The Eden Valley around Morland is ideal for gentle walks and for bike rides on the quiet lanes and bridleways. Plan your walk from the local map, or get a guide to four local walks at the café. Bikes can be hired locally, and can also be delivered and collected, see www.cycleactive.co.uk. You can even arrange your own tour with a personal guide, see www.adventurecycling.co.uk who will advise and accompany you.
The whole area is full of things to do both active and less active. See the Visit Eden website or Cumbria Tourism’s www.golakes.co.uk. You are also recommended to buy the local newspaper, the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, which comes out on Saturdays and contains listings and ads for local events, festivals and shows. Whatever you do, make the most of England’s most beautiful county.
Activities in the Eden Valley and Lake District
Morland is centrally placed for all kinds of outdoor activities in the Eden Valley and Lake District. In addition the Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, Scottish Borders and Solway Firth are also easily accessible. Here are a few of the things you can do.
For stag or hen parties or action minded groups there are now local firms which specialise in providing tailor-made activities in the stunning Cumbrian countryside. Look at www.cumbrian-adventures.co.uk or ring 07754 547444 where Alex Darroch and his team can give you a great time you’ll never forget including clay pigeon shooting. Or see Rookin House activity centre, www.rookinhouse.co.uk 017684 83561 which offers a range of sports including paint balling, www.lakedistrictpaintball.co.uk and paddleboarding, www.lakedistrictpaddleboarding.co.uk
Choose between lower level walks in the rolling Eden Valley or higher level walks in the nearby Lake District. The extensive network of footpaths and bridleways in the Eden Valley often have superb long views to the Lake District and Pennine hills. In the Lakes, Ullswater and Haweswater are only 20 minutes away, and Keswick is only 30 minutes away. Select walks from the many guide books or let us make suggestions. There are even four attractive circular walks from Morland starting and ending at Greengill described and mapped in a free guidebook.
The Eden Valley is increasingly recognised as a paradise for cyclists with its quiet country lanes and extensive bridleways. National Cycle Route 71 passes Greengill, and there are exciting cycling opportunities in every direction passing through pretty villages and beautiful countryside. The popular Lands End to John o’Groats route passes nearby in one direction, as does the C2C in another.
Greengill Bunk Barn, the campsite, and the cottages make a flexible base for self-catering cycling clubs and groups. The Barn offers secure indoor bike storage and washing and drying facilities, both for bikes and people.
Bikes can even be hired locally, delivered and collected, see www.cycleactive.co.uk. See recommended local provider Inspiring Cycling, www.inspiringcycling.co.uk 07887 764987.
Greengill has been a very successful touring base for motorcycle groups who enjoy the challenges of the Lake District and Pennines, such as the popular route up to Alston via Hartside. Full English Breakfasts can be either self-catered or provided by the Mill Yard Café, and the Crown is open in the evenings, both a short walk away.
There are several golf courses in the area which welcome Pay and Play visitors, where you can enjoy spectacular views during your round, such as Appleby and Keswick. Further away there is Ulverston which has splendid views over Morecambe Bay, and Silloth which is a national standard links course on the edge of the Solway Firth.
You can fish for salmon and trout on the Eden, England’s second most prolific salmon river, and its tributaries, and in fishing lakes. We are grateful for the help of a fishing adviser whom you can consult about your particular requirements.
There are recognised and publicised circular routes in the Eden Valley using the network of bridleways. We can find a home for your own horse, given notice, or advise on where to hire one.
Well-equipped indoor pools at Penrith Leisure Centre and Appleby. Delightful outdoor pool at Askham, 5 miles.
Have a luxurious Spa Day at the Aqua Sana in Whinfell Forest Center Parc only 3 miles away, from only £69. To book and for more information, visit www.aquasana.co.uk/
If you need an 8 seater people carrier or two, ring Mark of Bluebell Taxis on 07594 311421, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Places to eat
Although Greengill is mainly self-catering, you may well like to eat out sometimes. Here are a few local suggestions.
The Mill Yard Café, The Square, Morland is open every day except Tuesday for coffees, teas and lunches, and is highly recommended. You can sit out in the yard in good weather, and inside on sofas by the stove in winter. Friday night, 5-9pm, is Pizza Night and a range of pizzas are cooked by Rob on the premises which you can either eat in, or bring back. Saturday night is Tapas night in summer. It is important to book on 01931 714155 or call in. It is often full, and sometimes there are other events. Nice to be able to walk to it. See www.millyardcafe.co.uk
The Crown Inn, Morland. Traditional village pub across the road from the café. Pool table, darts, real ale. Open Tuesday to Sunday 7.00pm, meals served.
Strickland Arms, Great Strickland. If you would like a meal on any week night, you could try the Strickland Arms in Great Strickland three miles straight up the road out of the village. It has a larger menu than the Crown. See www.thestricklandarms.co.uk
The George and Dragon, Clifton. This is more of a gastro pub offering an interesting high quality menu in an old pub recently modernised and run by the Lowther family. It has a comfortable seating area, and meals can be served in the bar or the dining room. Interesting selection of wines and beers, and an emphasis on local produce from the Lowther Estate. More expensive than most pubs but good for a special occasion. Clifton is about 6 miles away on the A6. Go towards Penrith and when you reach the A6, turn left and Clifton is the first village. The pub is at the far end on the left. Bookings 01768 865381. See www.georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk
Sharrow Bay, Ullswater. For a really special occasion the Sharrow Bay is pre-eminent. Said to be Britain’s first country house hotel, it occupies a stunning location on the very edge of Ullswater with spectacular views from the dining room and terrace. See if you can book a table with the view. If you can’t afford dinner, around £120 for two, try a set lunch or the delicious afternoon tea on a sunny day. Bookings 017684 86301. See www.sharrowbay.co.uk