Robin Hood Park is in an outstanding location in the northern Lake District only a few miles away from Keswick which is situated between the huge bulk of Skiddaw and the gentle beauty of Derwentwater, Keswick has become the major centre for tourism in the north lakes. This pretty market town offers a wide range of attractions for visitors, from shops and restaurants to museums with a difference, and boating trips around Lake Derwentwater. In 1276 Edward I granted the town its market charter, and the Saturday market continues to this day.
Robin Hood is within easy reach of the whole of the lakes including the popular and traditional Lakeland villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere. The park enjoys outstanding views over Bassenthwaite Lake, which is owned by the National Park Authority and is one of the largest in the Lake District at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest (70 ft). Its is often full of sailing boats from Bassenthwaite Sailing Club and the lake is home to the vendace, a rare fish species found only here and in Derwentwater.
The village of Bassenthwaite is less than a mile away from the park, it is largely an agricultural community, with two farms within the village itself. It contains many elements of the archetypal English village including a green, primary school, country pub, church and a stream running through it.
A few miles away is Mirehouse, a remarkable historic house and gardens facing Bassenthwaite Lake, with Dodd Wood and Skiddaw at the rear. The gardens contain adventure playgrounds, varied sheltered gardens to amble around, and lakeside walks through woods and parks. The house has a wide range of literary and artistic connections, including portraits and manuscripts of three poet laureates - Southey, Wordsworth and Tennyson. It was originally built in 1666, and bought by the Spedding family in late Georgian times. Within the Mirehouse grounds is the little church of St. Bega, dating from pre-Norman times and well worth walking across the fields to see. The village also has the more modern St John's Church, built in 1879.
Robin Hood is also located close to Cockermouth, a beautiful Georgian market town on the edge of the Lake District and home of Wordsworth House. Amidst award winning architecture, a rich local heritage and delightful landscape setting, there is a wide variety of activities for visitors. The Cumbrian coast is close by as is the city of Carlisle which has many of the leading national stores located within its shopping centre and many other attractions within the city itself.
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