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Cumbria and its Lake District - England's Finest Landscape.
No one can dispute that Cumbria, with its Lake District, offers hikers the most wonderful selection of walks and climbs. 


Taken from Binsey Fell, this photo shows Overwater and the Back O'Skiddaw fells.

Overwater is the most northerly lake in the Lake District and is only a couple of miles from Daleside.  It is one of the smaller lakes and almost certainly the least visited, but it is no less picturesque.
 This lake is perhaps only a 15 minute drive north of Keswick and yet the area and roads are perfectly quiet and still. 

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Fell Ponies on Caldbeck Fell with Carrock Fell behind

Fell Ponies on Caldbeck Fell with Carrock Fell behind
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Between them, the fells, mountains, valleys and coastline offer conditions to suit everybody.  There are gentle strolls and vigorous walks, to rock climbing and scrambles only for the very experienced.  One thing you can be sure of, there will be breathtaking views whatever you choose to do. 

Most the local towns have their own Tourist Information Centres offering abundant Cumbria tourist information.

The county is criss-crossed with a fantastic number of public footpaths and bridleways.  On arriving here in Cumbria you will find a very comprehensive selection of guide books covering all areas very readily available.  The area offers possibly the best hiking and walking in the world.

I can supply you with a leaflet describing walks around Daleside and also those within a short drive.


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Skiddaw Derwentwater Keswick
Binsey Uldale & Ireby Cockermouth
Bassenthwaite Caldbeck Carlisle & the Coast

Links to places of interest in our area.

Please remember to look at our 'Photographs' page.
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Located to the south and viewed from many of the windows is Skiddaw (3,053 feet), the fourth highest peak in Lakeland and yet only 155 feet shorter than the highest, Scafell Pike.  It is the oldest mountain in the district, according to the evidence of its rocks.   Skiddaw is a relatively easy climb and gives great views of Keswick, Derwentwater, and Bassenthwaite Lake. 

A snow-capped Skiddaw
A Snow-capped Skiddaw
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Binsey fell (1466 feet) is a gentle hill and rises beyond the circular perimeter of the Northern fells, detached and solitary.    Interestingly its rocks are volcanic, not slate as are those of all neighbouring fells and it provides a viewpoint of outstanding merit.  Binsey occupies the extreme north-west corner of the Lake District.  Beyond, to the north, is the coastal plain, then the sea, then Scotland; nothing intervenes to interrupt this sweeping panorama.  To the east there are fantastic views  of Overwater.  And to the south, there is Bassenthwaite Lake.    The small village of Ruthwaite is at the base - this is the one time home of the famous huntsman John Peel.



Only 6 miles from Daleside and on the way to Keswick is the lake known as Bassenthwaite.  The lake is four miles long and almost qualifies as the northernmost lake but it is beaten by Overwater (about three miles north west of Bassenthwaite).  Perhaps because it is at the very northern end of the lakes, Bassenthwaite is quieter with regard to the number of visitors, but is no less magnificent.  Skiddaw is located to its north.

A walk around Bassenthwaite will take a few hours, but there are plenty of lay-bys and parking spaces which will allow a short walk.

Osprey Nest
Ospreys at Bassenthwaite

A pair of ospreys have taken up residence overlooking Bassenthwaite.  Spring 2002 saw the first osprey chick to be hatched in England for over 150 years.  A viewpoint has been set up at Dodd Wood allowing visitors to see this spectacle for themselves (  The ospreys have been seen 'fishing' at Overwater (only two or three miles from us).

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Derwent Water

Derwent Water is situated at Keswick (literally 5 minutes' walk from the town centre).  The lake is about three miles long.  There are four islands within Derwent Water.  These are best viewed from the ferry which tours the lake with various stops along the way.  They are all open to the public with the exception of Derwent.  A favourite past-time is to hire a rowing boat and take a picnic to St Herbert's island.

There are a very great many walks around here.  A favourite is to take the ferry from Keswick to Hawes End.  From here there are walks north and south.

Uldale and Ireby

There are two villages close by (both only a mile and a half).  The picturesque villages nestling within this magnificent landscape are Ireby and Uldale.  Ireby is noted for its Moot Hall and Butler Cross.  Both villages are home to country inns.


Hugh Walpole on Uldale:
''You and I have this country in our blood. You don't know what that means now, but you will one day. Everything you ever do will be affected by this country, and however far you travel you'll never find any other country so beautiful nor any other that's in your bones as this one is. You'll come back to it. Be sure of that.''


Caldbeck is a very picturesque and traditional north Cumbrian village.  It is probably the most visited in the immediate area but by Lakeland standards it is still extremely peaceful and quiet.  

Caldbeck began as a hospice for travellers built by monks from the priory at Carlisle.  Then in 1112 the first part of St Kentigern's Church was built.  It is built on the site of an original Church from the sixth Century.  On the riverbank behind the Church is St Mungo's well, a spring made holy by Kentigern.  The churchyard is the resting place of Mary Harrison, (the Beauty of Buttermere), and John Peel the famous huntsman who died in 1854, aged 78.

St Kentigern's Church in Caldbeck 

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There are two Lakeland market towns close by - Keswick 12 miles and Cockermouth 11 miles.  Both towns have many small local businesses offering all that you could need, such as butchers, newsagents, chemists, hardware, bakers, cafes, restaurants, pubs etc.  However, both towns do have a modern supermarket also.  Keswick receives the most visitors and is home to the most wonderful and huge selection of outdoor pursuit shops imaginable.  There are also many attractions such as the Cars of the Stars Museum, the Cumberland Pencil Museum, Keswick Launch and the Theatre by the Lake to name but a few.


Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, Cumbria

 To the north of Keswick is Cockermouth, the birthplace of Dorothy and William Wordsworth.  The house where they were born, a beautiful Georgian residence, is owned by the National Trust and is open to visitors.  Cockermouth has several attractions such as Jennings Brewery Tour, the Printing Museum, Percy House Gallery, Castlegate House and the Kirkgate Centre.

Wordsworth House

The Solway Coast and Carlisle

The Solway Coast, Hadrian's Wall and Carlisle can all be reached in less than a half hour (15 to 20 miles).  The beautiful stretch of coastline is renowned for breathtaking sunsets and wonderful bird-watching.  It is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Hadrian's Wall and Carlisle boast a rich history of Roman Camps and Border Rievers.  Carlisle city centre offers shopping to rival any small city, as well as a magnificent Cathedral, a very impressive Castle and a fascinating museum chronicling the history of the area (Tullie House Museum).

Sunset looking north over the Solway to the Scottish hills
Sunset looking north over the Solway to the Scottish hills.
This is the view from the balcony of Rambling Rose Cottage.


Here are some Links you may wish to follow to find out more about our local area.

Northern Fells    Northern Fells is a site for anyone who loves the beauty of our northern countryside, a land of lakes and fells, mountains and seascapes, waterfalls and stone circles

Visit Cumbria  You'll find all the information you need about Cumbria at this Website, and some fantastic photos.

The Cumbria Directory  
Keswick Area
  Cumberland Pencil Museum Keswick Launch Theatre by the Lake
Trotters World of Animals The Lake District Osprey Project Mad About Mountains Overwater
Cockermouth Area

Jennings Brewery Tour

Percy House Gallery

Castlegate House

Kirkgate Centre

West Coast Indoor Karting

Caldbeck Wigton Hugh Walpole William Wordsworth Sea to Sea Cycle Route

If you have any queries whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Isabel Teasdale
                Tel  +44 (0)16973 71268 or Mobile +44 (0) 77910550270

Daleside Farm, Ireby, Carlisle, Cumbria  CA7 1EW

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