Climbing Cat Bells – Derwentwater, Keswick

Cat Bells, overlooking Derwentwater and Keswick, is a truly iconic walk and one that, if you are all reasonably fit and sound, you can do as a family.  That said, there is a little scramble at the top, but it’s easily achievable in good weather and looks worse than it is on the approach! What’s great…

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Haweswater Reservoir – a Lesser-known “Lake” in the Lake District

Haweswater Reservoir in the Lakes

Though officially a reservoir, Haweswater Reservoir, a lesser known lake in the Lake District, provides some glorious walking in serene, tranquil surroundings.  It’s one of the less-frequented lakes, so if you’re up for a bit of solitude, then it’s definitely an option for a great day out. Haweswater was originally a much smaller lake until…

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Local Walks from the Cottage Door

Dunkeld Surrounding Area and Local Walks in Cumbria

While many use Dunkeld Cottage as an ideal base to visit the Lake District, there are walks straight from the cottage door which are perfect for exploring locally and enjoying views across to the Pennines. Local Walks 1: (Quick half an hour walk) Heading out of the cottage door and turning left, walk up the lane…

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Another Ullswater Way! A Dunkeld Cottage Blog

Ullswater Way Walking from Dunkeld Cottage

We had glorious weather this June and went to Ullswater (for the zillionth time!) and walked the Ullswater Way again. This time though, instead of our favourite walk from Pooley Bridge to Howtown and onto Patterdale (as detailed in an earlier blog) we opted to walk the other side. In this direction we started from…

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A Cycle Ride to Dufton!

Cycle Ride to Dufton

Today we had a breath-taking cycle ride in glorious Pennine countryside – including taking advantage a café en-route with outside seating and direct views over Dufton Pike. The roads around the villages of Kirkby Thore, Dufton, Long Marton and Knock are all really lovely, quiet and have the most fantastic Pennine views. Getting to Dufton…

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Unforgettable Walks – High Cup Nick

Unforgettable Walks including High Cup Nick from Dunkeld Cottage

If you are considering the climb up ‘High Cup Nick‘ during your stay at Dunkeld Cottage then here we have a book that might be of interest to you. Many keen walkers will have followed Julia Bradbury’s series of fell walks through the Lake District and subsequent walking tours around the UK. She’s carved out…

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Easedale Tarn, Grasmere – A perfect day out!

I do love my easy (ish!) walks in the Lake District.  Approximately 2 hours exertion, stunning views and then getting back in time for a scone with clotted cream and jam is just about the perfect day’s outing for me. Easedale Tarn from Grasmere is one such walk and certainly ticks all the boxes.  The…

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The Age Of The Train!

Settle Station - The Age Of The Train

Wow! We took the train up to the cottage last week traveling from Skipton to Appleby. Stopped off at Settle to take this photo of the ‘Hornby’ station there (and for necessary refreshments!) The scenery from the train window was breathtaking! Arriving In Settle Settle is a pretty market town with many independent shops on the high…

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Ullswater Way – A Truly Memorable Day Out!

Ullswater Way in Lakeland from Dunkeld Cottage ia Lake District Cottage

The Ullswater Way is a stunning circular walk which is just a short 15-minute drive (13 miles) from Dunkeld Cottage, and is our favourite day out! It is a truly mesmorising walk in one of the most beautiful Lakes in Lakeland. Today, I’m going to tell you about half of the Ullswater Way walk (because…

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Cycling around Dunkeld Cottage

Cycling the surrounding country lanes near Dunkeld Cottage

Dunkeld Cottage and specifically the nearby Pennine Countryside is perfectly located for the most exquisite cycling – and not toooo strenuous cycling either!!  I love it for that very reason – the lanes around the base of the Pennines are my personal favourites as they are very quiet and the views are simply superb.  There are…

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