High Houses is perfectly located for an enjoyable and relaxing stay in the Lake District National Park. It is completely surrounded by fell and farmland and is in the centre of John Peel Country. In fact he only lived 2 miles up the road for most of his life. The area still has close hunting connections There is a local story of a fox that used to trick the huntsmen and hounds by hiding behind a chimney on the low roof of High Houses.
The Northern Fells are the undiscovered part of the Lake District. You can walk for miles without seeing a soul. There are some superb walks to be had straight from our door. All of the hills at the back of Skiddaw and Blencathra are within easy reach and there are many more gentle walks to be had around the local Ireby & Uldale area. The view from Binsey summit is one of the best and you can walk it easily from High Houses. Stunning scenery and quiet walks. Bliss!
High Houses is just outside of the ancient market village of Ireby. There's a local pub - the Black Lion. The annual Ireby Music Festival in May is worth a visit.
Uldale is within walking distance from the house - The Snooty Fox offers fantastic home cooked food and a warm welcome. Makes a lovely walk on a warm summer's day or evening.
Picturesque Caldbeck is only 7 miles away with its mining heritage and mills - now long gone but with a couple of excellent cafe's, village shop / post office and other local shops. It's a lovely run in the car over the Caldbeck Fells. Check out the unusual views of Skiddaw.
Keswick is the main market town of the North Lakes (25 minute drive) and is considered the "outdoor capital" of the Lake District. With a multitude of outdoor shops, it the place to buy your outdoor gear for on the fells. It also has an excellent supermarket (Booths) as well as loads of great places to eat and drink. The scenary surrounding is stunning with breathtaking views in all directions.
High Houses is close to the northernmost lake, Bassenthwaite (5 miles), and with the more popular parts of the Lake District, such as Ullswater and Derwentwater only 25 minutes or so away. The scenery as ever is breathtaking and just waiting to be explored.
The Lake District Osprey Project is located near Bassenthwaite Lake and the viewpoint at Dodd Wood is just a ten minute drive from High Houses.
Cockermouth was made famous in November 2009 when it flooded. Now the entire main street area has recovered and the shops, pubs and restaurants renovated - it makes for a fantastic place to do a spot of shopping in the many indivually owned shops, superb restaurants such as Quince and Medlar, and traditional pubs such as the Fletcher Christian and Bitter End (with its own brewery). There is also the famous Jennings Brewery, brewing excellent beer since 1828 - take a brewery tour and discover the history of Cumbria's favourite tipple. It's also home to the birthplace of William Wordsworth at the Wordsworth House and Garden - owned and run by the National Trust.
We're also near to the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), famous for its stunning sunsets, abundant bird life, beautiful coastline walks and numerous golf courses. To the south are the historic ports of Maryport and Whitehaven. - well worth a visit.
The border city of Carlisle with its excellent market and extensive shops is only 18 miles away.
For those of you into horse racing, there is also the famous Carlisle Race Course - a jocky club racecourse. Racing fixtures are available most of the year and is full of family fun days.