Getting Here
High Swinside Holiday Cottages are located on the side of Swinside Fell overlooking the Lorton valley. They can be found on Googlemaps, and are marked as 'High Swinside Farm' on the 1:25000 OS map. High Swinside is accessed along a 'narrow gated road' that runs between the B5292 Whinlatter road and Hopebeck - a hamlet in the Lorton valley. High Swinside's grid reference is: NY169246

Please don't use my postcode!
My postcode is hopeless and takes you somewhere else! So please use the written directions below for the last stage of your journey.
(Alternatively some satnavs will take you to High Swinside's exact location using Mapcode GBR LJ7J.BMB, or Longitude and Latitude co-ordinates N54.609919 / W3.287905)

Non-Satnav directions - coming via Penrith & Keswick:
  • 2 miles west of Keswick on the A66, take a left turn into Braithwaite village. Continue on the B5292 (signposted Lorton) which climbs the modest Whinlatter Pass to the Visitors Centre.
  • 1.5 miles after the Visitors Centre take the left fork signposted ‘Hopebeck Narrow Gated Road’. (There is also a blue ‘C2C’ sign at the turning, and an additional sign says 'Fishing').
  • This road will take you across a bridge and up the hill on the other side. After 0.5 miles fork left again along another narrow road which is un-signposted. There is a small wood with iron railings around it facing you at this junction.
  • After a little under a mile overlooking the Lorton valley you will come to a gate across the road which you pass through and must close behind you (or my neighbour's sheep will stray).
  • High Swinside is just below you on the hillside.
  • The turning onto my track from this direction is very sharp indeed. To save your car's trim please continue to the good turning place 50m further down the road and return to take it at a better angle. (This saves the road too!)
Coming via Carlisle or Cockermouth
  • Follow signs in Cockermouth to Lorton village along the B5292. Continue onto the B5289 towards Lorton, then where the B5289 bends right, continue ahead down 'Church Lane'. At the next crossroads cross straight over following the sign 'Hopebeck 1 mile'’
  • The Hopebeck signpost is the next one you will reach. You want to turn left here in the direction of 'Keswick narrow gated road’. After a few of bends you will pass Hope Farm on your right. Continue around a couple more bends, and through a gate across the road. The track to High Swinside will be on your left approximately 50m after that gate.
Coming from Honister via Buttermere & Crummock Water
  • Follow B5289 past Crummock Water until you reach a T-junction. Go right here towards Cockermouth, and take the next right turn (which should be signposted Hopebeck 1 mile but the sign is permanently pointing the wrong way!) Follow this road to Hopebeck where you turn right towards ‘Keswick Narrow gated road’. High Swinside is up the hill, past Hope Farm and on the left after the gate.