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Close to the Lake District and North Pennines

Roundthorn Country House is situated on the outskirts of the market town of Penrith, set in a peaceful countryside location with panoramic views of Lakeland Fells.

Just 10 minutes from both the M6 and A66, Roundthorn Country House is a five minute taxi journey from Penrith Railway station, on the London – Glasgow West Coast Line.  The hotel is also actually on located the Coast to Coast Cycle Route.

In the heart of the Eden Valley, an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty,  Penrith is very much a gateway to the Lake District.  It has a host of traditional, modern and specialist shops and boasts famous local produce such as Penrith Toffee and Fudge and Cumberland Sausage. The work of local artists and craftspeople can also be found. The town has plenty of recreational pursuits to offer the visitor.

The immediate area around Penrith itself is full of idyllic walks, which are detailed in our very own “Doorstep Guide” designed by Lake District Foundation, which shows you which walks can begin right upon the Roundthorn’s doorstep. This can either be downloaded here, or a printed version can be picked up at the reception desk at the Roundthorn on arrival.

Mountains, Lakes, Castles & a wealth of History

The Northern Lakes are dominated by Ullswater &- only 20 minutes from the hotel &- and Haweswater, and this area is renowned for its breathtaking scenery. There are so many lovely villages to see, such as Dacre, Watermillock and Patterdale. At Martindale, on Ullswater’s eastern shore, you may see the last herd of wild red deer in England. Or take a cruise on the Ullswater Steamers from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding and enjoy the views of mountains reflected in the lake, with Helvellyn as an impressive backdrop. Brougham and Lowther Castles can both be seen from the Roundthorn and provide an interesting historic encounter, as does Hadrian’s Wall, a short journey to the north. The ruins of Pendragon Castle, by Mallerstang to the east, are connected to Arthurian legend. The castle was built by Uther Pendragon who was reputed to be the legendary King Arthur’s father. If Neolithic stone circles are more to your taste, Long Meg and her Daughters, near Little Salkeld, is one of England’s largest.

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