Things to do nearby Borrowdale Cottage
Borrowdale Cottage is situated between the Lake District National Park and the Solway Coast making it an ideal base for enjoying all that West Cumbria has to offer. Whether you'd like to venture outdoors to the fells around Loweswater and Ennerdale, take in the stunning sunsets and abundant birdlife of the Solway Coast or absorb some of the history of the town where Wordsworth spent his childhood Borrowdale cottage makes an ideal base.
The peaceful village of Bridgefoot is ideal for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as the rural location attracts many rarer species. Visitors such as Curlews, Buzzards, Barn Owls and Herons are a regular sight in the fields and overhead. The area is also a red squirrel stronghold and they are regular visitors to the garden. The owners of Borrowdale Cottage have thoughtfully provided birdfeeders which mean that you are likely to see a huge variety of garden visitors such as Nuthatches and Woodpeckers. There are many walks around the village close to Lostrigg Beck and the river Marron where you can spot the varied wildife. Two doors down from Borrowdale Cottage you'll find the Duke of Cumberland Inn, a charming local pub with a friendly atmosphere, serving locally brewed real ales and nibbles. Drive to the neighbouring village of Dean and experience the gastronomic delights of the Royal Yew Inn, which is well renowned locally for its fine food.
The pretty valley of Loweswater is a 20 minute drive away and offers many gentle walks around and near the lake. The grassy fells of Loweswater offer easy walking and beautiful views to the mountains of Buttermere and Ennerdale and also to the West Coast. On a clear day you can see as far as Dumfries and Galloway.
If adventure is more to your taste why not head to Whinlatter Forest park? Just a 20 minute drive from the cottage this mountain forest has an array of mountain biking tracks, a very popular cafe and a "Go Ape" high ropes course which could see you high up in the canopy ready to whiz down a zipwire. Less than half an hour away lies Keswick, the adventure capital of the Lake District where you can indulge in almost any outdoor activity you could choose from. Keswick's postition on the shores of the beautiful Derwentwater mean you can hire a boat to row or sail yourself or take a stately launch around this wonderfully picturesque lake. The town also boasts its own theatre and independent cinema.
For families with an interest in more exotic wildlife Borrowdale Cottage is just a 20 minute drive from 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 zoo-keeper for a day!
Cockermouth is a charming Georgian town only ten minutes from Bridgefoot. It was the birthplace of William Wordsworth and you can still visit his childhood home. The town is blessed with a variety of independent shops, cafes and resturants. Here you will find a Sainsbury's supermarket as well as several independent greengrocers and two excellent butchers. The New Bookshop is worth a visit, having been completely refurbished and with an amazing range of books and new cafe. Alternatively why not take a tour round Jennings Brewery and sample some of its real ale offerings?
The Solway Coast is a gem of a place for birdwatchers and is only 20 minutes away. 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 excellent fish and chips, find yourself a picturesque spot and enjoy one of the stunning Solway sunsets.