Greystoke is a charming north Cumbrian village dating from the 17th century. Surrounded by gentle countryside, our peaceful self catering Lake District cottages in Greystoke are traditional slate roofed cottages, built in local pink sandstone and full of character. Nearby, on the edge of Greystoke Forest, we also have two modern Scandinavian lodges on a small, private park.
The focal point of the village is the village green and the local pub. The pretty village green features an ancient market cross thought to date back to the early 1600s.
Opposite the village Green is The Boot and Shoe, a 17th Century coaching inn. It is a traditional family owned pub serving homemade meals and locally produced real ale along with specialty curry, steak and tapas nights. All year round you will find an eclectic range of live music performed on Sunday afternoons. If you are of a musical persuasion you can join in with the Boot Music Jam session playing, singing or just listening, every 2nd and 4th Monday.
For me, the jewel in Greystoke’s crown is the open-air swimming pool. The pool is heated depending on the air temperature and there is a small toddlers pool adjacent to the main pool. The pool is open between April and September and is staffed by volunteers so it is recommended that you ring ahead or check their website for opening times. The pool is part of the District Sport Association, which also operates two children’s play areas, a football field and free village car park.
In September Greystoke holds a beer festival with live music to raising funds for the open-air swimming pool. Tickets are available locally or volunteer for a stint behind the bar in exchange for free entry!
The village store is situated right in the heart of the village in a red sandstone cottage typical of the area. You can expect friendly service from the family run store, selling the usual newspapers and groceries along with local meat and freshly baked bread. Open seven days a week, the store also has a post office counter.
St Andrews church is a good example of a pele tower, a structure unique to the north of England, specifically built to protect against attack from invading Scottish forces. The church is open to visitors who can view ancient stained glass, modern sculptures and artefacts dating from the 14th century.
Greystoke village was built around the castle estate and forest. The castle is now a private estate but the forest is open to walkers and cyclists. It is perfect for those who don’t like to walk too far but still enjoy a stroll in beautiful surroundings. The simple tracks through the forest cover a small radius of no more than a couple of miles. Wander on foot, enjoy cycling on the graded tracks and keep an eye out for the plentiful wildlife and array of birds.
Just beyond the outskirts of the forest are the diminutive heights of Naddle Crags, Eycott Hill and Berrier Hill. With an average height of 350m these are great little fells to scale for a picnic or to survey the view of the Lakeland fells beyond.
Greystoke is also an important location for cyclists as it at the crossroads of the Coast to Coast and Lands End to John O’Groats route. The Greystoke Cycle Café has an excellent reputation and serves home made cakes, cream teas and lunches for cyclists and non-cyclists alike. The barn at the café operates a self service system for cyclists with not only hot food and drink available, but spare inner tubes, chain oil and sudocreme too!
The cycle café also runs ‘quirky workshops’ all year round from dry stone walling, chicken wire sculptures and first aid to all manner of painting and drawing. It is worth checking their website for the extensive and eclectic list.
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