turn left here.
AIKIN IS 4 MILES (approx.) FROM HERE (The following distances are cumulative).
After a ¼ mile from A66, turn left after campsite. Don't go to "Lorton/Whinlatter".
In the village turn left again over narrow bridge. Carry on towards Newlands/Buttermere.
After ¾ mile, bear right. Don't go to Swinside.
Fells rise continuously to the right.
After 2 miles pass Stoney Croft (farm) on left, and go over narrow stone bridge at bottom of Causey Pike.
After 2 ¼ miles, go past junction on left (which leads back to Stair, Portinscale and Grange,) and then past B&B "Ellas Crag".
After 3 miles, parking area on right, sharp bend to left, narrow bridge over Rigg Beck.
Go past left turn to Newlands Church and Little Town.
Just beyond is Birk Rigg Farm on right and farm buildings on left.
After 3 ¾ miles pass Bawd Hall on left.
After 4 miles reach Aikin on left (sign on wooden gate).
(After 4 ½ miles Keskadale Farm is last habitation before Buttermere).
The postcode for the Aikin is CA12 5TS
(SatNav Users note that the postcode covers a wide area so please use the postcode in conjunction with these directions above).