On the doorstep
Dubwath Silver Meadows – This is a Wetland Nature Reserve developed with the aid of Heritage Lottery funding. Dubwath Silver Meadows is just a 2 minute walk from Ouse Bridge Guest House and is free to visit. There is a boarded walkway along the wetter parts of the reserve and so there is no need for special footwear.
The Lakes Distillery – Recently opened in December 2014, The Lakes Distillery produces it’s own whisky, gin and vodka. It is located next to Bassenthwaite Lake just a 1 minute drive from Ouse Bridge Guest House. Tours of the Distillery are available every day and purchases can be made at the distillery shop. There is also the Bistro & Bar for those wishing to dine out.
Lake District Wildlife Park – Located just a 3 minute drive from Ouse Bridge Guest House, The Lake District Wildlife Park is the only wildlife park in north Cumbria. See over a varied mix of over a 100 species of wildlife, from Anaconda to Zebra and Gibbons to Lynx. The magical Bird of Prey displays are particularly recommended.
Osprey viewing Point – See the Ospreys nesting in the marshland at Bassenthwaite Lake from the Osprey viewing point located at Dodd Wood. This is situated just the other side of Bassenthwaite Lake from Ouse Bridge Guest House and contains a collection of telescopes trained on the Osprey’s nest. RSPB volunteers are at hand to answer any question you may have.
Mirehouse & Gardens – Situated at Dodd Wood, Mirehouse and Gardens is a family run historic house open to visitors to enjoy it’s strong literary connections, live piano music and childrens activities.
Fell walks – There are many fell walks within close proximity to Ouse Bridge Guest House. For those wishing to complete the Wainwrights, we are ideally situated to complete many of Wainwrights Northern and North Western Fells. Sale fell and Ling fell can all be conquered without the need to take your car out of our car park, along with Broom fell, Lord’s Seat and Barf fell. The mighty Skiddaw (England’s 4th highest mountain) is just the other side of Bassenthwaite Lake. For those of average fitness, why not conquer Skiddaw via the northern ridge of Ullock Pike and then continue your journey into Keswick. After a few refreshments in Keswick, the X5 bus will drop you off back at Ouse Bridge Guest House.
Cockermouth – Located just a 5 minute drive from Ouse Bridge Guest House, Cockermouth is a town full of character and charm. Cockermouth has a wide diversity of independent locally owned shops from a great selection of cafes, restaurants and delicatessens, to butchers, bakeries and fishmongers. Both Wordsworth House and Jennings Brewery are destinations with an international reputation and are well worth visiting.
Keswick – Situated just beyond the far end of Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick is a town that offers the visitor with many things to do. Roam around the pedestrianised main street and enjoy the many cafes and bars (and Outdoor clothing shops!), or visit Derwent water and relax and enjoy a cruise around the lake on the Keswick Launch.