Things to do nearby Croft House
Croft House is wonderfully situated to make the most of this tranquil, less visited side of the Lake District. Why not spend the day pony trekking with Bradley's Riding Stables near Ennerdale? It makes a wonderful way to take in the scenery. Take a walk in the fells surrounding nearby Crummock and Loweswater, alternatively enjoy a paddle or a dip in Crummock's crystal clear water. Explore the literary history of the area at Wordsworth's childhood home in Cockermouth, you could also have a tour and tasting at the Jennings Brewery there. Alternatively just enjoy a meal and some retail therapy at this lovely Georgian town.
Lamplugh is a small, quiet hamlet on the western edge of the Lake District. It is a rural location on the border of the National Park, ideal for exploring the remote Ennerdale Valley and the Loweswater fells.
The town of Cockermouth is just 15 minutes away and has some of the best shopping in Cumbria, with a wealth of independent and antique shops along the main street. It is one of the closest locations for your supplies; there is a Sainsbury’s, an excellent butcher, a deli, fishmonger and two bakeries. The town has a strong Georgian heritage and is the birthplace of William Wordsworth, the Lakeland poet. His home in the town is now a museum and well-worth a visit. You can also take a tour of the Jennings Brewery, which has its home in this pretty town.
Loweswater is your nearest lake, just three miles away. This is a beautiful lake, small and sweet with fantastic lakeshore paths through woodland. Loweswater is an Old Norse name for ‘leafy lake,’ a very apt description for the woodlands on the west shore that are home to red squirrels and the hidden Holme Force Waterfall.
At the far end, you will find the Kirkstile Inn, a lovely pub that maintains its reputation for unpretentious, home-cooked meals, placing great emphasis on local Cumbrian and Lake District suppliers. The beer garden must be one of the best in the region; it looks out onto Mellbreak and serves a fine pint of the mountain’s namesake beer, brewed in the on-site microbrewery.
Beyond Loweswater are the equally lovely lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water. These three lakes once formed part of a large glacial lake but nowadays each has its own personality. With lakeshore paths and fellside walks up the surrounding mountains, this is truly a walker’s paradise. If you’re visiting in May, don’t forget to seek out the ‘hidden’ valley of Rannerdale and treat yourself to a glorious display of bluebells.
From Buttermere you can drive over Honister Pass, which takes you into the Borrowdale Valley and to Keswick beyond. Honister Slate Mine sits at the top of the Pass; here you can tour the mine, climb the Via Ferrata, or cross the well-named Bridge of Infinity!
Keswick is famed for its stunning mountain scenery, the beautiful lake of Derwentwater, and the friendly pedestrianised town centre. If you are looking to upgrade your walking boots then Keswick is the place to go! There are numerous outdoor equipment shops as well as lots of independent shops selling everything from sweet treats to quirky local art. There is also a theatre, cinema, twice-weekly market, cafés, pubs and restaurants. You can hire boats yourself or take a Launch around the lake. Or for a more adrenaline-fuelled activity, take a look at one of the outdoor activity providers for your fill of adventure!
In the opposite direction lies Ennerdale, one of the Lake District's wildest valleys. Its remote location makes it the perfect place to escape to even in high season. Here, you will still see more sheep than people! The lake has the distinction of being the only lake in the Lake District without a tarmac road running alongside it, and long may that continue.
Walking is the big draw here with Pillar, Steeple, High Stile, Great Borne and Red Pike tempting fell walkers. You can also walk right round the lake on the easy to follow path. Although there are some slight scrambles and narrow sections, this is a good walk for many abilities.
Beyond Ennerdale, the bleak expanse of Cold Fell is a place to really experience solitude. There are views to the coast and you are practically guaranteed to have it to yourself, except for perhaps a few fell ponies and sheep. Bradley Farm runs pony trekking in the area, and this is a great way to enjoy the scenery.
The Wasdale Valley is similarly remote and is prime walking country with the big fells of Great Gable, Scafell and Scafell Pike. The valley boasts England’s deepest lake, tallest mountain, smallest church and the world-famous ‘Biggest Liar’ competition!
Beyond Wasdale is Eskdale, home to the the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature steam railway, which takes you seven miles from Eskdale to Ravenglass, the only coastal village within the National Park. If you visit Eskdale for the day, a walk to Stanley Ghyll Waterfall via St Catherine’s Church is a great option. And don’t miss out on an amble through the Japanese Gardens at Giggle Alley!