Step outside the door of Looking Stead and you are able to access many walks, be it lakeside, mountain or fell. Crummock water and Loweswater are probably a good starting point for those not wanting to mountaineer – like me! Low Fell behind Looking Stead can be tackled from various points with varying degrees of difficulty.
Mellbreak, Low fell and Darling Fell and Rannerdale Knott give fantastic views of all three local lakes – Loweswater, Crummock water and Buttermere.
Grasmoor, Mellbreak and the ridges of High Stile, Red Pike and Great Gable offer a climb rather than a walk.
Sample the coast-to-coast cycle route at the bottom of our drive, head over Whinlatter Pass or cycle to the seaside at Whitehaven catching glimpses of Scotland as you go.
My husband aims to swim in a lake every month of the year without a wetsuit! I find this is not to be recommended despite Crummock Water being voted in the top five cleanest lakes.
Keswick offers launch trips on Derwentwater as well as canoeing.
Several lakes offer fishing, please check and book ahead.
Whinlatter Visitor Center has a Go Ape, play area, cycle trails and a lovely café.
Loweswater Agricultural Show takes place in September, whilst the bluebells at Rannerdale in late April/early May are a sight to behold.
Visit Cockermouth to see Wordsworth House or Bassenthwaite, where there is an Osprey project in progress.
The Honister Slate Mines offer a taste of how life used to be, with the added bonus of the Via Ferrata for the daredevils out there.
The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick hosts a variety of events and plays a role in the Jazz Festival held each year.
Local Inns we have enjoyed are:
We would recommend booking ahead, as they are popular, particularly during holiday periods.
This is just a small sample of things to do, in what is a quieter part of the Lake District.