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re: main tourist attractions near Rossthwaite

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re: main tourist attractions near Rossthwaite


My husband, daughter (adult) and i have three days in this area of the Lake Disttrict..we will hire a car in Penryn..and drive down to Rossthwaite..

is there somewhere we should stop on the way..an attraction to see..? Please be fairly directive and specific..as we have no idea about this area at all (we are Canadians).

Should we go to the tourist information centre in Penryn before we set off?..or go directly to the tourist info..in Rossthwaite..?

..what time will the tourist bureaus close?

If there is a point of interest in a direction away from our trip toward Rossthwaite..we could perhaps do that on arrival in Penryn?.(.although it will be about four in the afternoon on a Wednesday when we arrive.. )..

Any suggestions for maximizing our time in this lovely area would be greatly appreciate!!

Many thanks,

Marnie Bradfield.

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1. Re: re: main tourist attractions near Rossthwaite

Hi Marnie,

search Keswick tourist information centre or Moot Hall Keswick and you should get most of the answers you want. Is it Penrith or Penryn?

Where are you staying in Rosthwaite?


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2. Re: re: main tourist attractions near Rossthwaite

Rosthwaite is really only a hamlet with the main attraction being the fells ( mountains) around.

You will drive past Derwentwater (Lake) which is worth walking/driving around and possibly a detour upto Watendlath.(also almost on the way).

The town of Keswick is between Penrith and Rosthwaite and this has a tourist information Office, Rosthwaite is only a 20 min slow drive away.

The whole area is very compact ( Penrith to Rosthwaite is about 25miles) so I would suggest driving straight to your accommodation which is likely to have leaflets on attractions in the area and lots of advice.

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3. Re: re: main tourist attractions near Rossthwaite

There's definitely a rack of tourist leaflets in the Walkers Bar at the Scafell Hotel. That will probably cover most of the larger attractions in the area. The nearest "attraction" is the Honister slatemine.

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4. Re: re: main tourist attractions near Rossthwaite

The Flock Inn Tea Room at Rosthwaite, worth a visit for it's quaintness, delicious fresh scones and cakes and pretty garden. We stopped off there yesterday after a long hot walk. There is a lovely walk along the River Derwent from Rossthwaite, and access to the whole Borrowdale Valley for more spectacular scenery and more challenging walks. If you want to stop in Penrith, check out J & J Grahams Grocer and Deli, and the wonderful N Arnison & Sons, Drapers Costumiers & Miliners, Est 1742 - both in the centre near the George Hotel. Even if you don't want anything it's worth a look. Rosthwaite is on Google Street View, so have a closer look at the village before your arrival. Keswick is a picturesque Lakeland town, lots of shops, pubs cafes, a little theatre and cinema. There is a boat service around the lake, from the pier adjacent to the Theatre by the Lake. When are you visiting?

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5. Re: re: main tourist attractions near Rossthwaite

Rosthwaite isn't really a great place for "attractions". You probably want Keswick for that, which is only a short drive away.

However, Rosthwaite is a fantastically good place for enjoying the beautiful scenery that the Lake District has to offer. There are various walks you can do along Borrowdale or the less visited but still lovely Langstrath valley if you prefer low level walks. If you are up for some serious fellwalking, then you have a fantastic choice of walks, up to and including the Lake District's highest peak, Scafell Pike (though make sure you're aware of all the usual mountain safety things if you're considering anything like that).

Somewhere in between the intrepid scaling of peaks and a gentle strong along the valley floor is a walk up to Watendlath, which is a beautiful spot and has a nice tea room for a well earned cup of tea and a cake when you get up there.

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