The cottages are an ideal base from which you can just relax, take in the local scenery and revel in the peace and quiet. The cumbrian pace of life has not changed much over the years and remains at a steady slow - take time to unwind and enjoy.

Cows on Bassenthwaite LakeHerdwick Sheep & LambCumbrian WrestlingShepherd & FlockDry Stone Walling

The Local Area

Play AreaThe village of Brigham has many amenities. 200 metres in one direction is a childrens' playing field with a park and 100 metres in the other direction is Philamenas Art House containing an ever changing range of art by local artists to suite all tastes. Five minutes further down the road takes you to the Post Office and General Store and at the end of the village is Ellerbeck Farm, a course fishing site with two lakes. This is open to all, with day or evening tickets available at the farm house.

Cockermouth StreetTwo miles away is the market town of Cockermouth with its many shops, pubs and restaurants. Cockermouth has been awarded Gem town status and amongst its many tourist attractions is a Sports and Leisure centre with a gym and pool and our very own local brewery - Jennings. Here you can go on a tour around the brewery and spend some time sampling their wares.

Buttermere signpostWithin a five minute drive you could be amongst the fells in the beautiful Lorton Valley, leading down to Crummock Water, Buttermere and Loweswater. The scenery here is spectacular and has the added advantage of being one of the quieter areas of The Lake District, so it is easy to escape the crowds. There are many walks around here, both up high and on low level, but sometimes there is nothing nicer than a picnic by the lake shore.

Crummock Water

For the more energetic there is sailing on Bassenthwaite lake, canoeing on Derwentwater, fishing, cycling, horseriding, golf, climbing and any number of other outdoor activities all available locally


Tall ships in Whitehaven HarbourA Ten minute drive to the west will take you to the West Cumbrian Coastline. This is a little known area of coast and is a Cumbrian Hidden Gem. Here you could explore the historic quayside at Whitehaven, the Roman Town of Maryport with its Roman Fort and Museum, the Maryport Aquarium situated at the quaint harbour and marina, or one of the many beaches along the Solway Coast.

West Croft Holiday Cottages
The Old Post House, Church Rd, Backworth, Tyne and Wear, NE27 0JE
Phone: 44 191 2160776
email mark@westcroftcottages.co.uk