Things To Do

Linskeldfield Cottages are located in the northern Lakes with magnificent mountains and lakes within easy reach. The market towns of Cockermouth and Keswick are a few miles to the south, while the historic city of Carlisle is only half an hour away by car or bus.

There are so many places to visit locally that you would be hard-pushed to see everything. To make it easier, we have included a few of our favourite options:

Close At Hand

Linskeldfield Tarn
Our own nature reserve and home to a wealth of wildlife – waterfowl (nesting swans, greylag geese, shelducks, pintails, little grebes, shovelers), otters, red squirrels and amphibians (frogs, toads, newts). Walk around the tarn or get close to nature by observing all the wonderful goings-on in our bird-watching hide.

Lakes Distillery  (http://www.lakesdistillery.com/en/)
Sample their range of Cumbria-made malt whiskies, vodkas and gins. Book a tour to learn about the art of distilling, or simply relax and enjoy a delicious meal in their bistro.

Lake District Wildlife Park  (http://www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk/)
Enjoy close-up encounters with exotic animals from all over the world. Activities from flying displays and feeding demonstrations to animal handling and pony rides make for a full day out for adults and children alike.

Slightly Further Afield

Mirehouse
Historic house and garden on shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. Explore the wild flower meadow, heather maze, rhododendron tunnel, poetry walk or let off steam in the woodland adventure playgrounds. Open April to October.

Dodd Wood and the osprey viewing station
In 2001, ospreys returned to the Lake District after an absence of over 150 years. Every year since then, the birds have reared their young on nesting platforms overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake. During the osprey season (April to September), staff are on hand at two viewing points in Dodd Wood to help you spot the birds. Alternatively, you can watch the ospreys on a live video link at Whinlatter Visitor Centre.

Whinlatter Forest Park
Over 50 km/31 miles of forest roads and tracks await discovery on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback. Have a go at orienteering, try the high-wire ropes course, or immerse yourself in WildPlay – a series of fantastic forest adventures to test all your skills. Lots more information can be found in the Visitor Centre, along with live video links to the osprey nest during the breeding season (April–August) and to a red squirrel feeding station.

Wordsworth House, Cockermouth
William Wordsworth’s childhood home. The rooms are furnished in a style contemporary to when the Wordsworth family lived here, even including household servants going about their tasks in period costume.

Within 30 Minutes Drive

Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick
A unique place ‘to draw the whole family’ with displays on the history of pencil making and how pencils are made today. Be dwarfed by the world’s longest pencil and explore a reconstructed graphite mine.

Keswick Launches
Enjoy a cruise on Derwentwater with 7 jetties hop on and off, for the ultimate way to explore the lake and its shore.

Honister Slate Mine, Borrowdale
Experience England’s last working slate mine with a choice of three underground tours that explain how the slate was extracted from inside the mountain. Outside, the newly opened Via Ferrata follows the original miners’ route to work over Fleetwith Pike.

Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport
Marvel at the astonishing collection of Roman altars – the most complete set ever found from a Roman fort anywhere in the world.

Activities

Horse Riding

Bradley’s Riding Centre, Ennerdale, CA23 3AQ
01946 861354

Watch Hill Equestrian Centre, Aspatria, CA7 3SB
07730 476836

Golf

Cockermouth Golf Club, Embleton, CA13 9SG
Tel: 017687 76223/76941

Maryport Golf Club, CA15 6PA
Tel: 01900 812605

Silloth Golf Club, CA7 4BL
Tel: 016973 31304

Brayton Park Golf Course, Aspatria, CA7 3SX
Tel: 016973 23539

Fishing

Fishing is permitted on Bassenthwaite Lake and on designated stretches of the Derwent and Cocker rivers. Permits from Cockermouth Tourist Information Centre.

Ellerbeck Fishery, Brigham, Cockermouth, CA13 0SY  
Tel: 01900 825268
Coarse fishing for carp, bream, roach, rudd, perch, tench and chub. Day tickets available on the bank.

Lorton Vale Fishing, Scales Farm, Lorton
Tel: 01900 85373
Fly fishing for rainbow trout on two small artificial ponds. 

Brayton Carp Pond, Aspatria, CA7 3SX
Tel: 016973 23539
Fish at one of the few remaining wild carp ponds in Great Britain.

This place is amazing – everything has been thought of. The kennels are an excellent idea.

Nikki, Dave and George, Blackpool