Things to do nearby Rowandene
Rowandene is situated in peaceful West Cumbria just 2.5 miles south of Cockermouth, amidst rolling farmland and offering easy access to the stunning valleys of Buttermere and Ennerdale. The cottage well situated for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as the rural location attracts many rarer species. Visitors such as curlews, buzzards, barn owls and herons are a regular sight in the fields and overhead. The area is also a red squirrel stronghold and within easy reach of the Whinlatter / Bassenthwaite Osprey Project.
Whinlatter Forest park is situated a 15 minute drive away for mountain biking for all abilities and a Go Ape Rope and adventure play area for children of all ages. There is also a café and a bike hire/sales shop.
Further adventure can be found within a 30-minute drive to Honister Slate Mine and Visitor Centre at the head of the Buttermere valley, where there are mine tours and a Via Ferrata.
Ennerdale is one of the most remote valleys, but is easily reached from Southwaite. It offers superb valley walking and heart stopping high level routes and rock climbing on famous fells such as Great Gable, Pillar, Steeple and Kirk Fell. There is also beautiful walking in Buttermere and Loweswater including the scintillating ridge walk shown above, from Whiteside to Grisedale Pike.
The pretty valley of Loweswater is a ten-minute drive away and offers many gentle walks around and near the lake. The Kirkstile Inn in Loweswater is very popular due to its beautiful surrounding good food. They are also happy to accept pets during the day. The grassy fells surrounding Loweswater offer easy walking and beautiful views to the mountains of Buttermere and Ennerdale and also to the West Coast, where you will see the famous Solway sunsets looking across to Dumfries and Galloway.
The lanes around Southwaite are quiet, lovely, green and leafy - ideal for cycling. You can also venture to the off road routes in Whinlatter Forest which caters for family cycling and serious off road enthusiasts.
Cockermouth is a Georgian market town located less than ten minutes from the cottage with many interesting independent shops along the Main Street and, of course, Wordsworth House, now a National Trust property. In Cockermouth you will find a Sainsbury's supermarket as well as several independent greengrocers and two excellent butchers. The New Bookshop is worth a visit, having been completely refurbished and with an amazing range of books and a new cafe. The town has a varied selection of pubs, inns and eateries for all tastes and boasts the home of Jennings Brewery which runs tours and a shop. It has a public swimming pool, leisure centre and gym, outdoor and bike shop.
At nearby Rowrah you will find a well maintained karting stadium which caters for all ages and abilities. The track is in a disused quarry. This part of Cumbria was heavily mined in years gone by and a wander over the fields will reveal plenty of intriguing industrial history. Within a 20-minute drive you can be on the coast, where you will find miles of quiet sandy and pebbled beaches. The West Coast Main Line offers a spectacular train journey along the coast towards Lancaster with view of the mountains as well as the sea. There are many interesting towns and villages along the line so why not hop on and off and explore on foot? Also consider the Whitehaven Maritime festival if you are here in June.