The tranquil village of Thornthwaite lies between Thornthwaite forests and the beautiful Lake of Bassenthwaite.
Located 3 miles west of Keswick the village is home to the famous breeding pair of ospreys who nest nearby in Thornthwaite forest and who can sometimes be seen catching fish on Bassenthwaite lake during Spring and Summer. There is a contemporary Art gallery in the village which shows the works of many local art exhibits.
Above the village on the side of Barf Fell is the famous landmark of “The Bishop” which is a white painted rock outcrop. This is a monument to the Bishop of Londerry who perished on the fell in the 1700s, some say as the result of a drunken bet that he could ride his horse to the top.
In nearby Whinlatter Forest there is a visitor centre and cafe, cycle routes, marked trails and the recently opened Go Ape high wire adventure course.
Thornthwaite has a good range of B&Bs, guest houses and also a nearby hotel. There are no shops in the village but these can be found in the nearby village of Braithwaite which is just 1 mile away.