The immediate area surrounding The Pheasant at Bassenthwaite Lake is ideal for walking low level. Or for the more adventurous, the Skiddaw range is only 10 minutes away, but Sale Fell is on the doorstep.
This was one of Alfred Wainwrights' favourite areas, as he said in his North Western Guide to the fells 'nothing pleased me more then the shy Wythop Valley. It is so easy to walk, so charming and unspoilt, a little tranquil world apart'. Little has changed over the years and as you explore the area you will find plenty of connections with the past from the old Bassenthwaite Lake railway station to the remains of St Margaret's Church the other side of Sale fell. Further afield is the remains of the old brickwork factory near Wythop Hall.
In Wythop Wood above The Pheasant you will find an abundance of wildlife with the presence of roe deer, badgers and rabbits and locals have even seen a Pine Martin and of course that rare bird of prey the Osprey. The three highest mountain ranges in England, Skiddaw, Helvellyn and Scafell Pike are all within easy reach as is the wonderful Buttermere valley.
You can engage in a challenging trek, enjoy an unlimited number of planned walks or just take in the beautiful scenery. Historic places of interest to visit in the area include the 4000 year old Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Keswick museum and the wonderful Theatre on the Lake plus the literary connections with the poets Southey, Coleridge and Wordsworth all offer days of discovery.
Read our blogs about local walks:
- Sale Fell - A Wonderful Winter Walk
- Top 5 Spring Lake District Walks
- 5 Summer Walks in the Lake District
- A Trip up Latrigg, Keswick
- Ling Fell - an easy Lake District walk with lovely views
- A Summer walk around Loweswater
- Dodd Summit - the perfect winter walk
For further information on walks in the Lake District, see http://where2walk.co.uk/category/lake_district/.