Things to do nearby 9 Holmefield

Holme is a small village in south Cumbria situated on the Lancaster Canal. Close to the border with Lancaster, Holme combines the charm of both counties to create a unique setting. It is ideally located for exploring the coastal peninsulas, the Howgills and the Yorkshire Dales.

Holme is on the edge of a quiet coastal peninsula that includes Arnside and Silverdale, both part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This quiet peninsula is a nature lovers dream encompassing a diverse landscape of coast, woodlands and hills that attracts a wide array of birds and wildlife. Leighton Moss is an RSPB reserve within a 15 minute drive. Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in the north-west and attracts some really special birds including breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. Trails and hides allow you to go right to the heart of the reserve whilst a nature trail leads to two coastal lagoons.

Across the canal from Holme is the familiar sight of Farleton Fell, a landmark hill to motorists travelling along the M6. Farleton Fell is the northern extension of Newbiggin Crags. Together with Hutton Roof and Dalton Crags, it is one of the most stunning examples of limestone habitat in Britain. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and supports many rare alpine flowers and a large butterfly population. The huge crags are actually an immense block of limestone pavement and part of a splendid walk, noted in Wainwrights’ Guide to the Outerlying Fells as one of the best in the area.

There is a nice pub in the village - the Smithy Inn, a general store and a post office. The railway passes nearby and it is worth travelling 6 miles south to Carnforth to hop on the coastal service that follows the coastline all the way to Maryport before heading inland towards Carlisle. There are some lovely coastal towns and villages along the way and you can buy a ticket that allows you to get on and off as many times as you want. The railway also allows you to connect with several cycle routes including 6 (Bury to Keswick), 72 (Hadrian’s Cycleway) and 71 (Coast to Coast).

Holme is also within a short drive of Leighton Hall where there is a falconry centre, beautiful grounds and gardens and tours of the house. Also close by is Levens Hall, a stunning Elizabethan house with impressive well preserved interiors, lovely topiary gardens and a recreated 17th century garden.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is an all-weather attraction at nearby Milnthorpe. It has a butterfly hall, aquarium and parkland with natural woodland. You can see wildlife including beautiful snow leopards, bearded dragons and lemurs.

Although Holme is south of the Lake District National Park, you can still drive to Windermere within half an hour, and the Langdales within 45 minutes. Ingleton and the three peaks of Yorkshire are even closer just 25 minutes away. On the way you pass Kirkby Lonsdale, a delightful market town full of cobbled streets and quirky buildings. The town has popular independent shops and a beautiful churchyard. St Mary's Church is a Norman structure with fine carved columns. John Ruskin took in the view of the River Lune from the churchyard and decreed it to be "One of the loveliest views in England".

To the north of Holme is Kendal; an ancient town built of distinctive grey stone. Kendal has a castle, an art centre and two shopping centres. The art centre is in a former brewery and hosts comedy, music, cinema and theatre. Just outside Kendal are the gardens and stately home of Sizergh Castle. It is owned by the National Trust and is a very pleasant day out. Sedbergh is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park despite being geographically within Cumbria. Sedbergh is a recognised ‘book town’ with many interesting bookshops selling new and second hand books. It is within a 25 minute drive of Holme and lies at the foot of the Howgills, some of the quietest hills in Cumbria.

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