Things to do nearby Breckon Cottage
Keswick has a good range of independent shops perfect for browsing; books, outdoor clothing, antiques, chocolate what more could you want! There is a popular market on Thursdays and Saturdays for produce, gifts and all sorts besides. When you have had enough retail therapy choose from anything from coffee bars to tea shops, Mexican to fish and chips, pasties to ice cream or just a traditional pub for refreshment. The Pheasant Inn is next door but one and offers a good selection of home cooked food to choose from, the owners of Breckon Cottage say that they do not hear any noise from the pub but are often lured there for a meal by the lovely smell of food emanating from it! For the evening take in a show at the Theatre by the Lake or watch a new release at the traditional family run Art Deco cinema.
There is a regular launch service across Derwentwater with the option to stay on for a round the lake trip or stop off at various landing stages around the lake. The boat landings are an easy walk from the cottage and then the lake is yours to explore. Choose from Lodore to see Lodore Falls made famous by The Cataract of Lodore by Robert Southey and have afternoon tea in the plush surroundings of Lodore Hotel or on the other side of the lake is Lingholm walled garden which was Beatrix Potter’s inspiration for Mr McGregor's garden in Peter Rabbit. For walkers there is a stop at Hawse End; try a beautiful and easy lakeside walk to the next landing stage at Brandlehow. To explore the lake at a slower pace, hire a rowing boat from the boat landings, why not aim for one of the islands for a unique picnic destination?
Staying on the lower fells can offer beautiful views for less effort than the higher tops, how about Latrigg via Spooney Green Lane? The start of which is almost touching distance from your front door, or Walla Crag via Rakefoot, both offer fabulous views of Keswick, Derwentwater and all the surrounding fells whilst being under 1500ft - half the height of climbing Skiddaw!
Skiddaw is a popular fell and 4th highest in the Lake District, it will be calling to you from out of the window on a nice day! The main path goes up from the back of Latrigg but why not try getting away from the crowds by walking up via Lonscale Fell? This route is particularly attractive when the heather is in full bloom and the whole side of the fell turns purple! Try the ever-popular walk up Cat Bells for some of the best views anywhere.
Blencathra dominates the A66 as it approaches Keswick. Wainwright offers routes up each of the ridges and valleys that drop down to the road, 12 in total, so take your pick! For experienced walkers with steady nerves and sure feet Sharp Edge provides an adrenalin inducing ascent. For others maybe the easier ascents via Blease Fell or Scales would appeal, link the 2 together for a wonderful circular route which traverses the fell.
From Seathwaite in Borrowdale, which can be easily reached by car or bus, you have access to Great Gable and Scafell Pike. Even closer to hand is Braithwaite from where a popular path leads up Grisedale Pike and on around the Coledale Horseshoe. Many local walks and attractions can be accessed via the excellent local bus services, perfect for planning linear walks or walks with pub lunches - no designated driver required!
Cyclists of all abilities can find plenty of options either on the roads and lanes around Keswick and Newlands or head off road on the Keswick railway line path. Mountain bikers can challenge themselves on the bridleways to Skiddaw House and beyond or head to Whinlatter around 15 minutes’ drive away which has purpose built trails varying in difficulty plus a good café for afterwards! Road cyclists can also take on the challenge of one (or all!) of the passes, Dunmail Raise, Newlands, Honister and Whinlatter.
Mirehouse is just 10 minutes away, with the sunny house dating from 1666 where visitors are encouraged to play the piano. There are extensive and varied gardens, a lakeshore walk and natural play areas which are not just for children! Don’t miss the short walk to the compact pre-Norman St Bega's church in stunning surroundings.
Anyone interested in wildlife should head to the Osprey viewpoint at Dodd wood from May to August, volunteers are on hand to show everyone the birds through telescopes and binoculars set up at the viewpoint. You may also be lucky enough to see a red squirrel on the feeders while you are there.
No need to worry about wet weather either - though contrary to popular belief it does not always rain in the Lake District! A wet day in Keswick can be easily filled with visits to the quirky town museum, the Puzzling Place and Pencil Museum and a swim in the leisure pool. Maryport has a fascinating Roman museum on the site of a roman fort, an aquarium and Clip and Climb for an indoor challenge with a difference. How about Honister slate mine, underground tours are not weather dependant and neither are atmospheric views driving down beautiful Borrowdale to get there. Armathwaite Hall can offer a luxurious spa session with treatments, hydrotherapy areas, pool and fabulous outdoor hot tub. Or you could always just don wet weather gear and go for a walk safe in the knowledge that cosy Breckon Cottage will be waiting to welcome you back to dry out afterwards!
There is so much to do you certainly won’t get bored. Whether you are looking to be out every day on the high fells, want to explore the tourist hotspots or choose to stay local and just relax in a lovely cosy cottage, it is all here for you at Breckon Cottage.