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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.
from Binsey Fell, this photo shows Overwater and the Back O'Skiddaw
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
Ponies on Caldbeck Fell with Carrock Fell behind
(click on the
picture to enlarge)
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.
to places of interest in our area.
Please remember to look at our 'Photographs'
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
(click on the photo to enlarge)
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.
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 (www.ospreywatch.co.uk).
The ospreys have been seen 'fishing' at Overwater (only two or three miles
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|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
|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.
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
Kentigern's Church in Caldbeck
|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.
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.
|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.
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 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
find all the information you need about Cumbria at this Website, and
some fantastic photos.
you have any queries whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Tel +44 (0)16973 71268 or Mobile +44 (0) 77910550270
Daleside Farm, Ireby, Carlisle,
Cumbria CA7 1EW
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