Farlam, Brampton, Carlisle and beyond
The local fells are a well-kept secret. High moorland to the south of Farlam provides mile upon mile of rugged and lonely walking, or even mountain biking for the adventurous. Evidence of Geltsdale’s mining history is still to be found as is a good deal of wildlife!
The Geltsdale RSPB Reserve is only a few minutes away by car and offers a fantastic opportunity for walking and bird watching. On a good day you may be able to spot geese, swans, redwings, fieldfares and, of course, red and black grouse. Deer and rabbits are also a common sight. And on a clear day you will have spectacular views of northern Cumbria and southern Scotland.
Talkin Tarn Country Park a few minutes’ walk from Calf Close Cottage and Geltsdale Woods only a few minutes’ drive away offer a great opportunity for picturesque walks while bonding with your canine companion.
River Eden with its many beautiful walks and vistas is a marvellous destination for a lovely day out.
And if you like trains, the Carlisle to Settle Railway journey, taking you on a beautiful adventure through North Pennines, Eden Valley and North Yorkshire Dales, is just for you.
Only 30 minutes’ drive and you are in the magnificent Lake District National Park, the largest and most beautiful of England’s national parks. Whether you are up for a day of fell walking, an adventure on your mountain bike or you like to be closer to water, The Lakes have it all.
If the hills are not your priority, then to the north of the Lake District can be found the beautiful sand dunes, mud flats and coastal marshland of the Solway Firth Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In winter it is home to huge numbers of wild fowl while seal, dolphins and porpoise occasionally visit. Across the Firth, on the Scottish side Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, home of BBC Autumnwatch 2015, provides a similar wildlife experience.
Hadrian’s Wall is a dramatic World Heritage Site stretching between England’s east and west costs along the Scottish border. Only 20 minutes’ drive away, Calf Close Cottage is a very convenient base for exploring this remarkable historical monument. From the nearest fort (9 miles) – Birdoswald to Arbeia in the east, Hadrian’s Wall offers multiple days of enjoyment of outdoors and history. Roman Vindolanda and Roman Army museum are a must see if you are interested in Roman history. Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport is another worthy call.
The historic Carlisle is only 10 miles away and makes for a nice day out, especially if the weather is keeping you away from the hills. Carlisle Castle, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle Cathedral and the medieval Guildhall Museum are well worth a visit. In addition, Carlisle furnishes plenty of choice of eateries and drinking establishments to complete your day.
The bustling market town of Penrith offers a lively day out with its variety of historical attractions, shops, coffee houses, pubs and restaurants.
The Scottish Borders provide a range of activities. From historical and cultural attractions of Dumfries to hill and costal walks of Dumfries and Galloway , the Scottish Borders have something for everyone. If you are a mountain biker, then one of the 7 Stanes destinations, Newcastleton being the nearest, is a must.
Last but not least, throughout the year there is an abundance of outdoors, music and cultural events around Cumbria. Why not coincide your holiday with one of those occasions. Just to name a few:
The best and friendliest folk music festival on the planet - Music on the Marr in Castle Carrock
Solfest in Wigton
Stepping Stones Festival at Kirklinton Hall near Carlisle
Words by the Water in Keswick