Wow! How fabulous was Life of a Mountain: Blencathra on BBC 4 last night? The film, created by Terry Abraham and presented by Stuart Maconie, showcased one of the Lake District’s favourite fells.
It took me back to when I set up my ‘office in the clouds’ by taking a desk to the top of Blencathra. Although it wasn’t your usual mountain hike, it was an incredible experience to sit on the top of the world with a great team of people!
If, like me, you’re desperate to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery for yourself, I’ve put together some cottages that are just perfect for exploring this glorious mountain. I’ve also included a couple of walk suggestions to start you off on your own Blencathra adventure!
Where better to explore Blencathra from than a cottage named for the mountain? Blencathra is a gorgeous cottage that is not only ideally located for climbing the mountain, but that also has uninterrupted views of St John’s in the Vale. Located in the lovely village of Threlkeld, you can start a walk straight into the Glenderaterra Valley for gorgeous views of Blencathra. Sleeps 4, 1 pet.
Wallthwaite Farmhouse is a characterful house in the little hamlet of Wallthwaite. Sleeping a large group of up to 12, as well as three of your furry friends, it is ideal for gatherings of families and friends. The Farmhouse offers an array of period features such as ornate open fireplaces, wood paneling, and even an ancient well (blocked off with reinforced glass for safety)! It has been brought into the 21st century with lots of modern amenities whilst retaining its personality and history. Sleeps 12, 3 pets.
Found up a rural lane in Mungrisdale, Artist’s Barn is an attractive cottage with whitewashed stone walls, stunning views, and the owner’s artwork hanging on the walls. Mungrisdale is a perfect setting for all levels of walkers to enjoy Blencathra; whether you take on a challenging hike up the mountain or prefer to admire the towering fell from easier low-level walls, the village has an option for you. Sleeps 4, 0 pets.
If you’re a true Blencathra fan, Highgate Close could be the ideal choice for you: its views toward the fells includes the iconic mountain in pride of place. Whether it’s warm or cold, you can still enjoy the views from the beautiful interior, or head onto the patio for a cup of tea or glass of bubbly. This exquisite cottage has spacious living areas with character features, plush bedrooms, and a wood burner. It’s the perfect place to return to after a day out on the fells. Sleeps 8, 2 pets.
Inchmaholme is a luxurious cottage perched high above Keswick, meaning it benefits from incredible views. With spacious and bright rooms, a large garden, fell views, a modern garden room, and elegant communal areas, you may not want to leave the house! When you do venture out to explore all that Keswick and the surrounding area has to offer, you can get some inspiration from the collection of Wainwright fell guides provided. Sleeps 8, 2 pets.
Hillcrest House is a whitewashed holiday cottage boasting spectacular views and original character. Set in an elevated position with the Ullswater valley in front of it and Blencathra to the site, you couldn’t pick a better location for fell walking! Sleeps 8, pet-free.
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