Huddlestone cottage is no longer run as a holiday cottage so joint bookings are no longer available. For two guests please see The Hayloft, I.D. 5737988.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mawbray 20 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Newcastle Upon Tyne 130 km, Nearest railway: Aspatria 9 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
This Lake District North West area is one of outstanding natural beauty and is often forgotten alongside Cumbria's southern lakes, and yet it can offer the glory of the lakes, the vastness of the hills and an expansive coastline. All this without the crowds!
The woodlands and forests of the District offer the visitor a wealth of opportunities for outdoor enjoyment amongst North West England's most attractive and dramatic landscapes.
Forest Enterprise is carrying on a great tradition of forestry and woodland management in the Lakes Forest District. The oakwoods at Grizedale first came under management in the 11th Century with the monks of Furness Abbey, and this management — mainly as “coppice”, has continued through the ages under many owners. Now these woodlands are cared for by Forest Enterprise on behalf of the nation. Other forests are much younger. The mountain forest of Whinlatter has been created by the planting of a great many tree species since the Forestry Commission inception in 1919. The task of our foresters nowadays is to ensure that all of our national woodlands meet people’s needs and aspirations for the 21st century — for timber, leisure, wildlife and landscape.
Each woodland has its own character reflecting the strong influence of the underlying soils, geology and landform. Our management seeks to preserve this character: whether is it of the oakwoods of the Southern Fells, the towering groves of Douglas Fir of the mountain forest of Dodd Wood, or the pine woods on the drier sandstones of the Eden Valley in north-east Cumbria. In other areas such as Ennerdale felling gives the opportunity to remodel and reshape the forest so that it sits in harmony with the natural contours of the landscape.
The forests of Lakes Forest District are all working forests. In addition to producing timber and providing for the recreational needs of visitors, the woodlands of Cumbria are home to a rich variety of wildlife. Red, roe and sika deer can be seen by the early riser whilst no visit would be complete without a glimpse of our native, but secretive, red squirrel. Forest Enterprise is proud of its conservation record, managing forests so that flowers, insects and animals abound whilst historic features are protected and maintained.
Each area of Forest Enterprise woodland provides the visitor with a unique experience, whether you are held in awe by the scale of Ennerdale‘s dramatic landscape, where the towering hulk of Pillar Rock stands guard over its sibling forest; or question the meaning of life as expressed through the exciting sculptures at the famous Grizedale Forest Park.
There is something for everyone. Perhaps the quieter pleasures of forests such as Miterdale and Hardknott near Wastwater, are what you seek: whilst the children will not forget their adventures at Whinlatter Forest Park, where they met the giant badger in his sett and faced the forest challenges of the Rabbit Run and Fox Trot.
Bassenthwaite Lake is situated under Skiddaw and follows part of the A66 approaching Cockermouth. Bassenthwaite Lake is wholly owned and run by the Lake District National Park Authority and is in itself a National Nature Reserve. In 1993 the lake and part of the adjacent shoreline were declared a National Nature Reserve with other large areas of Sites of Special Scientific Interest. It is now one of a few rare places to see otters and osprey in England. In order to protect this nationally important site, recreational use is limited to those activities which neither conflict with the primary wildlife objective, or risk generating additional demands capable of damaging the special qualities of the lake in the future.
As well as the otters and the osprey, it is the only British locality for the rare fish species, the Vendace, a small-medium sized fish 20-25cm long. This fish lives on plankton and is usually found in NW Europe, Scandinavia and Russia.
The Lake is also home to a variety of birds. During the Summer months over 70 breeding species have been recorded including the Great Crested Glebe, common sandpiper, grasshopper warbler and goosander. In Winter, up to 2,000 wildfowl have been seen on the lake including the goldeneye, pochard, tufted duck and widgeon.
Much of the Shoreline is private. For landing and fishing, landowners permission is required. If you do land, please avoid trampling the soft shore as it is very sensitive and easily destroyed. Bassenthwaite supports the best remaining example of this habitat in the National Park. Please help to protect this nationally important site by keeping to existing paths and bays.
The ancient and historic town of Cockermouth is one of only 51 towns in Great Britain to be given this title, and is, therefore, recommended for preservation by the state as part of our national heritage.
Set in attractive countryside on the fringe of the Lake District National Park glimpses of the surrounding mountains and countryside spill into view through the old winding side streets.
The rivers Cocker and Derwent run through the town making attractive places to sit and take a break. Large enough to support a number of interesting and unique little shops as well as discreet supermarkets, Cockermouth remains relatively unchanged. The cattle market and its old building still remains in the centre of town. There are numerous Pubs and Eating Places to cater for all tastes.
Main Street runs directly through the centre of the town and is a broad, attractive tree-lined street with hidden cobbled courtyards and passageways. If you take the time to explore the town you will find some hidden treasures!
Castlegate House Gallery - A listed Georgian House and garden, built in 1739 opposite Cockermouth Castle is the setting for some stunning displays of modern painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass. The walled secret garden is open during the Summer months. During the colder weather you can always sit and enjoy the exhibits, often by the warmth of an open fire. Very intimate and friendly atmosphere with exceptionally helpful and friendly staff. Admission free.
Cockermouth Craft & Gift Centre - The largest, permanent collection of Cumbrian crafts plus some antiques and bric a brac. No admission charge.
Isel Bridge - Isel Bridge over the Derwent River is a beautiful area to walk. It is within walking distance of Huddlestone Cottage and The Hayloft in Redmain. "A lovely walk along the River Derwent, giving wonderful panoramic views of Sale Fell and the surrounding valley."
Jennings Brewery - The Famous Jennings Brewery has been part of Cockermouth for over 170 years. There's no mistaking the beer in the making!! Hop brewing can still be smelt in Cockermouth using traditional methods that were used by their founder since 1828 in Lorton village. A 1hr 30mins tour of the brewery will introduce you to the delightful and intriguing brewery expressions such as Hop Back and Mash Tun. Local ales such as the distinctively dark bitter Original Brew, or the light golden bitter of Cumberland Ale, or the warming Snecklifter can still be purchased. If you are visiting during the Christmas Period you may want to try the powerful Cocklewarmer - but you'll have to be quick it's so popular they often sell out of it! Tour Charge.
Kirkgate Centre - A converted Victorian Primary school which is now a community arts facility. Opened in 1995 and run by volunteers it offers a wide range of activities and events including live music, drama, dance, workshops, exhibitions of art and local history, films etc. Widely advertised. Plenty of car parking. Separate charges for events.
Mineral Museum and Derwent Gallery - The Creighton Mineral Museum comprises a collection of Northern England Minerals and includes the late Wm Shaw's mineral collection. Also on display is miners equipment, old photographs and fluorescent minerals in an "Aladdin's Cave". Mineral mining in Lakeland and Northern England dates back to Roman Times. There is also a shop which has minerals and fossils for sale, as well as very beautiful jewellery, original paintings, photographs and craft items. Donations to West Cumberland Hospice at Home for Museum visits.
Wordsworth House - Birthplace of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Fine example of a Georgian Town House built in 1745 for the Sheriff of Cumberland, plus restored Georgian garden which features Wordsworth's famous terraced walk. Admission charge.