Lake District Activities in and near Bassenthwaite, Cockermouth and Keswick
Puddle Duck Cottages are located in the heart of Bassenthwaite Village in the Northern region of The Lake District National Park, Cumbria approximately 15 mins’ drive from the towns of Keswick and Cockermouth. Our cottages are an excellent base to explore some of the quieter corners of the Lake District.
Bassenthwaite Village is two miles from the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake (an ideal walk to the only official lake in the Lake District!) and two miles from the foot of Skiddaw, the fourth highest mountain in the Lake District. There are excellent walks for all abilities straight from the cottage door or after a short drive and a series of walk books of the local area is available with proceeds to cancer research.
There is a wildlife park in Bassenthwaite, 5 mins drive from the cottages, the Lake District Wildlife Park (formerly known as Trotters)
Mirehouse historic house and adventure playgrounds is under 10 mins drive from the cottages, towards Keswick, and this is one of the places from which you can sometimes view the Osprey birds of prey which have made Bassenthwaite Lake their home for the past 10 summers
The Lakes Distillery is under 10 mins drive from the cottages towards Cockermouth offering guided tours
For those wanting to treat themselves with some pampering, the award winning spa at Armathwaite Hall Hotel is 5 mins drive from the cottages
Below is a selection of website links to activities and information, drinking and eating places in and about the area. There are many activities, for all ages and abilities, in the Lake District and Cumbria as well as a great many places to visit and enjoy. Bassenthwaite is almost mid-way between Keswick and Cockermouth so going either direction has its own benefits:
Keswick is a magnet for the Lake District visitor with Derwentwater (lake), several parks including crazy golf, mini golf and putting, all its outdoor shops, cafés, restaurants, galleries, museum, cinema, theatre, brewery and more.
Cockermouth is much more of a locals town first and a visitor centre second though still has more than its fair share of things to see and do for visitors such as several antique shops, Mitchells saleroom every Thursday with occasional specialist antique sales, Mitchells livestock auction market where you can watch sheep and cattle being sold, Jennings Brewery, Wordsworth House (the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth), the annual food festival in September attracting 30,000 people and a good selection of unique owner-run shops and eateries (many of the restaurants, pubs and cafes are cheaper than equivalent places in Keswick) …
Please browse the sites below:
Local Attractions and “Things To Do”
Theatre by the Lake – Keswick’s own award winning Theatre on the shores of Derwentwater
The Kirkgate – Cockermouth’s vibrant venue for live music, theatre, comedy, film, children’s shows, heritage and much more
Wordsworth House and Garden – Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home
Keswick Museum – A gem of a museum showing the history of Keswick and its many artifacts
Keswick Climbing Wall – Indoor climbing and outdoor activities
Jennings Brewery – Take a trip around Cockermouth’s brewery
The Cumberland Pencil Museum – The famous Keswick pencil museum
Osprey Watch – Keep in touch with our own nesting Osprey
The Puzzling Place – Where seeing is not always, believing
North Cumbria Festivals
Keswick Mountain Festival – Activity based Festival held in May. Film, Lectures, seminars and activities for all outdoor enthusiasts.
Keswick Beer Festival – Popular annual beer festival held at Keswick Rugby Club on the first weekend in June
Keswick Jazz Festival – Famous festival brings Keswick alive attracting visitors from around the world
Georgian Fair – Cockermouth. A tribute to the Georgian heritage of Cockermouth.
Touch a Truck Show – Cockermouth Truck Show.
Outdoor Activities – Guiding/Climbing/Scrambling/Cycling
Chase Adventure Centre – Organised activities for all grades in Climbing, Canoeing, Gyhll Scrambling etc.
Lake District Walks – Routes, pictures etc. for Lake District Walks.
Keswick Rambles – Daily walks from Keswick. See website for full details
Official Tourist Information Sites
The Official Keswick Website – Keswick.org – Keswick Tourism Association, Accommodation, Walking Routes, Activities, Attractions, Adventure, Travel Timetables, What to see and What to do, and much more.
Lake District National Park Authority – Official Site for LDNPA
Cumbria Tourism – Regional tourist board web site for the Lake District and the whole of Cumbria
Visit Britain – Official site for all tourism businesses in Britain
Visit England – Accommodation and visitor attractions in England
The National Trust – Information on National Trust land & properties in the Lake District and the whole of Britain