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Things to do

Besides being home to England’s highest mountain (Scafell pike) and deepest lake (Wastwater) Cumbria also has England’s largest National Park so it’s a sure-fire bet that the scenery is everything you could imagine it to be. Though the ‘great outdoors’ is a big part of any visit to the area it’s not all about what’s outside.

We have put together a small selection of links to things you may find interesting, just to help whet your appetite. Naturally, during your stay at Highside we can make many more recommendations.

Places to Visit

There are a great many places to visit during a trip to the magnificent Lake District and Cumbria as a whole. Shopping, sightseeing, history, things to do, places to go, people to learn about – so much in fact that there never need be a dull moment whatever the weather!

Bassenthwaite Lake


Bassenthwaite lake is one of the largest in the Lake District being some 4 miles long.


Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House

Visit the Grade I listed house of William Wordsworth now owned by the National Trust.


Jennings Brewery

Jennings Brewery

Have a tour around and sample the likes of Cocker Hoop, Cumberland Ale and Sneck Lifter.


Honister Slate Mine

Honister Slate Mine

Take a tour deep underground of the mine providing history and insight in to the workings.


Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the lake

Bringing the magic of theatre and the excitement of the imagination to one of Britain’s loveliest counties.


Keswick Launch Co.

Keswick Launch Co

Cruise around Derwentwater or get off at one of the jetties and stroll back.



Outdoor Activities

Walk it, run it, jog it, fly it, climb it, see it, do it! If the great outdoors is your thing then there’s certainly no shortage of places for you to go.

Keswick Railway Footpath

Keswick Railway Footpath

The four mile long footpath was created by the Lake District National Park Authority.


Osprey Watch at Dodd Wood

Osprey Watch

During most days you will be able to see Ospreys flying, feeding, fishing and sitting – bring your binoculars.


Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the earliest British Circles dating back to about 3000BC.


Honister Pass

Honister Pass

Honister pass starts at the southern end of Buttermere and is one of Cumbria’s highest passes.


Whinlatter Forest Park

Whinlatter Forest Park

A great place for walking with unrivalled views and many miles of gravel roads.



Places to Eat & Drink

From the award-winning restaurants to gastro pubs and cafes, Cumbria offers some of the best in food and drink. From the local beer to the renowned Lakeland lamb and beef, an abundance of excellent local food combined with international influences provide for even the most discerning food lover.

The Snooty Fox, Uldale

Snooty Fox Uldale

The Snooty Fox in Uldale offers good food and well kept ales in abundance.


The Pheasant Inn, Keswick

The Pheasant

The Pheasant in is situated on the outskirts of Keswick and serves outstanding, traditional pub food.


The Royal Oak, Braithwaite

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak in Braithwaite is a bustling, busy pub in a gorgeous small village.


Castle Inn, Bassenthwaite

Castle Inn

Lakers Bar at the Castle Inn, a great place to relax and enjoy traditional meals.


Ravenstone Lodge, Bassenthwaite

Ravenstone Lodge

Just a short walk from Highside Farm the Coach House restaurant is not to be missed



Fun for the Children

Action and adventure galore awaits those that dare. Adventure deep into the forest at Whinlatter for some serious climbing in the skies. For those that wish to keep a little closer to the ground then follow adventure trails, visit some of the wildlife, or learn how pencils are made – plus loads more…

Pencil Museum

Pencil Museum Keswick

Visit the Pencil museum where kids can get messy in the art studio and see the world’s largest pencils.


Whintlatter Forest – Go Ape

Go Ape in Whinlatter Forest

Fantastic adventure in the forest for the kids, riding zip slides over water and through the skies….


Lake District Wildlife Park

Lake District Wildlife Park

Wander around our beautiful 24 acre parkland and see over 100 species of animal.


South Lakes Wildlife Park

South Lakes Wildlife Park

The ultimate interactive animal experience. See Lions, Tigers and Rhinos.


Little Legs & Buggies Walk

National Park Walks

Walks suitable for people with limited mobility, wheelchair users and families with pushchairs.


Whinlatter Wildplay

Whinlatter Wildplay

What more could the kids want with this unique adventure trail which takes you through the dense trees.



Whinlatter Wildplay

Mirehouse is a family run historic house attraction open to visitors to enjoy its strong literary connections, live piano music and children’s activities.