Things to do nearby Owl's Roost

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Owl's Roost is ideally situated between the hamlets of Dubwath and Embleton at the north end of Bassenthwaite Lake. This is an ideal spot nestled between the towns of Keswick and Cockermouth. It offers a wonderful array of outdoor activities on your doorstep as well as easy access to these two beautiful north Lake District towns.

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It’s perfect for families as not only are you a hop skip and a puddle jump away from the lakeshore but just over a mile 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 zoo-keeper for a day!

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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, my personal favourite, a stunning outdoor hot tub overlooking the beautiful grounds. A fabulous place to enjoy a glass of fizz and it's less than two miles away.

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Owl's Roost is not far from the edge of Whinlatter Forest, a real mountain forest with plenty to explore. There are mountain bike trails, family bike rides and walks, a Go Ape 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 or you can watch them at Dodd Wood. The Ospreys have been nesting around its shores since 2001 as a result of a successful project to reintroduce the birds to the area and Bassenthwaite Lake itself is part of a wetland nature reserve. A short walk from the cottage is Dubwath Silver Meadows, a reserve which provides a chance to get close to nature on a circular trail accessed by raised boardwalks (suitable for buggies and wheelchairs).

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Bassenthwaite Lake is very short distance away. Cormorants have been known to fish the lake and herons can also be seen. Bassenthwaite remains a wonderfully peaceful haven for wildlife as no motorised craft are allowed. 

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There are, of course, many fantastic walks in the area. Not least of which the mighty Skiddaw is one of the highest mountains in the Lake District and it’s just a ten minute drive to a variety of starting points to walk up the mountain. Less than a mile away you can be at the base of Sale Fell a small but very rewarding walk as detailed in Wainwright’s guides. From its summit you can see not only the Skiddaw and Helvellyn ranges but southern Scotland too.

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Keswick is the main town of the northern Lake District and is a short drive from Owl's Roost. It is chock full of outdoor shops, pubs and bars. There is also a cinema and also a theatre if you fancy something a little more refined. Keswick has a beautiful lake that has shallow bays for swimming and a regular boat trip to see the sights. Read more in our Keswick area guide.

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Cockermouth is a similar size to Keswick but much quieter. It has a long main street and market place full of interesting independent shops, cafes 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. It is a vibrant market town served by a fishmonger, butcher, baker, deli and greengrocer. Read more in our guide to Cockermouth.

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The award-winning Lakes Distillery is only 10 minutes walk away, with tours of the distillery in its restored barns, the excellent bistro restuarant and a shop full of gift ideas. There are several pubs in the area including the Sun Inn in Bassenthwaite Village and the Pheasant Inn at Wythop Mill, an easy walk from the house. The Sun Inn is a popular pub with a charming period interior and the Pheasant has an excellent reputation for food and an impressive selection of gin. If you’d like to leave the car behind to sample some of the delights of Cockermouth and Keswick, Owl's Roost is handily situated on a bus route between the two towns.

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Why not take a jaunt to lovely Loweswater or beyond to Crummock and Buttermere. These beautiful 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?

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