Things to do nearby Barrony Cottage
Situated in tranquil Uldale, Barrony Cottage makes the ideal base to venture out on the bike or into the fells. The choice of bridleways and quiet undulating roads of this area make it a great place for cycling, if hills are a problem why not hire an electric bike from E-Venture bikes in Keswick? Head out into the Caldbeck Fells (also known as the Back O' Skiddaw) on foot. There's everything from Lakeland giants such as Skiddaw to family-friendly fells like Binsey to enjoy. Treat yourself back in Uldale to a meal at The Snooty Fox or Mae's Tearoom.
Uldale is a fellside village in the northern corner of the Lake District National Park. It falls into an area known locally as Back O’Skiddaw, which has vast grassy fells that radiate north.
There is a popular pub called The Snooty Fox and a further pub, the Black Lion, in the neighbouring village of Ireby. A notable building in Uldale is the former school building, which was in disrepair for many years before it was saved from demolition and transformed into a tearoom and art gallery. It now hosts music events and serves food, including excellent Sunday lunches.
Uldale offers a real sense of solitude even though it is only ten minutes from Bassenthwaite Lake. The fells here have a different character from the traditional Lake District Mountains, typified by their vast area and smooth grassy tops.
There are plenty of walks from the village, including Aughertree Fell, Longlands Fell and the Cumbria Way. A bridleway encircles the outer edge of the Skiddaw Fells; this can be followed from Uldale to the tiny hamlet of Fellside. A track leads from the farm here along Dale Beck to the ruined mines (not safe to enter). Carrock Fell is regarded as a highly important location for geologists.
Caldbeck is an attractive and vibrant village with a selection of cafés, craft shops, a pub and a well-stocked village store. Feed the ducks on the village or play a game of pooh sticks on the bridge behind the church. A short walk will take you to The Howk, an historic former Bobbin Mill by a limestone gorge in the river, and to attractive waterfalls a little further upstream. Other footpaths meander through the fields to the south of the village, connecting to quiet lanes ideal for pleasant strolls. Caldbeck churchyard is worth a visit to locate the graves of ‘the Maid of Buttermere’ and ‘John Peel’ (the huntrman, not the DJ!).
Hesket Newmarket has been home to Hesket Newmarket Brewery since 1988, making the village well known amongst lovers of real ales. You can arrange a tour and tastings at the brewery, or else just sample their wares in the Old Crown, which was (and still is) the first pub in Britain to be owned and run by a co-operative.
In summer, Uldale is connected to many of the local towns and attractions by the Caldbeck Rambler bus service. Why not hop on and visit the Lake District Wildlife Park? Here you can see an array of interesting wildlife including lynx, wildebeast, zebra and even micro pigs! There is also a reptile house with snakes, toroises and iguanas. If you want to get even closer to the animals, try one of their experiences, which include a Hawk Walk, Meet the Meerkats, and a Lemur Encounter!
Next door to the Lake District Wildlife Park is the Lakes Distillery, which has brewery tours, alpaca tours, a gift shop, and even a bistro.
Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest lakes in the Lake District and forms part of a wetland nature reserve. It is a particularly tranquil part of north Lakeland with Skiddaw towering above it. Around its shores are peaceful walks, the tiny church of St. Bega, and the impressive Mirehouse, a stately home with extensive gardens, woodland playgrounds and impressive literary connections.
Dodd Wood has lovely, waymarked forest walks, wildlife, and a lovely tearoom called The Old Sawmill, which is heated by a roaring log burner in the winter months. You can take a fairly easy walk up to the top of the fell and be rewarded with spectacular views. Don't forget to stop off at one of the viewpoints to see the majestic Ospreys fishing on Bassenthwaite Lake!
Whinlatter Forest, on the opposite side of Bassenthwaite Lake, has purpose-built mountain bike trails, adventure playgrounds, a Go Ape! high ropes course, and even Segway tours!
Cockermouth is a lovely little market town, one of the UK’s gem towns. It has some great shopping, with lots of independent shops, antique shops, a supermarket, and two butcher’s. The Jennings Brewery has its home here, and you can take a tour and try out their wares. Alternatively, literary lovers will enjoy touring William Wordsworth’s childhood home and its pretty, riverside garden.
Keswick is another popular market town surrounding by spectacular fell scenery. It boasts a cinema, theatre and a wide range of pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. The town is popular with hill walkers and adventure seekers with an endless number of walks, activities on Derwentwater, and the stately Keswick Launches.
The Border City of Carlisle is the gateway to Scotland and has lots of shops, museums, and an impressive castle, which once held Mary Queen of Scots as a prisoner. The Roman heritage in the area is evident with sections of Hadrian’s Wall popping up around the city. Learn about the areas history at Tullie House museum through its interactive exhibitions. Alternatively, take a stroll along the river before settling down to a tasty meal at one of a number of restaurants and cafés.