The choice of walks in the local area is endless – from long ridge walks to short riverside strolls. There are fell walks and footpaths you can do directly directly from the two Croft House Cottages – and there are also three restaurants and health spa facilities within walking distance.
An easy stroll along the quiet lane linking Applethwaite to Millbeck past the Underskiddaw Church Room will give you panoramic views out across Keswick to Derwentwater and the fells beyond. The Lyzzick Hall hotel has a bar open to non residents and a very special restaurant. Start from Millbeck for the ascent of Dodd, 1612 ft high – with an outstanding view of Bassenthwaite Lake.
There are several walks that start from the Gale Road car park above Applethwaite. The easiest is Latrigg at 1203 ft – ideal for a summer evening. Just sit in the heather looking down on the town – sometimes the Tornado jets race across the valley below. A wheelchair accessible route has been constructed right up to the seat overlooking Keswick. On your return try the Bistro at Underscar –a short walk away from the cottages. For more of a challenge try Lonscale Fell at 2344 ft high – also from the Gale Road. An alternative – and a less frequented walk is the secluded and rugged Glenderaterra Valley into Threlkeld (perhaps lunch?) and a gentle walk back into Keswick via the old railway line.
Skiddaw at 3053 ft! Wainwright’s favourite view in all Lakeland was the view from Skiddaw Little Man – looking out over Applethewaite (and Croft House!) to Derwentwater and the fells beyond. Sometimes you can sit high up on the fell amid the paragliders watching them take off – their multi -coloured parachutes unfurling in the uplift. The easiest route is up and back from Applethwaite via Jenkin Hill. An alternative is to climb up a steep path from Millbeck and back down over Jenkin Hill. (The best route is to take a bus along the A591 to the Ravenstone Hotel where a path climbs up over Ullock Pike and Long Side and thence to the summit returning over Jenkin Hill into Applethwaite.) Any ascent of Skiddaw deserves a meal to celebrate – perhaps at the Pheasant Inn at Crosthwaite on the edge of Keswick – within walking distance of our properties.
The Borrowdale valley and the shores of Derwentwater are just a few minutes drive away. Catbells at 1481 ft has amazing views over Derwentwater and the encircling fells. We always enjoy the walk along the terrace on Catbells and back along the lake shore. The ridge walk from Dalehead to High Spy, Maiden Moor and Catbells is a delight as is the low level version from the Honister to Rosthwaite and Grange. Wainwright’s ashes are scattered on Haystacks overlooking Buttermere and close to Innominate Tarn – but it is not a mountain to be climbed in mist. The walk around Buttermere lake is just magic!
There are just 214 Wainwright peaks. If you prefer to walk with a group then this can be arranged via Keswick Rambles. The Happy Hiker website gives various walking routes, GPS downloads and advice on walking issues. The weather in the Lakes can change very quickly –always ensure you have the appropriate walking gear. More advice is on the website for the Lake District National Park and for the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team.