Things to do nearby Ellwood
Bridekirk is ideally situated to make the most of the north western Lake District and the Solway coast. From Ellwood you can easily explore the Roman history of the area at the Senhouse Museum. While there make the most of the coastline to spot the visiting birdlife, or grab some fish and chips and enjoy a Solway sunset. Venture into the Lakes to try a fell walk at one of the quieter valleys. Crummock Water, Loweswater and Buttermere are wonderfully tranquil places to explore, while there have a meal at one of our favourite pubs, the Kirkstile Inn.
Bridekirk is a small hamlet on the edge of the Lake District National Park. It enjoys a peaceful rural environment and a slow pace of life.
The next village of Dovenby is home to the Ship Inn, a welcoming local pub that serves hearty meals at lunchtime and during the evening. The Roundabout at Belle Vue is a mile away and there is also a pub at Tallentire, also a mile away: you can walk there across the fields.
Cockermouth is three miles south of Bridekirk. This popular Georgian town is the birthplace of the famous Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, whose childhood home is open to the public as a museum made to look as it would have done in 1770. The town is a pleasant blend of history and modern living with the Jennings Brewery (offering tours and tastings), a castle (not open to the public but which can be seen from the river), pretty back streets, and lots of independent and antique shops. There are also plenty of cafés, including Merienda, which holds the occasional jazz evening, and Shills, a superb deli and wine bar. There are a variety of pubs and smaller independent shops (butchers, bakers etc.) as well as a Sainsbury’s.
The location on the edge of the Lake District National Park makes Bridekirk perfect for exploring this northwest corner of Cumbria. From Bassenthwaite Village, just a 20-minute drive away, you can climb the magnificent Skiddaw Range or just take a walk along the peaceful lakeshore. Only the local sailing club have the rights to sail on the water here, so you can be sure of a relaxing a quiet time here.
Alternatively, head to Dodd Wood to explore its lovely woodland paths, watch out for the magnificent Ospreys from the viewing points, or treat yourself to a delicious lunch at The Old Sawmill Tearoom. Nearby is also the family-owned stately home of Mirehouse with grounds along the lake, formal gardens, a wild flower meadow, a heather maze, a rhododendron tunnel, a poetry walk and four adventure playgrounds in the woods.
Whinlatter Forest is also just a 20-minute drive away. You can explore the forest tracks on foot or by Segway or hire a bike to take on the mountain bike trails in the forest. There is also a café, visitor’s centre, Osprey viewing points, play areas, and a Go Ape! high ropes course.
The bustling market town of Keswick, set on the beautiful Derwentwater, is well worth a visit. Here you can stroll around the shops, pick from a choice of pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants, or take in a film at the Art Deco cinema. There is also an award-winning theatre (for which Sally’s Cottages guests can get discounted tickets), a quirky pencil museum, The Puzzle Place, and a twice-weekly market. Head down to the lake for a range of outdoor adventure activities, or simply cruise across the water on one of the Keswick Launches. For a moment of reflection, take the gentle walk from the town to Friars Cragg, which looks out over the lake and into the spectacular ‘Jaws’ of Borrowdale.
Within half an hour you could be walking along the banks and through the ancient woodlands of peaceful Loweswater. The western Lake District remains relatively untouched by tourism and so you can spend a few hours by this lovely lake with hardly another soul in sight. Don’t forget to stop off at the Kirkstile Inn for a tasty meal! If you haven’t got your fill of beautiful scenery from Loweswater, carry onto Crummock (the narrow road passes right along the side of the lake) and Buttermere.
For something a little different, why not head in the opposite direction towards the coast, where you can explore the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? There are lots of pretty seaside villages along the way including Allonby with its popular ice cream shop and Silloth with cobbled, tree-lined streets, and arcade, small fairground, and long promenade.
Also on the coast is Maryport, a historical town with an Aquarium, golf course, the Senhouse Roman Museum, and a maritime museum. Head a little further along to Workington, a bustling town with an interesting industrial heritage, two theatres, a cinema, and lots of shops in its pedestrianised centre.