Getting Here
High Swinside (and its holiday cottages) are located on the side of Swinside Fell along a 'narrow gated road' that runs between the B5292 as it descends from Whinlatter into the Lorton valley - and Hopebeck (a hamlet further down the valley side). You can see the exact location of High Swinside on Googlemaps and 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps. High Swinside’s grid reference is: NY169246

Getting here is straightforward if you take note of these Satnav directions – or follow the 'non-satnav' directions below.

Satnav directions

Main thing: please don't use my postcode in your satnav!
The centre of my postcode is at Swinside End Farm in the valley which isn’t helpful to you and is difficult to redirect from.

Instead, please use High Swinside's mapcode or longitude & latitude coordinates to give your satnav the exact location:
  • TomTom & the TomTomGo app will use High Swinside's UK Mapcode which is: GBR LJ7J.BMB (use it in your satnav as you would a postcode)

  • Garmin sat navs and 'TomTom app (UK & Ireland)' prefer Co-ordinates via their 'Navigate to' menu: N54.609919 / W3.287905

  • The Googlemaps app is happiest if you simply type in High Swinside Holiday Cottages in full. (You may run out of signal in places if using Googlemaps, but keep going and you should pick it up again).

  • My phone number in case needed is 01900 85206
Note, the turning onto my track is very tight if you are approaching from the Whinlatter direction. If you continue 40 metres further there is a turning place so that you can turn and come back to take my track at a better angle.

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, and is reached by a tight U-turn to the right onto my access track. If this is too tight for comfort, there is a turning place about 40m further along the road.
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 left. Continue around a couple more bends, and through a gate across the road. The track to High Swinside will be on your left approximately 40m after that gate.
Coming from Honister via Buttermere & Crummock Water
  • Follow B5289 past Crummock Water and past 2 turnings to Loweswater. Take the next turning on your right signposted Hopebeck and follow this road as it bends around, ignoring right turns to a couple of properties until you reach Hopebeck. Here you turn right again at the signpost, following the sign: ‘Keswick Narrow gated road’. (see ‘via Carlisle’ for the last directions).

The 2nd and 3rd maps below show the last stages of the journey from different directions. You can use the '+' and '-' buttons in the bottom right-hand corner to zoom in and out on the map, but as you zoom out you will find that most of the small roads shown initially will disappear. A better OS map is coming very soon!