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Whinlatter is the only mountain forest in England and "The Cottage” is situated at the top of Whinlatter Pass with superb views down the valley to the mighty Skiddaw, one of Europe′s oldest Mountain ranges. The woodland garden plays host to a wide variety of wildlife including red squirrels and numerous species of birds.

Viewing points for the Bassenthwaite Ospreys are located nearby. Across the beck, you may catch sight of our resident alpacas and pigs. The Hotel provides a peaceful and tranquil location, yet is situated only ten minutes drive from the bustling market town of Keswick.

We are ideally situated between the lakes of Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Buttermere and Crummock Water. For the energetic, there is a range of superb walks and cycle trails, whilst "The Cottage” provides an ideal base for touring and exploring England′s most beautiful corner.

The Cottage in the Wood is nestled in the middle of the Whinlatter forest Park, overlooking the awesome Skiddaw mountain range. Whinlatter is situated only 5 miles from the Lake District market town of Keswick on Derwentwater and 8 miles from the historic Cumbrian town of Cockermouth. Keswick is a picturesque Lakeland town which sits on the Northern edge of Derwentwater – England′s widest lake. It is near to many of the Lake District′s impressive fells including Helvellyn, Blencathra, Scafell and of course the mighty Skiddaw. Skiddaw is one of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe and at just over 3000ft is the 3rd highest mountain in England.

Though the town is a centre of excellence for walkers, Keswick also offers something for everyone – a wide range of shops, art galleries, a museum, leisure centre, cafes and a cinema. There are plenty of activities including the Pencil museum (Pencil′s were invented in Keswick), lake cruises on Derwentwater, the famous Theatre by the Lake, the ancient and mystic Castlerigg stone circle (or Druid′s Circle to the locals) and much more. You can watch cricket on England′s loveliest cricket ground′, see a Lakeland rugby match, go fishing in the River Greta or sail on Derwentwater or Bassenthwaite Lake.

Cockermouth to the West was the birthplace of the Lakeland poet William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian – of Mutiny on the Bounty – was at school here. There is a historic castle belonging to the Egremont family or you can visit the Jenning′s brewery tour. Continuing over Whinlatter pass and through the forest brings you to the beautiful Lakeland village of Lorton. You can then head down Lorton valley to either Loweswater or turn towards Crummock Water and Buttermere – and some say to the most stunning Lake District views. After Buttermere drive back over the typically Lakeland Newland′s pass and through Newland′s valley. A lovely drive in any weather.

Situated in the heart of the North western Lake District fells, The Cottage in the Wood is walker and cyclist friendly and we offer advice and directions for all outdoor enthusiasts. There are Lake District walks for all levels and abilities and many can be accessed directly from the front door of the hotel.

Being on the slopes of Whinlatter forest there are many purpose made trails and footpaths leading through the woodland. Quarter of a mile from the hotel is the Whinlatter Forest Centre which is run by the Forestry Commission. They have a visitor centre and tearooms and can offer a wealth of advice on different walks around the area.

Below are a few of our favourite Lakeland walks for different abilities from the hotel door – leave the car and venture out onto the Lake District fells:

  • Seat How – A moderate walk of 3 miles or so which takes in marvellous views across Keswick, Borrowdale and the Helvellyn mountain range
  • Lord′s Seat – A moderate high level walk of five miles with a relatively sheltered ascent. Provides views over the Solway Firth and southern Scotland
  • Grisedale Pike – A moderate to hard walk that climbs to 1640ft taking in some of the most dramatic views of the Lake District
  • The Coledale Horseshoe – A favourite of experienced walkers. Allow 5-6 hours for this hard but rewarding classic. Accessing the route from The Cottage′ breaks up the long haul up from Braithwaite.

Situated in the heart of the North western Lake District fells, The Cottage in the Wood is walker and cyclist friendly and we offer advice and directions for all outdoor enthusiasts. There are Lake District walks for all levels and abilities and many can be accessed directly from the front door of the hotel. Being on the slopes of Whinlatter forest there are many purpose made trails and footpaths leading through the woodland. Quarter of a mile from the hotel is the Whinlatter Forest Centre which is run by the Forestry Commission. They have a visitor centre and tearooms and can offer a wealth of advice on different walks around the area.

In addition to the wonderful variety of walks, the area is also popular for cycling with sign posted routes through the forest. Whinlatter forest park also provides an orienteering challenge. We offer a drying room and secure garaging for cycles. Packed lunches are available for those embarking on a day′s adventure. Return to a warm and cosy hotel, log fires and a hot or strong! drink.