Things to do nearby Coach House Cottage (Church Brough)
Walking opportunities abound in this area, with plenty of long and short routes available direct from the cottage door. A bridleway leads from Coach House Cottage to the Roman road and on to Great Musgrave. This trail then links to all Musgrave footpaths, maps for which are available in the cottage. The Pennine Journey, a long distance circular walk taking in the exquisite landscape of this corner of the world, also passes by the cottage door.
Step back in time and uncover the illustrious past of Brough Castle. Once a stronghold against the Scots, this imposing ruin enjoys a picturesque spot overlooking Swindale Beck. The site is managed by English Heritage and visitors are free to explore its various passageways and hidden corners while enjoying the interpretation signage which charts the history of the Roman Fort through the centuries.
Considered by many as England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater certainly is worth a visit. The Ullswater Valley is a magnificent area to explore on foot, by boat or car. With lively little Lakeland villages, extreme hiking routes and plenty of watersports on offer, there is something to suit all tastes. A tour aboard Ullswater Steamers is a great way to take in the beauty of this area without the need to drive, and the onboard commentary will allow you to learn about the area as you relax.
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.
Brougham Castle is to the south of Penrith and is owned by English Heritage. The ruins are perfect for enquiring minds with room layouts still visible and little nooks and crannies to explore. Linked to Brough Castle by the river Eamont, this is one of several castles in the Eden Vally occupied by Lady Anne Clifford during the 1600’s. Nearby Brougham Hall is also worth a visit and has a lovely café attached.
Half an hour’s drive towards Ullswater leads you to the delightful Dalemain Mansion with its beautiful gardens and tranquil woodland strolls. The House is impressive year round, with the pink stone of its Georgian façade seemingly glowing in the sunlight. Home to the Hasell-McCosh family, the house first opened to the public in 1977 and has been welcoming visitors who are attracted to its impressive collections of fine furniture, family portraits, ceramics and old toys.
A short drive north of Church Brough lies the North Pennines AONB, a wonderful place for cycling, walking, fishing, climbing and nature watching. Nature reserves such as Moor House, heritage sites like Raby Castle, hidden gems like Townhead Farm and Winery, and the abundance of walking and cycling trails on offer, are just some ways you can explore this remote and wild landscape.
Stargazing at Tan Hill Inn
Having some of the darkest night skies in England, this area is a haven for stargazing. Head to the Tan Hill Inn on the border of the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales for an astronomy adventure. The cosy Inn is famous for being the highest pub in Britain and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. The open moorland offers stargazers an incredible view with a chance to witness a whole host of constellations.
Appleby Golf Club
If golf is your thing, don't miss a round on the spectacular course at Appleby Golf Club, claimed to offer the best year round greens in the County. The club prides itself in its friendly welcome, and non-golf enthusiasts will enjoy the incredible views of the Howgills, Lake District mountains and the Pennines; not to mention the restaurant and bar where you can enjoy the uninterrupted views while sampling the delicious menu.
Managed by the National Trust, Acorn Bank is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. The magnificent sandstone house enjoys an idyllic setting surrounded by natural woodlands, traditional orchards and immaculate gardens, with views across the Eden Valley. The ground floor of the house is open to the public, as is the extensive walled garden and grounds. A selection of walking trails offers the perfect opportunity to explore.
The historic market towns of Kirkby Stephen and Appleby in Westmorland are both picturesque and well worth a visit. Kirkby Stephen is positioned halfway along the Coast to Coast route from St Bees to Robin Hood Bay. It is packed full of character, with its historic buildings and cobbled streets to its independent shops and delightful eateries. Ten miles north is the larger market town of Appleby; its riverside location, magnificent motte and bailey castle and local weekly market make it a great place to roam around.