Areas of outstanding beauty within a short drive from Dufton House
Rannerdale Knotts with Crummock Water and Loweswater in the background.These are the nearest lakes to Dufton House, 30 minutes drive through the beautiful Lorton Valley.In early May the bluebells in the Rannerdale area are well worth a visit.
Loweswater on a crisp and clear spring day with Melbreak and Grasmoor reflected in the still waters of the lake. A well sign posted walk of 5 miles around the lake, with a pint in the Kirkstile Inn at the end, makes for a perfect day in the Lakes.
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Looking down on Crummock Water from the top of Grasmoor, the highest peak in the Western fells.This was one of Wainwrights favourite views.
Autumnal colours of Rydal Water from Loughrigg terrace. A visit to Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, the homes of William Wordsworth, can be included in a walk around Grasmere and Rydal Waters.
A view of Bassenthwaite Lake (the only "lake" in the Lake District) from Ullock Pike. For stronger walkers this is a perfect way to avoid the crowds on the way to the top of Skiddaw,
We are ideally situated for exploring the Western Lakes; Crummock Water, Buttermere, and Loweswater are only 30 minutes drive away.
Honister, Whinlatter and Newlands passes offer more dramatic scenery with the Borrowdale valley, one of our favourite places in the area, all within easy access from Dufton House.
Cockermouth provides a range of facilities with excellent independant shops and a wide range of eating and drinking establishments. Wordsworth House, the birthplace of the famous poet, and Jennings brewery provide interesting tours if the weather is bad.
Keswick, a 20 minute drive away, is a vibrant tourist centre with many outdoor sports centres and retailers catering for all your outdoor needs. There is a busy Saturday market, beautiful parks, museums, lake cruises, a host of shops, pubs and restaurants and the renowned Theatre by the Lake .
A longer drive south from Brigham will take you to Ennerdale Water and on to Wastwater in the Eskdale valley.
The Georgian towns of Whitehaven and Maryport, once bustling industrial centres are now thriving areas of regeneration with busy marinas and tourist facilities well worth a visit. To the north of Maryport the beaches of the Solway Coast and the picturesque coastal resorts of Allonby and Silloth,famous for their ice creams and glorious sunsets, offer a taste of what seaside holidays used to be like in the past.
We are less than 1 mile from the Cyclist Coast to Coast route and have secure facilities for storing cycles.