Things to do nearby High Bridge
At the foot of the Whinlatter Pass sits the pretty village of Braithwaite. With the magnificent mountain backdrop of the Coledale Fells, High Bridge is the perfect base for walkers and cyclists. Coledale Beck flows down the valley, reaching Braithwaite in front of High Bridge and makes a lovely spot to sit and watch the world go by. It catches the evening sun and the sight of Skiddaw glowing red on late summer evening is a sight to behold.
The grand summits of Grisedale Pike, Crag Hill and Causey Pike rise up behind Braithwaite and along with Barrow, form the Coledale Horseshoe, a stunning all day walk amidst glorious mountain scenery. The fells surrounding Braithwaite are deceptively steep. Height is gained quickly and the walking is much easier than it first appears. The North Western Fells offer some of the best and accessible walking in the Lake District.
The National Trust owned site at the head of Coledale is Force Crag Mine, the last working metal mine in the Lake District. Now a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and a geological SSSI (site of special scientific interest), the location of the mine is stunning, sitting underneath Force Crag and the imposing Eel Crag. The National Trust runs guided tours on selected dates through the year and these come highly recommended.
Braithwaite makes an excellent base for scenic touring, being situated at start of both Whinlatter and Newlands Pass. A 19-mile circular route takes in the pleasant greenery and shade of the Whinlatter Pass, the dramatic lakeside scenery alongside Crummock Water and then climbs back up to Newlands Hause (a great spot for photos, picnics and a stretch of the legs) and winds its way along the valley and back into Braithwaite.
To take on the 45 mile circuit, ignore the signs for Newlands and carry on past Buttermere and up the steep and imposing pass of Honister before dropping down into beautiful Borrowdale. This route will take you through some of the best scenery Lakeland has to offer and is perfect for car tourers and strong cyclists.
Eating in Braithwaite
Sitting above the village but within walking distance of High Bridge is The Coledale Inn. The peaceful location started life as a woollen mill before becoming a pencil mill. It is now a well looked after pub full of interesting Victorian furnishings and prints.
The Middle Ruddings Inn and Restaurant offers an extensive menu and it is clear to see that they are utterly passionate about the food they serve. Everything is cooked to order and special diets are well catered for. The conservatory restaurant has lovely views across to Skidaw.
Less than 2 miles up the Whinlatter Pass is a real gem of a restaurant that is worth taking a taxi to. The Cottage in The Wood is nestled in the trees high up on the pass. The interior has been sympathetically refurbished and the conservatory offers the most stunning view of the Skiddaw range, especially in the setting sun. The menu changes daily and is often based around unique ingredients foraged from the forest.