Things to do nearby Goldcrest, Easedale House

Keswick, a well-loved diamond in the crown of the northern Lake District, is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District as a whole, thanks to its stunning scenery, ease of access to the fells, and its fantastic range of activities, shops and places to eat and drink. It is an amiable and lively town with plenty of quiet spots too.

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If you’re looking for bustle and discovery, Keswick is a hub of activity. Whatever outdoor activity you’re into, it’s bound to be available in Keswick; scramble up the climbing wall, rent a bike from Keswick Mountain Bikes or have a go at dragon boating on Derwent Water.  A vast selection of outdoor shops are located in the town centre and there is plenty to do for little adventurers: you can visit the King Kong play centre and the Puzzling Place (we’ll leave that to your imagination!), or try crazy golf or radio controlled boating, . Evenings in Keswick can be filled at any number of delightful restaurants; Thai, Mexican, Spanish and Italian cuisine are all on offer, as well as three traditional fish and chip shops. Those looking for a more cultural experience will be enthralled at the Theatre by the Lake.

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Rising above the nearby village of Braithwaite is the beautifully mountainous Whinlatter Forest with numerous walking trails, mountain bike trails, a play trail and the Go Ape high rope course. The shop and cafe in the visitor centre are definitely worth visiting, as is the information display and webcam of the Osprey nesting site overlooking Bassenthwaite. Keswick is within walking distance or a three-minute drive and has numerous outdoor and independent shops, as well as a tourist information centre, theatre, cinema, pubs and restaurants, which offer a vast range of differing cuisines.

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The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal circular bus route running from Easter to October from nearby Keswick to Caldbeck. Destinations along the route include Castlerigg Stone Circle (English Heritage say this “is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop”), the Lake District Wildlife Park (it has a petting zoo, soft-play centre, café and bird of prey displays), Dodd Wood (a forested mountain with Osprey viewing points) and Mirehouse (a historic house and gardens with wooded adventure playgrounds and lakeside walks). An additional service runs at weekends and school holidays, including a bus to Carlisle.

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The market town of Cockermouth became well-known in November 2009 and again in 2015 for the floods. Cockermouth has now been revamped and fully recovered; it is a 20-minute drive from the cottage and has an amazing array of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and other attractions, such as Jennings Brewery and Wordsworth House, the childhood home of the poet William Wordsworth and now in the hands of the National Trust.

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