Braithwaite is ideally situated for exploring the rivers and lakes. Whether it be the mountainous walks up the Coledale Fells, gentle strolls around Bassenthwaite or Derwentwater or paddling and picnicking in the Newlands Valley, all are easily reached from the village. Rising above the village is the mountainous Whinlatter Forest with numerous mountain bike trails, walking trails, a play trail and the Go Ape high rope course. The shop and cafe in the visitor centre are well worth visiting as is the information display and webcam of the Osprey nesting site overlooking Bassenthwaite. Braithwaite village has three pubs, all serving food and a well-stocked licensed village shop with deli, groceries and newspapers
The town of Keswick is within walking distance or a 5-minute drive and has a tourist information centre, numerous outdoor and independent shops, theatre, cinema, pubs and restaurants offering a wide range of differing cuisines.