Things to do nearby Stable Cottage (Threlkeld)
Threlkeld is a marvellous base for making the most of this northern side of the Lake District. It sits in a glorious setting beneath the imposing southern face of mighty Blencathra (also known as Saddleback) looking out to Clough Head and St John's in the Vale. It's a delightful village well served with places to eat, easy access to a fantastic array of walking and cycling and just four miles from the bustling town of Keswick. Read more in our guide to Threlkeld.
Stable Cottage sits in an enviable position nestled into one of the flanks of Blencathra. The mountain consists of six separate fell tops linked by a lovely ridge walk. This popular fell ranks highly with walkers for the great selection of thrilling ascents and glorious views over Keswick.
Aside from Blencathra, Threlkeld is also well placed to explore the Skiddaw and Helvellyn ranges. Or for something a little less taxing why not walk to the ancient and mysterious Castlerigg Stone Circle? There's also an enjoyable walk to Keswick via Brundholme Woods and the former railway path.
Threlkeld is also a great base for cyclists and mountain bikers. Stable Cottage sits on Blease Road which heads west climbing out of the village and terminates at the Blencathra Centre. From here, a rough track follows the curve of Blease Fell, the western extension of Blencathra, into Glenderaterra valley. This challenging route offers fantastic views from its high position, across to the craggy face of Lonscale Fell and down to the valley floor. Aside from the wealth of bridleways on offer nearby there is also Whinlatter Forest Park just a few miles away. There are miles of cycling trails for all abilities, cycle hire and tuition for those less confident on two wheels. If the hills are putting you off getting out and about on the bike then why not hire an electric bike from E-venture in Keswick?
Aside from the cycling trails on offer, Whinlatter Forest has plenty more to explore. The park has an excellent visitors centre with a wonderful imaginative outdoor play area for children, walking trails and an excellent cafe with bird feeders attracting a huge array of birds to watch while you indulge in a piece of delicious cake. Why not book a turn around the "Go Ape" high ropes course? You could find yourself whizzing through the forest canopy on a zip wire in no time! The area has become famous in recent years for its successful Osprey programme, resulting in the first wild breeding pair in the Lake District for over 150 years, you might be lucky enough to see these magnificent birds circling overhead.
Across the A66 from the cottage set in dramatic scenery is the Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum. Run by enthusiastic staff and volunteers the site offers an underground tour, a geology and mining museum and a shop. The kids will love panning for gold, and the seemingly abandoned mining machines at the Mining Museum are monsters! On certain days you can also take the little steam railway that has been lovingly restored in recent years along a mile or so of mining rail tracks
Threlkeld is well served by two pubs conveniently situated across the road from each other, The Horse and Farrier Inn and the Salutation Inn. Both serve good food and local ales. The village hall, just 300m from Stable Cottage, boasts a delightful cafe serving delicious cakes and goodies. Sunny days can be spent enjoying a cuppa on its terrace overlooking Clough Head.
Keswick itself is your nearest town and is a fantastic place for shopping and eating. It has a staggering range of outdoor and gift shops as well as a fine choice of cafes, restaurants and pubs. There is a lovely Art Deco cinema showing new releases as well as a selection of arthouse films and one-off live theatre performances. Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake is well renowned not only for its stunning position but its great variety of plays, concerts, comedy and events throughout the year. Read more in our Keswick Guide
Gorgeous Derwentwater is the crowing glory of the valley and there are plenty of ways to make the most of the lake. Whether you'd like to hire a paddleboard or kayak from one of the marinas, take a leisurely trip down to Borrowdale on one of the launches or just anjoy a picnic on its shores you won't be dissapointed by a day messing about on the water.
Just ten miles from the cottage is beautiful Ullswater, another wonderfully picturesque valley with a wealth of walking and outdoor fun to be had. The most popular routes up Helvellyn start in this valley and the beautiful Ullswater Steamers wind their stately way up and down the lake. Why not enjoy the gentle potter through magical woodland to Aira Force? It's a great wander out, even on a rainy day.
For a spot of pampering you could head to one of the lovely spas in the area. There's Oxley's at Underscar or the spa at Armathwaite Hall at the northern end of Bassenthwaite. Alternatively head to Rheged, an award winning visitor attraction just 12 miles away with a spa, a huge 3D cinema, shops, exhibitions and plenty to do for all the family.