Things to do nearby Inchmaholme
Inchmaholme is perched in an enviable position above the wonderful Lake District town of Keswick where there is a world of adventure to be had. Keswick is a jewel in the Lake District's crown with a wonderful array of things to do on your visit. It is surrounded by fantastic mountain scenery. Its proximity to the hills means there are excellent walking opportunities right from the doorstep, and its relatively central location and good transport links mean many other parts of the Lake District are also easily accessible. Inchmaholme is perfectly placed to make the most of all of this with many walks straight from the door and the centre of town just a fifteen minute walk down the hill.
Keswick is a dream location for walkers, climbers and cyclists. There are plenty of fantastic fells to climb and low level walks by the lake or in the valleys. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about. At Inchmaholme you are well placed to head down the Thirlmere Valley on the bike, there's a picturesque and quiet road on the west side of Thirlmere Lake which now links up with an excellent new cycle way taking you all the way to Grasmere.
From Keswick, take a trip down the Borrowdale valley. This is a beautiful spot with many good pubs and walks. Here you will find the starting point for climbing up Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain. There are plenty of other mountains to climb too. Nearby Keswick is Catbells (small and sweet with fantastic views), the Coledale Horseshoe (a ridge walk, just amazing), Skiddaw (one of the Lake District’s highest mountains) and Blencathra (don’t go the Sharp Edge way unless you are super fit and super confident outdoors).
There are also many great walks from the door; one of the easiest being to the ancient and mystical Castlerigg stone circle - There is a high concentration of stone circles in the Lake District and Cumbria; dating back as far as the Bronze Age and to Neolithic times. Castlerigg Stone Circle must rate as one of the most striking prehistoric monuments in the country. The stones sit on a low hill with a 360 degree view of the surrounding fells - Skiddaw, Blencathra and the Helvellyn range. It's just over a mile away from the front door. Another rewarding walk from the door is to Walla Crag, going up the hill outside the house and crossing the road will take you past Castlerigg campsite, beyond this lies the path up to the summit. It's 1.5 miles and the views of Derwentwater and the Borrowdale Valley are breathtaking.
For the retail gurus among you, there are a number of independent shops and galleries 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 both independent retailers and outdoor chains. There is a popular Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market as well as regular local markets through the year (Thursday and Saturdays) selling a wide range of wares as well as local produce and art. The town also has an Art Deco cinema showing new releases and indy movies and on Sundays there is a film club at 5pm. The wonderfully picturesque Theatre by the Lake is on the edge of Derwentwater and shows a varied programme of drama, music and comedy throughout the year – it is just a 20 minute walk from Inchmaholme.
There are plenty of great places to eat out in Keswick with several stylish bars as well as the traditional pubs, restaurants, lovely tearooms and cafes. The Dog and Gun is a favourite, famous for its Goulash and warm and cosy with an open fire. Morrells is a good restaurant which serves pre-theatre specials and The Square Orange serves gorgeous tapas and pizzas in a friendly and cosy atmosphere. If Thai food is your thing then a trip to Shemara Guest House is essential. The owner provides an authentic Thai menu using genuine ingredients. On the cafe front we love the gorgeous cakes and the quirky atmosphere of Mrs F's Fine Food Emporium.
Younger visitors will love the Lake District Wildlife Park at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake 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! Keswick's Leisure pool with a huge slide and wave machine is great fun for the young ones, you also have a wonderful playpark just a short walk away from it in Fitz park.
Whinlatter forest also makes a great day out for the littlies and older ones alike.The park has an excellent visitors centre with a wonderful outdoor play area for children, cycle hire and tuition, miles of cycling and walking trails (where you might encounter a Gruffalo or even a superworm) and an excellent cafe with bird feeders attracting a huge array of birds to watch while you indulge in a piece of delicious cake. You could even find yourself whooping through the forest canopy on a "Go Ape" trail. From the spring, the Osprey Project begins with cameras and binoculars stationed so you can watch the rare birds nesting. The area has become famous in recent years for this successful Osprey programme, resulting in the first wild breeding pair in the Lake District for over 150 years, you might be lucky enough to see these magnificent birds circling overhead.
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. Why not head down to King Kong Climbing wall in town? Have a go at climbing, indoor caving or even Ice climbing. Or you could take part in one of their outdoor adventures – rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, caving and Via Ferrata. If physical activity isn’t your thing, there’s a lovely café to enjoy a cuppa and a piece of cake with an indoor "hard play" area that the children will love.
The jewel in Keswick’s crown is Derwentwater. 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 explore on one of the seven landing stages. You can also hire rowing boats and explore the islands.
If you continue down the Borrowdale Valley you will get to Honister Pass and Honister Mine. Try out one of their mine tours. Or if you’re feeling brave, experience their via ferrata. 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 favourites serving excellent food and its own real ales.
For a spot of indulgence on your break why not visit a nearby spa? Just up the road from Keswick is Underscar with its delightful pool, restaurant and treatment rooms. Further along beyond Bassenthwaite is Armathwaite Hall. 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.
As well as being at the heart of all that Keswick has to offer at Inchmaholme you are almost at the crest of Chestnut Hill over which you drive to take you along the spectacularly scenic A591. The road skirts along the edge of Thirlmere underneath Helvellyn then sweeps down Dunmail Raise to Grasmere, Rydal Water and Ambleside beyond. You'll find some marvellous walks in the area, we love the easy potter around the side of Grasmere Lake, especially in bluebell season.
For a great day out, visit Mirehouse, a stately home still owned by a single family and only a ten minute drive away. The house is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons (plus Fridays in August) from April to October and has strong literary connections to Tennyson, Edward Fitzgerald, Thomas Carlyle and William Wordsworth. The grounds are open every day from March to October and include formal gardens, a wild flower meadow, a heather maze, a rhododendron tunnel, poetry walk and four adventure playgrounds in the woods. A circular walk also passes through parkland to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake taking in the romantically-sited chapel of St Bega.