Things to do nearby The Steading

Great Strickland is a small rural village in the heart of beautiful Cumbrian countryside. The village is surrounded by outstanding scenery and on the doorstep of the unspoilt Eden Valley and the eastern Lake District.

Within easy driving distance you can visit not only the Lake District but the Pennines, Scottish borders and the Yorkshire Dales too. The peaceful location belies the ease of access to the main transport links including the M6, A6 and rail links.

The Steading is right on the doorstep of the Eden Valley. This undiscovered gem is a beautiful area of Cumbria typified by gentle rolling lowlands and the picturesque river flowing through the middle. The Eden Valley is bounded on either side by hills with the Lake District to the west and the Peninnes to the east. The tranquil gentle hills offer many great walks and the quiet country lanes are ideal for cycle touring. One of the best ways to see the valley is by train setting off from Carlisle and travelling south towards the Yorkshire Dales. The heritage line runs steam services alongside a regular timetable. 

Ullswater and Haweswater are both within a 25 minute drive. These are two of the longest lakes in the Lake District and blessed with stunning scenery. Haweswater is a remote secluded body of water home to an incredibly rare golden eagle. Rangers are stationed at the head of the lake from April till September with binoculars and a bird hide available to watch the majestic golden eagle and other wildlife. The valley was flooded to create a reservoir in the early 1930s and during dry periods the remains of Mardale Head can be see at the head of the valley.

Ullswater is a majestic ribbon lake with a steamer service from Pooley Bridge, Howtown and Glenridding. To the west the lake 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. You can read more in our guide to Ullswater.

In the village there is a lovely local pub that serves a good menu and local ales. Just up the road in Clifton is the George and Dragon. This pub has an excellent reputation for dining and serves a varied menu including home grown produce and meat reared on the estate. Penrith is 6 miles away and offers a wide range of shops including independent butchers, grocers and local producers. There is a cinema and leisure centre here and the train station for connections to the West Coast Mainline.

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