Out & About around Haystacks Cottage

Rising above the village of Braithwaite 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.

If you’re looking for action and adventure, Keswick is two-miles away and is a hub of activity.  Rent a bike from Keswick Mountain Bikes, scramble up the climbing wall or have a go at dragon boating on Derwent Water.  Whatever outdoor activity you’re into, it’s bound to be available in Keswick. The town has a tourist information centre, numerous outdoor and independent shops, theatre, cinema, pubs and restaurants offering a wide range of differing cuisines.

Bassenthwaite Lake is only 5 miles away from the holiday cottage which is a perfect setting for a quiet paddle. Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest (70 ft). It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. Its is often full of sailing boats from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.

Wordsworth House and Garden, in the Cumbrian town of Cockermouth, is the birthplace and childhood home of romantic poet William and his sister Dorothy. It is presented as it would have been when they lived here with their parents, three brothers and servants in the 1770s. Today, this homely Georgian townhouse is peopled by our knowledgeable 21st-century guides and, on selected dates, the maid or manservant is hard at work – and keen to chat. There is real food on the dining table, a fire burning in the working kitchen and a recipe William and Dorothy might have eaten for you to taste. Ink and quill pens are ready in the clerk’s office, and if you play the piano, you might like to try our replica harpsichord.

Within Whinlatter Forest is one of the 30 UK Go Ape trails and with it only being 7 miles away from Haystacks Cottage you should definitely head into the forest for a high-wire Tree Top Adventures and Tree Top Junior,  Zip Trekking Adventures, or one of their Forest Segway Experiences.

A relaxed welcome, enhanced by it’s unique literary connections and beautiful collections, await visitors to Mirehouse. Visitors can enjoy the live piano music, unusual photographs and manuscripts and children’s activities as they wander through this family home.

Set in the heart of the North Lake District, three miles from Keswick, the beautiful, natural gardens at Mirehouse offer stunning views of the dramatic Lakeland landscape they are set in. Enjoy the tranquility of the walled Bee Garden, stroll in quiet contemplation along the Poetry Walk or sit by the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Honister Slate Mine – Located at the head of Honister Pass in the centre of the Lake District, they produce the world famous Westmorland Green Slate – a beautiful, functional 450 million year old material that has been extracted here for centuries.

A great day out regardless of the weather! They offer a range of mine tours ; Kimberley (our most popular tour suitable for all ages), Honister (takes you to the edge of the mountain then deep inside) and the all-weather adventure activity  Climb in the Mine, then specialist tours Industrial History, Ecological Mountain Flower.  They also offer The Cathedral Tour which allows you to take a look deep inside England’s last fully working slate mine.

Castlerigg Stone Circle is only 5 miles away from Haystacks Cottage, and with its stunning views and historical nature it is well worth a visit.

Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles, with panoramic views and the mountains of Helvellyn and High Seat as a backdrop. It is also among the earliest British circles, raised in about 3000 BC during the Neolithic period.

Braithwaite is a lovely village and has not one, not two but three pubs! The Royal Oak is a stone’s throw from Haystacks, but there is also the Coledale and the Middle Ruddings. Perfect after a day on the fells.

If you want to venture out further for some food, Keswick is only 2 miles away and offers a wide variety of options. There’s no shortage of places for eating out around Keswick and the North Lakes. The only difficult decision is which of these many and varied places to choose. Are you looking for the best Restaurant in Keswick? Perhaps a Keswick cafe bar will fit the bill or a traditional English Pubs with local beer and food.