What better way to spend a summer’s day in the Lake District than enjoying an al fresco lunch? Locals in the area love packing a basket of goodies and dining outdoors. We’ve tracked down the prettiest places near The Pheasant to tuck in to a picnic:
For the budding geologists - Brandlehow Woods
The beautiful Brandlehow Woods cover 108 acres at the base of Cat Bells, leading to the shores of Derwentwater. The area is a photographers’ paradise with hundred-year old Douglas firs, amazing views of the surrounding fells and rugged landscapes carved out by retreating glaciers from the ice age. Head along the lakeshore past the famous wooden hands sculpture (celebrating Brandlehow’s centenary) to the High Brandlehow jetty on the lakeshore. Here you’ll find a perfectly-placed picnic table where you can enjoy lunch marveling at the incredible views.
Park in Keswick and choose ‘bus, boat or boots’ to make your way to High Brandlehow.
For the history buffs - Castlerigg Stone Circle
For an atmospheric picnic location head to the ‘Stonehenge of the Lakes’ – Castlerigg Stone Circle. It’s one of Britain’s earliest prehistoric monuments with 38 stones, some up to 3m high, standing in a circle on a natural plateau with panoramic views of the surrounding fells. The light around Castlerigg changes hourly so prepare to see amazing colours and shadows from your vantage point.
Castlerigg Stone Circle has free roadside parking.
For all ages and abilities - Latrigg
We’ve shared our love for this gentle fell before, and as well as being an accessible walk for all ages Latrigg is a truly lovely picnic location. Choose the full 1.5 mile walk or pick up the easy access path which is great for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Lay out your spread at the summit and tuck in – views from the top reach far over Keswick to Derwentwater and the Skiddaw mountain range.
Drive to the hamlet of Applethwaite and park on Applethwaite Lane, where you can pick up the trail.
For the wild swimmers - Crummock Water
A tranquil walk through Lanthwaite Woods will bring you out on the shores of Crummock Water, with lots of picturesque picnic spots along the way. The views here are magnificent with Grassmoor to the west and Mellbreak to the east. Visitors have even been known to go wild swimming off the shingly beach!
Park at Buttermere car park and follow the track to Crummock Water
For the Windermere daytrippers - Loughrigg Tarn
An hour’s drive away but the perfect pit stop en route to Windermere or Ambleside. Loughrigg Tarn is almost a perfect circle framed by water lilies and aquatic plants, with fantastic views of the nearby Langdale Pikes. You’re guaranteed a peaceful picnic here – Alfred Wainwright described Loughrigg as ‘one of the most secluded tarns’.
Loughrigg has roadside parking with a path leading down to the shore.
If you’re staying at The Pheasant Inn we can prepare a delicious picnic for your day out. Choose from hearty sandwiches, homemade shortbread, slabs of fruit cake, cheese and biscuits and other tasty treats. Order forms are available from reception and you can view the full menu here.