Cumbria Off The Beaten Path

  • Ruins of Kirklinton Hall
    Ruins of Kirklinton Hall
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  • Fresh farm food at Kirklinton
    Fresh farm food at Kirklinton
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  • River walk from the gardens.
    River walk from the gardens.
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Cumbria Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • Muncaster Castle

    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.

  • Hutton Roof Crags

    This is one of Britain's best examples of limestone pavement, to be found not far from Kirkby Lonsdale.Hutton Roof Crags Nature Reserve is now an area of special scientific interest and is a wonderful place for walking and very popular with rock climbers. We have seen climbers scaling the cliffs here with old mattresses placed at the base of the...

  • Cumbria's Only Model Village

    This is a wonderful little secret, Lakeland Miniature Village. It's situated in Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands and really is a delight. It only just seems to be making a name for itself recently, although it has been open a number of years.Edward Robinson is the sole builder, his lifetime's work, consisting of a collection of miniature slate...

  • Hodbarrow Nature Reserve

    This is situated at the mouth of the Duddon Estuary, close to Millom and north of Barrow-in-Furness.Hodbarrow was an area of iron ore mines, mined from 1855 to 1969. In the early 1900's the mining company built a sea-wall surrounding the workings, protecting them from the ravages of the sea and replaced the stone lighthouse there with a metal...

  • Egremont Castle

    If you have found your way to Egremont then take a look at it's castle.Built around 1130 it was the seat of the Baron of Copeland. Built from red sandstone, surrounded today by houses, it sits above the river Ehen, in a little green oasis. It is on public land and is accessible at all times. No gates or walls to bar your way.Being fairly close to...

  • Ulverston Canal and Canal Foot

    This is a 1.5 mile length of canal, running from Ulverston to the sea lock at Canal Foot in Morecambe Bay. It opened in 1796 purely as a means of the town having a port and was used originally for cargo ships arriving in Morecambe Bay.Later, in 1835, cruises were taken from here to Liverpool and later again, the canal was used to transport...

  • Barbondale

    This is a great route, following the river, from just north of Kirkby Lonsdale to Dentdale. A lovely moorland route which is popular with motorcyclists. It's also a great place to simply sit by the river and enjoy the tinkling sound of water as you relax on a perfect summer's day.Make sure you take a picnic or BBQ as the children won't want to...

  • Hampsfell Hospice From Grange-over-Sands

    This is a walk from Grange over Sands, up to the limestone pavement overlooking Morecambe Bay. There is a refuge on the tops, with superb views.Over the Easter break I at long last walked up to Hampsfell Hospice, a place I hadn't visited since my early teens. I had been meaning to do this walk for months so on a bright Easter Day, I dragged my...

  • Shap Abbey

    Another gloriously remote location, Shap Abbey ruins stand some 1.5 miles west of Shap, on the banks of the River Lowther in northern Cumria. It's a tranquil place and not a sight to be easily forgotten.We visited on the motorbike, so drove right to the Abbey, if you are in a car, you must park in the small car park signposted before the abbey and...

  • Mungrisdale Area

    The last weekend in October 2009 found us out and about in the motorhome in a stunning area north of Penrith and Keswick. This, despite it's proximity to both, is untouched by mass tourism and offers the most beautiful scenery imaginable.We took in Mungrisdale, Mosedale, Greystoke Forest and many of the tiny villages around here.We stayed on a...

  • Eskdale to Boot via Miterdale & Burnmoor...

    Starting point Eskdale Green Ratty Railway StationHeight gain, approximately 800 feetHighest point - Burnmoor Tarn 253m (830 feet).Walking time approximately 4 hours + ½ hour on trainDistance approximately 7 milesLeave your car in the car-park at Eskdale Green Ratty Railway Station and walk through the “Randlehow” lane back to Eskdale Green centre,...

  • Suggestions for combining walks with...

    I have already mentioned “The La’l Ratty" (Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway) in my Things to do tips.However you can combine several walks on the Lakeland Fells with a trip on this delightful little train thus making a full and varied day out.The next few tips are to give you some ideas of which walks that you can do !!

  • Walking over Muncaster Fell by the Old...

    Walking over Muncaster Fell by the Old RoadStarting Point - Irton Road Station in EskdaleDistance, approximately 6 ½ milesWalking time 3 / 3 ½ hours + ½ hour return to Eskdale on the trainHeight gain approximately 650 feetHighest point - Trig-Point on the summit of Muncaster Fell. Elevation: 231 M (699 FT)Leave your car at Irton Road Station in...

  • Ennerdale Water

    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...

  • Take a hike - short walks around...

    There are several easy and beautiful circular walks around Ulverston. Visit Tourist Infomation on County Square, inside the Coronation Hall. Ask for the "Country Walks in South Lakeland". Ulverston is No. 4 in a 4 part series covering Grange, Kirby Lonsdale and Kendal.Each walk has its own glossy sheet with a map on one side and detailed...

  • 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, &...

  • Wastwater -- England's Deepest Lake

    The deepest lake in England is Wastwater, set on the western side of the Lake District National Park and quite difficult to get to because of the distance from the M6 Motorway ( approximately 50 miles either coming from the north. south or east !! )Never-the-less for those who put in the effort to get there will be rewarded with some of the Best...

  • England' s Smallest Church

    The church at Wasdale Head, Saint Olafs is arguably the Smallest church in England ( depending on how you measure size !!, -- ( floor area, cubic volume or seating capacity ??? )Said to be built using timber from a Viking Long-Boat and set in the Beautiful location of Wasdale Head, under England's Highest Mountain and next to England's Deepest...

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

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