To the west of Keswick lies the peaceful and unspoilt Newlands Valley which is well known for its links with Beatrix Potter. In the tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle, the star of the book was based upon the vicar's daughter - Lucie Carr - of the tiny white washed Newland's Church. The book is dedicated to 'the real Lucie of Newlands' and you can recognise Catbells, Skelgill and Littletown from the sketches in the book.
Newlands Valley is also home to the Goldscope Mine, the most famous mine in the Lake District. It is on the lower slopes of Hindscarth near Low Snab Farm and was in use from the 1500's until the end of the 1800's. It yielded such large quantities of lead and copper that it was called 'Gottesgab' (God's Gift) by the German miners who were brought over to develop it.
This picturesque valley is an excellent base for walking and touring with the historic pass over to Buttermere and a huge variety of walking routes from low level valley paths to ridge and fellside adventures. It's a fantastic spot for group holidays at Newlands Adventure Centre. Here your party could try rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, ghyll scrambling or orienteering.