The Eden Valley lies to the north east of the Lake District and offers so many places to visit and things to do. A haven for walkers and cyclists, there are countless beautiful tracks and trails to discover along the Pennine Way including the popular circular walk to the nearby Dufton Pike.
The historic village of Appleby-In-Westmoreland is just a mile from the cottage, with a lovely selection of local shops and welcoming pubs and eateries, is home to the historic Appleby Castle, which includes one of the few remaining intact Norman Keeps in Great Britain dating back 900 years and is a great choice for history buffs.
Book ahead for a tour of the castle or pop in for afternoon tea, Appleby Castle also has fishing rights on the River Eden and keen anglers can book ahead online. Keen golfers can visit the superb Appleby Golf Club which welcomes visitors and has an excellent clubhouse.
Within easy reach of Glen Bank and Brampton, Ullswater is regarded by many to be the most beautiful of all the lakes in the Lake District. Much of the lake, its shore and surrounding fells are accessible for visitors to explore, where you will find some of the finest walking, cycling and water sports including sailing and kayaking, along with the amenities of the lakeside villages. One of the most glorious walks in the National Park is the Roman road known as High Street that runs along the eastern fells of Ullswater. Hiking can be combined with a trip on the Ullswater Steamer which stops at Pooley Bridge, Howtown, Glenridding and Aira Force. For those who like more challenging walks, the surrounding area has some of the best walking country in the Lakes, including Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England with its precipitous Striding Edge. There are a number of activity centres in the area including water sports tuition and hire, adventure activities and bike hire.
The New Inn, Cross Dell Drive, Appleby, CA16 6JS. 01768 351231
Stag Inn, Dufton Village Green, Dufton, CA16 6DB. 01768 351608
New Crown Inn, Bolton, Appleby, CA16 6AL. 01768 361428
George and Dragon, Clifton, Penrith, CA10 2ER. 01768 865381
1863 Bistro, Elm House, High Street, Penrith, CA10 2NH. 01768 486334
Dockray Hall, Great Dockray, Penrith, CA11 7DE. 01768 210676
Dating back to the 11th century with an impressive Norman Keep and earthworks. The Great Hall has some fine paintings. The walled gardens, children’s play area and tea rooms cater to a variety of interests. Tel: 01768 351402. Hours: 10 – 5:00 April – October.
Dalemain House and Gardens
Medieval, Tudor and Georgian, this stately home has been occupied by the Hasell family since the late 1600s. The gardens and countryside walks are extensive with refreshment available at the licensed restaurant and teashop. This is one of the best preserved stately homes in the area with plenty to explore including a small house for ‘Mrs Mouse’ on the back stairs. Tel: 01768 486450. Hours: 11:15 – 5:00, Sunday – Thursday in April – October.
Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill
A National Trust garden with the largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs in Northern England. Acorn Bank also has extensive traditional orchards with wooded walks along the river leading to the watermill. Tel: 01768 361893. Hours: 10 – 5:30 in April – October.
The home of Lord and Lady Inglewood dating from the 14th century with tremendous interiors, gardens and wooded walks. Unusually for a stately home, Hutton-in-the-Forest is almost completely surrounded by trees partly because the Victorians wanted to recreate the feeling of being in the vast royal forest of Inglewood where tradition has it King Edward and his huntsmen killed over 400 deer in one day. Hutton-in-the-Forest is thought to be the legendary home of the Green Knight in the Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tel: 01768 484449. Hours: 1 – 4:00
Settle Carlisle Railway
One of the last great mainline railways completed in 1876 through some of the most challenging terrain in the country using largely manual labour. The line covers 70 miles of tracks with 20 major sandstone viaducts (including one 90 feet high at Ormonside) spanning various ravines and 14 tunnels. The Settle Carlisle Railway was very popular with the Victorian and Edwardian pubic and was billed as the most scenic route to Scotland. The railway offers service throughout the day with a number of small stops enroute and has periodic steam engine trips. Please call 01729 822007 for details on steam trips and schedules.
Aira Force and Ullswater
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Aira Force with rainwater running from Aira Beck over the 65-foot fells. Ullswater Steamersare available from Glenridding to take in the views of Ullswater and Aira Force.
Rhegad Centre, Penrith
Home to soft play centres and outdoor forts for the children, food and drink outlets, theatres, art galleries and cinemas it really is a place for everyone to enjoy.
World of Beatrix Potter
Visit this stunning collection of all things Beatrix Potter, including a short film introducing you to the author and her stories.
Dufton Pike - High Cup Nick
Enjoy this 10.5 mile walk right from the doorstep of the property and enjoy the stunning views over the Pennies.
Appleby Golf CourseBrackenber Moor, Brackenber CA16 6LP. 017683 51432
Situated two miles east of Appleby just off the A66, and renowned for offering all year round greens, all welcome.
Appleby Angling Association
Has access to 14 miles of fishing on the River Eden for which day/guest tickets are available.
Saddle Skedaddle Cycle HireSkirsgill Business Park, Penrith, CA11 0FA. 0191 2651110