Things to do nearby Quarry Hill Stables
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside with plenty of leisurely walks nearby. A short drive takes you to the riverside town of Cockermouth, where its array of independent shops, cafes and bars make for an enjoyable wander. A little further South, Bassenthwaite, the area's only true lake, is a very pleasant place to explore. It's the starting point for many walks and has Mirehouse and Garden, Lakes Distillery and Lake District Wildlife Park, all worthy of a visit.
Boltongate is one of a handful of tiny villages and hamlets in the rural landscape a few miles north of Bassenthwaite. It is a lovely location whether you want to explore northwest Cumbria or just relax away from the pressures of modern life. Nearby Binsey Fell is the most outlying of all the Wainwright fells and a lovely little walk.
Cockermouth is the nearest big town to Boltongate. It is a lovely location for a wander around the independent shops – you might even find a bargain in one of the many antique stores! There is a Sainsbury’s supermarket, a butcher, delicatessen, bakery and fishmongers. For entertainment, Cockermouth also serves you well. Step back in time with a visit to William Wordsworth’s childhood home – now a museum owned by the national Trust – or take a tour around Jennings Brewery, with a tasting at the end, of course! The river running through the town makes for a lovely stroll, and you can treat yourself after your busy day with a tasty meal at a choice of cafes, restaurants, and pubs!
About 15 minutes beyond Cockermouth is Loweswater, one of the lesser known and more peaceful of the Lake District lakes. It is only small and is surrounded by ancient woodland, the perfect place to be alone with your thoughts or to take a gentle walk. Loweswater is also close to Buttermere and Crummock Water (which you can see from higher points on the walk around Loweswater) where there is some stunning scenery and fantastic walks. Don’t forget to catch the fabulous display of bluebells in the hidden Rannerdale Valley in spring!
Bassenthwaite Lake is a short drive away and is a great starting point for many good walks. Whether you just fancy a stroll along the lakeshore or a big hike up Skiddaw, this area can cater for you. Otherwise, you can just relax by this quiet lake and watch the local Sailing Club’s yachts glide across the water. When you fancy a nibble, there is a dog friendly pub – The Sun Inn - in Bassenthwaite Village that serves tasty food for both lunch and dinner.
You’re spoiled for choice around Bassenthwaite; why not head to the Lake District Wildlife Park and hang out with monkeys, reptiles, meerkats, otters, and many more!? Alternatively, pop next door to meet the alpacas at the Lake District Distillery and – go on, then – enjoy a tour and tasting while you’re at it! Dodd Wood is also a great place to spot red squirrels and rare birdlife such as the Bassenthwaite Ospreys, or you can take a stroll through the grounds of beautiful Mirehouse, down to the lakeside, and along to the tiny St Bega’s church, said to be the inspiration for Alfred Tennyson's Morte d'Arthur after his visit there in 1835.
Maryport is an interesting and historic town 25 minutes away from Boltongate. A hugely popular blues festival is held each year in July, attracting many big names from the world of music. There are several good rainy day activities including a fascinating aquarium, a maritime museum, indoor go-karting and the Senhouse Roman Museum. There is a lovely beach here with a coastal footpath and bike track. It is a pleasant walk or bike ride of five miles up the coast to Allonby where there is a famed ice cream parlour on the seafront.
Further up the coast and through the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is Silloth. The town was planned in the 1850s and features a large green on the seafront and wide cobbled, tree-lined avenues. Silloth is on the edge of a huge wetland reserve that attracts a diverse range of birds and wildlife. The sunsets across the reserve are stunning and there are plenty photo opportunities for nature lovers!
Cumbria's great border city of Carlisle is a half-hour drive away. Steeped in history, it has been the scene of many battles between the Scots and the English, many of which are detailed in the Carlisle Castle’s museum. The castle itself is an imposing focal point of the city and Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned there. There is also a lovely sandstone Cathedral and Tullie House Museum to visit. Carlisle has a busy nightlife and a wide pedestrianised high street with a large choice of shops and eateries.
Keswick is considered the capital of north Lakeland, especially when it comes to outdoor activities. You can join guided walks, hire bikes and boats or try out the local climbing wall. For something a bit more reserved there is the Theatre by the Lake (guests with Sally’s Cottages can receive discounts on tickets) or the charming Art Deco cinema, the Alhambra. Alternatively, why not take a walk around the stunning lake of Derwentwater? You can take on the full circuit or else cover part of the distance on foot and then catch a Launch back to town, viewing the stunning surrounding scenery from the water itself!