The Northern Fells of the Lake District

To the north of Keswick lies an area of the Lake District which is unspoilt by mass tourism, yet which offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the county.


The fells of the Northern Lakes, which rise up from Bassenthwaite, Ullswater and Derwentwater, include such famous and dramatic fells as Skiddaw and Blencathra. A little further north lie the Caldbeck fells, with their more gentle grass covered peaks of High Pike and Carrock.


This area is both peaceful and less developed than some parts of the Lakes, with a vibrant local community which welcomes visitors without being over dependent on them.


Monkhouse Hill lies in the foothills of the Caldbeck Fells, with Warnell Fell behind us and panoramic 30 mile views over the Eden Valley opening out in front. Our local villages, both about 3 miles away, are Caldbeck and Hesket Newmarket.


Our location also makes us ideally suited for visiting the three centres of Keswick, Penrith and Carlisle, and for day trips to the Southern Lakes, Hadrians Wall and Southern Scotland.


For when you don't want to stray far, we are set in 5 acres of landscaped grounds, with a small lake and recently planted areas of woodland. There is gentle fell and riverside walking from the door - we provide a guide with suggested routes.


Just a short drive away are numerous opportunities for exploring the hinterland of the Northern Fells, or tackling popular climbs such as Blencathra or Catbells.


Cycling options include off road fell tracks in the Lake District, stunning mountain bike routes at Whinlatter, and the many quiet lanes of the Eden Valley.


We've reproduced an article below written by broadcaster and fellwalker Stuart Maconie on this, his favourite part of the Lakes. It encapsulates what makes the Caldbeck Fells so special.