Derwentwater (by Keswick)

Things To Do

There are literally so many different things to do in the Lakes, the Eden Valley, the Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales that we by no means can itemise them all here. However, for those of you that are new to the area or would be interested in a little inspiration, we have put together on this page some of our favourite things to do while staying in the cottage. If you have any different suggestions that you think fellow guests would enjoy, please do email me or leave a note in the visitors book – we love new ideas!!

You will find even more things to do in and around the area on our Blog!

The surrounding country lanes near Dunkeld Cottage


Lake District Walks

The Ullswater Way   - This has to be top of our list because it's our favourite! Ullswater is a truly stunning, jaw-dropping lake with mountainous scenery all around.  The Ullswater Way is a 20 mile walk around the lake but don't worry - there are a number of combinations of walks which include a boat trip back, so you don't have to do the whole lot at once!  Check out Our Ullswater Way Blog for our favourite part of it!

Glorious Ullswater!

Patterdale and Glenridding - these villages nestled near the foot of Ullwater form the start of many an exciting walk!  You can climb the scary Striding Edge from here on your way up to the top of Helvellyn - though only if you have a strong stomach for heights!  If you prefer to look up at the mountains rather than climb them, you can always enjoy a fabulous valley walk along Grisedale!

Grisedale Walking at the base of the Horseshoe Mountain range, featuring Helvellyn.

Keswick and Derwentwater Walking - If you still have energy after tackling the mountains around Ullswater, why not head out a little and try the Borrowdale Valley and the mountains overlooking Derwentwater?  Our personal favourites are Cat Bells and Castle Crag - they are shorter walks which pack plenty of punch!

There are, however, lots of delightful walks, straight from the cottage door - including those that end up in country pubs!

Local Walks:

You can walk from Dunkeld Cottage along the River Eden to Temple Sowerby and back via Priest Lane - a gorgeous little country lane with views over the Pennines.

Other local bridleways and footpaths from the cottage lead you to the villages of Bolton and Long Marton - both having great pubs as a welcome reward!

High Cup Nick - Julia Bradbury champions this walk in her walking guide 'Unforgettable Walks - Best Walks with a View' - she chooses this walk as one of her 8 favourite walks in the UK!  You can climb High Cup Nick from Dufton - a gorgeous little village just a few minutes drive from the cottage.

Unforgettable Walks from Dunkeld Cottage

Unforgettable Walks



Looking for places that will welcome your dog as well - check out Dog Friendly Lakes

Days Out

Fancy a rest from walking?  There's so much to see and do in the area - perfect for rainy days or tired legs!

Try a memorable train journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle route - we love taking the train from Appleby through to Settle and taking the time to enjoy this gorgeous little Yorkshire market town before heading back on this stunning route!

Or why not visit the beautiful National Trust house, Acorn Bank? Definitely a place to enjoy the stunning grounds and scenery - after your cream tea in the tea-room though!

Visit the National Trust property, Acorn Bank for high tea and a walk around the grounds.


If you fancy even more adventure, you can always book in a horse-ride with beautiful views of the mountains at Rookin House or why not try some watersports on Ullswater?  At St Patricks Boat Yard you will find a variety of pleasure boats - they even hire mountain bikes too!

Pretty Boat Landing Area, with Cafe



Pubs & Restaurants

We love walking straight from the cottage door to a restaurant, and are very pleased to have the Michellin-listed bistro within a 5 minute walk from Dunkeld Cottage! Other pubs are also within walking distance - you can walk along the River Eden to Temple Sowerby (around half an hour) and back via Priest Lane - with the pub in Temple Sowerby a delightful place to stop for refreshments! Country walks of around half to three quarters of an hour (ideal for dog-walking!) will take you to the gorgeous Cumbrian villages of Bolton and Long Marton.



Just on the corner you will find the local Newsagent/Post Office where you can buy the essentials including fresh meat and frozen food.
There is also within walking distance a BP Service Station and shop.
A five minute drive to the East lies Appleby, a delightful market town with Pubs, Cafes, Banks and independent takeaway food shops.
On the road as you head West to the Lakes, lies Penrith where you will find the national chains of shops that you would expect to find in a major UK town or city.


The lanes around the cottage are simply superb for cycling!  Nothing too dramatic (until you reach the Pennines!) and the scenery is breathtaking.  The Lakes and Dales cycling loop passes nearby, proving what a lovely area it is to bring your bikes to!