Morland is centrally placed for all kinds of outdoor activities in the Eden Valley and Lake District, both active and more relaxed. See the Visit Eden website or Cumbria Tourism’s www.golakes.co.uk. 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.
The surrounding national parks along with the Eden Valley itself provide some of the greatest walking opportunities in the UK. Choose between lower level walks in the rolling Eden Valley or testing, higher climbs amongst the Lake Districts peaks. There is an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways as well as established fell and mountain routes including the 214 Wainrights and the spectacular Ullswater Way, all within easy reach of Greengill. There are even four attractive circular walks from Morland itself starting and ending at Greengill and 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, taking in pretty villages and beautiful countryside. The popular Lands End to John o’Groats route passes nearby in one direction, as does the Coast to Coast in another.
Greengill Bunk Barn and campsite, make a flexible base for self-catering cycling clubs and groups. Both offer secure bike storage and washing facilities.
Bikes can be hired locally and can be delivered and collected, see cycleactive.co.uk. You can even arrange a tour with a personal guide to accompany and advise you through adventurecycling.co.uk.
For active groups or stag / hen parties there are several local organisations which specialise in providing tailor-made activities in the stunning Cumbrian countryside. Take a look at Cumbrian Adventures or ring 07754 547444 where Alex Darroch and his team will provide great experiences including clay pigeon shooting and paintballing. Or, see Rookin House Activity Centre, 017684 83561 which offers a range of activities for all ages from quad trekking to Human Bowling! For water babies, why not spend the day on one of our most beautiful lakes, Ullswater, with www.wakeandsurf.co.uk who offer paddleboarding, wakesurfing and much more.
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 or Kirkstone Pass, linking the North and South lakes. Full English Breakfasts can be either self-catered or provided by the Mill Yard Café, a short walk away.
There are several golf courses in the area which welcome Pay and Play visitors. Courses such as Penrith , Appleby and Keswick offer spectacular fell and lakes scenery during your round. Further away there is Carlisle with its tree lined fairways and undulating parkland, Ulverston which has splendid views over Morecambe Bay, and Silloth which is a national standard links course on the edge of the Solway Firth. Penrith Golf Club, Appleby Golf Club, Keswick Golf Club
You can fish for brown trout, salmon and greyling on the river Eden and its tributaries - England’s second most prolific salmon river, and in the local fishing lakes. Anyone aged 12 or over will need to purchase a fishing licence available from most post offices or online at Buy a Rod Other nearby fishing waters include the River Lowther,Ullswater and Haweswater.
There are numerous recognised and publicised routes in the Eden Valley using the vast network of bridleways. Take in the amazing scenery on horseback through any of the following organisations www.ponytrekkingullswater.co.uk, www.rookinhouse.co.uk/horse-riding, www.happyhoovesridingcentre.co.uk
There are well-equipped indoor pools for all ages at both Penrith and Appleby Leisure Centres and delightful outdoor pools with changing facilities and small shops at Askham village, 5 miles.from Greengill Holidays and Shap, 6 miles away.
Centre Parcs, Whinfell Forest offer luxurious Spa packages at their Aqua Sana Spa situated 3 miles away amongst the lush, green forest of Whinfell. To book and for more information, visit www.aquasana.co.uk/
Based in the older of Morland's two old schools (dated 1740) which is now a large airy space with good light, Kate Brundrett, an artist herself, runs this art and wellness studio offering a range of enjoyable courses including life drawing, painting with acryllcs, yoga, dance classes and textiles plus more, all of which can be tailored to your group. Please call Kate on 01931 714 444 or visit the website The Studio for more information.
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 (a few minutes walk from Greengill) is highly recommended! Fully licensed and open Wednesday to Sunday for brunch, lunch, snacks, afternoon teas, hot drinks and homemade pizza to eat in or takeaway on Fridays and Saturdays. Sit out in the courtyard in good weather or inside on cosy sofas by the stove in winter. Booking is recommended on 01931 714155. See www.millyardcafe.co.uk
Strickland Arms, 3 miles from Greengill via a quiet, tree lined road in Great Strickland. With an extensive menu and real ales this warm hearted country pub offers food every night of the week. A beer garden and terrace are ideal for sunny evening suppers. See www.thestricklandarms.co.uk
The George and Dragon is approximately 6 miles away in Clifton. An old Inn tastefully modernised and run by Charles Lowther, this gastro pub offers an interesting and high quality menu using produce reared on the local Lowther Estate. With a comfortable seating area, meals can be served in the bar or in the dining room. To Book call 01768 865381. See www.georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk
Lots of other local eateries to suit any taste can be recommended. Please just ask.