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The village of Stair is located on the edge of the Newlands Valley, off the Newlands Pass road between the village of Braithwaite and Buttermere.

The Swinside Inn is half a mile away from Stair Mill, and in Braithwaite, one and a half miles away, there are 2 shops, 2 pubs and 2 hotels serving food to non-residents. Cycle hire is also available in Braithwaite.

Newlands Valley
The Newlands Valley

The Moot Hall in Keswick
The Moot Hall in Keswick

Boats on Derwentwater
Boats on Derwentwater with Skiddaw in the background.

For the adventurous, the Newlands Adventure Centre in Stair provides the opportunity to try a variety of activities including abseiling and archery.  At Nichol End Marina in Portinscale, boats and canoes can be hired to sail on Derwentwater.

The lovely market town of Keswick is worth a visit.  There is an excellent supermarket called Booths, numerous quality independent shops, pubs and restaurants for all tastes.  Other attractions include:


Various festivals take place in Keswick throughout the year including) film (February), literary (March), jazz (May), mountain (May), beer (June).

Further afield, you may be interested in exploring:

  • Cockermouth, birthplace of William Wordsworth and home to the Jennings Brewery.
  • Honister Slate Mine and its Via Ferrata
  • Historical places such as Townend, Dalemain, Sizergh Castle, Muncaster Castle
  • Hadrian’s Wall and Lanercost Priory
  • Ospreys at the Whinlatter Visitor Centre
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle
  • St Bees on the coast

If walking is your thing, the Newlands Horseshoe (Dale Head) and Coledale Round (Grisedale Pike) can be walked from the door. Blencathra is only a short distance away. For shorter strolls, try and see the delightful Newlands Church or walk along the beck or the edge of Catbells through woods to Portinscale.

Stair Mill, Stair, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UF :: Tel: 017687 78129