Things to do nearby Kiln How - High Spy
Take a trip to the Bowder Stone to discover the precariously balanced rock that is famous around these parts, popular with rock-climbers and adventuring children alike. If you don’t have a head for heights, you can still enjoy the woodland walks that surround the site. Honister Slate Mine is a great all-weather destination with tours underground and white-knuckle adventures on their Via Ferrata course. The valley is also an ideal location for picnicking, paddling and wildlife spotting if you prefer the quieter side of life.
Rosthwaite is found in Borrowdale, undoubtedly one of the loveliest valleys in the Lake District. Surrounded by soaring peaks, picturesque streams and rolling fields, this glorious area is on many people's dream holiday lists. One of the best ways of exploring it is of foot and there is varied walking on offer here, from the friendly fell of Catbells to the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. Both can be reached from the valley floor as can a myriad of other walks. Alternatively, Skiddaw is a great walk from Keswick via Latrigg: it offers far-ranging views as far as Scotland.
Borrowdale offers some classic rock climbing routes and scrambling opportunities. Shepherd’s Crag is one of our favourites, or try the apparently precariously-balanced Bowder Stone for some bouldering. If you don’t fancy scaling the Stone, there are also steps for a much easier ascent! Either way, this unusual and fascinating rock is well worth a visit!
The Borrowdale Valley is a dream location for cyclists too. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter Forest and a wealth of bridleways over the fells as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about. Of course, the quality of the road cycling in the area can't be understated with the Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes close by. These are steep and challenging routes, so make sure you’re experienced and fit before taking them on!If you would like to explore the area on two wheels but feel the hills might be rather too much of a challenge then why not try an electric bike? Keswick firm E-Venture Bikes can even deliver electric bikes to you! Alternatively why not book a session at nearby Lingholm Sporting Quad Treks? Head out with experienced guides to take you around the 1,000 acre Lingholm Estate where you'll find some staggering views of the surrounding countryside.
For the foodies among you, there is a wealth of places to eat and drink nearby. The Scafell Hotel is nearby and the Langstrath Inn is in lovely Stonethwaite. The Borrowdale Valley also has a wonderful array of cafés if you'd like to reward yourself with a home baked cake or scone after your outdoor exertions! The Flock Inn tearoom is also right on your doorstep.
Honister Mine is at the top end of the Borrowdale Valley. A steep and twisting drive up Honister Pass takes you to the mine itself, which offers regular tours. Alternatively, the more adventurous among you might prefer to try out their Via Ferrata – there are two levels of difficulty - and the Infinity Bridge instead. You’ll dangle high above the valley floor, so this is definitely not for the faint hearted! If you like to keep your feet on solid ground, browse through the gift shop for some lovely souvenirs made from the local slate.
If you carry on over Honister you will reach the twin lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water, with Loweswater a little further beyond. These beautiful small lakes have fabulous walks by the lakeside, through woodlands, and up the surrounding fells. They’re not as well known as other areas of the Lake District so are perfect for a quiet getaway. Don’t forget to search out the waterfalls at Crummock and Loweswater or to find the ‘hidden’ valley of Rannerdale. In May, the valley floor is covered in bright bluebells. For refreshment, you’re well catered for. The village of Buttermere has two pubs, a tearoom, and an ice cream parlour whilst The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is one of our favourite pubs for homemade food made from local produce.
Keswick is the nearest town to Rosthwaite. It’s the Lake District’s adventure capital and there are huge amounts of things to do. Get in touch with one of the many outdoor activity providers for a taste of ghyll scrambling, paddle boarding, boating, or guided walks. You can even try a spot of wild swimming in beautiful Derwentwater! If you prefer to enjoy the water without getting wet, hop onto one of the Keswick launches and take a tour across the lake. You can stay on for the whole journey or hop on and off at one of the several piers en route.
If the weather’s a bit wet, Keswick also has plenty of indoor options. Try out one of the climbing walls, dip into the swimming pool, stop off at the Puzzling Place or explore the Pencil Museum. There is also a sweet Art Deco cinema (which holds an annual film festival) and a spectacularly located theatre, where Sally’s Cottages guests can benefit from discounted tickets. There are also plenty of eateries, shops, and a popular market on Thursdays and Saturdays.
If you fancy pampering yourself, head to Oxley’s Health Spa, which has a restaurant, bar and spa facilities. At the other end of Bassenthwaite Lake lies Armathwaite Hall, which also has a highly acclaimed spa.