Things to do nearby Castlerigg Farmhouse
Castlerigg Farmhouse, as well as the farm itself, take its name from the famous Castlerigg Stone Circle. Raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period, it is amongst the earliest examples of British circles as well as the most atmospheric and dramatically sited.
With panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop it is a perfect place for a walk at sunrise and sunset as well as a picnic on your day off from all the activities the area has to offer.
For walking and hiking enthusiast there is truly no better place to be. Sourrounded by dramatic fell scenery, you have a choice of climbing one of the most iconic mountains of the National Park. For those more experienced, there are the imposing faces of Blencathra and Skiddaw to the north, or the famous ridges of Helvellyn to the South.
Those seeking superb views without having to take a 6 hour hike, there is Newlands Valley with Catbells, an easily recognisable point from most places in the area.
If you are looking to try a new activity or hire an outdoor instructor then Keswick is the place to be. There are plenty of companies and trained instructors in the town eager to show you the ropes be it on a guided walk, climbing, watersports or by bike.
The jewel in Keswick’s crown is Derwentwater - only a 25 minute walk from Castlerigg Farmhouse. This beautiful lake is surrounded by terrific mountain scenery and has several picturesque islands. The Keswick Launch operates a service around the lake stopping at several jetties around the lake. It is ideal for sitting back and enjoying a cruise or getting off to stretch your legs and hopping back on at a later stage. You can also hire rowing boats and explore the islands.
As well as outdoor activities Keswick is a popular destination for shoppers. There are a growing number of independent shops selling interesting local and regional wares. There is a lovely bookshop that opens late during the summer and a fascinating second hand bookshop on Station Street. As for outdoor shops Keswick has a wide range of independent retailers staffed with outdoor aficionados as well has several high street outdoor retailers. There is a popular Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market as well as regular local markets through the year.
For eating out Keswick boasts plenty of great places to visit. There are several stylish bars to rival the traditional pubs as well as lovely tea rooms and cafes. The town also has an Art Deco cinema showing new releases, children’s Saturday Club and on Sundays there is a film club at 5pm. The Theatre by the lake is on the edge of Derwentwater and shows a varied programme throughout the year.