Activities available locally include walking and climbing, and there are many excellent walking routes in the area, both on tarmac roads, forest tracks and footpaths. For visitors who enjoy a more leisurely holiday then there is bird watching, fishing, and beautiful and spectacular scenery to photograph, paint – or to simply sit back and enjoy.

A short stroll through the woodland path takes you to Braithwaite, where there are 3 good Pubs: The Coledale Inn, The Royal Oak and The Middle Ruddings. All serve good quality food at competitive prices, at both lunch and evening times.

Braithwaite also has a General Store for newspapers, and basic groceries. It is open 7 days a week.

Keswick is the nearest town, and it lies on the shores of Derwentwater. There is a Co-op supermarket, and a Booths supermarket. The latter being the larger, and a very modern store. Booths sells a lot of locally sourced products, and fresh bread from Brysons.

As well as a variety of other shops, Keswick has lots of cafes – The Lakeland Pedlar on Bell Close carpark is recommended (and caters for Vegetarian, Vegan and Celiac diets). There are also Public Houses for food – The Packhorse Inn is very good.

Keswick also has a library, which has computer and internet access facilities. There is a very good Theatre too, with productions on throughout the year. The ‘Summer Season’, which boasts six plays (shown individually), is recommended, as is the Christmas production shown throughout December and January (booking advisable).