Corner House was built in 1809 by William Jennings, the father of John Jennings, the Malster who began brewing Ales in the High Lorton in 1828. At the turn of the they moved to larger premises in Cockermouth.Today they produce many speciality Beers such as ''Cock a Hoop' which are sold throughout Cumbria.
"The North Western Fells are the most delectable of all and after two years in their charming company I hold to that view "
High Lorton lies at the northern end of Lorton Vale a beautiful valley which runs from Cockermouth to Buttermere and the river Cocker runs the full length of the valley with some of the finest fells and mountains in the Lake District. Low Lorton is situated by the river Cocker with an old pub The Wheatsheaf which serves good food and ales. There is also Lorton Hall which has a 15th Century peel tower.
St Cuthbertís Church dating from 1198 sits between High and Low Lorton. Just behind the village hall is Wordsworth's Yew, an ancient tree made famous by WilliamWordsworth ,who as a child paddled in the stream and climbed the tree. He later wrote the Poem 'The Lorton Yew'.
Corner House (centre)
Looking out from the front window
The Buttermere Lorton Valley is incredibly beautiful and relatively undiscovered, Wainwright regarded this area as his favourite spot . Explore the areas quite unspoilt lakes of Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere and from the summit of Rannerdale Knotts you can view them all at the same time.
In Springtime the bluebells at Rannerdale are spectacular. Wildlife is abundant in the Valley with red squirrels, buzzards and the ospreys feeding and nesting around Bassenthwaite Lake and the Whinlatter Forest. http://buttermere-lorton.com
Buttermere & Bluebells at Rannderdale on the edge of Crummock Water
In the village of Loweswater the Award Winning Kirkstile Inn Pub/ Restaurant (CAMRA Pub of the Year ) can be found nestling beneath the fells of Melbreak, Whiteside and Grasmoor. The Kirkstile servies wonderfull locally produced food and traditional Ales, originally brewed on site but more recentlly from a small brewery in Hawkshead . The Kirkstile inn is now part of the Brewery Trail with Ales such as Rannerdale Best, melbreak bitter and Grasmoor all named after the local fells. http://www.kirkstileinn.co.uk
The Whinlatter Forest Park is Englandís only mountain forest and has a new "Go Ape" Forest adventure with ropes, zip wires and nets high up in the forest canopy, There is also a new mountain bike trail through the forest and bike hire is available from the cycle centre. There are forest walks following different coloured markers for different abilities and a childrens adventure play area. There is a visitors centre with craft activities at different times of year and even a video link to watch the Osprey's that nest in the Whinlatter Forest and feed on Bassenthwaite Lake (seasonal). There is a lovely coffee shop serving a selection of homemade cakes with a beautiful decked area with views out over the forests. There are an abundance of mountain walks from here with stunning views over Keswick and to the mountains beyond. http://www.forestry.gov.uk
The Market Town of Cockermouth is just 3 miles away with a good range of shops and farmers Market Wordworth's School House, Jennings Brewery tour, Lakeland Sheep and Wool Museum and leisure centre
Cockermouth's Georgian Festival
The popular Market town of Keswick is 8 miles away with a weekly Farmers Market, local shops, excellent choice of restaurants and tea rooms and an abundance of Outdoor clothing shops. Attractions include the Lakeland Pencil Museum, Leisure Centre with wave pool and of course the beautiful Derwent Water with the Keswick Launch Boats and the popular Theatre by the Lake. http://www.keswick-launch.co.uk