For many people, the A66 from Penrith is the main route for holidaymakers on their way to their Lake District cottages. It is the place were people catch their first glimpse of Blencathra on all its glory, and arguably, one of the best views too if you are a passenger!
As the road continues towards Keswick and the western Lake District, you can’t fail to notice the long climb up the hill, reaching the high point of the A66 at Scales near Threlkeld.
Scales is one of the traditional starting points for a walk up Blencathra, as there is a layby for parking and most importantly, an excellent pub for when you return. Set back from the road near the pub is a barn conversion containing three self catering cottages. The barn has been sympathetically converted and the three cottages have been finished to a comfortable and welcoming standard. The cottages sleep 4, 6 and 6 meaning you could hire all three together to sleep 16 people. Dogs are welcome at all three cottages too.
They command a panoramic view across the mountain landscape looking towards Threlkeld Common and take their name from the striking mountain views you can see from the windows – Scales View, Clough View and Blencathra View.
Set behind the cottages is a family friendly pub, the White Horse, that also welcomes dogs. The pub has been refurbished and I can vouch for the excellent menu. It is just the job for a relaxing pint after a long walk on Blencathra, safe in the knowledge you are only a few metres from a relaxing bath at one of the Scales cottages.
As well as enjoying the small beer garden at the White Horse, there is a separate area at the front of the barn conversion with a gravelled sitting out area for each cottage, suitable for barbecues and lazy picnics in the sun.
You can read all about Scales cottages and our other cottages for group accommodation here.