Some of the Lake District’s most spectacular walking can be undertaken directly from the door of Endymion House. Skiddaw, Latrigg, Carlside and Great Dodd, all famous Wainwright walks, are accessible directly from the house. A few minutes’ drive will take you to Cat Bells, Grisedale Pike and countless others, with a walk for everyone, from beginners to hardy mountaineers.
If you want to tackle the fells by bike, there are lots of bike hire options in Keswick. Try e-venture, who are based next to the Booths carpark in Keswick.
Derwentwater is just a couple of miles away from the house and offers something for everyone. You can take a boat trip around the lake on The Keswick Launches, with hop on / hop off points all around the lake.
Some of Britain’s loveliest wild swimming spots are to be found a stone’s throw away at both Bassenthwaite Lake and nearby Derwentwater. Wild Swim has more details. For those wanting a guided adventure, our neighbour, Graham Sutton, runs swim tours.
Nichol End Marine offers equipment hire for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding and windsurfing. They also provide wet suits and buoyancy aids.
The Lake District has an increasing number of award-winning spas. The Spa at Underscar is walking distance from the house. Or Armathwaite Hall Spa is a 10-minute drive away.
Ghyll scrambling is a fabulous activity for all ages, in most weathers, scrambling, sliding and swimming your way through the streams and waterfalls of the mountain. Sounds dangerous but our 7 year old loved it! We have had great experiences with Steve at Chase Adventure.
CLIMBING & ZIP-LINING
Visit Keswick Extreme, Kong Adventure and Keswick Climbing Wall. Our children have loved the treetop adventures and zip wires at Go Ape in Whinlatter. Be warned – you need a head for heights!
SLATE MINE TOUR
Take a tour of the last working slate mine in England at the Honister Slate Mine. For the adventurous strap in and try the Via Ferrata (the original and slightly perilous miners’ track up to the top of the mountain.)
A mere 50 yards away is Lyzzick Hall Hotel, a lovely spot for lunch, dinner or just a morning coffee.
In Keswick (2 miles), there is over a dozen cosy pubs and a host of restaurants and cafes for every occasion and budget.
For serious foodies we have three fabulous, Michelin starred restaurants within 20 minutes: Cottage in the Wood (10 mins) Forest Side, (20 mins) Dog and Gun, in Skelton (20 mins).
For those who can't get enough of Art Deco style and Agatha Christie vibes, Bassenthwaite Lake Station is a fantastic place for afternoon tea. The owners have not only bought and restored the derelict station itself but also the railway engine and carriages built especially for the 2017 Kenneth Branagh 'Murder on the Orient Express' film.
Or why not book a private chef to come and prepare a special meal at the house? Ask us for details.
A taste of the lakes...
Keswick is a lively little town on our doorstep with a twice weekly market in the main square offering delicious home-made cakes and pies, cheese, locally produced food and crafts. The town also boasts a huge array of outdoor clothing shops as well as a cinema, theatre and the famous Derwent Pencil Museum – one of Britain’s best small museums. A must-see!