Things to do nearby Hewthwaite Hall
Take the short drive to the old Gem Town of Cockermouth and enjoy a wander around the independent shops - don't miss the quirky museum in the back of the old ironmongers for a unique experience. Nearby discover stunning Bassenthwaite Lake, take a tour of The Lakes Distillery, visit the Lake District Wildlife Park or immerse yourself in culture at Mirehouse and Gardens before letting off steam in the adjacent forest park and playground.
Isel is nestled in a picturesque spot between the towns of Cockermouth and Keswick. It offers a wonderful array of outdoor activities on your doorstep as well as easy access to these two beautiful Lake District towns. Watch Hill is your nearest place for walking and mountain biking - to get there is just a short stroll down the road towards Bassenthwaite.
Not only are you just a short distance Bassenthwaite's lakeshore, but just over four miles away is the Lake District Wildlife Park where you can get to know Lemurs, Otters, Zebra and many more animals roaming the beautiful 25 acre estate. You can even arrange to be a zookeeper for a day!
The award-winning Lakes Distillery is only three miles away, It's an excellent place to visit where you can take a tour of the distillery in its restored barns, enjoy an excellent meal at the renowned bistro restaurant, or do a spot of shopping in its on site shop.
Isel Hall is an ancient Cumbrian residence, dating back to at least the Norman period. Having passed through a number of owners, including the great-nephew of Jane Austen, the hall was eventually inherited by Mary Burkett OBE who, with the help of English Heritage, made many improvements. The Pele Tower, Grand Hall, and Façade are of particular note, and the building, which stands on a steep hill above the River Derwent, offers stunning views of the river and of the Lakeland fells.
For a spot of indulgence on your break why not visit nearby Armathwaite Hall's spa? It offers a wide range of spa treatments, a beautiful infinity pool, several hydrotherapy areas and a stunning outdoor hot tub overlooking the beautiful grounds. A fabulous place to enjoy a glass of fizz!
Mountain bike trails lead through Watch Hill Woods and Cockermouth Cross Country Trails offer a bit of everything - from fine road climbs to an abundance of rooty, flowing single track descents, bridges, technical sections, and dust (or mud, dependant on the weather). Visit 4Play Cycles in Cockermouth for advice on where to go, as well as for good coffee and to stock up on cycling equipment.
Isel is not far from the edge of Whinlatter, a real mountain forest with plenty to explore. There are mountain bike trails, family bike rides and walks, a Go Ape! high ropes course and a visitor centre with café. You can hire bikes and take tuition from Cyclewise. From the spring, the Osprey Project begins with cameras and binoculars stationed so you can watch the rare birds nesting live from the visitor centre. You can also spot these majestic birds from Dodd Wood’s viewing points.
A short drive from the village is Dubwath Silver Meadows, a reserve that provides a chance to get close to nature on a circular trail accessed by raised boardwalks (suitable for buggies and wheelchairs).
There are, of course, many fantastic walks in the area. The mighty Skiddaw is one of the highest mountains in the Lake District and it’s just a twenty-minute drive to a variety of starting points to walk up the mountain. Sale Fell is a small but very rewarding walk; from its summit you can see not only the Skiddaw and Helvellyn ranges but southern Scotland, too.
Cockermouth is a charming Georgian market town with a long main street and market place full of interesting independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth and his childhood home and garden is open to the public by the National Trust. The Jennings Brewery is an interesting visit and tells the story of brewing in Cumbria over the past two hundred years - you can even taste the wares! Cockermouth is served by a fishmonger, butcher, baker, deli and greengrocer.
Keswick is chock full of outdoor shops, pubs and bars. There is also a cinema and a theatre if you fancy something a little more refined (guests with Sally’s Cottages can buy discounted tickets). Keswick has a beautiful lake that has shallow bays for swimming and a regular boat trip to see the sights. There are also a plethora of outdoor activities available on and around Derwentwater.
Why not take a jaunt to lovely Loweswater or beyond to Crummock and Buttermere? These beautiful and peaceful lakes are less visited than some other areas of the Lake District but are no less picturesque for it. With some wonderful walking in the high fells such as Haystacks and Grassmoor or lower level ambles such as Rannerdale Knotts, there is a wealth of beauty to enjoy here. Why not pack your swimming togs and enjoy a chilly wild swim in one of the crystal clear lakes?
The Solway Coast is a gem for birdwatchers. From Maryport northwards this coastline has been designated 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 fabulous fish and chips, find yourself a picturesque spot and enjoy one of the stunning Solway sunsets. Maryport is also home to the fascinating Senhouse Roman Museum and Fort. It's an excellent way of finding out about Cumbria's wealth of Roman history and has activities during the summer holidays.