Views from Binsey
Picturesque Caldbeck

The Surrounding Northern Fells Area

Aiverthwaite Cottage is nestled in a quiet country lane  in Aughertree, just outside Ireby in the Northern Fells. It is perfectly located for an enjoyable and relaxing stay in the Lake District National Park.

The Northern Fells are the undiscovered part of the Lake District. You can walk for miles without seeing a soul and there are lots of superb walks straight from our door.

All of the hills at the back of Skiddaw and Blencathra are within easy reach and there are many more gentle walks to be had around the local Ireby & Uldale area.

The view from Binsey summit is one of the best around and you can walk it easily from Aiverthwaite.

Stunning scenery and quiet walks. Bliss!

Ireby, Uldale & Caldbeck

Aiverthwaite Cottage is just outside of the ancient market village of Ireby. There's a characterful local pub for bar meals - the Black Lion. The annual Ireby Music Festival in May is worth a visit. There is also a dairy selling milk and vegetables.

Uldale is within walking distance from the house - there you will find  The Snooty Fox and Mae's Tea Rooms - good home cooked food and a warm welcome at both. It's a lovely walk on a warm summers day or evening. There is also a small playground and tennis court.

Picturesque Caldbeck is only 6 miles away with its mining heritage and mills - now long gone  but with a couple of excellent cafes, well stocked village shop / post office, and other interesting shops and pub.

There is also a large village duck pond and a lovely short walk to the Howk, a spectacular limestone gorge & waterfall with the remains of an old bobbin mill.

It's a lovely run in the car over the Caldbeck Fells with unusual views of Skiddaw on the way.

Derwentwater & Skiddaw

Keswick, Derwentwater & Bassenthwaite

Keswick is the main market town of the North Lakes (25 minute drive) and is considered the "outdoor capital" of the Lake District. With a multitude of outdoor shops, it is the place to buy your outdoor essentials for on the fells. It also has an excellent supermarket (Booths), theatre and cinema, as well as plenty of great places to eat and drink. The surrounding scenary is stunning with breathtaking views in all directions.

Aiverthwaite is close to the northernmost lake, Bassenthwaite (10 minutes), and with the more popular parts of the Lake District, such as Derwentwater and Borrowdale  only 25 minutes or so away. The scenery is just waiting to be explored.

The Lake District Osprey Project is located near Bassenthwaite Lake and the viewpoint at Dodd Wood is just a ten minute drive from Aiverthwaite.

Buttermere Valley

The Buttermere Valley is a picture postcard of beautiful lakes - Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater - surrounded by challenging high fells, such as Red Pike, High Stile, Fleetwith Pike, Robinson, Whiteless Pike, Grasmoor and Melbreak.

The tiny village of Buttermere comprises two inns, a few farms, a small chapel and some isolated houses - its name meaning ‘lake by the dairy pastures'. There's also a great tea room.

A scattering of farms and houses make up Loweswater, a community held together by the twin magnets of its church and adjacent hostelry - the Kirkstile Inn.

The traditional look of Buttermere and Loweswater is largely due to The National Trust, which owns much of the land and preserves its special qualities. The only vehicular access into this valley is from Cockermouth to the north or via the snaking passes over Honister and Newlands Hause.


Solway Sunsets
Historic Carlisle


Cockermouth was made famous in November 2009 when it flooded. Now the entire main street area has recovered and the shops, pubs and restaurants renovated.

It makes for a fantastic place to do a spot of shopping in the many indivually owned shops, superb restaurants such as Aspava and  Quince and Medlar, and traditional pubs such as the Bitter End (with its own brewery).

There is also the famous Jennings Brewery, brewing excellent beer since 1828 - take a brewery tour and discover the history of Cumbria's favourite tipple. It's also home to the birthplace of William Wordsworth at the Wordsworth House and Garden - owned by the National Trust.

Solway Coast AONB

We're also near to the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), famous for its stunning sunsets, abundant bird life, beautiful coastline walks and numerous golf courses.

To the south are the historic ports of Maryport and Whitehaven. - well worth a visit. 

Historic Carlisle

The border city of Carlisle with its excellent market and extensive shops is only 17 miles away.

Together with its historic CastleCathedral, Guildhall Museum and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, this really is an interesting place to spend some time.

For those of you interested in horse racing, there is also the famous Carlisle Race Course - a jocky club racecourse. Racing fixtures are available most of the year and there are family fun days.

The Solway Aviation Musuem at Carlisle Airport - home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artifacts and displays reflecting Britain’s position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the dawn of the jet age.

Herdwick Sheep
Hadrian's Wall

Other Places To Visit

Eden Valley

A beautiful corner of Cumbria, taking in the Lakes and mountains around Ullswater, the North Pennines AONB, around Alston and the magnificant River Eden flowing through the rolling countryside between them all. Much quieter than the Lake District, but with some lovely scenary and gentler walks, especially along the River Eden.


The market town of Penrith resides in the Eden Valley - the gateway to the North Lakes. A farmer's market is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from March to December.

With its individual specialist shops, varied eating places and ample parking nearby, a visit to the historic market town of Penrith is well worth adding to your shopping list.

Rheged - An award winning attraction with many activities, soft-play, shops and exhibitions. Plus a huge screened cinema.

Hadrian's Wall Country

Hadrian's Wall Country - within an hour's drive away. Discover the World Heritage site of the famous Roman Wall that stretches from the Solway to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Northern frontier of a mighty empire that once covered the known World.

Birdoswald Roman Fort at Gilsland is well worth a visit.

This is Cumbria - much to do with nothing too far away!!