Lakeland Diary

Croft House Keswick Diary

    Grapes at Croft HouseGrapes at Croft House

    These were just part of the crop of grapes on the front of Croft House in December. We also used to reliably grow delicious white-fleshed peaches close to where the grape is located. Gardening on the slopes of Skiddaw can Continue reading

    Passion Flower in Croft House gardenPassion Flower in Croft House garden

    In a week which has seen some crisp, very cold days – there are still passion flowers blooming in the front garden of Croft House. The outlook across to Braithwaite dominated by Grizedale Pike has been very alpine with snow Continue reading

    Geraniums in Croft Corner window box – early December!Geraniums in Croft Corner window box

    The geraniums in the window box for Croft Corner are still looking bright and cheerful – on the 2nd December! They provide a welcome splash of colour at this time of year. Many guests comment on how much they enjoy Continue reading

    Autumn View of ApplethwaiteAutumn View of Applethwaite

    The end of Autumn has brought some beautiful, brilliant days when the foliage colours have been seen at their best. This is the view from the lane by Croft House Cottages across to one end of Applethwaite village. The building Continue reading

    Paragliding off LatriggParagliding off Latrigg

    The last day of August proved to be a beautiful, clear, sunny day. It was ideal for the group of paragliders assembled at the top of Latrigg. During the day they took turns to try tandem paragliding – the brightly Continue reading

    Hands Sculpture on the shores of DerwentwaterHands Sculpture close to Derwentwater

    This is a well known landmark on the walk through the woods at Brandelhow on the far side of Derwentwater from Keswick. You can reach that side of the lake by launch from the Keswick boat landings near the Theatre Continue reading

    Looking towards DerwentwaterDerwentwater

    One of our favourite walks is to start from the top of the Honister Pass and walk back down to Grange. For the energetic a detour can be made on the way to the top of Castle Crag! This photo Continue reading

    Ullswater and the islandsUllswater and the islands

    We often take this photo – the full panorama of the Ullswater valley is laid out before as you drive down from Troutbeck on the A66 near Keswick to meet the road that skirts Ullswater close to Aira Force. The Continue reading

    Glenridding Pier on UllswaterGlenridding Pier

    Ullswater is approximately 8 miles long but less than 1 mile across. It is the second longest lake in England. Sir Donald Campbell set a world water speed record of 202.32 mph on Ullswater in July 1958 in Bluebird K7. Continue reading


    There is a small car park just north of the Kirkstile Pass where you can look down on the valley leading to Ullswater, Glenridding and Patterdale. Just before you reach Ullswater you drive alongside Brotherswater. This lake used to be Continue reading