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:
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 -
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.
A 10 minute drive away in Ravenglass.
Castle, gardens, oil & hawk centre.
Nearby village, 10 min drive with beach.
Childs play farm www.duckysparkfarm.co.uk (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:
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
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.
Up early - drop into the Village Shop for a fresh coffee, fresh bread and some ham and cheese.
Then get out somewhere - perhaps Wast Water, perhaps Hardknott Pass - or somewhere new; but ideally a bit off the beaten track.
Start walking...and keep going. But remember to enjoy the view and look out for interesting plants and animals - and to say hi to the occasional fellow walker.
Tear open the bread and stuff with ham and cheese for lunch - nothing tastes finer!
Then come on back down and get home with aching feet - something readily soothed with a pint of local beer in the pub.
Finish the day with a wood fired pizza from the local restraurant, then head to bed and get ready to do it again tomorrow.
Gallery - all these photos taken by us around the local area.
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