Things to see and do
In no particular order we have put together a list of links to places you might like to visit – things to see and do in this wonderful part of the world.
Ennerdale Bridge. Just a 10 minute drive away is the lovely little village of Ennerdale Bridge. Located along the famous Coast to Coast route there are two good local pubs providing food and refreshments; The Shepherds Arms and The Fox and Hounds both of which we would recommend booking in advance for if you are planning an evening meal.
Cockermouth. Lying about 12 miles from Routen House is the market town of Cockermouth. The town was built at the junction of two rivers; the River Cocker, flowing out of the lakes Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater meets the River Derwent flowing from lakes Derwent and Bassenthwaite to the sea at Workington.
From the national award-winning restaurants to hotels, gastro pubs and cafes, Cockermouth offers great food and drink, day or night. From the clear Lakeland water in local beer to the renowned Lakeland lamb and beef, an abundance of excellent local food combines with international influences to provide for even the most discerning foodies.
Cockermouth can also boast of being the birthplace of William Wordsworth (1770-1850), the mutineer Fletcher Christian (1764-1793), John Dalton (1766-1844) a scientist and astronomer Fearon Fallows (1789-1831) to name but a few.
And if it’s not the history for which you visit the town then perhaps a guided tour around the Jennings Brewery is your pleasure?
Just outside Cockermouth, at Papcastle, the Romans built the fort of Deventio at a meeting place of the roads from Maryport, Carlisle and Penrith. Cockermouth Castle was built in the 13th century, but little of that remains because of the efforts of Robert the Bruce. The castle is privately owned, and not normally open to the public except during the Cockermouth Festival in July.
Keswick. Sitting by the shores of Lake Derwentwater, is one of the major tourist visitor towns in The Lake District. With its vast array of bars, restaurants, outdoor adventure & clothing shops and attractions there is much to see and do. Why not take in a show at the celebrated Theatre By The Lake, a film at the Alhambra Cinema, enjoy a visit to the Pencil Museum, a trip around or across the lake via a Keswick Launch or simply enjoy the Tuesday or Saturday markets.
The Great Outdoors. If getting out into the countryside is your pleasure then The Lake District National Park is certainly the place for that. Just a short journey from Routen House are the Northern Fells – many of Wainwright’s favourites; Skiddaw, Blencathra, Grizedale Pike, Catbells, Grassmore, Whiteside, Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag and Haystacks – to name but a few. All have fabulous walks up, around or over them.
There’s also four of the ‘Lakes’ within quite a short distance, namely; Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater and Wasdale. Take a picnic and enjoy one of the circular hikes or simply find a great vantage point and relax. If you’re into sailing or canoeing then why not hire some equipment from Derwentwater Marine, or try fishing (in season) – see http://www.lakedistrictfishing.net. Permits can also be purchased for Trout Fishing at Ennerdale Water.
Nature and the Environment. As you would expect of a National Park, wildlife is abundant and The Lake District is famous for its Red Squirrel numbers and its regular nesting Ospreys. But that’s not all there is, see http://www.cumbria-wildlife.org.uk for a somewhat more comprehensive list. A great day out can be had at The Lake District Wildlife Park 20 miles away near Bassenthwaite.