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The historic market town of Appleby is just on your doorstep with its castle, now open again. It was the former county town of Westmorland, with a court that had the same status as the high court in London, it is still used as the council local chamber. If you are here on a Tuesday morning our local Blue Badge Giude leads an excellent tour round the town.
Appleby Castle is privately owned & now open again to the public. Tours can be booked online or at the Tourist Information office.

If you wish to sit back and relax and watch the scenery drift by, then hop on board the picturesque Settle - Carlisle Railway which stops at Appleby.  It winds through the Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley. Steam trains go along this line too a few times each week.  Appleby Golf Course is just down the road with stunning views to the Lake District and over to the Yorkshire Dales. The restaurant has a good reputation too.

Visit historic sites that include Neolithic stone circles, Bronze Age settlements, Roman forts, magnificent castles (such as Brougham & Brough Castle), ancient churches, historic houses and beautiful gardens. 

Appleby is famous for its annual Appleby Horse Fair - the largest of its kind in the World and has been held here since 1685 under the protection of a charter granted by James II. Please be aware that most accomodation is fully booked well in advance.

Things to do in Appleby

Our Local Area

Appleby: There is plenty to see & do www.applebytown.org.uk
Dales Highway: Long distance walk from Saltaire to Appleby, show your certificate for a 10% discount www.daleshighway.co.uk 
CTC: We offer 10% discount to CTC members www.ctc.org.uk
National Cycle Routes: Routes 68 & 71 pass through Appleby sustrans.org.uk



We're surrounded by wonderful open countryside with stunning views, in an unspoiled, peaceful part of the North of England. It's great for walkers. High Cup Nick is well known classic with breathtaking views in all directions. Cross Fell, the highest fell of the Pennines, dominates the local skyline. The Pennine Way runs through the area locally at Dufton, just a couple of miles up the road. The new Wainwright walk Pennine Journey passes within 200yds of us. The Dales Highway & Lady Anne's Way both end in Appleby.



The Eden Valley is the perfect location to try many outdoor activities. Cyclists are discovering Eden with its quiet country lanes and the increasingly popular C2C cycle route. We are on the crossing point of 2 national cycleways. 68 & 71.

We have a dedicated stone shed for bicycle storage and a wet entrance/boot room with shower (mainly used by our Spaniel) in which to ‘disrobe’ following a great day over the hills and dales - bathrobe provided!

Local Links

Some local links to places to visit while you’re here:

Appleby Castle: Privately owned & now open to the public again, see what is on at  www.applebycastle.co.uk
Little Salkeld Mill: it’s where we buy our flour organicmill.co.uk
Orton Farmers: If you are here 2nd Saturday of the month this is where you will find us too. Taste the difference www.ortonfarmers.co.uk
Abbot Lodge Ice Cream: Ice cream made on the farm www.abbottlodgejerseyicecream.co.uk
Lowther Castle: A must visit nearby attraction /www.lowthercastle.org
Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre /www.visitcumbria.com
Acorn Bank: National Trust Garden www.nationaltrust.org.uk/acorn-bank
Brougham Hall www.broughamhall.co.uk
Dalemain: House & Gardens www.dalemain.com 
High Cup Nick: Visible from the garden but you need to get your boots on to see these views www.visitcumbria.com
Eden Arts: What’s on when, events & exhibitions www.edenarts.co.uk
Rheged: Arts centre near Penrithwww.rheged.com
Churches Trust: Explore Cumbria’s Church Buildings www.ctfc.org.uk
Wainwright: If you walk you know Wainwright! www.wainwright.org.uk
Explore Eden’s hidden gems with 6 guided trails www.nurtureeden.org/our-trails
Settle-Carlisle Railway www.settle-carlisle.co.uk
Local Weather www.bbc.co.uk/weather