In our new blog series, we give some suggested itineraries for things to do in the local area. This week we are focusing on a weekend out in Bassenthwaite.


The southeast end of  Bassenthwaite Lake is a stone's throw from Keswick. Villages near Bassenthwaite include Braithwaite, Thornthwaite, and Bassenthwaite Village. All of them have accommodation to suit a variety of needs. Our picks include

Best Western Plus Castle Inn - a fine hotel with a leisure club and landscaped gardens

Lanefoot Farm Campsite and Glamping - a peaceful camping site with great views

High Moss Farm Caravans - two static caravans in a meadow on a working farm

Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat - lodges including private hot tubs

Sandhills Farm - a luxury Bed and Breakfast on a working farm

Irton House Farm - with 5 fully accessible disabled access holiday cottages

Thornthwaite Grange - a relaxed Bed and Breakfast in a quiet village

Croftlands Cottages - 3 well-equipped and cosy cottages

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Irton House


Our Saturday itinerary is a great one to bring children along to, but it is equally enjoyable for all ages.

Morning - head to the Lake District Wildlife Park and see wild and domestic animals in 24 acres of parkland. There are daily talks and demonstrations where you can find out more about the animals and conservation programmes the park is involved in.

Lunchtime - head to Thornthwaite Galleries & Teashop where you can admire the artworks by local artists whilst enjoying a scone or sandwich. 

Afternoon - head to Mirehouse and Gardens. Their extensive gardens are home to adventure playgrounds for children of all ages, a Family Nature Trail, and extensive gardens taking in fellside, woodland, and lakeshore. And the house has lots to fascinate with their rooms preserved from when it was built in the 1600s. 

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Mirehouse and Gardens


Now for a relaxing day for the adults.

Morning - Relax at The Spa at Underscar. Indulge yourself with the inviting pool, jacuzzi, detoxifying sauna, and soothing steam room.

Lunchtime - Work up an appetite by walking up or around the relatively small Sale Fell with great views towards the Skiddaw range. Then head to the nearby Bassenthwaite Lake Station for a delicious afternoon tea in a restored Orient Express carriage or the old station.

Afternoon - why not head to the Lakes Distillery for a tour and gin tasting.

We hope this has given you some ideas for some days out in Bassenthwaite.

If you would like more inspiration, check out our itineraries page.



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