Photo: view over Bassenthwaite

Out & about


Sty Cottage offers a quiet location for those who want to be able to take peaceful walks locally onto the less frequented Cumbrian foothills, but also offers easy access to the scenic north western lakes and the more challenging fells around them.

Skiddaw rises majestically across Bassenthwaite Lake and Lorton Vale is a short drive ‘just around the corner’ leading to Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere. These offer low level walks around, and routes to the high fells nearby, including Grasmoor, Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike.

Complete a circular tour via Newlands Hause or over the winding Honister Pass and through Borrowdale, with many more fell walks and the Honister Slate Mine (guided tours and a via ferrata).

For a complete change of view, try the Cumbrian coast and the Solway Firth.


If you feel like trying something else a bit different, then drive to Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre where you can try out your mountain biking skills or have a ‘go’ on the high-wire!  There are hiking and biking trails there, of varying lengths to suit all abilities, some taking you up to viewpoints across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike.  The Whinlatter Centre is also home to the Lake District Osprey Project from April to August each year.

Cruise on Derwentwater and explore its surroundings using the Keswick Launch service, or hire a boat or canoe.  Lake and river fishing are available in season and several companies in Keswick offer a wide range of ‘adventure’ activities.  The local golf course welcomes visitors.  

The Market Towns

Cockermouth (4 miles) has supermarkets, a wide range of local shops, arts and crafts galleries, restaurants and some nice little cafes.  You can visit Wordsworth’s birthplace or the Jennings Brewery which does a really good tour.  There is much of architectural and historical interest dating back to Mediaeval times and before.

Keswick (7 miles) is more touristy, but well worth a visit.  Moot Hall, in the pedestrian-only Main Street, is the tourist information centre.  There are two supermarkets and a variety of shops which cater for the outdoor enthusiast.  There is a lovely walk from the town centre, down past the Theatre-By-The-Lake, out to Friar’s Crag on Derwentwater.  A market is held every Saturday 8am-2pm.  There are local museums and a cinema.  Try some of the numerous cafes for coffee or lunch and watch the action in the market square or on the lake. 

Dining Out

There are excellent local inns and places to eat close by, such as:

  • The Pheasant Inn at Bassenthwaite
  • The Wheatsheaf at Lorton
  • The Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater (with its own micro brewery)
  • The 4* Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa

Nearest of all, in Embleton Village, are:

  • The Wheatsheaf Pub
  • The Embleton Spa Hotel

Also The Lakes Distillery is not too far away and offers tours, sells gin – and the food in their café/restaurant is lovely.

Additionally, there are numerous pubs, hotels, restaurants, cafes and takeaways in Keswick and Cockermouth.

Photo credits

  • bridge over river in Cockermouth: SC [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Bassenthwaite: by Michael Walsh
  • Derwentwater - passengers waiting to board ferry: David Dixon [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick: Phil Davies [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Market Square, Keswick: Roger Cornfoot [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Buttermere: Michael Walsh [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Honister Pass: By Rosser1954 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Buttermere and Crummock Water: By Nessy-Pic (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons