The immediate area is ideal walking country. Walks start from the cottage door. The Cumbria Way passes nearby.
Visitors can enjoy cycle-rides among fantastic scenery, away from the busy traffic encountered on the main roads. We are on the Reevers cycle route. Cycles may be hired in Keswick.
This is ideal bird-watching country, with guided walks starting from nearby tea-room gallery. Ospreys can be seen on nearby Bassenthwaite Lake and their nesting site viewed from Dodd Wood.
Leisure clubs are nearby, as well as the North Lakes Wild Animal Park. Tennis enthusiasts have free use of the local tennis court.
The following activities on nearby Bassenthwaite Lake may be enjoyed:
'Go Ape' is available in Whinlatter Forest, together with cycle routes and walks, with also live-screen osprey-watching inside Whinlatter visitor centre.
If you are simply looking for peace, quiet and relaxation to unwind from the pressures of work, then The Granary in Ruthwaite offers all of that. No need even to cook - eating places are nearby.
The small market town of Keswick on Derwentwater is set amongst spectacular mountain scenery. High mountains and lower fells, woodlands or lakeshore invite those who wish to explore on foot, or enjoy scenic rides to Grasmere, Ambleside, Windermere or Western Lakes, which are all within easy reach.
Places of interest abound but to name just a few: The Derwent Pencil Museum, Theatre by the Lake (discount vouchers available from the cottage owner), Castlerigg Stone Circle (4000 years old), Mirehouse, literary connections with Coleridge, Wordsworth, Southey and Ruskin, annual Christian Religious Convention, Jazz Festival, Beer Festival, Mountain Festival, Cinema, Leisure Pool, parks offering games facilities, tennis, golf. Mountain bike hire is available. Other activities include paragliding, watersports, rock-climbing (there is even an indoor climbing wall), motor-launch tours of Derwentwater. There are numerous pubs and restaurants and specialist mountain-wear shops.