Things to do nearby Blencathra Cottage
Threlkeld sits in a picturesque setting below the imposing southern face of Blencathra. Three rocky spurs and ridges draw you eyes skywards and the mountain appears symmetrical when viewed from the southeast. 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.
Threlkeld is also a great base for cyclists and mountain bikers. Blease Road heads west climbing out of the village 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. It is possible to return to Threlkeld over the top of Latrigg and along the old railway line.
The 4 mile path along the former railway line links Threlkeld to Keswick. The tree lined route is rich in wildlife and has an active family of red squirrels in the woods surrounding Cat Crags. It is ideal for family cycling or for those who prefer less strenuous walks.
Threlkeld is perfect for exploring the quieter areas of Lake District including the fells Back o’ Skiddaw where you can walk for miles, enjoying the peace and quiet and not see a soul.
The village does not have a village shop but Keswick is well served by Booths supermarket. A holiday cottage friendly delivery service in Threlkeld can deliver milk, cream, yogurts, eggs and orange juice. Telephone 017687 79784 or 07771 611 088 for more information. There is a newspaper honesty shop located just down the road near the Horse and Farrier Inn.
Across the A66 set in dramatic scenery is the Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Musuem. Run by enthusiastic staff and volunteers the site offers an underground tour, a geology and mining museum and a shop. A narrow gauge locomotive hauls passenger trains on a daily basis during the summer months and at Christmas operates the Santa Special! The train ride travels up hill past the engine sheds and vintage machinery, right into the heart of the blasted out fell side.
The museum sits in the disused microgranite quarry in an area of the Lake District where copper, iron, lead, zinc, tungsten, graphite, barites and fluorite were mined. It contains a fascinating array of artefacts, plans and photographic records of explorations of many local mines. Walkers may find particular interest in the photographs featuring well-known fells and their changing faces after years of mining activity.
Also across the road is Keswick Golf Club which welcomes visitors.
Eating in Threlkeld
The village is well served by two pubs conveniently situated across the road from each other, The Horse and Farrier Inn and the Salutation Inn. Both serve good food and local ales. You can find well-kept Jennings on tap in The Horse and Farrier, bar meals and a restaurant, which has been awarded an AA rosette.
The Salutation serves excellent home cooked food in its cosy bar. The traditional Lakeland inn features original exposed beams, local stonework and roaring open fires. There is also a games room with darts and a TV.