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Whinlatter Forest is the perfect starting place to explore the Lake District, in particular the Northern Fells and lakes. There are a variety of walks right from the front door, and several well marked trails through the forest. Within comfortable driving distances are the lakes of Derwentwater, Loweswater, Crummock Water, Buttermere and tranquil Bassenthwaite (this being technically the only true LAKE - the others known as waters or meres).  

Rannerdale Bluebells
The bluebells at Rannerdale (Crummock Water)

It's a lovely drive from Darling How into Keswick, a busy market town (market day is Thursday and Saturday) with lots going on. Here you can go boating on the lake, hire bikes, take a trip to the "Cars of the Stars" Museum, the Puzzling Place or even the Pencil Museum (all good wet weather activities for kids and adults alike). Keswick also boasts an indoor swimming pool with wave machine and has the renowned Theatre by the Lake and a cinema (which also shows World Cinema films on a Sunday afternoon throughout winter).

Ashness Bridge at Keswick
Ashness Bridge looking over Derwentwater

Whinlatter is a great starting point for hundreds of walks, either through the forest, up the fells or along the lakeshore paths of Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater. The visitor centre at Whinlatter is close by and has café, bike hire and high ropes course (Go Ape), as well as a live video camera in the Osprey nest (May-August). There is a recently opened mountain bike trail (said to be one of the best and longest forest trails in England).



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Holiday Cottages in the Lake District from Sally's Cottages offer the flexability an comfort to enjoy the fantastic this amazing part of the country. So come and relax in tranquility!