Things to do nearby Pottery Cottage
Pottery Cottage is located in the heart of the pretty little village of Skelton and the excellent Dog and Gun pub is located just 2 minutes walk from the front door! There are numerous walks to do from the door through the undulating rural landscapes around the village with lovely views across to the Pennines in the east and Lakeland fells to the west. Penrith is just 15 minutes drive and from here the M6 and A66 open up the whole of the area to guests.
Local walks within a short drive include a circular exploration of Greystoke Forest where there is lots of wildlife to look out for. Alternatively, you can park in Hesket Newmarket and take a footpath by the green, which leads through fields and bluebell woods to Caldbeck. Cross over the footbridge and link onto the Cumbria Way to Caldbeck before looping back along the lanes or footpaths to Hesket.
Hesket Newmarket has been home to the Hesket Newmarket Brewery since 1988 and the village is well-known amongst lovers of real ales. You can also arrange a tour of the brewery to include tastings, or else just sample their wares in The Old Crown Pub, the first in Britain to be owned and run by a co-operative.Visit the pretty northern Lake District village of Caldbeck to locate the graves of ‘the Maid of Buttermere’ and John Peel (the Cumbrian huntsman, not the radio DJ!). The same churchyard also contains the Roughton Stone, a monument to the men who worked Roughton Mine over its 400-year history and who are laid to rest here. A short walk from the village car park takes you past the village green with its attractive pond and up to The Howk, a historic former Bobbin Mill by a limestone gorge in the river, and to attractive waterfalls a little further upstream. Caldbeck also has a selection of craft shops and cafés and a pub. Fell walkers will be tempted by the surrounding heights. The quiet and geologically interesting circuit of High Pike and Carrock Fell makes a lovely walk; the summits and the ridge between the two fells have extensive views across the Solway Coast to Scotland, over the Eden valley to the north Pennines, and to more Lake District fells towards the south. The ever-popular Blencathra offers a variety of routes to the top, from the challenging Sharp Edge route (which should only be attempted by experienced walkers with a head for heights) to the easy routes up the back or over Scales Fell. Whichever path you choose, the view from the top, with the whole Lake District laid out at your feet, is well worth the effort. A short and attractive car journey to parking places at Longlands or Orthwaite gives access to the Back o’ Skiddaw fells, including the infamous Great Cockup. These rounded green fells invite you to explore at your own pace and reward you with peace and quiet. For a bigger challenge, head up the back of Skiddaw itself via Whitewater Dash Waterfall and Bakestall, a quiet route up a popular fell. Cyclists of all abilities can find plenty of routes around the vast network of quiet lanes and the Back O’ Skiddaw off-road tracks. Mountain bikers should head to Whinlatter, which has purpose-built trails varying in difficulty. Road cyclists can take on the Challenge of Whinlatter by cycling over the pass and, if that’s too easy, return via Buttermere and the Newlands Pass, a route only suitable for the very fit! The long distance C2C cycle route passes through Greystoke whilst the Reivers Route long distance cycle trail passes through Hesket Newmarket. Several historic houses are close by. Hutton-in-the-Forest is linked by legend to the Arthurian story of Gawain and Green Knight and there are beautiful gardens to discover. Mirehouse dates from 1666 and has extensive and varied gardens, a lakeshore walk, and natural play areas. Lowther Castle is now roofless but no less impressive. Enter through the impressive stable yard with café, shop and museum and explore the ruined castle and gardens. Dalemain also has beautiful gardens and hosts the annual Marmalade Festival! The nearest lake is Ullswater, home of Wordsworth’s ‘host of golden daffodils’. You can take a boat trip on the historic steamers from Glenridding, Howtown or Pooley Bridge. If there has been a lot of rain, Aira Force on the north side of the lake is particularly spectacular, but it is a beautiful spot in any weather. Nestled in woodlands you may also be lucky enough to spot red squirrels! The woodlands on the west shore of Ullswater are particularly beautiful in autumn with the beach trees ablaze with fiery colours.
Penrith is an attractive town that prides itself on its range of small independent shops - stocking everything from books to sweets - as well as recognisable high street stores. 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. Don’t miss out on a visit to nearby grass-roofed Rheged with its shops, cafés, pottery painting, arts exhibitions, a 3D cinema, and a soft play area.The historic Border City of Carlisle has a good range of shops and the attractive sandstone cathedral that is still the tallest building in this compact city. Visit the historic castle, once home to Mary Queen of Scots, and explore the dungeons or walk beside the lovely River Eden. Tullie House Museum has interactive exhibits on local history, geography and wildlife as well as a very good café. Slightly further afield, but still an easy day trip away, the whole northern and eastern Lake District opens up to you. You could explore the quiet and beautiful Eden Valley, historic Hadrian’s Wall, or the solitude of the Howgill Fells. Catch the train to Edinburgh from Penrith or enjoy the Settle to Carlisle line from Appleby. Drive up to Alston and ride the narrow-gauge line from the highest market town in England. There is so much to do that you really are spoilt for choice!