Things to do nearby Arndale
Arndale is happily situated beneath the imposing southern face of Blencathra. Just outside the charming village of Threlkeld and within easy reach of both Keswick and Penrith it offers wonderful walking and cycling opportunities straight from the door. Indeed it's a great jumping off point for making the most of the northern Lake District. Not only is all the mountainous grandeur of the Cumbrian fells on your doorstep here but the quieter and no less beautiful Eden Valley is also close at hand.
The house makes a fantastic base for a walking holiday. The walking opportunities straight from the door include gentle lowland potters to mighty mountain tops. Why not make the trip up stunning Blencathra itself. Blencathra consists of six separate fell tops, linked by a lovely ridge walk. This popular mountain ranks highly with walkers for the great selection of thrilling ascents and glorious views over the vale of Keswick. You are also perfectly situated to make the most of the Helvellyn and Skiddaw ranges.
Aside from Blencathra, Arndale 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.
Cycling is a popular pastime in this part of Cumbria. One arm of the popular Coast to Coast route passes Arndale and there are plenty of other excellent bike rides in the area. The country lanes undulate for miles while the off road cycling is second to none. Nearby Whinlatter Forest Park has miles of trails for all abilities, you can also book tuition if you'd like to brush up on your skills. Many of the most iconic road cycling routes in the country lie within easy distance of the cottage, the dedicated roadies will have a fabulous time on the wonderful mountain passes. Blease Road heads west climbing out of the village of Threlkeld and terminates at the Blencathra Centre formerly a sanatorium. 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. 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?
Keswick, the adventure capital of the Lake District, is just five miles away. It's an easy drive and is well worth a visit. The town is one of the most iconic locations in the Lake District. At the heart of its enduring popularity is the beautiful scenery, ease of access to the fells, and the fantastic range of activities, shops and places to eat and drink. It is a friendly, bustling town with plenty of quiet spots too. Here you can make the most of a vast range of outdoor activities to help you find your wilder side all set in magnificent scenery. Aside from its outdoor credentials it is a vibrant market town with a fantastic choice of outdoor shops, restaurants and cafes. It even boasts its own art deco cinema and one of the most beautifully positioned theatres showing a varied programme of plays and music throughout the year.
The jewel in Keswick’s crown is Derwentwater. This beautiful lake is surrounded by terrific mountain scenery and has several picturesque islands. The Keswick Launch operates a service around the lake stopping at several jetties around the lake. It is ideal for sitting back and enjoying a cruise or getting off to explore on one of the seven landing stages. You can also hire rowing boats and explore the islands. Why not hire a kayak or paddle board from one of its two marinas?
If you like thrills and adventure, take a trip to Rookin House Farm just over five miles away where you can try your hand at archery, quad biking, rifle shooting, fishing, tree climbing, JCB operating, pony trekking or even driving around in a small tank!
Penrith is 13 miles away from the cottage and is an attractive town with a good mixture of independent and high street shops as well as many places to eat. Penrith prides itself on its range of small independent shops, stocking everything from books to sweets - to tease your taste buds, it has an artisan bakery, cake shop, and even its very own smokery! Look out for the adorable Devonshire Arcade, an original indoor Victorian shopping arcade in the centre of town, which is home to small boutiques and food retailers. Penrith holds farmers' markets on the third Tuesday of the month (between March and December) in Market Square, and you can also find out about the town's history through the town trail.
Keen golfers will love Keswick Golf Course located just a mile away. The picturesque 18 hole course stretches across Threlkeld Common on the fellside. The course is blessed with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and has been designed around beautiful natural features. Visitors are welcome.
Nearby is Threlkeld quarry – 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 railtracks.
Greystoke village is just over seven miles away from Arndale. The lovely open air swimming pool is open here between May and September. The pool is heated and the season is extended when there is unseasonably warm weather! There is a large pool for all ages and a shallow toddlers pool that is slightly warmer than the main pool. The cycle cafe in the village is a must visit. It also runs very popular ‘quirky workshops’ throughout the year where you can learn anything from bike maintenance to the art of chicken wire sculptures! Why not find out if one coincides with your visit?
Should you be looking for a little indulgence why not try the new Spa at Rheged, just a 15 minute drive from Arndale? Indeed Rheged offers a range of activities for all the family including pottery workshops, exhibitions, a huge 3D cinema, an artisan food hall and restaurants.
Arndale boasts easy access to the Ullswater Valley just 11 miles away. This stunning valley offers a wealth of walking for all abilities from charming lowland rambles to more challenging hikes. Glenridding is the gateway to the mighty Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain. Or why not escape the 21st century and take a walk or a cycle ride on the eastern side of the lake to Martindale, a secluded valley which feels a million miles from any kind of hustle and bustle but is deceptively easy to get to. Read more in our guide to Ullswater
You can also visit Lake District destinations such as Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere in around 30 minutes from the house. Taking the beautiful route down St John's in the Vale and along the side of picturesque Thirlmere makes a lovely day out.