Things to do nearby Burrellhill
Burrellhill is happiliy situated in the wide-open expanse of the Eden Valley with the Pennines rearing up to the east and the mountainous grandeur of the Lake District Fells to the west. To the south are the peaceful Howgills; a favourite haunt of the great Alfred Wainwright. Graceful gliders silently soar around above from the gliding centre next door where you can get a taster flight or even a flying lesson to view the stunning panorama from above.
There's abundant walking and cycling right from the door. With a great network of footpaths for lower level walks and easy access to Cross Fell and Dufton Fell guests can choose between big days out or gentle potters. Aside from the Pennines on the doorstep there's also the Lakeland fells just a short drive away.
To eat out nearby there's a great choice of places to head to. Mrs Miller's tearooms in Culgaith is a popular place for a light bite or a delicious cake, they offer excellent meals on a Friday and Saturday evening too! The Fox Inn at Ousby is 3 miles away, the Black Swan pub in Culgaith is roughly 3.5 miles away and The Shepherd's Inn in Langwathby is roughly 4.5 miles. You could also pop in to the Langwathby Station where you might be lucky to glimpse one of the heritage special trains on their way through. The picturesque Ullswater Valley is just a 25 minute drive away. This stunning valley offers a wealth of walking for all abilities from charming lowland rambles to more challenging hikes. Glenridding is the gateway to the mighty Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain. Or why not escape the 21st century and take a walk or a cycle ride on the eastern side of the lake to Martindale, a secluded valley which feels a million miles from any kind of hustle and bustle but is deceptively easy to get to.
Another way of exploring the valley is aboard the wonderful Ullswater Steamers. You can admire the stunning scenery from the deck of one of their elegant heritage vessels as is winds its way around the four landing stages, you can even indulge in a drink from the on-board bar while you do! The steamers also open up a wide range of linear walks along the valley as you can easily catch one back to your starting point. Alternatively why not hire a rowing boat or kayak and explore some of the secluded beaches and bays along the lake. Pack a picnic and find your favourite spot!
Aside from the network of bridleways for off-road cycling the cottage is also very handy for two of the Sustrans cycling routes. The Pennine Cycleway runs right past the end of the lane while the popular C2C route can be joined in nearby Langwathby. For a big day out why not follow one of these up Hartside and reward yourself with a cake at the popular cafe at the summit Among railway enthusiasts the Carlisle to Settle line is often referred to as one of the most scenic lines in the country and indeed who could argue? The countryside is simply stunning. Taking in the awe inspiring Cross Fell, the Three Peaks of Yorkshire – Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whenside, then Wild Boar Fell and the beautiful Eden Sandstone landscape. The line covers 72 miles and passes through 12 tunnels and across 20 viaducts. The railway and its stations are part of a huge regeneration to ensure the continued use of the line, and are a designated conservation area. Guests at Burrellhill can get to Langwathby station in less than five miles.
Penrith is just over nine miles away from the cottage and is an attractive town with a good mixture of independent and high street shops as well as many places to eat. Penrith prides itself on its range of small independent shops, stocking everything from books to sweets - to tease your taste buds, it has an artisan bakery, cake shop, and even its very own smokery! Look out for the adorable Devonshire Arcade, an original indoor Victorian shopping arcade in the centre of town, which is home to small boutiques and food retailers. Penrith holds farmers' markets on the third Tuesday of the month (between March and December) in Market Square, and you can also find out about the town's history through the town trail.
Alston is situated high up in the Pennines. Surrounded by a unique landscape of moorland, hills, rivers and waterfalls, Alston is England's highest market town. This intriguing town with its cobbled streets and fascinating nooks and crannies was the location for the ITV productions of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist. Take a ride on one of the lovingly restored steam and diesel engines on the South Tynedale Railway, a round trip from Alston to Kirkhaugh takes around 50 minutes through the beautiful scenery of the South Tyne valley. Visit The Hub Museum with its interesting local history and bygone transport collection. If you would like to explore more of the rich history of the area then Acorn Bank Garden and Water Mill is less than five miles away. This National Trust Property is well known for its collection of 250 herbs and traditional fruit orchards. The tea room features many of the herbs and fruits in its menu. There is plenty of wildlife to be spotted in the woodland walk and along Crowdundle Beck towards the restored water mill. The ruins of Brougham Castle are also nearby set in a picturesque spot on the River Eden.
If ancient history is more to your taste then Cumbria is most definitely the place to explore. It has an exceptionally high concentration of stone circles set amidst some stunning scenery. Why not start with Long Meg and her daughters near Little Salkeld? Local legend claims Long Meg was a witch, and with her daughters, was turned to stone for dancing wildly on the Sabbath. This is the largest stone circle in Cumbria made up on 69 stones. Long Meg is made from local sandstone and marked with mysterious symbols. Her daughters are made of granite and the four cornerstones outside the circle face the points of a compass.
If you're looking for an enjoyable day out for teens and children take a trip to Rookin House Farm where you can try your hand at archery, quad biking, rifle shooting, fishing, tree climbing, JCB operating, pony trekking or even driving around in a small tank!