Things to do nearby Little Barras
There's so much to do in this gorgeous part of Cumbria, which just so happens to be part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park! The village of Ingleton is just three miles from Little Barras where you'll find the magnificent White Scar Cave system, alternatively take the five-mile walk around Ingleton's Waterfalls Trail. Reward yourself with a pub meal or a slice of cake at one of the villages cafes afterwards. Pack your camera and go to the mighty Ribblehead Viaduct to see trains on the Carlisle to Settle Railway or venture to Kirkby Lonsdale for a taste of the area's history or just a mooch round its gorgeous shops.
Masongill is a tranquil little hamlet nestled in rolling countryside between Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton. Located to the Western side to the Yorkshire Dales National Park it's peaceful yet well placed to make the most of a great deal of local attractions. Fell walking, fishing, cycling, golf and caving are all available on the doorstep. Ingleton itself is a charming place with a great choice of places to eat and a wonderful range of visitor attractions.
Ingleton Waterfalls trail is a feast for the senses, this breathtaking 4.5-mile circular walk, leads you through a dramatic and changing landscape, offering unusual geology, wildlife and plant life which is why it was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Geologists will enjoy seeing some fantastic exposures of the Carboniferous rocks that form the Peak District, while nature lovers can take in the rare plants, birds and trees that call this place home. There are picnic spots and viewpoints along the way so why not pack your lunch and make a day of it?
Ingleton open-air heated swimming pool has been in existence since 1933 when it was dug out by a team of local volunteers. It resides in a beautiful setting on the riverside just out of the village and is a delightful place to relax during the summer season. The pool is run by the community and regularly undergoes investment and improvement to keep the facilities in excellent condition for locals and visitors to enjoy. Ingleton also boasts its own indoor climbing wall, great fun for a rainy day at IngleSport. There are some lovely little cafes in the village when you're ready for a refreshment stop too. Every year between May and September, the overground underground festival has plenty of things to do and see.
When we say you can be "deep" into Yorkshire Dales National Park we really aren't joking. The area is an absolute paradise for cavers. If you'd like to try your hand at this activity there is a great choice of outdoor instructors in the area to help you. If you'd rather have a gentler introduction to this magical underground world then how about a walk through the longest show cave in England; White Scar Cave? Thundering waterfalls, mystical rock formations, wonderful mineral "sculptures" and fascinating folklore tales are all part of an engaging exploration through the cave system towards the Battlefield Cavern at the end.
There's a fantastic range of walking in the area and you'll find it much quieter than the busy Lakeland fells. From short strolls, through gentle half day rambles to full-on whole day fell walks, all can be found in the locality. The scenery is as varied as the walking and you can explore everything from high fells to gentle riverside ambles from this great location where Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire meet. The Yorkshire Three Peaks are on the doorstep (Ingleborough, Pen-Y- Ghent and Whernside) making the area one of pilgrimage for serious fell walkers.
For a different perspective on the landscape and the people who work in it why not follow the four-mile circular walk taking in the Sheepfolds Project? World renowned landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy was commissioned to place more than 200 natural sculptures around Cumbria's disused sheepfolds and more than 16 of them are in the area around Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton. Further afield but within a half hour drive, the spectacular scenery at Balham Cove, Girdle Scar and Stainforth Force all have great walking options.
You've come to the right place if you're a food lover as this part of the country has a lot to celebrate when it comes to local produce and great culinary talent. If you love genuine artisan cheeses and good quality wines, or just enjoy unearthing great local producers then you must take a trip to The Courtyard on the A65 just before Settle. "Cheesemonger of the year" Andrew Swinscoe owns The Courtyard Dairy, a haven of authentic farmhouse cheeses and other goods, and Buon Vino stocks over 800 wines from artisan makers with great recommendations of bottles to suit your taste. Andrew also runs a great one day cheese making course - booking essential. There are some lovely art and design businesses in the Courtyard too and no visit is complete without a sneaky treat in the Brasserie before you leave. If you do get to the Courtyard, why not explore Settle? Another old Yorkshire market town, with some interesting shops and a Museum of Northern Life in the amazing "Folly".
Kirkby Lonsdale itself sits on the banks of the River Lune and its lovely cobbled streets are a delight to explore. You will find 17th and 18th Century buildings lining the narrow streets housing some of the many quirky and unusual independent shops the area is known for. There's also a fantastic range of eateries to reward yourself after your outdoor adventures and a series of festivals through the summer months. Heading down the Lune Valley you will find the village of Wray which hosts a famous scarecrow festival, now including soapbox derby, around the Mayday bank holiday each year. Don't forget Lancaster too with its maritime museum, castle prison and the butterfly house in Williamson Park, this is a great small city to explore.
Within an hour's drive of Masongill and Ingleton is Windermere, England's largest natural lake, which has a great range of things to do in the various towns and villages around its shore. The most visited is Bowness-on-Windermere, a lakeside holiday resort where you can walk around the bay or enjoy the hustle and bustle of village life with many shops, eateries and attractions. A relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and serenity of the lake is to take one of the Windermere Lake Cruises, use it as a ferry service to visit Ambleside, Wray Castle or Lakeside or just stay on board and enjoy the views. If the weather isn’t too kind, The World of Beatrix Potter, ideally located in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, offers something for the everyone, from the history of the iconic children’s writer to the wonderful characters that she created. No matter what age, everyone who visits falls in love with the infamous Peter Rabbit and friends.