The Lake District is famous for its walks and Manesty Holiday Cottages is ideally placed in the walker’s paradise of Borrowdale. Behind Manesty, the bracken and heather-clad fells of Catbells and Maiden Moor rise to 1800 feet. Below spreads the valley floor. Derwentwater, known as ‘the Queen of the Lakes’ is just a 15 minutes’ stroll from the cottages, hidden by the extensive National Trust woodland and parkland.
From Manesty there are relaxing rambles along the river and round the lake or there are demanding day walks to Scafell and Great Gable in the heart of the Cumbrian mountains. Alternatively there are easier walks up Catbells, or across the head of the lake to Watendlath in its picturesque hanging valley, and to the tarns and fells beyond.
For example, a short climb behind Manesty over Hause Gate leads past old lead mines to Littletown where Beatrix Potter’s Mrs Tiggywinkle lived. Or take the mine track from Manesty which follows the foot of Catbells passing the old lead mine at Brandlehow to Hawse End and Fawe Park where Peter Rabbit stole from Mr McGregor’s garden, and the Flopsie Bunnies slept in the compost heap. The path ends at Nichol End, one of the landing stages for the Edwardian launches which run from Keswick to Lodore and Brandlehow, both just a mile from Manesty.