Things to do nearby Garden Cottage
Thornthwaite is a pretty village on the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake. This quiet village boasts its own art gallery, beautiful scenery and views to the impressive Skiddaw range across Bassenthwaite Lake. The lane linking Thornthwaite and Braithwaite was formerly the main road before the A66 existed, and steam trains puffed alongside the lake. Nowadays the lane sees little traffic and is pleasant for walking or cycling whilst admiring the hedgerows, meadows and fells.
Just down the road from Garden Cottage is Thornthwaite Gallery, a converted bank barn that displays the work of local and regional exhibitors. Here you can buy original paintings and prints, jewellery, wood turning, pottery and silk scarves amongst other things. The tea room serves fairtrade products and the elevated position in the village gives a wonderful vista over Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw. The gallery is worth a visit; you may even find a suitable memento of the local area to remind you of your holiday.
Spring is the best time to walk down the lane leading to St Mary's Church as the hedgerows are brilliant green and the verges lined with daffodils. The small churchyard looks straight across to Skiddaw and is shaded by tall evergreens. A quaint hand painted sign points the way to the church. Here you can also cross the aqueduct across the A66 and ramble through farmer fields down to the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake.
Thornthwaite is on the edge of Whinlatter Forest, a real mountain forest with plenty to explore. There are mountain bike trails, family bike rides and walks, a Go Ape course and a visitor centre with café. You can hire bikes and take tuition from Cyclewise. From the spring, the Osprey Project begins with cameras and binoculars stationed so you can watch the rare birds nesting.
Garden Cottage is well positioned to enjoy Bassenthwaite Lake. You can read more about Bassenthwaite and things to do around the lake in our Bassenthwaite area guide.
Braithwaite is two miles to the east. The village has three great pubs and a hotel all serving good food and drink. There is a rather handy bus stop right outside the long private drive to Garden Cottage. Why not take a pleasant walk to Braithwaite to build up your appetite and be dropped at the door on your way back. The last bus leaves Keswick at 11pm so you have plenty of time to enjoy the hostelries of Braithwaite before it reaches the stop just by the Royal Oak.
Keswick is a 5 minute drive from Garden Cottage. Keswick is the main town of the northern Lake District and is chock full of outdoor shops, pubs and bars. There is also a cinema and a theatre for something a little more refined. Read more in our Keswick area guide.