Nestling between Loweswater and Crummock Water in the English Lake District, the Kirkstile Inn has been providing food and shelter for some four hundred years.
The attractions for the early visitors in the sixteenth century remain today. The beauty that entranced the poets and painters remains unspoilt: the beck meandering through the meadow with the old oak trees fringing its banks, Melbreak towering impressively above, and stretching as far as the eye can see the fells, lakes and woods of Cumbria. Inside are the same low beamed rooms with welcoming open fires, good food, willing and friendly service, the same warm hospitality that has always characterised a good English Inn.
The immediate countryside is ideal for walking, climbing, boating and fishing and after the exertions of a busy day the Kirkstile Inn provides the enjoyment of a good dinner and pleasant company over a drink. Discover this special place for yourself.
We aim to make your visit as enjoyable as possible and we really do like meeting people. We have a deserved reputation for providing a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This is a stress free zone!
There are many wonderful walks directly from Kirkstile itself, around Buttermere and in the Northern Lake District generally. This is one of Wainwright's favourite areas.
Walks from the Honister Pass include the summit of Great Gable and many other famous Lakeland Peaks.
Many people who stay at the Kirkstile choose not to use a car at all during their visit. Crummock Water is easily reached and the walk around the lake of Loweswater itself is readily achieved even by some of our youngest visitors. Similarly Buttermere, only a short drive away provides a most rewarding and delightful lake walk suitable for varied abilities and taking only 2-3 hours.
The famous Red Pike to High Stile ridge and the Newlands Pass are rich walking areas and provide plenty of challenges. Other good fell walks include Melbreak, Grasmoor, Whiteside and Grisedale Pike. For more leisurely walking the fells of Lorton and Whinlatter are no less rewarding with views as far as Scotland.
During your Lake District holiday with us at the Kirkstile Inn you will be able to tap into expert local knowledge. This from members of staff, and the friendly local people who frequent the bar at the Inn. We have maps and walks available for guest use and are happy to give advice where needed.