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Out & About - Things to do and visit

Eden Valley Tourist Information site gives a many links to places to visit in the whole area from Alston to Ullswater and Carlisle to Kirkby Stephen.

Eden valley Tourist Information site

Also of interest is the Visit Cumbria site and in particular the entry under Brampton and Lanercost Priory


We would like to think that you cannot beat the stunning scenery and many activities and things to do in the area but

here is a selection of the more unusual and interersting in our area.


Local Pub and Restaurants

The Robin Hood - Close by - Serves a large range of beer and also food.


Skitby Restaurant - Easy walking distance - Phone to book 01228 675241 - link

The Salutation - Irthington - a short drive - Good bar food - 01697 72310 - link

Gilsland Spa Hotel - Gilsland - Carvery and specials at weekend 01697 747203 - link

March Bank Hotel - Specialising in game dishes - 01228 791325 - link


Special Afternoon Teas

Sharrow Bay Ullswater CA10 2LZ - 01768 484630 - link

Armathwaite Hall Hotel CA12 4RE - 01768 776551 - link

Overwater Hotel CA7 1HH - 01768 776556 - link

Rothay Manor Hotel LA22 0EH - 01539 433605 - link


Garden Centres with cafes

Oakbank Nurseries and Cabin Coffee Shop, Brampton, CA8 2AB 5 miles

Whitesyke Garden Centre, Longtown, CA6 5TR about 3 miles from here

Houghton Hall Garden Centre, CA6 4JB about 4 miles from here

Dobies Garden Centre, CA5 6LB about 13 miles from here



Carlisle is about 9 miles from here and is an excellent shopping city with the award winning Lanes shopping centre and many large shops with good car parking Asda Tesco and Morrisons are all located out of town, directions can be given if required.

Gretna Gateway outlet shopping village is about 8 miles from here and free car parking is available on site. On street parking all uses a disc to set the time arrived. A disc is available for you to borrow, or you can get one from the tourist information centres.


Museums & Heritage Centres

Bowes Museum. A wonderful collection of fine art & decorative arts including Turner, Goya & Cannaletto.

Cumberland Pencil Museum. Sounds dull, it's not.


Rheged Centre. Discover Cumbria - Exhibitions, giant screen cinema, shops etc. - good for a wet day.

Killhope Mining Museum. The history of lead mining in the North including a guided underground trip.

Nenthead Mines. Go underground on a tour of the extensive mine workings within England’s highest & largest lead mining complex.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Carlisle

Devils Porridge - An exhibition into local history and the story of the munitions factory that used to be at Eastriggs


National Trust and RSPB

the National Trust has

Hadrians Wall and Housesteads Fort

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge

and the RSPB has


Kirkonnell Merse

Campfield Marsh

and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has




Although there are bridleways and footpaths straight out of the door

Hadrians Wall is not far away and there are many walks along its length. Hadrians Wall

Alston and the Northern Pennines

Keilder Reservoir and Forrest



Settle-Carlisle Railway. They also do guided walks.

South Tynedale Railway. England’s highest narrow-gauge railway.