Parkergate is in an ideal location for exploring the Lakes, the Solway Coast, the historic border city of Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall. It benefits from one of the best locations in the whole of Cumbria for enjoying spectacular Lakeland sunsets over the North West fells.
Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater
Both are close by and provide excellent opportunities for watersports. Derwentwater Marina offers windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, rowing and power-boats for hire and also tuition. Nichol End Marine is also nearby – it's in a lovely setting and offers a range of activities both on and off the water.
Keswick, with its shops, restaurants and inns, is only seven miles away and there’s a regular bus service from the stop at Parkergate.
For those looking to feel the wind in their hair, the scenery of the Lake District National Park is second to none. Skiddaw, Blencathra, the Northern Caldbeck Fells and Coledale Fells are all in close proximity and you can climb Skiddaw directly from Parkergate. For the less energetic, there are lovely walks around the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake and along the River Derwent, as well as lower, easier peaks such as Dodd and Binsey.
Parkergate is not far from the well-known Lake District Ospreys' nesting site. Cumbria's most popular birds returned to nest in the area in 2008 and from time to time you can see them fly right past Parkergate on their way to their favourite fishing site at Overwater. Just down the road at Dodd Wood is a viewing point where you can use their powerful telescopes to watch these magnificent birds fishing. You can also take in the Dodd Wood’s forest trails while you’re there.
- A short walk down the bridleway to Moss Side, Mireside and back takes about 45 minutes and has lovely views all the way
- A stroll down to the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake via Moss Side, Broadness, Scarness, Mireside and Parkergate meadows takes 1 – 2 hours (depending on how long you linger by the lake...)
- To St Bega's Church via Moss Side, Scarness Road, the church, lakeside, Ravenstone and home is around two hours of easy walking, with much to enjoy en route
- Mirehouse and St Bega's church is another walk along similar routes, but returning through Dodd Wood and past the Osprey viewing point
- An easy climb to a fantastic view at Dodd summit takes about three hours and reaches an impressive 1500 feet. Most of this walk is amongst tree canopies so it’s a good walk all year round. The actual summit is very exposed and can be windy but the view makes it all worthwhile!
- Up to the ridge via High Side, Southerndale, the ridge behind Parkergate, and back via Ravenstone is a good walk giving lovely views of the lake and surrounding hills, taking about an hour and a half. You can continue this walk by heading to Ullock Pike and back by Whitestones and Dodd, and even extend it further with an exhilarating trip to Skiddaw summit.
- The Chapel Beck round via Mireside, Bassenthwaite crossroads, Chapel Beck and Orthwaite Road is another short walk, taking about an hour
- Exploring Skiddaw is a more a demanding walk, but extremely worthwhile. It’s a quiet path and offers excellent views
More to explore…
Historic houses and gardens: Get a glimpse into Lakeland history at the many historic houses throughout the area.
Wordsworth House: Step back to the 1770s at William Wordsworth’s childhood home.
The Theatre by the Lake: Discover the drama of the Lakes with some great productions and events.
Wool Clip and Priests Mill Café: Plus there’s a lovely walk to Bobbin Mill at Caldbeck.
Honister Slate Mine: An award-winning experience at the country’s last working slate mine.