Things to do nearby Kiln How - High Spy

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Borrowdale is undoubtedly one of the loveliest valleys in the Lake District. Surrounded by soaring peaks, picturesque streams and rolling fields this glorious area is on many people's dream holiday lists. One of the best ways of exploring it is, of course, on foot and he walking opportunities from the door at Kiln How are endless.

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Catbells is a popular mountain to go up.  It’s not too big but it looks spectacular and offers wonderful views. It's also not too far from the door at Kiln How. If you’d like a biggie though, then Scafell is a must.  You can either set out from Kiln How walking along the valley floor first, or you can drive up to Seathwaite, park at the farm there and start the ascent immediately.  Either way, it’s a full day out!  Bring plenty of sandwiches. Another option is Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain and a cracking walk from Keswick itself with far ranging views as far as Scotland.

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The Bowder Stone is a huge rock, just over a mile's walk from Kiln How. It is steeped in Lake District rock climbing history and you’ll often see climbers hanging upside down on its underside. However there is a ladder up the side of it which you might find a much easier way of getting to the top!

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The Borrowdale Valley is a dream location for cyclists too. Mountain biking is a popular pastime with adventurous trails in Whinlatter forest and a wealth of bridleways over the fells as well as plenty of flatter, more sedate routes around and about. Of course, the quality of the road cycling in the area can't be understated as so many classic sportives use the Honister, Newlands and Whinlatter passes close by. If you would like to explore the area on two wheels but feel the hills might be rather too much of a challenge then why not try an electric bike? Keswick firm e-venture bikes can even deliver electric bikes to you. Alternatively why not book a session at nearby Lingholm Sporting Quad Treks? Head out with experienced guides to take you around the 1000 acre Lingholm Estate where you'll find some staggering views of the surrounding countryside while, no doubt, having a fine muddy time of it, marvellous.

For the foodies among you there is a wealth of places to eat and drink nearby. The Scafell Hotel is just at the end of the lane from Kiln How while the Langstrath Inn is just under a mile away in lovely Stonethwaite. The Borrowdale valley also has a wonderful array of cafes if you'd like to reward yourself with a home baked cake or scone after your outdoor exertions. Not least The Flock Inn tearoom which is right on the doorstep.

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Honister Mine is at the top end of the Borrowdale valley.  A drive up Honister pass takes you to the mine itself and the regular mine tours. Alternatively the more adventurous among you might prefer to try out their via ferrata and infinity bridge instead. Definitely not for the faint hearted!  If you carry on over Honister you will get to Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater beyond.  All beautiful small lakes with fabulous walks.  The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater is one of our favourite pubs too.

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Keswick is Kiln How's nearest town. It’s the Lake District’s adventure capital and there are literally tons of things to do. If you like a spot of adventure, then contact the Keswick Climbing Wall or King Kong in the centre of Keswick and book a day out climbing, canoeing, ghyll scrambling, or indeed anything else that takes your fancy!

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Keswick is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District. It is a friendly, bustling town with plenty of quiet spots too. The town also has an Art Deco cinema showing new releases and on Sundays there is a film club at 5pm. The Theatre by the Lake is on the edge of Derwentwater and shows a varied programme of plays, comedy and music throughout the year. There’s also a popular market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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The jewel in the crown of this beautiful valley is Derwentwater. This glorious lake is surrounded by terrific mountain scenery and has several picturesque islands. The Keswick Launch operates a service stopping at several jetties around the lake. It is ideal for sitting back and enjoying the views from one of its stately vessels or getting off to explore from one of the seven landing stages. You can also hire rowing boats and explore the islands, why not pack a picnic and find a lovely spot for a wild swim in summer time? There are several places on the lake to hire kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, sailing boats and even dragon boats! Plenty of opportunity to mess about on the water.

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