Bassenthwaite & Keswick
For those looking for an adventure Bassenthwaite is an ideal location from which to explore all of the Lake District and Cumbria.
Close to the cottage is Mirehouse, a historic house and gardens close to Bassenthwaite Lake; Lake District Wildlife Park, a small privately owned wildlife park; the Bassenthwaite Osprey viewpoint is less than 5 minutes away in Dodd Wood; St. Bega’s church is situated beside Bassenthwaite Lake, which itself is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, supporting a variety of waterfowl and the Vendace, a fish unique to the lake.
There are some excellent walks and cycle rides straight from the door. You can head up Skiddaw which is literally on the back door, or for mountain bikers go round to Skiddaw House, a remote cottage close to both Skiddaw and Blencathra. Slightly further afield, head up Whinlatter Forest to the new mountain bike trails and the “Go Ape” tree-top adventure.
For those wanting gentle walks, stroll down to Bassenthwaite Lake or Bassenthwaite village where there is a dining pub. Alternatively Keswick is just a short drive away where there are a variety of excellent restaurants and cafés and the renowned “Theatre by the Lake”, before returning to the tranquillity of The Hawthorns.
For those who enjoy sport there are two golf courses within 10 miles, Cockermouth and Keswick. If you enjoy water sports, then Bassenthwaite Sailing Club offers sailing opportunities and nearby Derwentwater offers activities such as windsurfing, rowing and canoeing.