Local attractions

We’re on the sunny side of the valley at Patterdale, in the heart of the English Lake District, ideally located for ascents of Helvellyn, St.Sunday Crag and Place Fell.

Perhaps the main local attractions are the mountains themselves (or “Fells” as we like to call them). Helvellyn, Catstycam, Place Fell, High Street, and St Sunday crag are all within walking distance of our door, so there’s no need to worry about parking the car!

The famous Ullswater “Steamers” sail all year round from Glenridding Pier – a delightful 20 minute walk from Crookey Cottage. A new landing stage is planned for Aira Point below Gowbarrow Fell, to allow access to Aira Force waterfall. The tiny hamlet of Howtown, on the eastern shore, and Pooley Bridge at the north end of Ullswater, also have landing stages for the “steamers”.

The pretty coservation village of Hartsop lies 20 minutes’ walk to the south, at the foot of Kirkstone pass. Here it’s easy to imagine village life at the peak of the wool boom in the 17th/18th centuries, as many of the cottages still have their outdoor spinning galleries.

Further afield; the tourist centres of Ambleside and Windermere to the south, and Keswick to the north, offer extensive facilities and activities for rainy days.