The Area


Scales Farm is very fortunate to be located on the southern slopes of Blencathra one of the most loved mountains in the Lake District, famous for Sharp Edge an exhilarating route to its summit. From Scales Farm it is possible to walk to all of the southern ridges Scales, Doddick, Halls and Blease. Blencathra provides walks from easy and safe  (Blease and Scales) to hard and exposed (Halls and Sharp edge).


Scales Farm is also opposite Clough Head which is the most Northern mountain of the Helvellyn Ridge stretching all the way from Clough Head to  Red Screes on the Kirkstone Pass in the South a superb ridge walk that takes in Great Dodd, Raise and Helvellyn and remains stubbornly above 2000′ for many miles.


Please use our pre-prepared route plans and find a route from our doorstep that suits your desires on the day. Click here to access route plans

Road Cycling and Mountain Biking

The Coast to Coast or more commonly known “C2C” cycle route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth / Sunderland passes right outside our front door. Cycling from Scales towards Keswick, Penrith, Ullswater and the many scenic and physically challenging passes of Whinlatter, Newlands, Kirkstone  are easily done from the front door of Scales Farm.


Both Blencathra and Skiddaw provide excellent and challenging mountain bike routes.


There are several places in Keswick to hire regular cycles or e-bikes:

E-Venture Bikes

Keswick Bikes

Whintaller Bike

Keswick and nearby towns

Scales Farm is a 10 minute drive from Keswick with its numerous Pubs, Restaurants, Cinema, high quality theatre and lake activities. 


A 15 minute drive to the East takes you to Penrith with multiple restaurants, cinema, sports centre but also many attractive buildings and a castle. 

Local Restaurants

We have many fine pubs and restaurants close to us within walking or a very short drive.


The White Horse Inn ( Next door, minute walk)

The White Horse Inn is a quintessential Country Pub with great pub food, open fires, local ales and a warm welcome.  Phone 017687 79883  |   Website


The Horse & Farrier ( next Village going west, 30 minute walk, 5 minutes by car)

Built in 1688 and situated beneath Blencathra, with stunning views looking over towards the Helvellyn Range, this traditional Lakeland Inn offers a warm Cumbrian welcome to all its customers. Mellow Lakeland stone, traditional architecture and such a peaceful setting make the Horse & Farrier a perfect place to enjoy a quiet pint and delicious food. Phone 017687 79688  |  Website


The Salutation ( next village going west, 30 minute walk, 5 minutes by car)

At The Salutation a village pub that serves  home cooked wholesome food. Phone: 017687 79614 Website

The Troutbeck Inn ( 5 minutes by Car)

A country hotel with bar and restaurant. Phone: 017684 83635Website

The Mill Inn (50 minute walk, 10 mins by Car)  

A traditional inn with bar and restaurant an attractive and easy 50 minute walk from our door. Phone: 017687 79632 Website

The Sportsman ( 10 mins by Car)  

A traditional Inn with Bar and Restaurant. Phone: 017684 83231 Website


  • Walking
  • Fell running
  • Scrambling, climbing, Via-Ferrata
  • Gorge scrambling
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Canoeing, sailing, boating
  • Horse riding
  • Quad biking
  • Clay pigeon shooting

Shops & convenience

  • Booths – supermarket, Keswick
  • COOP in Keswick open 7-11pm
  • Boots Chemist,Keswick
  • Murrays Chemist, Keswick