Local Area

St John’s in the Vale is a peaceful valley running from Threlkeld towards Thirlmere, about 4 miles east of Keswick.

Despite our tranquil setting, the M6 motorway is only 15 miles away. Fornside is on the B5322, 3 miles south of the A66 at Threlkeld.

Fornside is set back from the road, with direct private access to the fells. The Helvellyn range of mountains is directly behind the farm and there are magnificent views of Skiddaw and Blencathra to the north.

The local area offers a choice of excellent country pubs within 3 miles, and a wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs in Keswick, just 10 minutes drive away. Keswick also has a cinema, renowned theatre, museums and pool.

As well as suggesting routes for walks, we can offer guidance on a wide range of local activities and sports including golf, fishing, sailing, canoeing, horse riding, ghyll scrambling, climbing, quad biking and even paragliding.

There is easy access from Fornside to all the attractions of The Lake District. Many interesting towns, villages, mountain passes and lakes are within a short drive. There are beautiful walks in the immediate vicinity and a visit to the nearby atmospheric Castlerigg Stone Circle is a must.

In Keswick we are fortunate to have the award winning Theatre by the Lake which shows productions almost every day of the year. Many of our visitors enjoy frequent trips there and if you stay at Fornside you can get discount on tickets for all in-house productions.

For more information on things to do, check out Keswick Tourism and Cumbria Tourism.


  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
    Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • Fornside Farm trail
    Fornside Farm trail
  • Great Dodd
    Great Dodd
  • Top of Latrigg
    Top of Latrigg
  • Tewet Tarn, Blencathra
    Tewet Tarn, Blencathra
  • Tewet Tarn
    Tewet Tarn
  • Thirlmere