Lake District Hotel :: The Royal Oak :: Braithwaite
Nestling at the foot of some of the highest fells in the area is Braithwaite village. This is a village of great variety, making it seem bigger than it really is. The beck that runs through the centre of the village divides it into three distinct areas, modern houses to the north, plusher properties to the south and an original old core centred around the beck itself.
In the hillside above the village you will see the remains of an old copper and zinc mine, the main reason the village came to exist at all. The mine only closed in 1990. These days Braithwaite is a walkers paradise, access to many of the fells start here including Barrow, Causey pike and Grisedale Pike. The locally famous Coledale Horseshoe can also be started and finished in the village. A short distance across the valley floor is Skiddaw, standing at over 3000 feet it is the third highest fell in the Lake District.
If you do not have a head for heights you might like to try exploring around the village. There are a wealth of footpaths and roads for the less adventurous and always with a stunning view around the corner. For those that prefer to drive or cycle there are two passes that start in the village and will take you to two of the most picturesque areas in the lakes. If you climb the Whinlatter pass you will reach the Visitor Centre where you can admire the Lakes most famous couple – a pair of nesting Osprey
The Royal Oak Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5SY :: T: 017687 78533