Things to do nearby 7 Colby Lane
Appleby-in-Westmorland is a historic Market town in the heart of beautiful Cumbrian countryside. The village is surrounded by outstanding scenery of unspoilt Eden Valley and within easy driving distance you can visit not only the Lake District, but the Pennines, Scottish borders and the Yorkshire Dales too.
With easy access to M6, A66 and the train service, the location is perfect for those wishing to make most of their holiday and explore different parts of the region. One of the best ways to see the valley is by train setting off from Carlisle and travelling south towards the Yorkshire Dales. Running through some of the most attractive scenery in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells, the Settle-Carlisle railway is world famous for its Victorian architecture, huge stone viaducts, long tunnels and remote wayside station buildings. It is not a preserved heritage railway – it is part of the UK rail network. The diesel sprinter trains carry well over a million passengers every year and provide a vital link to the remote communities they connect.
For wildlife lovers, there are a number of fantastic sites to explore within close range of Appleby, including the species rich limestone pavements of Orton Scar and Smardale Gill, the lowland bog of Cliburn Moss and extensive tracts of blanket peat, upland limestone grasslands of Moor House – Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.
Haweswater, half an hour away from the cottage, 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 until 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.
On a cold day, take advantage of the local Appleby Leisure Centre, which boasts two swimming pools and a spa area. The fantastic climbing wall for all ages in Kendal, the Rheged centre in Penrith or for younger children there is the Platform 3 softplay at Kirby Stephen. And if that doesn’t fill up your day, arrange a wine tasting session with the local, Cumbrian winery: High Cup Wines.
If you need a day off from hiking and biking, there is plenty that Appleby in Westmorland has to offer. Take a walk to the fantastic Appleby Castle and get on one of the tours offered around this last remaining Clifford Castle, which is not a ruin. The castle is located just a few minutes’ walk from the cottage. Explore Lowther Castle and Gardens just 30 minutes from the cottage (close to penrith). For the children, it has a new huge adventure playground ‘the lost castle’.