Things to do nearby Cruck Barn
Cruck Barn is perfectly located for parking up on the first day and not using the car till it is time to depart. The access to the Helvellyn range is beyond compare and main paths to Fairfield, St Sunday Crag and Helvellyn can all be access from the front door of Cruck Barn. Across the valley is the formidable Striding Edge, leading on to Helvellyn. This would make the perfect start to a long day in some of the highest fells in Lakeland. You can then stride out across the tops of Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike before descending to Grisedale Tarn and back along the valley to the comfort of Cruck Barn.
There are lots of great opportunities for cycling and mountain biking in the area. If you are feeling brave (and strong!) then it is possible to mountain bike between the tops of Dollywagon Pike and Clough Head and further afield over the High Street Range.
There are many days of varied walking with Dovedale and Grisedale offering excellent options for low level walks and access to the higher fells rising up above the valleys.
Lake steamers run between Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding throughout the year (with a reduced winter service). A trip on the steamers is a great way of completing a linear walk. The Steamer service has a popular stop at Howtown with the beautiful little Hallin Fell dominating the scence. This is ideal for shorter walks and for children whilst Place Fell is a rugged yet none too taxing climb affording unsurpassed views of Ullswater and the surrounding mountains. Due to the remoteness of the High Street range, the rolling fells above Hawsewater are pleasantly quiet even in the busy summers months. The steamer gives easy access to the valley of Martindale and High Street beyond. Ullswater is ideal for those who like to be in and around water, it is perfect to picnic beside, swim in, fish in, and boat and windsurf on. You can launch your own boat at Howtown, or take out temporary membership of Ullswater Yacht Club. Boats can be hired at Pooley Bridge and Glenridding.
If you do venture out of the valley there are plenty of pubs, cafes and hotels all within easy reach and with something to offer for all tastes and budgets. Try the Howtown Hotel which is situated near the lovely little Hallin Fell, accessed by car along a bumpy road or sail in style on a steamer from Glenridding or Patterdale (highly recommended!) Also on the road to Howtown is the Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel, which although at the top end of most budgets is one of the oldest Lakeland hotels and the birthplace of the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding.
Keswick is within a 30 minute drive from the cottage and as the adventure hub of the northern Lake District offers a vast choice of outdoor activities on two feet, a bike, and on water. The town also has lots of places to eat and a wide choice of things to do in rainy weather. However with a location like that of Cruck Barn, you may never want to step foot outside the valley!