Local Information & Things to Do


Cumbria and the Lake district National Park is full of stunning scenery and interesting places to visit and things to see and do. There are hundreds of pubs, restaurants and tea shops selling food that caters to all tastes. This list is just a few of the more unusual places and things which we hope you might find useful and interesting.


There are large indoor swimming pools in Penrith & Appleby and a well heated outdoor pool in the nearby village of Hunsonby.
Indoor pool 10m x 4m complete with sauna in Melmerby.


Blencarn Lake offers 15 acres of fly fishing, located just 10 minutes walk from the cottages.

Horse riding

Riding Lessons and hacks in Little Salkeld for all ages & abilities
Indoor/outdoor arena.www.bankhouseequestrian.co.uk
Ride a Shire or a Clydesdale horse on the stunning Lakeland fells.

Specialist Food Shops

Abbott Lodge Jersey Ice Cream. A working dairy farm that produces 30 flavours of delicious ice cream from Jersey cows. http://www.abbottlodgejerseyicecream.co.uk

Little Salkeld Watermill. A fully operational Watermill producing and selling stoneground organic flours and a wide range of organic foods. http://www.organicmill.co.uk

Houses, Gardens & Nurseries

Acorn Bank Garden In Temple Sowerby. A National Trust Garden with an outstanding herb garden of 250 species of culinary and medicinal herbs and a tea shop that does good lunches. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/acorn-bank

Beatrix Potter's House. Hill Top farm and many other fascinating properties. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hill-top

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens. A much loved family home set against the picturesque splendour of the Lakeland Fells. Tea shop & lunches. http://www.dalemain.com

Hutton-in-the-Forrest. The romantic & historic home of Lord & Lady Inglewood. The house, gardens, woodland walks and tea shop are all open.

Larch Cottage Nursery Melkinthorpe. A specialist nursery growing one of the largest range of plants in the north. Coffee shop & lunches. http://www.larchcottage.co.uk

Open Farms with a difference

Trotters World of Animals. Hundreds of animals from around the world and Birds of prey flying displays. http://www.trottersworld.com

Museums & Heritage Centres

Bowes Museum. A wonderful collection of fine art & decorative arts including Turner, Goya & Cannaletto. http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Cumberland Pencil Museum. Sounds dull, it's not. http://www.pencilmuseum.co.uk/

Rheged Centre. Discover Cumbria - Exhibitions, giant screen cinema, shops etc. - good for a wet day. http://www.rheged.com

Killhope Mining Museum. The history of lead mining in the North including a guided underground trip. http://www.killhope.org.uk

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Carlislehttp://www.tulliehouse.co.uk


Cycle hire is available thoughout the area and electric bikes can be hired in Penrith and Nenthead


If you are a qualified glider pilot or just fancy a trial flight there is an airfield with a winch in Skirwith http://www.edensoaring.co.uk


Settle-Carlisle Railway. They also do guided walks.

South Tynedale Railway. England’s highest narrow-gauge railway. http://www.south-tynedale-railway.org.uk/

The Mountain Goat. Mini coach tours through the wilder parts of the lake district. http://www.mountain-goat.co.uk

Keswick Launch. On Derwentwater http://www.keswick-launch.co.uk

Ullswater Steamers. One of the best ways to enjoy England’s most beautiful lake. http://www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk

The Gondola Coniston. Cruise on Lake Coniston on a steam powered yacht. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gondola

Art Galleries & Studios

Alan Stones & Rebecca Payn: Open Studio. Two internationally renowned artists working in Blencarn. http://www.alanstones.co.uk & http://www.rebeccapayn.co.uk

Beckstones Art Gallery. One of the UK’s leading Fine Art galleries specialising in the highest quality originals from artists throughout the UK. http://www.beckstonesartgallery.co.uk

Up-front Gallery & Marionette Theatre. This gallery has an exciting programme of exhibitions and events + a good vegetarian restaurant. http://www.up-front.com

Holiday Accommodation in Cumbria