Things to do nearby Crossbarrow Cottage
At Crossbarrow Cottage you can make the most of the Lakeland fells and the Solway Coast. Take a trip to nearby Cockermouth to explore the literary history of the area at Wordsworth's childhood home or to enjoy a tour and tasting at Jennings Brewery. Get out onto the beautiful fells that surround Loweswater and Crummock or even pack a picnic and enjoy a paddle in lovely Crummock Water. Treat yourself to fish and chips to be enjoyed while watching the birdlife during a Solway sunset.
Situated between the Lake District National Park and the Solway Coast, this is an ideal base for enjoying all that West Cumbria has to offer.
The peaceful villages of Bridgefoot and Clifton are ideal for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as the rural location attracts many rarer species. Visitors such as Curlews, Buzzards, Barn Owls and Herons are a regular sight in the fields and overhead. The area is also a red squirrel stronghold and they are regular visitors to the garden. There are many walks close to Lostrigg Beck and the River Marron where you can spot the varied wildlife. Drive to the neighbouring village of Dean and experience the gastronomic delights of the Royal Yew Inn, which is well-renowned locally for its fine food.
Cockermouth is a charming Georgian town only ten minutes away. It was the birthplace of William Wordsworth and you can still visit his childhood home, now owned by the National Trust. The town is blessed with a variety of independent and antique shops, cafés and restaurants. Here you will find a Sainsbury's supermarket as well as several independent greengrocers and two excellent butchers. The New Bookshop is worth a visit with its amazing range of books and café. Alternatively why not take a tour round Jennings Brewery and sample some of its real ale offerings?
The pretty valley of Loweswater is a 25-minute drive away and offers many gentle walks around and near the lake. The grassy fells of Loweswater offer easy walking and beautiful views to the mountains of Buttermere and Ennerdale and also to the West Coast. On a clear day you can see as far as Dumfries and Galloway!
Buttermere and Crummock are a few miles beyond Loweswater and the walking here is simply superb. Buttermere Village has two pubs; the Bridge Hotel and the Fish Hotel, both lovely Lakeland inns. The finches and sparrows are particularly friendly in the beer gardens and will often join you for a pint!
Apart form the beautiful lake, the most unmissable attraction has to be Syke Farm’s wonderful ice cream parlour. Chose from a huge variety of flavours all made with milk from their own Ayrshire Cattle, which you can often see as in the fields near the head of the lake.
If adventure is more to your taste, why not head to Whinlatter Forest Park? This mountain forest has an array of mountain biking tracks, a very popular café and a Go Ape! high ropes course that could see you high up in the canopy ready to whiz down a zip wire!
café, bird displays, and a gift shop. Once you’re done here, you can pop next door for a tour around the Lakes Distillery, which has its own wildlife to see - a resident family of alpacas!
Less than half an hour away lies Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the Lake District, where you can indulge in almost any outdoor activity you could possibly want. Keswick's position on the shores of the beautiful Derwentwater mean you can hire a boat to row yourself or take a stately launch around this wonderfully picturesque lake. The town also boasts its own theatre (discounts available for Sally’s Cottages’ guests), independent cinema, museums, shops, and eateries.
The Solway Coast is a gem of a place, with long, sandy because and views across the sea. This coastline has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is blessed with a fantastic array of visiting birdlife. Why not find a spot in one of the hides or on a bench and enjoy the springtime birdsong chorus or the spectacle of thousands of birds during their autumn migration? Alternatively invest in some excellent fish and chips, find yourself a picturesque spot and enjoy one of the stunning Solway sunsets.
Also on the coast is the ancient industrial town of Workington. Once a major port and provider of steel and coal, this town is now the shopping hub of West Cumbria. With a pedestrianised shopping centre, two theatres, a cinema, trampoline park, and museums, its a bustling place to visit. Why not take an easy walk through Hall Park with its ruins, down along the river, and back into town for a tasty bite to eat in a choice of cafés?