Park up at the lay-bys
Once you pass Pooley Bridge, keep alert & on the lookout for lay-bys where you can slip your car in to enjoy the views.
There is a waterfall (Aira Force) on the right, further up. If you look in your Guidebook, you can track yourself, that way you can park up in the right lay-by.
Though the Aira-Force site has a car park, it is usually jam-packed, & reversing/getting out can be a absolute nightmare.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
- Hiking and Walking
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Lovely old castle. The family still lives there, but a large part of the castle is open to the public. The fees help them to keep the castle going. The grounds are spectacular and there is also a preservation project for owls.Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Ennerdale Water is one of the most secluded but beautiful of the western lakes. There are many walks nearby, a circular walk around the lake takes around two hours. There are also other walks suitable for pushchair access and people with young children, on a track/road (with no public vehicle access) which runs from Bowness Knott to the end of the lake.
Ennerdale is fairly quiet, as it's away from the main Lake District tourist areas around Keswick, Windermere etc.
The nearby village has a great children's playground and two pubs serving food.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Kirklinton Hall Gardens
Looking for open gardens for this trip, on the Mayday Bank Holiday weekend, I found Kirklinton Hall on the internet. It looked perfect, magnificent ruins of a once grand hall with gardens and river walks, all we were looking for.
Situated slightly south east of Longtown It is off the beaten track but is well sign posted and not difficult to find.We pulled up in front of the hall ruins and were met by a very bubbly, helpful young lady, whom we think was Magical Mel, who told us to park on the gravel rather than the grass for fear of getting bogged in. She explained there was a special fairy day on the following day and she and other helpers were preparing for it.
We paid our £4 each and Mel handed us some print outs on the hall and gardens, which gave us a history of the place.
The hall is a grade II 17th c.country house and family home that was totally in ruins by 1974. During it's life it has seen a variety of uses including an officer's mess during WW2, flats, a hotel and finally a casino come night club with a magnificent glass floored ballroom.A change in the licensing laws forced the closure of the casino and the hall gradually fell into dereliction.
After various failed attempts to revive the place in various guises, the hall was bought at auction in 2012 by Christopher Boyle QC and whose sole aim is to transform it back to it's original glory. This is a twenty year project and the gardens have been tidied, restored and planted and are open to the public every day except saturdays which are kept for private functions.
We loved the place and thoroughly enjoyed wandering round the ruins and gardens (not at their best in spring as the vegs had just been sown and not a lot ot see) and walking along the banks of the river Lyne.
The family are trying to create alsorts of different means to make a few bob towards the restoration and wild camping is one of them and there is a yurt to hire.
The gardens, when in full bloom, will consist of: The ornamental gardens, The terrace,The stream walk, The Faerie glen,The productive gardens, The kitchen gardens and the healing herb garden.
A thoroughly good time was had and once again, we were the only visitors and had the place to ourselves!Related to:
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
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