Things to do nearby Ardale House
Threlkeld offers access to some of the best walking in the northern Lake District being situated at the base of shapely Blencathra which dominates the valley below; there are numerous routes up the fell to explore. Ardale House is also perfectly placed to head up to Skiddaw or discover the hidden fells and valleys of Back o' Skiddaw. An easier walk takes you to one of the popular local pubs just 500m away.
Threlkeld occupies a picturesque setting below the imposing southern face of Blencathra. Three rocky spurs and ridges draw you eyes skywards and the mountain appears symmetrical when viewed from the southeast. Blencathra consists of six separate fell tops, linked by a lovely ridge walk. This popular mountain ranks highly with walkers for the great selection of thrilling ascents and glorious views over the Vale of Keswick.
The village is well served by two pubs conveniently situated across the road from each other: The Horse and Farrier Inn and the Salutation Inn. Both serve good food and local ales. In The Horse and Farrier you can find Jennings on tap, bar meals, and a restaurant, which has been awarded an AA rosette. The Salutation is a traditional Lakeland inn serving excellent home cooked food in its cosy bar with roaring open fires.
Threlkeld is also a great base for cyclists and mountain bikers. Blease Road heads west climbing out of the village and terminates at the Blencathra Field Centre, formerly a sanatorium. From here, a rough track follows the curve of Blease Fell and the western extension of Blencathra into Glenderaterra Valley. This challenging route offers fantastic views from its high position, across to the craggy face of Lonscale Fell and down to the valley floor.
Set in dramatic scenery is the Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Musuem. Run by enthusiastic staff and volunteers, the site offers an underground tour, a geology and mining museum, and a shop. A narrow gauge locomotive hauls passenger trains on a daily basis during the summer months and at Christmas operates the Santa Special! The train ride travels up hill past the engine sheds and vintage machinery, right into the heart of the blasted out fell side.
To the west of Threlkeld is Penrith, an attractive town with both independent and high street shops. Penrith farmers' market is held on the third Tuesday of each month between March and December and a town trail introduces you to the area’s history. Nearby Rheged is a grass-roofed building, perfect for wet day activities with its 3D cinema, shops, cafés, pottery painting, arts exhibitions, and soft play area.
Ullswater is thought by many to be the most picturesque lake in the Lake District – an accolade indeed with all the competition! It is the place where William Wordsworth is said to have been inspired to write his most famous poem, “Daffodils.” The surrounding valley offers a wealth of walking for all abilities including Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain and Place Fell. Pooley Bridge is the start of a short and pleasant lakeside walk, giving you views down the length of the lake.
Another way of exploring the valley is on board one of the Ullswater Steamers. You can admire the stunning scenery from the deck of one of their elegant heritage vessels and even indulge in a drink from the on-board bar! The steamers also open up a wide range of linear walks along the valley as you can easily catch one back to your starting point. Alternatively why not hire a rowing boat or Kayak and explore some of the secluded beaches and bays along the lake? Pack a picnic and find yourself a favourite spot.
Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District thanks to its beautiful scenery, ease of access to the fells, and the fantastic range of activities, shops and places to eat and drink. It is a friendly, busy town with plenty of quiet spots, too. Keswick boasts adventure activities galore, a cinema, lakeside theatre, museums, two climbing walls, and much more.
Rising above the nearby village of Braithwaite is the mountainous Whinlatter Forest with numerous mountain bike trails, walking tracks, a play trail and a Go Ape! high ropes course. The shop and café in the visitor centre are well worth visiting, as is the information display and webcam of the Osprey nesting site overlooking Bassenthwaite.
The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal (Easter - October) circular bus route from Keswick to Caldbeck. Destinations along the route include the Lake District Wildlife Park (it has a petting zoo, soft-play centre, café and bird of prey displays), Dodd Wood (a forested mountain with Osprey viewing points), Mirehouse (a historic house and gardens with wooded adventure playgrounds and lakeside walks) and Castlerigg Stone Circle (English Heritage say this “is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop”). An additional service runs at weekends and school holidays, including a bus to Carlisle.