Things to do nearby High Swinside Farmhouse
Lorton is the perfect starting place to explore the Lake District. There are a variety of walks right from the front door with a highlight being a fantastic walk of 2-3hrs up the Lorton fells from the cottage taking in views of Loweswater, Buttermere and Crummock.
Follow this by a lovely refreshing drink at The Wheatsheaf Inn just 20 minutes metres from the cottage. They also do lovely food (don't miss the fresh fish on Fridays!).
The valley of Buttermere is just a short drive away with the lakes of Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere itself; all with fantastic for walks along the shore which give beautiful views of the hills. There is also the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater which has it's own brewery to finish off a lovely walk.
The area also gives easy access to the high fells with Grisedale Pike, Hopegillhead, Grasmoor, High Pike and Wainwright's favorite Haystacks all in the valley
If you would prefer a shorter less strenuous walk which is extremely rewarding, a wander up Ranerdale and the back over Ranadale Knotts gives beautiful views to the valley and lakes below (approx 2-3hrs). Plus if you go in early May you will get the treat of the Ranerdale blue bells (see below).
On your way back to the cottage make sure you stop at The Barn Tearoom, just 1 mile from Low Lorton, which does an amazing Cumberland Tea (don't eat any snacks before; it's huge!).
Cockermouth, the birthplace of William Wordsworth, is 4 miles away. William Wordsworth's home is 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.
There is easy access to Whinlatter Pass (1 mile) with a Go-ape high ropes course, the mountain bike trails, a childrens playground, visitors centre with lovely cafe and lots of waymarked walks. The cottage is also on the National Cycle Route 71 (C2C) so is a great place from which to do some road biking.
Over Whinlatter Forest Pass is 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 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).
In the opposite direction is Ennerdale Lake with its forest walks and mountain biking. You can walk right round the lake or up Pillar and the surrounding fells.
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.
Cumbria's western coast is also nearby - Whitehaven is fifteen 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 (12 miles from Hobcarton) which has just had a new shopping centre built, as well as having the nearest multi-screen cinema.