The nearest town is Keswick which is about 6 miles (15 minutes drive) away and has an excellent range of shops catering for the walker’s every need: we particularly recommend George Fisher who, although they may not be the cheapest, carry a good range of quality clothing and have knowledgeable staff. There are also shops selling local produce and a good supermarket (Booths). On Thursdays and Saturdays there is a market. There are several taxi firms.
20 minutes away is Cockermouth – a prosperous market town, famous for being the birthplace of Wordsworth. It has a good range of general shops, especially antique shops, a fine delicatessen with a cafe (Shills of Cockermouth in South Street, where you can find our own excellent cider), an excellent fish shop and 2 good butchers, as well as a Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Also about 20 minutes away is Lorton, a pretty village that boasts one of the finest village shops around. Lorton Village Shop has a mission to become known as a ‘must-visit shop’. They are aiming to achieve this by stocking the shop full of local and ethical items and, most importantly, by always giving excellent customer service. The products range from food, coffee and crafts (including our own delicious apple juice) to hikers’ and cyclists’ supplies. They are open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, always with a smile, and with the coffee machine on.
To save time, Tesco.com, Asda.com and Sainsburys.co.uk will deliver groceries to the door. If arriving from the south via the M6, then try the Westmorland (Tebay) Services farm shop just north of junction 38. Penrith has a large Morrisons and Booths, plus a Sainsburys, and Rheged (1st roundabout on A66 after Penrith) stocks local specialities. Also, there is a well-stocked village shop at Braithwaite, where you turn off the A66 to go to Bawd Hall. Please support the local businesses and producers wherever possible.