Things to do nearby Cloughthwaite
Cloughthwaite is wonderfully placed to explore the area's history and to enjoy the great outdoors. Visit the Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum just a short walk from the cottage. Head into the fells right from the door, use part of the old coach road to climb Clough Head behind the house. Why not bring the bikes and explore the area on two wheels? The Sustrans C2C passes nearby and there is a world of bridleways to investigate. Pop over to Threlkeld village for a pub meal or a slice of cake at the village hall cafe.
Threlkeld Quarry was opened in the 1870s to supply railway ballast to the Penrith-Keswick line. It saw many stages of life, finally closing its doors for good in 1982. Nowadays, the Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum lies on the original site and boasts a unique collection of historic mining machinery. Here you can pan for gold, tour the mine, or even take a steam train along a mile of mining tracks.
The village of Threlkeld itself 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.
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, 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 you like a game of golf, then the course at Threlkeld is possibly one of the most beautiful you’ll ever play on! The surrounding views are breathtaking!
Keswick is the nearest town and is the best place to stock up on supplies. It has two supermarkets, a butcher’s, and lots of smaller independent shops as well as a twice-weekly market (Thursdays and Saturdays). You can also get all your outdoor togs here from one of many outdoor shops. There is also a climbing wall, swimming pool, a Puzzling Place, a quirky town museum, and the Pencil Museum to explore. In the evening, why not take in a tasty meal at one of a range of restaurants, take in a film or a show at the cinema or theatre, and then head onto taste the nightlife in one of the pubs or bars?
The beautiful lake of Derwentwater is a short, gentle stroll from the pedestrianised town centre. On the way, stop off at Hope Park to try your hand at pitch-and-putt golf, play with the remote controlled boats, or just take in the lovely gardens. Continue down to the lake where you can explore the shores along the footpaths, hire a rowing boat, or view the surrounding fell scenery from the water on one of the Keswick Launches. There are also a number of outdoor activity providers in the town, giving you the opportunity to try out a number of adrenaline-pumping adventure pursuits!
The Borrowdale Valley at the far end of Derwentwater is well worth exploring. There are hundreds of walks through woods and onto the high fells. Seathwaite Farm is a good starting point for climbing Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain.
Continuing through Borrowdale, you will find yourself ascending the steep and winding Honister Pass. Perched at the top is Honister Mine, which, along with spectacular views, offers mine tours, a Via Ferrata and an Infinity Bridge, so called because you often can’t see the other end!
Honister then drops into the Buttermere Valley on the other side with the three peaceful lakes of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater. Though close together, each of these lakes have their own character: Buttermere is often voted as having the best view in the UK, Crummock is home to the Lake District’s highest waterfall and the hidden valley of Rannerdale (carpeted in bluebells in spring), and Loweswater has ancient woodlands and offers views towards the sea from the easily-ascended surrounding fells.
To the west of Threlkeld Quarry is Penrith, an attractive town with small independent shops as well as recognisable high street stores. Penrith holds farmers' markets on the third Tuesday of each month between March and December and a town trail also introduces you to the area’s history. Don’t miss out on a visit to nearby grass-roofed Rheged with its shops, cafés, pottery painting, arts exhibitions, a 3D cinema, and a soft play area.
The lake of Ullsawter is home to the Ullswater Steamers. You can admire the stunning scenery from the deck of one of their elegant heritage vessels as it winds its way around the four landing stages. You can even indulge in a drink from the on-board bar while you do! The steamers open up a wide range of linear walks along the valley as you can easily catch one back to your starting point; why not stop off at the Aira Force pier and take a riverside walk up to the waterfall – it’s spectacular to see, especially after a heavy rainfall!