Being situated in such a lovely part of the Cumbria, we are an ideal base for Walkers and Cyclists alike. Our cottages look out over open farmland towards the Northern Fells and Skiddaw.
Quality in Tourism has introduced a UK wide scheme to give walkers and cyclists’ confidence that they are booking accommodation that needs their particular needs.
We have an outdoor clothing and footwear drying area where items can be left overnight to dry thoroughly; this is a shared facility within our laundry room, it is fully secure and lockable, all cottages have a key for this door with there cottage keys. We have a undercover lockable area for safe storage of bicycles, panniers, car roof racks etc available in the yard behind the cottages next to the games room, 24 hour access is available to guests who when requested will be issued with a key for use during their stay. There is a outside tap and hose pipe available for use to clean walking boots, equipment, clothing and washing down bicycles and pets, if required we can also provide the use of a pressure washer for after more extreme activities.
During your stay if you wish to take part in an organised group walk there are many local groups that meet, if you would like to explore some of the beautiful landscape but fancy some company or just a leader who knows the way one such group is the Kewsick Ramblers, take a look at there website www.keswickrambles.org.uk, they were the first organised guided walks to be set up over 30 years ago in the Lake District, they offer a wide variety of walks, using busses, the launch or local taxis to get to there start point. Booking is needed prior to the walks starting. Please contact them for further information.
Each cottage has a small first Aid kit to provide essentials, we would ask that anything used is replaced or a donation left.
Bike hire is available locally from 4 play cycles in Cockermouth, you can hire from just one day to upto a week, contact Adam on 01900 823377 or visit the website www.4playcycles.co.uk,
Bike hire is also available from Keswick Mountain Bikes call 017687 75202 or visit www.keswickmountainbikes.co.uk
Our cottages are situated in the rural hamlet of Isel, 5 miles outside
of Cockermouth. The nearest bus stops to serve our cottages are:
Carlisle – Cockermouth service 600 and the Lancaster – Keswick – Carlisle 554 service, the stop for these routes is at Bothel which is 4 miles from our cottages
Workington – Keswick – Penrith service X4/X5 stops at the Castle Inn Hotel, Bassenthwaite which is 6 miles from the cottages. Further information contact Stagecoach info line 0871 200 2233 or www.stagecoachbus.com
Cycles can only be carried on a very limited number of busses specifically modified for the purpose, please contact stagecoach for further information.
The railway stations to serve our cottages are:
Aspatria – 7 miles, Wigton – 12 miles, Workington – 13miles, Carlisle – 22.5 miles and Penrith – 29 miles. Further information contact National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk
Taxi firms are available locally but please be aware many will not know where our cottages are situated, if pre ordering a taxi it may be help full for you to have directions available for the driver. A local company who has been used by previous guests is Thompson Travel, they have 4,6,8 and 16 seated cars and mini busses available please contact them on Tel: 016973 21549 or Mobile: 07766 621350.
For guests who are travelling to us via public transport deliveries of groceries to your cottage for arrival can be organised, on our food deliveries page there are details of Cumbrian Food Direct, a company delivering a wide selection of beautiful Cumbrian produced food, www.cumbrianfooddirect.com . Asda and Tesco also provide online shopping and delivery services and both have delivered to our cottages, please make sure you choose a delivery slot when you will be available to meet the driver and receive your order, also the Co-op in Cockermouth provides a delivery service for shopping you do in store.
If you order a Tesco or Asda delivery to the cottages please explain sat nav will NOT bring them to the cottages, also as there is limited mobile telephone reception please give our landline number for there information, 01900 822136, as we have had deliveries un delivered and returned to the store as the dirver could not find the cottages.
Within our local information we have ideas and maps of walking routes for all levels of walkers, we have some guides available to buy and large local maps on the walls to plan your routes, the lake district has a walk for everyone, from gentle stroll around one of our lakes or tarns to a serious hike up one of our many hills and mountains, every time guaranteed beautiful scenery along the way and the odd pub or cafe for a well earned break.
Cumbria is also very well known for its cycle routes, the reivers cycle way is part of the national cycle network, it is a coast to coast cycle route which passes our cottages.
Within our forests there are many cycle ways for all abilities, Whinlatter Forrest is nationally well known for exceptional biking in the Northwest, there are two defined routes to cater for higher level bikers, the blue route (Quercus trail) is 7.5 km single track with technical obstacles and hills and the red route (Altura trail) is 19km with optional black route sections for further information on these visit www.whinlatter.com
To explore the beautiful town of Cockermouth the Greenway is a cleverly landscaped public footpath and cycle-trail running through the south side of the town on the route of the Cockermouth and Keswick railway. The line was in use by the railway until 1972 when it was taken off the British Rail network. The overgrown trackbed was rescued by volunteers and is now a very popular route, it is right on the edge of the town yet feels like it’s way out in the countryside, along the way there are interesting waymarkers and embellishments.
There are many town trail guides and a recently produced flood trail map available from the Cockermouth Tourist information centre.
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