Taking place this weekend are several events in the beautiful Eden Valley, close to some of our self catering cottages. The Eden Valley is a gentle relative to the Lake District, full of gentle rolling farmland, meandering rivers and pretty sandstone villages. The valley remains perfectly quiet and unhurried even at the height of summer, making it the perfect antidote to summer holiday honey pot destinations.
The Farming Landscapes initiative is hosting events across Cumbria and organising events offering the opportunity to meet working farmers. This usually involves a short walk around the farm of around 1-2 miles covering easy terrain with several stops to ask questions and see points of special interest.
This weekend you can visit Little Salkeld Watermill which was restored by it’s owners in 1975. It is one of only a handful of fully operational traditional watermills. At Little Salkeld they produce high quality stoneground, organic and biodynamic flours using British grain. It is available to buy and is used in many of the dishes on the menu in the tearoom. It costs £5 per ticket and the event will include a walk up the millrace to look at the mill smallholding, which includes sheep, goats, hens, ducks, woodland. There will also be a tour of the mill and hydro generator along with a chance to see out outdoor oven fired up to bake bread and pizzas. The tearoom is open 10.30am to 5pm for delicious organic vegetarian food and drink.
Also in Eden is the Skelton Show in Hutton in the Forest near Penrith. This traditional show features all aspects of farming life from the machinery to the animals. Particular highlights include the show jumping and vintage vehicle display.