Local Area & Attractions

Situated on the west coast of Cumbria, Jasmine House Bed & Breakfast offers easy and fast access to the most popular tourist areas and sites in and around the Lake District, including Ennerdale, Buttermere, Wasdale, Loweswater and Eskdale.

The Lake District is England’s largest National Park and is home to Scafell Pike – its highest mountain and Wastwater – its deepest lake. It’s valleys and fells are home to idyllic villages, high moorlands and picturesque lakes.

Apart from endless walks and all that nature has to offer on the doorstep of Jasmine House Bed & Breakfast, there are also many activities and attractions locally, a selection of which is below:

Western Lake District Cycling Holidays

Jasmine House Bed & Breakfast is ideally located for cycling holidays.

The western Lake District is known for its beautiful coast, peaceful Fells, tranquil valleys, quiet villages and bustling towns, it also has a mass of quiet cycle ways, bridle ways and country roads that offer spectacular views and peaceful cycling with lots of opportunities to get of your bike and explore.

The variety of cycling routes in the Western Lake District makes discovering this fascinating area easy. Remember the route possibilities are endless.

We at Jasmine House Bed & Breakfast can provide tailor made routes for all abilities.

We also have a cycle trailer so we can do transfers subject to availability.

Longlands Lake

Longlands lake is on the site of the former longlands iron Orr mine, by 1924 the mine had been abandoned, and in 1939 they started to subside. Flooding of the mines created what is now Longlands Lake, the combination of open water and the configuration of the river Eden and river Keekle is a haven for wildlife of all kinds.

The broad range of bird species have the benefit of herb-rich grassland, gorse shrub and broad leaved woodland. There is a path that goes around the lake, and a separate path that goes to the remains of the old forge then onto Dent Fell.

Clints Quarry Nature Reserve

Clints Quarry is owned and managed as a nature reserve by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. The quarry is a scheduled Site of Special Scientific Interest and is of considerable botanical importance as well as geological. The fallen blocks of stone that may be seen contain a vartiety of fossils – brachiopods and corals.

Little is known about local limestone quarries, but Clints was mentioned in a 1909 prospectus for the Workington Iron & Steel Company. The limestone which was easily quarried, was used in blast furnaces to make steel in the heyday of the Acid Bessemer process between 1850 and 1890. There are well preserved lime kilns which were probably used to produce lime for local farmers for land improvement.

Wasdale

Wasdale is the home of England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike, deepest lake and smallest church.

The lake is the most awe inspiring of the all the Cumbrian lakes, surrounded by its high peaks and bounded by its famous “screes” plummeting into the water.

Wastewater is 3 miles long and 260 feet deep, there is no through road on one side of wastewater which offers dynamic views of the “screes” and the finest view of Great Gable and Scafell.

Eskdale Valley

Eskdale is the valley, stretching from Gosforth, near Seascale on the West coast of Cumbria, through to the foot of Hard Knott pass, and contains the small villages of Santon Bridge, Boot and Eskdale Green.

It is very popular with tourists, being close to Scafell – England’s highest mountain.

The valley is notable as being one of few major valleys in the Lake District not to have its own lake, although several tarns are perched above the valley sides.

Ennerdale Water

Ennerdale is the most westerly of the lakes, and the most remote, so it offers, even in high season, a place to escape. It is a deep glacial lake, 2.5 miles long 3/4 mile wide and 148 feet deep.

The water is exceptionally clear, and contains a variety of fish. It serves as a reservoir for the coastal towns of West Cumbria, and is the only lake that does not have a road running alongside it.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, or “La’al Ratty” as it’s affectionately known, was opened in 1875 to bring iron ore from Eskdale to the Furness Railway at Ravenglass. The line was purchased by a preservation society and converted to a narrow gauge of 15 inches

The train journey travels through beautiful countryside from Ravenglass, calling at Muncaster Mill, Irton Road, The Green, and Beckfoot before finally reaching reaching Dalegarth station, near Boot in Eskdale. From Dalegarth you can walk to Eskdale Mill,Stanley Ghyll Force and St Catherine’s Church.

At Ravenglass there is a railway museum with a wealth of relics, photographs, models and an audio-visual show.

More Info: ravenglass-railway.co.uk

Rowrah

Rowrah Stadium is a karting track situated in the old Kelton Head limestone quarry.

The track measures 1,040 metres long and it is used for several major UK karting championships.

Rowrah with its famous Cumbria racing track is just 10 minutes away from Jasmine House Bed & Breakfast.

More Info: www.cumbriakrc.co.uk

Whitehaven

This Georgian town, situated on the west coast of Cumbria, was one of the first post-renaissance planned towns in the country. Built on shipping and mining, both industries have now declined, but Whitehaven is never-the-less an attractive town and is one of the 40 Gem Towns in England.

Whitehaven is also the starting point of the popular 140 mile long C2C Cycle Route. The cycle route travels along the Whitehaven to Ennerdale Cycle path, through the scenic delights of the Lake District and on over the roof of England to the remote North Pennines before reaching the north east coast.

St Bees

The village of St. Bees is on the western coast of Cumbria, at the end of a long valley, four miles south of Whitehaven. It has a long sandy beach, and is a popular holiday resort. Nearby, the rocky promontory of St Bees Head, the western most point of Cumbria, is the start of the ‘Coast to Coast walk’.

St Bees Head, a red sandstone bluff, forms one of the most dramatic natural features along the entire coast of North West England. There are four miles of towering precipitous cliffs, of ‘St Bees sandstone’, the red stone used for so many buildings in Cumbria.

A clifftop path going north from St bees takes you to Fleswick Bay, between St Bees and St Bees Head. This is the first part of the Coast to Coast Walk.

Egremont

Egremont is a small market town, which has held a market charter since 1267. It has a wide main street, overlooked by the remains of a Norman Castle.

Egremont Castle was built about 1130 and stands on a mound above the River Ehen.

About a mile south of the town is Florence Mine, the last working iron ore mine in Europe, and part of the rich mining history of West Cumbria. At the Mine Heritage Centre you can learn about miners and how they lived and worked, and extracted the ore from the ground.

Cockermouth

Lying just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park, Cockermouth is an attractive market town not overwhelmed by the tourist atmosphere of Keswick and Ambleside. It is one of only 51 towns in Great Britain designated as a ‘Gem’ town and is, therefore, recommended for preservation by the state as part of our national heritage.

Today’s visitors are attracted by the town’s calm, its nearness to some of the more peaceful lakes and mountains, and the fact that Dorothy and William Wordsworth were born here. The large Georgian house in the Main Street where they were born, is now in the care of the National Trust.

Muncaster Castle, Gardens & World Owl Centre

Dominating the River Esk, Muncaster has been of strategic importance since Roman times, and has been home to the Penningtons since 1208.

Historic haunted castle, gardens and woodland walks and World Owl Centre for fun family days out.

More Info: www.muncaster.co.uk

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