Braithwaite sits at the foot of the Whinlatter Pass with stunning views of the fells of Causey Pike, Grisedale, High Stile and Barrow, forming the famous Coledale Horseshoe as it curves round the head of Coledale Hause. Coledale beck bends its way down the valley and enters a narrow gorge before passing through the village where it is crossed by two humped backed bridges.
The area around Braithwaite is some of the best walking country in the Lake District. Its valleys are surrounded by fells, rising steeply from the valley floors. The views are stunning and the walking is good, but not dangerous with normal precautions.
Braithwaite has several pubs, including the the Royal Oak, Coledale Inn and the Middle Ruddings Hotel. Braithwaite is easily accessible due to its close proximity to the A66.
Water lovers can enjoy the vast and dramatic landscape of Bassenthwaite Lake, take cruises on nearby Derwentwater and make the most of the rowing, sailing and fishing opportunities in the area. A range of activities for all ages and interests are also available at the nearby Whinlatter Forest Park and visitor centre.
Other activities in the area include: Walking, Cycling, Golf, Tennis, Fishing, Sailing, Rowing, Canoeing, Climbing, Abseiling, Hang gliding, Parasailing, Orienteering, Pony trekking, Bird watching (watch the Ospreys at Lake Bassenthwaite), Swimming, Health spa's and The Theatre by the Lake.
Keswick is the North Lakes' most popular holiday and day trip destination. Nestling between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwentwater Lake, the town is situated in an idylic location in the Lake District National Park. The town of Keswick also often lends itself to events such as the annual Jazz, real ale and mountain festivals. There is a wide variety of shops, cafes, tea and coffee rooms, galleries, pubs and restaurants.