Things to do nearby Blencathra
The charming village of Threlkeld sits beneath the impressive Blencathra. Within easy reach of both Keswick and Penrith, it offers wonderful walking and cycling opportunities. It's a great jumping off point for making the most of the northern Lake District. Not only is all the mountainous grandeur of the Cumbrian Fells on your doorstep, but the quieter and no less beautiful Eden Valley is also close at hand.
Keen golfers will love Keswick Golf Course. The picturesque 18-hole course stretches across Threlkeld Common on the fellside. The course is blessed with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and has been designed around beautiful natural features. Visitors are welcome.
At nearby Threlkeld Quarry and Mininng Museum you can pan for gold, admire an impressive collection of old mining machinery, or take the little steam railway along a mile or so of mining railway tracks.
Scales is a tiny hamlet that has only a few farms and a fantastic pub, the White Horse Inn, which serves up delicious food and fantastic views of the surrounding fells. Don’t forget to visit on a Sunday for a taste of their highly rated Sunday lunch!
The walking opportunities here include gentle lowland potters to mighty mountain tops. Why not make the trip up stunning Blencathra itself, which 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. In this area, you are also perfectly situated to make the most of the Helvellyn and Skiddaw ranges. Or, for something a little less taxing, walk to the ancient and mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle and take in the incredible panoramic fell views.
Cycling is a popular pastime in this part of Cumbria. One arm of the popular Coast to Coast route passes nearby and there are plenty of other excellent bike rides in the area. The country lanes undulate for miles while the off road cycling is second to none. Nearby Whinlatter Forest Park has miles of trails for all abilities, and also offers tuition if you want to brush up your skills. Many of the most iconic road cycling routes in the country lie within easy distance of the cottage and dedicated roadies will have a fabulous time on the wonderful mountain passes. Blease Road heads west climbing out of Threlkeld and terminates at the Blencathra Field Centre formerly a sanatorium. From here, a rough track follows the curve of Blease Fell, the western extension of Blencathra, into the 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. If the hills aren’t your style, then why not hire an electric bike from E-Venture in Keswick?
Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the Lake District, is just five miles away. At the heart of its enduring popularity is the 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, bustling town with plenty of quiet spots, too. Make the most of a vast range of outdoor activities to help you find your wilder side: there are plenty of activity providers ready to show you everything from paddleboarding to ghyll scrambling to guided walks. Aside from its outdoor credentials, Keswick has a wonderful choice of outdoor shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. It even boasts its own Art Deco cinema and possibly the most beautifully positioned theatre in the country. There is a varied programme throughout the year and guests with Sally’s Cottages can purchase discounted tickets.
The jewel in Keswick’s crown is Derwentwater. This beautiful lake is surrounded by terrific mountain scenery and has several picturesque islands. The Keswick Launch operates a service around the lake, stopping at several jetties. It is ideal whether you want to sit back and enjoying a cruise or get off to explore other parts of the lake and surrounding countryside. You can also hire rowing boats and explore the islands for yourself.
If you like thrills and adventure, take a trip to Rookin House Farm where you can try your hand at archery, quad biking, rifle shooting, fishing, tree climbing, JCB operating, pony trekking and even tank driving!
Penrith is an attractive town with a good mixture of independent and high street shops as well as many places to eat. Penrith prides itself on its range of small independent shops that stock everything from books to sweets. There is also an artisan bakery, cake shop, a smoker, and an original indoor Victorian shopping arcade in the centre of town! A farmers’ market is held on the third Tuesday of the month (between March and December) in Market Square. There is also a town trail to follow and learn about Penrith’s history.
The village of Greystoke boasts a heated open-air swimming pool that is open between May and September, or even longer if it’s a particularly warm season! There is a large pool for all ages and a shallow toddlers pool that is slightly warmer than the main pool. The Cycle Café and Tea Room, open over the summer, runs very popular ‘quirky workshops’ throughout the year where you can learn anything from bike maintenance and blacksmithing to wire sculpting and needle felting!
Should you be looking for a little indulgence, why not pamper yourself at the spa at Rheged? This unusual, grass-roofed building also offers a range of activities including pottery workshops, art exhibitions, a huge 3D cinema, an artisan food hall and restaurants.
Threlkeld and Scales also boast easy access to Ullswater, a stunning valley that offers a wealth of walking for all abilities. Aside from walking, you can take one of the Victorian Ullswater Steamers across this picturesque lake – there are several piers where you can hop off to explore the area.
Other popular Lake District destinations such as Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere are a scenic, half-hour drive away down St John's in the Vale and along the side of picturesque Thirlmere.