Towns in the Area

Highside Farm literally sits on a hillside overlooking Bassenthewaite LakeBassenthwaite Lake and is superbly situated for either a long or short walk right from the doorstep or a short ride in the car (or bus route 554 or X4) to the nearby towns of Keswick or Cockermouth.

Keswick, about 15 minutes by car, sits on the shores of Lake Derwentwater and is one of the major tourist visitor towns in The Lake District. It has a vast array of bars, restaurants, outdoor adventure & clothing shops and attractions – there is much to see and do. You could take in a show at the celebrated Theatre By The Lake, a film at the Alhambra Cinema, enjoy a visit to the Pencil Museum, a trip around or across the lake via the Keswick Launch Company, take a picturesque stroll down to the shores of Derwentwater or simply enjoy the shopping with Thursday and Saturday markets.

Cockermouth is also about 15 minutes from Highside but in the other direction.Herwick Statue A market town, Cockermouth was built at the junction of two rivers; the River Cocker, flowing out of the lakes around Buttermere and the River Derwent flowing from lakes Derwent and Bassenthwaite. Steeped in history nearby Papcastle is where the Romans built the fort of Deventio at the meeting place of the roads from Maryport, Carlisle and Penrith. Cockermouth even has its own Castle that was built in the 13th century. Little of it remains due to the efforts of Robert the Bruce. Nowadays the castle is privately owned and not open to the public except during the Cockermouth Festival in July.

Cockermouth can also boast of being the birthplace of William Wordsworth (1770-1850), the mutineer Fletcher Christian (1764-1793), John Dalton (1766-1844) a scientist and astronomer Fearon Fallows (1789-1831) to name but a few.

So Cockermouth has history and shopping but that’s not all. There is a local brewery, Jennings, that offer guided tours for those that like to know a little about their beers!

If getting out into the countryside is your pleasure then The Lake District National ParkButtermere is certainly the place for that. Situated close to the Northern Fells of Skiddaw and Blencathra, some of Wainwright’s favourites are easily accessed from here such as; Grizedale Pike, Catbells, Grassmore, Whiteside, Red Pike and High Stile! There are also many well-documented walks in this part of the county (see Lakeland Walks for more details.

And as we’re in the Lake Distrct why not take a picnic and find a great vantage point and relax?

If it’s a nice luch or dinner out that you fancy then there are probably hundreds of good places within a 20 minute drive of Highside Farm. Keswick has many, Cockermouth has numerous but there are some really good places on the doorstep, well close by anyway. Ask when you’re here and we’ll point you in the right direction.

There’s always something to do in the Lake District whatever the weather!