Things to do nearby Rosewell House
Rosewell House is in the perfect position for exploring this stunning part of the Lake District. There are a variety of walks right from the front door, to Loweswater Lake, Crummock Water or Buttermere in the valley or up the fells of Whiteside, Grasmore and on the other side of the valley Red Pike and High Style. At Loweswater is the Kirkstile Inn (1 mile from the house) - The Kirkstile Inn is famous throughout The Lake District for its fantastic food and amazing locally brewed Real Ales (The Loweswater Brewey's Loweswater Gold is the Champion Beer of Britain!).
The bluebells at Rannderdale (at Crummock Water)
Having visited Loweswater and Crummock Water, drive through the Newlands Valley, over Whinlatter Forest Pass to Braithwaite and then Keswick beyond. It's a lovely drive and Keswick is a busy market town (market day is Thursday and Saturday) with lots going on. Here you can go boating on the Lake, hire bikes, visit the climbing wall, take a trip to the "Cars of the Stars" Museum, the Puzzling Place or even the Pencil Museum (all good wet weather activities for kids and adults alike). Keswick also has a theatre and a cinema (which also shows World Cinema films on a Sunday afternoon throughout winter).
Ashness Bridge overlooking Derwentwater and Keswick
For more information about Keswick, please visit our Keswick Area Guide.
Wordsworth's House in Cockermouth
Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth, and his home is definately worth a visit, as is Jennings Brewery and Museum. There are plenty of antique shops and cafes, including Merienda which holds the occasional Jazz evening. There are a variety of pubs and smaller shops (butchers, bakers etc) as well as a Sainsburys.
Ennerdale Lake with its forest walks and mountain biking is also within easy striking distance. You can walk right round the lake or up Pillar and the surrounding fells.
For more information about Ennerdale, please click here.
Just beyond Ennerdale, on Cold Fell, is Bradley's Farm which has pony trekking on the fell. Driving along the fell road and coming across the ponies apparently roaming wild is quite a sight to see.
Whitehaven at night
Cumbria's western coast is also nearby - Whitehaven is ten miles away and was once the second biggest port in Britain. The harbour area of this Georgian town has been regenerated and the Beacon is also worth a visit. There is both a Tesco and a Morrisons here, although for general high street shops go to Workington which has just had a new shopping centre built, as well as having the nearest multi-screen cinema.