Things to do nearby Brewery House
Brewery House is in a wonderful location, in the village of High Lorton, a pretty village with a small school, a 12th Century church and an award winning pub which serves good food and has a small shop inside selling local produce and daily items including bread, milk and meat. There are plenty of walks from the village up Hopegill Head or along the valley floor.
High Lorton is by Whinlatter Forest which has many forest trails. You can hire bikes here to explore the trails and there is also a fantastic adventure playground which is free to use and follows a trail in itself. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the High Ropes Course with Go-Ape at Whinlatter. If birds are more your thing, you can see the Ospreys in their nests via closed circuit TV from Whinlatter centre.
Loweswater is your nearest lake (4 miles). This is a beautiful lake, small and sweet with fantastic lakeshore paths through woodland to the Kirkstile Inn at the far end. In fact Loweswater is an Old Norse name for ‘leafy lake’, a very apt description for the woodlands to the West of the lake which are home to red squirrels and the hidden Holme Force waterfall. Read more in our Loweswater Area Guide.
Beyond Loweswater are the equally lovely lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water. These three lakes once formed part of a large glacial lake and nowadays each has their own personality with lakeshore paths and fellside walks up the surrounding mountains. The bluebells at Rannerdale are just amazing in May. You can read more in our guide to Buttermere and Crummock.
From Buttermere you can drive over Honister Pass which takes you into the Borrowdale Valley and Keswick beyond. Honister has a slate mine and can also take you climbing on their via ferrata tours and well named Bridge of Infinity!
Keswick is famed for its stunning mountain scenery, beautiful Derwentwater, and the friendly pedestrianised town centre. If you are looking to upgrade your walking boots then Keswick is the place to go. There are 14 outdoor equipment shops! There is also a theatre, cafes, pubs and restaurants. You can hire boats or take the launch around the lake. You can read more in our Keswick Area Guide.
Cockermouth is your nearest town (15 minutes) and has some of the best shopping in Cumbria, with a wealth of independent and antique shops along the main street. It is one of the closest locations for a main supermarket; there is a Sainsbury’s, an excellent butcher, deli, fishmonger and two bakeries. The town has a strong Georgian heritage and is the birthplace of William Wordsworth, the Lakeland poet. His home in the town is now a museum. Read more in our Cockermouth Area Guide.
In the opposite direction lies the Ennerdale Valley, one of the Lake District's wildest valleys. Its remote location makes it the perfect place to escape to even in high season. Here, you will still see more sheep than people. The lake has the distinction of being the only lake in the Lake District without a tarmac road running alongside and long may that continue.
Walking is the big draw here with Pillar, Steeple, High Stile, Great Borne and Red Pike being rewarding days out in the fells. You can also walk right round the lake at Ennerdale which has an obvious path and is easy to follow (although narrow in places).
The Wasdale Valley (20 miles) is similarly remote as Ennerdale and is prime walking country with the big fells of Great Gable, Scafell and Scafell Pike. The valley boasts England’s deepest lake, tallest mountain, smallest church and biggest liar. You can read more in our Wasdale Area Guide.
Beyond Wasdale is Eskdale, home to the the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature steam railway which takes you seven miles from Eskdale to Ravenglass, the only coastal village to be within a National Park. If you visit Eskdale for the day, a walk to Stanley Ghyll Waterfall from St Catherine’s Church is also well worth a visit, as well as an amble through the Japanese Gardens at Giggle Alley! You can find out more in our Eskdale Area Guide.