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Braithwaite, The Lake District

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If you do not have a head for heights you might like to try exploring around the village.
There are a wealth of footpaths and roads for the less adventurous and always with a stunning view around the corner. For those that prefer to drive or cycle there are two passes that start in the village and will take you to two of the most picturesque areas in the lakes.
If you climb the Whinlatter pass you will reach the Visitor Centre where you can admire the Lakes most famous couple – a pair of nesting Osprey.

In the hillside above the village you will see the remains of an old copper and zinc mine, the main reason the village came to exist at all. The mine only closed in 1990. These days Braithwaite is a walkers paradise, access to many of the fells start here including Barrow, Causey pike and Grisedale Pike.
The locally famous Coledale Horseshoe can also be started and finished in the village. A short distance across the valley floor is Skiddaw, standing at over 3000 feet it is the third highest fell in the Lake District.

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Interesting places to visit

Nestling at the foot of some of the highest fells in the area is Braithwaite village. This is a village of great variety, making it seem bigger than it really is. The beck that runs through the centre of the village divides it into three distinct areas, modern houses to the north, plusher properties to the south and an original old core centred around the beck itself.

Whinlatter Visitors Center

Whinlatter, England's only true Mountain Forest, is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.


Cyclewise Whinlatter does not just sell bikes and kit. They love showing you how to ride your bike so that every time you get on it, you’re guaranteed a great time.

Derwent Water Marina

An outdoor activity and watersports centre, with self-catering accommodation. Details of sailing, windsurfing and canoeing, mountain activities, team building.

Cumberland Pencil Museum

The Cumberland Pencil Museum is in Keswick, Cumbria, in the north-west of England. It is home to the biggest colouring pencil in the world.

GO Ape

Days out with us are about living life adventurously, having fun with friends and family and exploring the great outdoors. We can be found in 31 of the UK's most spectacular parks and forests, providing unforgettable adventures for all ages!

Keswick Launch on Derwentwater

Located on the lake shore of Derwentwater near to the Lakeland market town of Keswick, the launch company offers Lake District cruises around Derwentwater throughout the year.

Theatre By The Lake

The theatre, hailed by The Independent as "the most beautifully located and friendly theatre in Britain", opened in 1999. It is set a short stroll from Derwentwater on the edge of Keswick, amid the magnificent western fells of the Lake District.

Via Ferrata Honister

The original and best Via Ferrata in the UK! Using the original Miners track up the steep outer incline of Fleetwith Pike, the addition of a continuous cable made climbing this magnificent Lake District Mountain achievable and safe for everyone.