Things to do nearby Brett Cottage
Situated conveniently close to the centre of the charming market town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, Brett Cottage is ideally placed to make the most of its attractions. Railway children of all ages will be enchanted by the iconic Carlisle to Settle line which runs through the town. The station is only 500m from Brett Cottage so why not hop on board to take in this picturesque route or find out if one of the mighty steam specials will be coming through during your stay? Take one of the many beautiful walks along the River Eden or enjoy a tour of Appleby Castle just a short walk from the cottage. If you'd rather get out into the wilds then head to Dufton nearby and enjoy a windswept wander up Dufton Pike or around the stunning glacial valley known as High Cup Nick.Appleby-in-Westmorland is a lively and picturesque market town in the heart of beautiful Cumbrian countryside. It is located in the unspoilt Eden Valley and surrounded by outstanding scenery. The town is within easy driving distance of the Lake District, as well as the Pennines, Scottish borders and the Yorkshire Dales. With access to the M6, A66 and rail services, it’s a perfect location for those wishing to make most of their holiday and explore different parts of the region. Tours are regularly available at Appleby’s 17th century motte and bailey castle and the River Eden flows by the town’s picturesque, wide main street, which has been described as one of the finest in England. Appleby is well known for its horse fair which attracts thousands of visitors every June. There are lots of independent shops as well as numerous cafes, restaurants and pubs offering tasty refreshments. And if you want to work off your tasty treats, the leisure centre has two swimming pools and a spacious and modern fitness gym! For something different, High Cup Wines offer tasting sessions at Townhead Farm and Winery, Keisley, which is about 10 minutes’ drive from Appleby.
For any budding or experienced artists amongst you, you must visit Castle Fine Arts Gallery and Shop. Selling art supplies and artwork, you can also take one of their art workshops, which range from pen drawings to creating pigments from natural ingredients to working with acrylics, and more! There are regular exhibitions and you can even have a workshop at your own holiday cottage!Penrith is an attractive town with a good mix of independent and high street shops as well as many places to eat. It even has its own smokery! The Victorian Devonshire Arcade is home to small boutiques and food retailers, and nearby there is a host of watermills, potteries, and alpaca and ostrich farms. Take an insightful stroll to the castle, and the nearby Rheged Centre hosts a calendar of events, exhibitions and cinema screenings, plus indoor and outdoor play for children. The historic properties of Dalemain, Hutton-in-the-Forest and Lowther Castle are all within an easy drive and have lovely tearooms. The Lowther estate also houses the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre, where flying displays take place daily. You could also visit Abbott Lodge where little ones can meet the animals and enjoy various play options, as well as tucking into the delicious Jersey ice cream. The traditional market town of Kirkby Stephen features many historic buildings and cobbled courtyards and is worth a visit for the surrounding landscape and breathtaking views, while walks alongside the River Eden can be enjoyed at Bolton, a pretty village about four miles north west of Appleby. For wildlife lovers, there are numerous fantastic sites to explore, including the species-rich limestone pavements of Orton Scar and Smardale Gill, the lowland bog of Cliburn Moss and extensive tracts of blanket peat, upland limestone grasslands of Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve. The Ullswater area is easily accessible yet you can also be worlds away from the bustle of everyday life. This majestic ribbon lake boasts a steamer service from Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding. To the west, it is surrounded by tall mountains and to the east the land falls gracefully to the lush rolling countryside of the Eden Valley. Popular walks from Ullswater include Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag, High Street and Place Fell. If watersports are your thing, Ullswater is perfect. You can hire boats from Pooley Bridge and Glenridding and there are plenty of coves and beaches for picnics or fishing. There are also lots of opportunities for cycling. While you’re in the area, you could explore Haweswater, a remote and secluded body of water, to get away from the crowds. The Haweswater valley was flooded to create a reservoir in the early 1930s and during dry periods the remains of Mardale Head can be seen. Its sheltered and rugged terrain make it a peaceful haven for wildlife, including red deer, buzzards and peregrine falcons. Take the long, craggy ridge leading to High Street, walk Kidsty Pike and explore the Garburn Pass for some great mountain days out. Another lovely walk is round the reservoir of Wet Sleddale seven miles away, which takes in the famous Sleddale Hall as seen in the cult film Withnail and I. Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk passes nearby too. One of the best ways to see the Eden Valley is by train, setting off from Carlisle and travelling south towards the Yorkshire Dales on the world-famous Settle to Carlisle railway. The views are awe-inspiring and you might even be lucky enough to see the steam trains that use this 72-mile line, which includes 14 tunnels and 20 viaducts.