Things to do nearby Wallthwaite Farmhouse
Wallthwaite Farmhouse is happily situated in a tranquil hamlet beneath the imposing southern face of Blencathra. Within easy reach of both Keswick and Penrith and offering wonderful walking and cycling opportunities straight from the door it's a great jumping off point for making the most of the northern Lake District. Not only is all the mountainous grandeur of the Cumbrian fells on your doorstep here but the quieter and no less beautiful Eden Valley is also close at hand.
The house makes a fantastic base for a walking holiday. The walking opportunities straight from the door include gentle lowland potters to mighty mountain tops. Why not make the trip up stunning Blencathra itself. Blencathra consists of six separate fell tops, linked by a lovely ridge walk. This popular mountain ranks highly with walkers for the great selection of thrilling ascents and glorious views over the vale of Keswick. You are also perfectly situated to make the most of the Helvellyn and Skiddaw ranges.
Keswick, the adventure capital of the Lake District, is just over six miles away. It's an easy drive and is well worth a visit. The town is one of the most iconic locations in the Lake District. At the heart of its enduring popularity is the beautiful scenery, ease of access to the fells, and the fantastic range of activities, shops and places to eat and drink. It is a friendly, bustling town with plenty of quiet spots too. Here you can make the most of a vast range of outdoor activities to help you find your wilder side all set in magnificent scenery. Aside from its outdoor credentials it is a vibrant market town with a fantastic choice of outdoor shops, restaurants and cafes. It even boasts its own art deco cinema and one of the most beautifully positioned theatres showing a varied programme of plays and music throughout the year.
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. Why not hire a kayak or paddle board from one of its two marinas?
Cycling is a popular pastime in this part of Cumbria. One arm of the popular Coast to Coast route passes Wallthwaite and there are plenty of other excellent bike rides in the area. The country lanes undulate for miles while the off road cycling is second to none. Nearby Whinlatter Forest Park has miles of trails for all abilities, you can also book tuition if you'd like to brush up on your skills. Many of the most iconic road cycling routes in the country lie within easy distance of the Farmhouse, the dedicated roadies will have a fabulous time on the wonderful mountain passes.
If you like thrills and adventure, take a trip to Rookin House Farm just over two miles away where you can try your hand at archery, quad biking, rifle shooting, fishing, tree climbing, JCB operating, pony trekking or even driving around in a small tank!
Penrith is just over ten miles away from the cottage and is an attractive town with a good mixture of independent and high street shops as well as many places to eat. Penrith prides itself on its range of small independent shops, stocking everything from books to sweets - to tease your taste buds, it has an artisan bakery, cake shop, and even its very own smokery! Look out for the adorable Devonshire Arcade, an original indoor Victorian shopping arcade in the centre of town, which is home to small boutiques and food retailers. Penrith holds farmers' markets on the third Tuesday of the month (between March and December) in Market Square, and you can also find out about the town's history through the town trail. Every third saturday of the month the Gifted Eden Artisan Market takes place in St Andrew's Churchyard.
Keen golfers will love Keswick Golf Course located just a ten minute walk along the river bank. The picturesque 18 hole course stretches across Threlkeld Common on the fellside. The course is blessed with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and has been designed around beautiful natural features. Visitors are welcome.
Nearby is Threlkeld quarry – the kids will love panning for gold, and the seemingly abandoned mining machines at the Mining Museum are monsters! On certain days you can also take the little steam railway that has been lovingly restored in recent years along a mile or so of mining railtracks.
Greystoke village is just over seven miles away from Wallthwaite Farmhouse. The lovely open air swimming pool is open here between May and September. The pool is heated and the season is extended when there is unseasonably warm weather! There is a large pool for all ages and a shallow toddlers pool that is slightly warmer than the main pool. The cycle cafe in the village is a must visit. It also runs very popular ‘quirky workshops’ throughout the year where you can learn anything from bike maintenance to the art of chicken wire sculptures! Why not find out if one coincides with your visit?
Should you be looking for a little indulgence why not try the new Spa at Rheged, just a 15 minute drive from Wallthwaite Farmhouse? Indeed Rheged offers a range of activities for all the family including pottery workshops, exhibitions, a huge 3D cinema, an artisan food hall and restaurants.
Wallthwaite Farmhouse boasts easy access to the Ullswater Valley just seven miles away. This stunning valley offers a wealth of walking for all abilities from charming lowland rambles to more challenging hikes. Glenridding is the gateway to the mighty Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain. Or why not escape the 21st century and take a walk or a cycle ride on the eastern side of the lake to Martindale, a secluded valley which feels a million miles from any kind of hustle and bustle but is deceptively easy to get to.
Another way of exploring the valley is aboard the wonderful Ullswater Steamers. You can admire the stunning scenery from the deck of one of their elegant heritage vessels as is winds its way around the four landing stages, you can even indulge in a drink from the on-board bar while you do! The steamers also open up a wide range of linear walks along the valley as you can easily catch one back to your starting point. Alternatively why not hire a rowing boat or Kayak and explore some of the secluded beaches and bays along the lake. Pack a picnic and find your favourite spot.
For a gentler amble the mighty Aira Force is one of the most breathtaking attractions in the whole of Cumbria. You can park at Aira Force car park 11 miles away and take a short walk to the waterfalls. The tumbling waterfall drops an impressive 65ft and the sound of the water crashing into the pool below is immense. There is even an ancient leaf canopy to keep you dry on rainy days as you marvel the tumbling falls. Indeed the falls make a fantastic rainy day spectacle. You can now walk along a new path between Glencoyne Bay and Aira Force and you can explore historic footpaths which have been renovated. Glencoyne Bay is where the poet William Wordsworth first saw his daffodils. His sister Dorothy spotted the long line of yellow flowers that became the inspiration for his most famous poem.
You can also visit Lake District destinations such as Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere in around 30 minutes from the house. Taking the beautiful route down St John's in the Vale and along the side of picturesque Thirlmere makes a lovely day out.