Things to do nearby The Wash House
Located in the peaceful village of Barbon, The Wash House offers a wonderful setting from which to explore both the Yorkshire Dales and South Lakes - the best of both worlds right on your doorstep! Take a stroll around this picturesque Dales village and you'll instantly feel its charms. A stop off at the famous Churchmouse village store and cafe is a must for fans of local produce and speciality cheeses, and the cosy Barbon Inn is perfect for that evening drink or hearty meal. Why not plan a day in beautiful Kirkby Lonsdale? This bustling market town, around 3 miles away, has plenty of independent shops for those who fancy a bit of retail therapy; check out the popular Devil's Bridge and stop a moment by the River Lune, the perfect picnic spot to enjoy your indulgent treats from The Churchmouse!
Casterton is a quaint little village nestled in the Lune Valley just outside Kirkby Lonsdale. Located to the Western side to the Yorkshire Dales National Park it's peaceful yet well placed to make the most of a great deal of local attractions. Fell walking, fishing, cycling, golf and caving are all available on the doorstep. Kirkby Lonsdale itself sits on the banks of the river Lune and the lovely cobbled streets are a delight to explore. You will find 17th and 18th Century buildings lining the narrow streets housing some of the many quirky and unusual independent shops the area is known for.
There's a fantastic range of walking in the area and you'll find it much quieter than the busy Lakeland fells. From short strolls, through gentle half day rambles to full-on whole day fell walks, all can be found in the locality. The scenery is as varied as the walking, fell and dale, river and wood, field and coast you can explore them all from this great location where Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire meet. The Lune Valley offers many beautiful walks through the pastoral landscape of the valley bottom and up through the rolling hills to Middleton and Barbon fells beyond. Or head west of the river for quiet walks over low hills and woodlands full of bluebells in the spring.
From Casterton why not follow the four-mile circular walk taking in the Sheepfolds? World renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy has placed more than 200 natural sculptures around Cumbria's disused sheepfolds. 16 of these lie just outside Casterton and form part of a lovely stroll around the area surrounding the village. Alternatively head up to Eskholme Pike or Barbon Fell and enjoy the fabulous panorama.
From Kirkby Lonsdale heading east takes you deep into Yorkshire Dales National Park where there are many attractions to visit, how about a walk through the longest show cave in England; White Scar Cave offers an impressive 1-mile tour through a hidden underground world. Thundering waterfalls, mystical rock formations, wonderful mineral "sculptures" and fascinating folklore tales are all part of an engaging exploration through the cave system towards the Battlefield Cavern at the end.
Ingleton Waterfalls trail is a feast for the senses, this breathtaking 4.5-mile circular walk, leads you through a dramatic and changing landscape, offering unusual geology, wildlife and plant life which is why it was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Geologists will enjoy seeing the ancient base rocks that form the Peak District, while nature lovers can take in the rare plants, birds and trees that call this place home. There are picnic spots and viewpoints along the way so why not pack your lunch and make a day of it?
Ingleton open-air heated swimming pool has been in existence since 1933 when it was dug out by a team of local volunteers. It resides in a beautiful setting on the riverside just out of the village and is a delightful place to relax during the summer season. The pool is run by the community and regularly undergoes investment and improvement to keep the facilities in excellent condition for locals and visitors to enjoy. There are some lovely little cafes in the village when you're ready for a refreshment stop too.
Head north from Casterton and a scenic road through the hills takes you to the Dales market town of Sedbergh. Bookworms will rejoice in the good selection of independent and second-hand books shops in this tiny town; there is no wonder it is commonly referred to as "England's Book Town". But it's not just literature that is celebrated here; Sedbergh is proud of its strong connections to the wool industry, and there are many ways in which you can explore its history. Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre makes for an enjoyable and educational visit. Sedbergh has a lively community and some unique independent shops, and with its location at the foot of the Howgills, the town offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy outdoor activities too.
You've come to the right place if you're a food lover as this part of the country has a lot to celebrate when it comes to local produce and great culinary talent. If you love genuine artisan cheeses and good quality wines, or just enjoy unearthing great local producers then you must take a trip to The Courtyard on the A65 just before Settle. "Cheesemonger of the year" Andrew Swinscoe owns The Courtyard Dairy, a haven of authentic farmhouse cheeses and other goods, and Buon Vino stocks over 800 wines from artisan makers with great recommendations of bottles to suit your taste. There are some lovely art and design businesses in the Courtyard too and no visit is complete without a sneaky treat in the Brasserie before you leave.
Head west from Kirkby Lonsdale and you will find Levens Hall, renowned for its topiary garden but can also boasting idyllic deer park walks, marvelous Elizabethan interiors and a fascinating collection of contents. This beautiful family home is a hidden gem set in the stunning South Lakes area and having been in the same family for over four hundred years, Levens Hall retains a familiar and informal charm. Enjoy the house and gardens with quizzes, costumes and mazes; not to mention an outdoor play area and a mouth-watering menu in the Bellingham Buttery tearoom. Just up the road from Levens is Sizergh Castle, managed by the National Trust this attractive house is built around a castle tower and the interior reflects its long history, outside are parkland walks and a stunning rock garden.
Within an hour's drive of Kirkby Lonsdale is Windermere, England's largest natural lake, which has a great range of things to do in the various towns and villages around its shore. The most visited is Bowness-on-Windermere, a lakeside holiday resort where you can walk around the bay or enjoy the hustle and bustle of village life with many shops, eateries and attractions. A relaxing way to enjoy the scenery and serenity of the lake is to take one of the Windermere Lake Cruises, use it as a ferry service to visit Ambleside, Wray Castle or Lakeside or just stay on board and enjoy the views. If the weather isn’t too kind, The World of Beatrix Potter, ideally located in the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere, offers something for the everyone, from the history of the iconic children’s writer to the wonderful characters that she created. No matter what age, everyone who visits falls in love with the infamous Peter Rabbit and friends.