Things to do nearby Roslin
The village of Portinscale makes an ideal jumping-off point for any trip to the Lake District. Situated on the western shore of picturesque Derwentwater and just a mile from Keswick, it offers a vast range of walking directly from the village itself and plenty of possibilities for exploring this beautiful lake and the surrounding area.
The village boasts a village shop, cafes, restaurants and, just around the corner from Roslin, an excellent village pub called the Farmer's Arms.
Without doubt, the crowning glory of Keswick and Portinscale is Derwentwater. This beautiful body of water is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery from the dramatic seemingly jagged peaks at the head of the Borrowdale valley to the much-loved shape of Catbells opening out to Keswick and looking up to Skiddaw. England's fourth highest mountain standing guard over the town. To take in some of this glorious scenery from the water why not hire a boat, kayak or even a stand-up paddleboard from Nichol End Marina? You could pack a picnic and find yourself a secluded beach on which to enjoy it. If a less energetic trip out on the water is to your taste you could take a trip on one of the Keswick launches. These stately vessels stop at seven landing stages around the lake making an ideal way to take in the views. Guests could take a walk along to one of Borrowdale's gorgeous pubs or restaurants and get the launch back to Nichol End! How very civilised.
For those visiting the area for the opportunity of exploring the fells then Roslin could scarcely be better placed. From Portinscale you have the opportunity to take on the Coledale Horseshoe, walk up the iconic ridge of Catbells, take in part of the Allerdale Ramble or enjoy the wonderful views from Causey Pike.
If you're keen to walk but would enjoy some rather more gentle ambles then why not take the 20-minute flat walk into Keswick itself or stroll along the lakeside path on the edge of Derwentwater. There is a beautiful eight-mile walk around the entire lake from the village but you could always potter along part of it before taking the stately Keswick launch back to the village. Virtually right outside the cottage is an enjoyable riverside loop taking you round the village along the edge of the river Derwent.
Portinscale is just a short drive or a 20-minute walk from Keswick, the adventure capital of the Lake District. 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, water sports or by bike. Alternatively head down to King Kong Climbing centre in town. This excellent new facility has climbing walls, an indoor caving system, a cafe with children's "hard play" area and even an ice wall.
As well as outdoor activities Keswick is a popular destination for shopping. There are a number of independent shops 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 independent retailers as well has several high street outdoor retailers. There is a popular Victorian Fayre and Christmas Market as well as regular local markets through the year (Thursday and Saturdays). 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 music, plays and comedy throughout the year.
Keswick is a dream location for cyclists too. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest and a wealth of bridleways over the fells as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about. Of course the quality of the road cycling in the area can't be understated as so many classic sportives use the Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes close by.
Why not book a session at nearby Lingholm Sporting Quad Treks? Head out with experienced guides to take you around the 1000 acre Lingholm Estate where you'll find some staggering views of the surrounding countryside including Portinscale while, no doubt, having a fine muddy time of it, marvellous!
For a great day out, visit Mirehouse, a stately home still owned by a single family and only a five-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.
From Keswick, take a trip down the Borrowdale valley. This is a beautiful spot with many good pubs and woodland walks. Here you will find the starting point for climbing up Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain. 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 and bridge of infiniti!
Continuing over Honister pass will bring you to you to Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater beyond. All beautiful small lakes with fabulous walks. The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is one of our favourites.