Local to Gallery Mews Cottages:

Thornthwaite, being a peaceful village, is an ideal location for a holiday away from the rush and bustle of today.

Thornthwaite Forest which spreads across the fells for miles around the Gallery Mews provides a freely accessible, warming treescape teeming with wildlife including red squirrels, deer, badgers and bird life, including the annual visit of our breeding Ospreys. There is an interpretive visitors centre, accessible from the village or from the nearby Whinlatter Pass, where there is a “Go Ape” adventure, mountain bike trail, childrens play and picnic areas, a shop and cafe, excellent hill trails, for walks or mountain biking and breath-taking views into the “Jaws of Borrowdale”.

There are many peaks and fells within a twelve mile radius:

The Skiddaw Range with Ullock Pike, Latrigg, Skiddaw and Blencathra (Saddleback) is just across Bassenthwaite Lake and very much in view from all the cottages. The Helvellyn Range overlooking Ullswater and Thirlmere, including Fairfield, Striding Edge, White Side Raise and Great Dodd, is just a short car ride away. Langdale Pikes are an easy climb from Stonethwaite in the nearby picturesque Borrowdale Valley, as are the central fells of Lakeland, such as Glaramara, Bow Fell, Scafell Pike, Great End and Great Gable. Quieter Fells can be found in the western valleys – Fleetwith Pike, Steeple, Kirk Fell, Brandreth, Red Pike, High Style, Grasmoor, Robinson and Hindscarth. The Photographic Favourites are close by too – Grisedale Pike, Maiden Moor, Catbells, and Wainwright’s favourite – Haystacks. Also not to be missed:

Wastwater which was voted “Britain’s Favourite View” on ITV on 9th September 2007.

The renowned Thornthwaite Galleries, with its wide range of quality arts and crafts and tearoom, are part of the same complex as Gallery Mews Cottages.

Keswick Farmer’s and Craft Market on a Thursday and a Saturday are well worth a visit.

Bassenthwaite Lake, within easy walking distance of the cottages, provides a peaceful setting and offers excellent fishing and sailing facilities alongside a wildlife reserve. On the eastern shores are the splendid grounds of the historic MireHouse, home of the Spedding family. Derwent Water Is known as the Queen of the English Lakes with its dramatic beauty, mysterious islands and a range of boating activities – motor launches, rowing and sailing boats and canoeing. Borrowdale Valley with the famous bridges at Watendlath and Grange, the Lodore Falls and the Bowder Stone leading to the dramatic and awe-inspiring Honister Pass. And in Keswick: · Theatre By the Lake Cumbria’s award winning purpose-built theatre which opened in 1999. · · Keswick-on-Derwentwater Launch Co. Operates a passenger launch service around Derwentwater with stops around the Lake. And many others…………