The Lake District

As Highmoss Farm is located well within the boundaries of The Lake District National Park there is much to see and do. Admittedly a good deal of what makes this area so popular is the Great Outdoors. If anything like walking, cycling (both road and off), climbing, running, kayaking, paragliding – I’m sure you get the idea – if any of these appeal to you then the Great Outdoors of the Lake District is most definitely for you.

Because of its location, almost at the foot of Skiddaw, there’s ample opportunity for fell walking simply by stepping out of the door. Some areas of the Northern Fells offer quiet walking even on the busiest days of the year. Just around the other side of the lake is the ever-popular Whinlatter Forest which has some amazing off-road cycle trails, loads to do for the younger ones, Segway off-road riding and a pretty scary tree-top adventure!

Carlisle, a 25 minute drive away, is the local major shopping centre. The castle and Tullie House Museum make a great wet day option.

Keswick, the undisputed outdoor capital of the UK, is a 15 minute drive away. There’s a wealth of activities to choose from: from abseiling to zorbing. For indoor entertainment, the award winning Theatre by the Lake stages a rolling programme through the year, as well as a literary and mountain festival, but there’s also the Jazz & Blues Festival or the Beer Festival.

The market town of Cockermouth – which became famous in November 2009 for the major floods, is only a 25 minute drive. It has a great array of shops, restaurants, cafes and other attractions such as the childhood home of the poet William Wordsworth; Wordsworth House now managed by the National Trust. There’s also Jennings Brewery with its popular tours around the brewery.

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