Things to do nearby Cherry Tree Barn
Walks alongside the River Eden can be enjoyed at Bolton, a pretty village that is home to a pub, church and a couple of schools. It is about four miles north west of the historic market town of Appleby and for those looking to venture further afield, the Scottish Borders, Hadrian’s Wall and the historic city of Carlisle are all within an easy drive.
Steeped in history, picturesque and lively Appleby lies in a loop of the river and offers much to explore. Its 17th century motte-and-bailey castle boasts one of the few remaining intact Norman keeps and offers daily history tours and a calendar of events available via advance booking. The town provides a good selection of independent shops and an open market every Saturday selling a range of fresh groceries, baked produce, sweets and other household goods.Seven miles from Bolton and surrounded by stunning scenery is the working farm of Abbott Lodge. Children and grown-ups alike will enjoy choosing from the 40-plus flavours of homemade Jersey ice cream on offer, but there are so many more reasons to visit than simply sampling the delicious treats. Little ones will love meeting the animals, and with indoor and outdoor play and a ride-on tractor circuit, there is plenty to keep them amused.
One of the most friendly and welcoming courses in the country, Appleby Golf Club offers a year-round venue with high-quality greens and firm fairways. Its idyllic location means the course and clubhouse both benefit from stunning panoramic views over the Howgills, Pennines and Lake District Fells. Meals and refreshments are served daily by their in-house chef allowing visitors to enjoy a great relaxed day out.
A 20-minute drive from the village is Ullswater, regarded by many as England's most beautiful lake. The valley has a host of walking options from low-level rambles to more rugged hikes, and the villages of Pooley Bridge and Glenridding offer a pleasant place to stroll, as well as some great eating options. If you're feeling indulgent, Ullswater is also home to the first ever country house hotel, the Sharrow Bay, which boasts striking views from the lake-fronted restaurant and is renowned for its quintessential English afternoon tea experience.
Travel half an hour east along the A66 and you reach the County Durham town of Barnard Castle. Famous among antique enthusiasts, the town's cobbled streets and twisting lanes are home to some of the finest independent shops and antique collectors around. On a Saturday the marketplace is abuzz with local producers as the weekly farmer's market showcases some of the best food, drink and crafts the area has to offer. But Barnard Castle isn't just about shopping. The Norman Castle that stands proudly in the centre of the town is unquestionably worthy of a visit and Bowes Museum built in the 19th Century is one of the most exquisite museums in England.
It’s always great to have a back-up plan for those wet weather days, and the Garden Spa at Appleby Manor will have you begging for rain! The array of treatments available offer the perfect therapeutic experience. Facilities include indoor and outdoor whirlpool baths, steam rooms, saunas, aromatherapy rooms and a hydrotherapy pool, perfect for whiling away an afternoon and easing any aches and pains.
Opened in 1876, some believe the Carlisle to Settle railway to be the most scenic train journey in England. The route is 72 miles long and takes you over 20 viaducts and through 14 tunnels as it makes its way through the stunning countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley and North Pennines, stopping at many of the original stations along the way. The railway was highly regarded by travellers in Edwardian and Victorian times, and its heritage is relived and celebrated through a variety of steam charters and events throughout the year.
The Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre, based at the Lowther Castle Estate, focuses on conservation and offers visitors the chance to meet an array of magnificent birds from around the world, including hawks, falcons, eagles and owls. Flying displays take place daily and you can even have a go at flying a bird yourself. A gift shop helps fund the centre, and a vintage tearoom serves tasty refreshments, including traditionally baked goods.
The pretty market town of Penrith is only nine miles from the village of Bolton and is home to a good selection of supermarkets as well as an array of independent shops, tea rooms and eateries. There is a weekly market on a Saturday and a farmers’ market and craft market held monthly through much of the year. Lake District Cycling in the town offers bike hire and can advise on some good routes in the area, while Penrith Leisure Centre is a good place to swim or try out a range of sports. Alternatively, you can take a stroll around the impressive ruins of Penrith Castle. If you’re looking for something for all the family, the nearby Rheged Centre hosts a calendar of events, exhibitions and cinema screenings, as well as indoor and outdoor play for children.