Things to do nearby Wagtail, Easedale House
Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District. It is the much-loved jewel in the crown of the northern Lake District thanks to its 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, busy town with plenty of quiet spots too.
If you’re looking for action and adventure, Keswick is a hub of activity. Rent a bike from Keswick Mountain Bikes, scramble up the climbing wall or have a go at dragon boating on Derwent Water. Whatever outdoor activity you’re into, it’s bound to be available in Keswick. A plethora of outdoor shops are located in the town centre and there is plenty to do for little adventurers, including crazy golf, radio controlled boating, the King Kong play centre and the Puzzling Place (we’ll leave that to your imagination!). Evenings in Keswick can be filled at any number of wonderful 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.
Rising above the nearby village of Braithwaite is the mountainous Whinlatter Forest with numerous mountain bike trails, walking trails, a play trail and the Go Ape high rope course. The shop and cafe in the visitor centre are well worth visiting as is the information display and webcam of the Osprey nesting site overlooking Bassenthwaite. The town of Keswick is within walking distance or a three-minute drive and has a tourist information centre, numerous outdoor and independent shops, theatre, cinema, pubs and restaurants offering a wide range of differing cuisines.
The Caldbeck Rambler is a seasonal (Easter - October) circular bus route from nearby Keswick to Caldbeck. Destinations along the route include 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), Mirehouse (a historic house and gardens with wooded adventure playgrounds and lakeside walks) and 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”). An additional service runs at weekends and school holidays, including a bus to Carlisle.
The market town of Cockermouth - which became famous in November 2009 and again in 2015 for the unbelievable floods - has now been revamped and completely recovered. It is a 20-minute drive from the cottage and has a fantastic 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.