The Local Area



Gosforth is a small village sitting just within the western edge of the Lake District national park.  It has some great facilities and attractions - see the Gosforth Village Website for some more general information.  You can find the following all within a few minutes walk:

  • The Village Store – exceptionally friendly and we can strongly recommend it for everything you are likely to need, including supplies for walking picnics.  Open late most days and has cash machine outside.
  • A Local Bakery – somewhat hidden by the side of the Village Shop, popular at lunch times.
  • The Wild Olive – exceptional Italian food (wood fired pizza, pasta, risotto and others) for dine in or take away.  Open every day except Mondays.
  • The Gosforth Pottery – make and paint your own pottery.

Local pubs:

  • The Lion and Lamb – recently refurbished, great local beer (45 seconds walk way)
  • The Globe Inn – also recently refurbished, good beer and food (30 second walk away)
  • The Gosforth Hall Inn - Just behind St. Mary's church; sophisticated hotel, pub and restaurant
  • The Kellbank – a 10 minute walk down past the Village Store.

  • Churches – Gosforth Methodist Church and Parish Church of Saint Mary both within 10 min walk.


Nearest Petrol Station is Holmrook, this also has a well stocked shop/off license selling magazines, newspapers etc. and has a cash machine.

Nearest Town is Whitehaven is approx. 25 min drive away -

  • It has supermarkets, fish and chip shops, banjks and other essentials.
  • There are are small markets on Thursday and Saturday
  • a lovely marina and the ‘Beacon’ museum /centre.


Our passion is walking in the Lake District – from gentle wanders to up mountain hikes; all ideally with a stop at a pub.

We can suggest the below as ideas (but always make sure you are physically capable and prepared for any walk you do!).

Wast Water – voted Britain’s favourite view – is 15 min drive away and top of our list.  It is rugged and impressive, as well has having quiet walks.  Also home to Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.  There are plenty of walks from gentle to rugged, as well as pubs at both ends of the Water.

Wrynose and Hardknott Pass - Approx. 30 min drive – and then some very exciting driving over steep winding roads.  Generally quiet and some amazing views from the mountains on either side.  We can recommend the King George IV pub for a cold drink afterwards

Further afield, the Lake District is full of beautiful walks; try Ennerdale (peaceful), Grasmere (picturesque), Buttermere (beautiful), Ulpha Fell (rugged), St. Bees Head (coastal) and many other places.


Honister Slate Mine - A favourite of our children, visit a real working slate mine.  Also climbing / adventure activities (‘Via Ferrata’, Climb the Mine’) for thrill seekers, but note that age limits apply. 

It’s about 1hr 15min drive, so combine it with a visit to Keswick or Buttermere.  Beautiful driving.

Muncaster Castle

A 10 minute drive away in Ravenglass.

Castle, gardens, oil & hawk centre.

Seascale -

Nearby village, 10 min drive with beach.

Flookburgh Indoor & Outdoor Adventure Park & Petting Farm

Childs play farm (we’ve not tried it, so can’t comment).

Keswick - A larger lakeside market town about 1 hour drive away.  Plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs in a picturesque pedestrianised district.  Other attractions around here:

  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Kong Adventure – indoors and outdoors climbing
  • Puzzling place - optical illusion exhibition
  • Ravenglass Roman Bath House
  • Skiddaw, one of the highest mountains in England, great views from the top
  • Derwent water and Catsbells hills for walks

Barrow-in-Furnace - Old ship building town with nature reserve, Piel Castle, Dock Museum

Grasmere - a quaint village on beautiful mere (lake).  Traditional ginger bread, art gallery, garden centre, pubs and many walks from gentle to moderate


Cockermouth - a bustling town, home of (tours available)


For more information please try the following websites:


If you have any feedback on anything listed, or can give additional suggestions for others to try please contact us.



We believe that the Lake District offers a wealth of opportunities for exercise, enjoyment and relaxation - and we would love to share it with you.

Gallery - all these photos taken by us around the local area.

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