Things to do nearby Stoneygate Barn
Pardshaw is a small hamlet near Loweswater inthe western Lake District. It is the perfect starting place to explore this quiet corner of the Lake District. There are countryside walks from the door or you can take the short and picturesque drive towards Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere. Also close by is Ennerdale – a wild and remote valley where you can walk for miles without seeing a soul.
Cockermouth is the nearest town to Stoneygate Barn. It is a charming small town set on the banks of two rivers that meet under the Jennings Brewery. Cockermouth is famous for being the birthplace of William Wordsworth and his birthplace in the centre of town has been preserved as a living museum. The house is managed by National Trust and hosts events throughout the year. You can also visit the Jennings Brewery and Museum to take in a tour and sample some of the locally brewed ales.
For local shops you will find two supermarkets in Cockermouth, a bakery, butchers, fishmonger, deli, and other special interest shops. The town is popular with shoppers thanks to the wide variety of independent shops just perfect for a lazy day browsing. The town has several Aladdin's cave style antique and curio shops as well as a popular auction on a Wednesday.
The nearest pub is at Deanscales - The Old Posting House is a characterful local pub festooned with teapots inside. It really is one of a kind! Nearby Dean has a well regarded village pub and you should book in advance to eat here. The tranquil setting of Pardshaw belies the ease of access to the small towns and villages along this Western edge of the Lake District. Cogra Moss is a peaceful fishing lake with paths around it for gentle strolls, a short drive from Stoneygate Barn.
The nearest lake to Stoneygate Barn is Loweswater. This beautiful little lake is nestled beneath gentle hills. A short climb is rewarded with big views over the lake towards Grasmoor and the Western fells. There is a very pleasant circular walk around the lake that is suitable for all the family. Make sure to include a trip to the Kirkstile Inn to sample their popular menu and home brewed Loweswater Gold.
Ennerdale is within a 20 minute drive of Pardshaw. This valley has been managed over the past few years to return it to a wilder more natural state – removing some of the intensive planting and replacing it with a variety of native trees. You can see all kinds of wildlife and enjoy mountain biking on the forest trails.
Further south you can take the fell road to Wasdale. This scenic route over Cold Fell will take you past lonely farmsteads, ancient stone circles and fell ponies. Wasdale is a long and magnificent valley with the deepest lake and the highest mountain. The scenery here is spectacular and the view from the head of the lake was voted ‘England’s Favourite’.
In the spring the bluebells in Rannerdale are a riot of colour. Located just 25 minutes from Stoneygate Barn this is not to be missed spectacle. Legend has it that an army of Norse invaders were slain in the valley and the spilt blood is when the bluebells grow so profusely.
The beautiful Cumbrian coastline is within easy driving distance of Stoneygate Barn. The landscape is varied with sandy and pebble beaches along the coast as well as sand dunes filled with wildlife and birds. Try taking the train from Workington to enjoy a tour of the coast as far south as the nature reserves at Silverdale and Arnside.