Things to do nearby Gratitude
Borrowdale is one of the loveliest valleys in the Lake District! One of the best ways of exploring it is, of course, on foot. There are hundreds of walks from Gratitude. One of my favourites is meandering through the woods, along the side of the crystal clear River Derwent. You might even find a cave or two to explore. Alternatively why not treat yourself to lunch, afternoon tea or dinner at either the Lodore, Mary Mount or Borrowdale Hotels, all just a ten minute walk away.
Catbells is a popular mountain to go up. It’s not too big but it looks spectacular and offers wonderful views. Gratitude lies near its eastern flank so you can actually walk from the door. If you’d like a biggie though, then Scafell is a must. You can either set out from Gratitude walking along the valley floor first, or you can drive up to Rosthwaite, park at the farm there and start the ascent immediately. Either way, it’s a full day out! Bring plenty of sandwiches. Another option is Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain and a cracking walk from Keswick itself with far ranging views as far as Scotland.
Honister Mine is at the far end of the Borrowdale valley. A drive up the pass takes you to the mine itself and the regular mine tours. Alternatively the more adventurous among you might prefer to try out their via ferrata and infinity bridge instead. Definitely not for the faint hearted! If you carry on over Honister you will get to Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater beyond. All beautiful small lakes with fabulous walks. The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is one of our favourite pubs too.
The Bowder Stone is a huge rock, just a 10 minute walk from Gratitude. It is steeped in Lake District rock climbing history and you’ll often see climbers hanging upside down on its underside. However there is a ladder up the side of it which you might find a much easier way of getting to the top!
Keswick is Gratitude’s nearest town. It’s the Lake District’s adventure capital and there are literally tons of things to do. If you like a spot of adventure, then contact the Keswick Climbing Wall or King Kong in the centre of Keswick and book a day out climbing, canoeing, ghyll scrambling, archery or anything else that takes your fancy!
Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District. It is a friendly, bustling town with plenty of quiet spots too. The town also has an Art Deco cinema showing new releases 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 of plays, comedy and music throughout the year. There’s also a popular market on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Grange is stunningly situated at the south end of Derwentwater. This beautiful lake is surrounded by terrific mountain scenery and has several picturesque islands. The Keswick Launch operates a service stopping at several jetties around the lake. It is ideal for sitting back and enjoying a cruise or getting off to explore on one of the seven landing stages. You can also hire rowing boats and explore the islands, why not pack a picnic and find a lovely spot for a wild swim in summer time?
A potter over Honister Pass will take you over to beauitful Buttermere and beyond to Crummock and Loweswater. This wonderfully picturesque area is quieter than Keswick but no less stunning with a multitude of walks for all abilities.