Thornthwaite, bypassed by the A66, is a quiet popular village on the edge of Whinlatter Forest, with wonderful views across the valley and Bassenthwaite Lake towards Skiddaw. It lies three miles to the west of Keswick. In Spring the roads in the village are lined with daffodils and many lambs occupy the surrounding fields.
It's a great base for people who like walking and cycling as there are good forest tracks linking the village with Whinlatter Forest Park and the ferlls beyond. Popular with families, there is easy access to the forest behind the village, leading to the Whinlatter Visitor Centre with its many attractions, including a Go Ape adventure centre, waymarked walks and a video screen showing a live feed from the Bassenthwaite Osprey nest. The actual Osprey nesting site lies between the village and Bassenthwaite Lake, close to the church of St Mary which dates from 1831.
A footpath from the northern edge of the village goes through Powter How woods and leads to the south western shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, at an area where many nesting water foul may be found.
A well known landmark is 'The Bishop', a whitewashed rock outcrop on the side of Barf, looking down on the village. This striking landmark is said to be a monument marking an 18thC legend where the drunken Bishop of Londonderry, who was climbing the hillside on his pack horse to fulfil a bet with the landlord of the local Inn, fell off his mount and died.
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