Braithwaite is a small, friendly village only two miles from Keswick centre. There are three good pubs all of which offer food, at least one very good restaurant and a well stocked village shop. Only minutes away is the Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre, with its forest walks, childrens adventure areas, tea room and shop, a great place for a family day out. Grisedale Pike and Barrow are within easy walking distance from the doorstep. Ideal for walkers and mountain bike enthusiasts. There is even Force Crag Mine where you'll get a look into the area's mining heritage.
Keswick, in Cumbria, is a small but busy market town with a fascinating history. With many notable and historic buildings, it nestles amidst some of the most stunning and spectacular mountains, lakes and valleys in the whole of the Lake District. Keswick offers so much interest to occupy its visitors. It has two public parks offering sport and leisure facilities, speciality shops for foods, gifts and outdoor gear and of course the wonderful lakeside theatre. Lake Derwentwater offers rowing boats and a regular public launch and with such a fine selectionof pubs restaurants eating places there will always be enough activities and attractions to make your stay an enjoyable one.
Littletown - Newlands Valley
Littletown is a small, picturesque hamlet in the Newlands Vallery with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northern Lakes. Only a few miles from Keswick and yet it feels like a world away. Ideal for those who want to be close to Keswick and yet far enough away to enjoy the tranquil break in a peaceful and scenic setting. Newlands Church is well worth a visit.
Portinscale is within easy walking of Keswick centre yet offers a peaceful setting in which to enjoy a traditional Lakeland holiday. Being on the shores of Derwentwater there are two marinas both offering excellent water sport facilities and tuition (if required) e.g. canoeing, windsurfing, sailing. The Keswick Launch calls at Nichol End Marina and from there you can travel on the lake to several drop off points all of which offer excellent starting points for a leisurely Lakeside walk or more strenuous walk up the fells. You can also take a trip to Keswick, a great alternative to walking or driving! Both marinas offer waterside cafe areas where you can have a drink, snack or just take in the view. Derwentwater Marina also has a bar area which also serves food. If you like to eat out, the village shop has a lovely cafe area serving delicious snacks throughout the day and both The Farmers Arms (which is a traditional village pub) and Derwent Lodge offer excellent food in the evenings.
The village of Thornthwaite is located just 3 miles north west of Keswick, between the eastern fringe of Whinlatter Forest and the southern edge of Bassenthwaite Lake. Originally straddling the Keswick to Cockermouth trunk road, the village was by-passed by the A66 in the early 1980s.Thornthwaite enjoys a good bus service, being on the X5 Penrith-Keswick-Workington route. Of special note is the last bus of the day, which leaves Keswick for Thornthwaite at 11pm; ideal for those enjoying the town's pubs, restaurants and entertainment. Many footpaths surround the village, with several routes into Whinlatter forest. There are also walks around Powter How wood to Bassenthwaite Lake, an elevated route to Braithwaite and a path across the valley to Dodd and Skiddaw.