Things to do
There is a package of tourist information in the cottage, but here is a little information about some of the sights to see and places to visit whilst staying at Pea Top Farm Cottage.
Penrith (7 miles)
This is a lovely market town of sandstone buildings. Places to visit include Penrith Castle (1397), Long Meg and her daughters (the third largest stone circle in the British Isles dating from the Bronze Age) and Penrith Museum.
Appleby-in-Westmorland (8 miles)
A historic town within a loop of the River Eden. Popular annual events are the horse fair in June and jazz festival in July.
Alston (18 miles)
High up in the North Pennines, Alston flourished around lead mining over four centuries ago. It is 1,000 feet above sea level, the highest market settlement in England.
Ullswater (14 miles)
The second largest lake in the Lake District, Ullswater offers excellent water sports facilities, mountain-biking, walking and rock climbing.
Keswick (23 miles)
Nestling between the Skiddaw Mountains and the northern shores of Derwentwater, Keswick is home to the Theatre by the Lake, Cars of the Stars Motormuseum and Cumberland Pencil Museum.
Ambleside (29 miles)
A bustling market town with easy access to the surrounding fells and mountains. Other places to visit include Bridge House, Ambleside Museum and Stock Ghyll Force waterfall.
Windermere (33 miles)
The largest natural lake in England and the Lake Districtís most popular holiday resort. Attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter and the Aquarium of the Lakes.
Carlisle is the most northerly English city. Amongst others, there is a farmers market, Carlisle cathedral (1122), High Head Sculpture Valley and Carlisle Racecourse.
Other tourist attractions nearby
Edensoaring (5 miles) Gliding is a lesser known sport but one in which we British are very good at on the world stage. British weather gives many challanges, but perhaps the Cumbrian weather is perhaps one of the greatest. The west winds bring good hill soaring along the Pennines and often great altitudes can be reached. Edensoaring is a new club with a back drop of Cross Fell, we fly along the Pennines the full length of 50KM ridge and enjoy connecting with wave flying when conditions are right.
Gliding is as close to being a bird as you can get in the comfort of a warm cockpit with 15 meters of wing to lift you up. Once released from the winch launch, you will feel a freedom and the power that only the weather can give you.
Whilst in the area why not try a trial flight to see the Eden Valley from above and soar with the buzzards?
The flights are weather dependant: if its not raining we will be flying; if we can see the hill tops we will be flying. Check our website for details.
WARNING: We are a small group of enthusiasts and standing around in our field eating cake and drinking tea is almost compulsory. Come for the day and see what we get up to.
Hazel Dene Garden Centre (1 mile)
An independent Garden Centre delightfully situated alongside the Settle to Carlisle Railway line, which also features a gift and fine food shop and fantastic tea room serving a variety of hot and cold food and arguably the best cakes for miles.
Acorn Bank Gardens and Watermill (2 miles)
National Trust gardens.
Blencarn Lake (3 miles)
Fly fishing from 1st April to 30th October. A single 15-acre stream fed reservoir in peaceful farming countryside. Stocked weekly with fish between 2 and 7lbs (01768 88284).
Eden Ostrich World (4 miles)
Farm visitor centre based at Langwathby Hall.
Brougham Castle (6 miles)
A 13th century castle near the site of a Roman fort.
The Village Bakery (8 miles)
Organic bakery and restaurant.
Europe's largest grass covered building with family attractions such as a cinema and chocolate shop.
Rookin House Farm (17 miles)
Quad biking, go karts, horse riding and activity centre.
Eden National Cycle Network
National Cycle Network routes, country roads and off-road tracks in the area.