Bassenthwaite is just 6 miles to the north of Keswick, but is blessed with a varied selections of attractions and places to visit. Below you will find a selection of Bassenthwaite attractions which are worth a visit.
Built by the Earl of Derby in 1666, the lower floor of Mirehouse is open to the public from April through to the end of October. The grounds of the house are also open to the public during the same period and include the gardens, children's play area and lakeside walks. In the garden, you will discover the Heather Maze, the Bee Garden and the Terraced Gardens - the lower terrace of which is the start of the Poetry Walk. Find out more about Mirehouse here - Mirehouse & Gardens.
DODD WOOD AND TEAROOMS (AND OSPREY)
Dodd Wood and The Old Sawmill Tearooms are just across the A591 from Mirehouse. The tearooms are closed in Winter but are open daily 10 am until 5 pm throughout the remainder of the year. Popular with cyclists, walkers and nature lovers the tearooms offer an extensive selection of homemade Cumbrian dishes.
The tearooms are located in Dodd Wood, which has a number of gentle walks along forest tracks. One, in particular, leads to the Osprey View Point - where visitors might be lucky enough to see the visiting Ospreys fishing in Bassenthwaite Lake. Dodd Wood & Tearoom.
LAKE DISTRICT WILDLIFE PARK
The Wildlife Park has a varied and interesting collection of animals. Many events involving the animals are held throughout the year and there are lots of opportunities to be "hands-on" with the animals - our favourites are "Cuddle A Guinea Pig" and "Meet The Meerkats". You can find much more information on their website - Lake District Wildlife Park.
LAKE DISTRICT DISTILLERY
Visitors to Mireside Farmhouse are fortunate to have this popular and unique attraction on their doorstep. The Lake District Distillery produces "The One" brand of whisky as well as gin and vodka. The distillery offers tours and tastings. There is a popular Bistro offering fine food in an informal atmosphere. More information can be found on the distillery website - Lake District Distillery.
Attractions Further Afield
Whilst enjoying a self-catering holiday in Bassenthwaite, you might consider venturing further afield. A popular attraction, which you can combine with a shopping expedition, is Carlisle and its castle. Carlisle is reached from Mireside by continuing north on the A591. Carlisle Castle is maintained by English Heritage and is a fascinating day out for all the family. Carlisle itself has a large pedestrianised shopping percent with such household names as Marks & Spencers and House of Fraser. The Lanes offers an under-cover shopping experience, while the city has many restaurants and cafes.