Armathwaite is a village in the county of Cumbria. Set on the River Eden, it is renowned for its salmon fishing and river walks. Armathwaite is a 20-minute drive from the fringes of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a 30-minute drive from the Lake District. Surrounded by rolling countryside, it is a peaceful community, with rows of old cottages and several historic pubs. Among the most popular sites to visit during a self-catering holiday in Armathwaite is the chapel of Christ and St Mary, originally built in 1402. It features stunning stained-glass windows made by the William Morris Company and English artist Edward Burne-Jones. John Skelton, poet and tutor to King Henry VIII, is believed to have been born here. 

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There are several riverside walks to enjoy from your holiday cottage in Armathwaite. After strolling along the banks of the River Eden, or through the surrounding countryside, stop at one of the area's pubs. The Duke's Head Inn serves traditional dishes with a modern twist, along with a selection of regional ales. On the opposite side of the river, the Fox and Pheasant is a traditional village pub with a log fire and sweeping views over the Cumbrian countryside. 

Holiday cottages in Armathwaite offer an ideal base for exploring the Lake District. Less than 30 minutes away by car is Caldbeck, on the edge of the national park, home to ancient ruins, riverside walks and historic pubs. A further 20 minutes into the Lake District will lead you to Bassenthwaite Lake, one of the area's most famous attractions. The lake stretches for four miles, making it one of the largest in the park. As well as walking and wildlife spotting, it is home to the Lakes Distillery, which produces exceptional whisky, vodka and gin.