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Location

Location is everything and Brackenrigg is delightfully situated in the very heart of the Lake District National Park, only two miles from Keswick and ten minutes' drive from Grasmere. Thirlmere lake is within 2 miles, and Derwent Water foreshore just 3 miles away. You can walk the fells and cycle from the door, or be in Borrowdale, Ullswater or the Langdales after only a short drive.

Public Transport

Penrith mainline railway station is 13miles away, with bus links to Keswick. The 555 service runs 1/2 hourly and starts outside the station and drops off at Booths in Keswick. The hourly 505 service runs from Booths in Keswick past our door. Get off at Shoulthwaite Farm (200yds) This same 505 bus service starts at Lancaster and can be used as an alternative transport point from the South. Car hire is available from Carlisle. There are bus links to the main valleys starting from Keswick.

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Visit the Picture Gallery for some stunning images from around Brackenrigg

Directions

Coming North by road, you have a choice. You can either leave the M6 at Jn 36, and travel up through the Lake District, or leave at Jn 40 and avoid it. In our experience, there is little difference in terms of the time it takes - it's about 45 mins from Jn 36, whether you come off the motorway there or stay on & exit at Jn 40 (unless you are traveling at a busy time of day, in which case the route through the lakes can take a little longer). The road through the Lakes meanders around a few bends in places (which children may or may not appreciate), but does offer some lovely views (except, of course, at night!). Coming from the North leave the M6 at JN40. From the East, also join these directions at the junction with the M6 at Penrith.

FROM M6 JN 36

Follow signs for Windermere, then Ambleside and Keswick. After Ambleside, you'll pass Grasmere, and rise up a long hill (Dunmail Raise, which marks the border between Westmorland & Cumberland). It's about 10 minutes from here. After descending the other side of Dunmail Raise, you'll drive along the Eastern shore of Thirlmere, and then pass a long white pub on your right, The King's Head. Two-and-a-half miles to go. There's a short stretch of dual-carriageway, a mile or so after which you'll see "Brackenrigg", a white house and barn, set back from the road on your left.

FROM M6 JN 40

Follow signs for Keswick, along the A66. For most of the journey, the spectacular sight of "Blencathra" dominates the view. After about 15 miles, there's a turn-off for Keswick & Windermere, A591. (Avoid the temptation to take the much earlier turn-off to Windermere). After a few hundred yards, you'll reach a "T" junction. Keswick is down the hill to your right, but you need to turn left up the hill towards Windermere. "Brackenrigg" is about 2.5 miles along here. You'll pass a large roadside farm on your right, Dale Bottom farm & caravan site on your left, and then "Brackenrigg" will appear through some trees on the right. The first gate (white, 5-bar) is permanently closed, the entrance is 60 yards further on.

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Warm & Inviting cottage, great views all round, great walks from here too. Just a generally lovely place and area. Can't wait to visit next time! xx (Bleaberry)

Mark & Becky, B'Ham - Posted on: June 2013

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