We love a good knees up at The Swinside Inn, and pride ourselves on the big events we arrange most years. From hosting the fundraising event, Duncan Booth’s 10 in 10 in June, to our own Swinside Beer and Music Fest in September, and the biggest firework display in the area, for Guy Fawkes Night.
Derwentwater is just a few minutes walk from The Swinside Inn. You can trot along to Hawse End, Lingholm or Nichol End and pick up the launch, which is a kind of foot ferry, providing jump on and off stops all around the lake (dependent on water levels). Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Wetsuits and all sorts of watery equipment can be hired from Nichol End Marina, and also further along from Derwentwater Marina. Wild swimming from Hawse End – if you’d like a guide, look for SuzannaSwims Look out for wildlife along The Miners Track, and bird watch from the shoreline.
For those with experience and equipment, there’s ice climbing at Newlands Hawse (amongst many other places), winter mountain climbing, Skiing, sledging, (very occasionally) ice skating on the lake.
Perhaps a gentle peddle to Lingholme Kitchen and Walled Garden
or a (much) more strenuous round of Newlands Valley, Newlands Hawse, Buttermere, Hoister Pass, Borrowdale, and back to The Swinside Inn, via Catbells Terraces.