Things to do nearby Croft House
Lamplugh is a small, quiet hamlet on the western edge of the Lake District. It is a rural location on the edge of the National Park, ideal for exploring the remote Ennerdale valley and the Loweswater fells.
Croft House is on a peaceful lane and there are several lovely walks from the door including Cogra Moss and the Lamplugh Fells. The hedgerow lanes are reminiscent of years gone by, almost free from traffic and lovely to stroll along the road.
Loweswater is your nearest lake, being just three miles away. This is a beautiful lake, small and sweet with fantastic lakeshore paths through woodland to the Kirkstile Inn at the far end. In fact Loweswater is an Old Norse name for ‘leafy lake’, a very apt description for the woodlands to the West of the lake which are home to red squirrels and the hidden Holme Force waterfall. Read more in our Loweswater Area Guide.
Today the Kirkstile maintains its reputation for unpretentious, home-cooked meals, placing great emphasis on local Cumbrian and Lake District suppliers.The beer garden must be one of the best in the region. It looks out onto Mellbreak and serves a fine pint of the mountain’s namesake beer, brewed in the onsite microbrewery.
Beyond Loweswater are the equally lovely lakes of Buttermere and Crummock Water. These three lakes once formed part of a large glacial lake and nowadays each has their own personality with lakeshore paths and fellside walks up the surrounding mountains. The bluebells at Rannerdale are just amazing in May. You can read more in our guide to Buttermere and Crummock.
From Buttermere you can drive over Honister Pass which takes you into the Borrowdale Valley and Keswick beyond. Honister has a slate mine and can also take you climbing on their via ferrata tours and well named Bridge of Infinity!
Keswick is famed for its stunning mountain scenery, beautiful Derwentwater, and the friendly pedestrianised town centre. If you are looking to upgrade your walking boots then Keswick is the place to go. There are 14 outdoor equipment shops! There is also a theatre, cafes, pubs and restaurants. You can hire boats or take the launch around the lake. You can read more in our Keswick Area Guide.
Cockermouth is your nearest town (15 minutes) and has some of the best shopping in Cumbria, with a wealth of independent and antique shops along the main street. It is one of the closest locations for a main supermarket; there is a Sainsbury’s, an excellent butcher, deli, fishmonger and two bakeries. The town has a strong Georgian heritage and is the birthplace of William Wordsworth, the Lakeland poet. His home in the town is now a museum. Read more in our Cockermouth Area Guide.
In the opposite direction lies the Ennerdale Valley (five miles from Croft House), one of the Lake District's wildest valleys. Its remote location makes it the perfect place to escape to even in high season. Here, you will still see more sheep than people. The lake has the distinction of being the only lake in the Lake District without a tarmac road running alongside and long may that continue.
Walking is the big draw here with Pillar, Steeple, High Stile, Great Borne and Red Pike being rewarding days out in the fells. You can also walk right round the lake at Ennerdale which has an obvious path and is easy to follow (although narrow in places).
Beyond Ennerdale the bleak expanse of Cold Fell is a place to really experience solitude. There are views to the coast and you are practically guaranteed to have it to yourself, except perhaps a few fell ponies and sheep. Bradley Farm runs pony trekking in the area, a great way to enjoy the scenery. Click here for our Ennerdale Area Guide.
The Wasdale Valley (20 miles) is similarly remote as Ennerdale and is prime walking country with the big fells of Great Gable, Scafell and Scafell Pike. The valley boasts England’s deepest lake, tallest mountain, smallest church and biggest liar. You can read more in our Wasdale Area Guide.
Beyond Wasdale is Eskdale, home to the the Ravenglass and Eskdale miniature steam railway which takes you seven miles from Eskdale to Ravenglass, the only coastal village to be within a National Park. If you visit Eskdale for the day, a walk to Stanley Ghyll Waterfall from St Catherine’s Church is also well worth a visit, as well as an amble through the Japanese Gardens at Giggle Alley! You can find out more in our Eskdale Area Guide.