Portinscale is the village closest to Keswick, just a mile away and is adjacent to the shores of Derwentwater. Portinscale has a good selection of accommodation including some lovely guest houses and self catering properties making it an excellent base for your holiday.
Watersports enthusiasts are well catered for with hire of canoes, kayaks, rowing boats, dinghys and windsurfers aswell as tuition at Derwentwater Marina. On the doorstep are the starting points for the very popular walks up Catbells and the Derwent Fells. If you prefer a level walk you could walk around Derwentwater with the opportunity to take a launch if you don't want to walk the whole distance. There are also lovely walks in the Newlands Valley.
Facilities in the village include a traditional pub the Farmers Arms with a bar and beer garden and The Chalet Tearooms and Restaurant serving high quality food for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden, a 10 minute stroll from Keswick has a fantastic cafe with a stunning 100ft long glass wall looking down on the octagonal walled garden that sits on the same spot as the old Lingholm kitchen gardens that Beatrix Potter credited as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor's garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Access by car to Portinscale is via the A66 whilst on foot you can take a level walk via the Howrahs footpath out of Keswick and across the suspension bridge into the village. It is served by the X4/X5 - Workington/Cockermouth/Keswick/Penrith bus. Click here for bus timetables.
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