Things to do...
Walks & Hikes from the doorstep
There are plenty of walking books and OS maps for you to borrow in Glen Bank.
High Cup Nick
High Cup Nick is classed as one of the most spectacular walks in the whole of England. The dramatic and unique geological formation provides magnificent views although it is quite a tough climb in places. 12 miles from Glen Bank – Duration: 6 hours 8 miles from Dufton – Duration: 4 hours. Encompasses part of the Pennine Way.
Dufton Pike is a wonderful walk following the path down to the beck and following the track up to Dufton Ghyll woods and on to Dufton village. From Dufton the climb which initially starts as a gradual ascent then climbs steeply to the top of the pike. The views are tremendous. Encompasses part of the Pennine Way.
6.5 miles – Duration 3 hours
Flakebridge is a woodland and small hamlet in the Eden District, Cumbria. The woodland covers 500 acres and is known locally for its tranquility and beauty. A gentle walk through Flakebridge woods and on into the Nature Reserve is highly recommended during your stay at Glen Bank. An absolute must when the woods are carpeted in bluebells.
Aira Force and Gowbarrow
Aira Force is a stunning walk, head towards the thunderous waterfalls. Pass through the beautiful woodland with green ferns and evergreen specimen conifers that rise over open glades.
Then you will emerge from the confines of the gorge to enjoy amazing views over Ullswater from Gowbarrow.
Where Food Lovers Eat...
The George and Dragon is a country estate pub in the heart of the Lowther Estate.
It was comprehensively restored and refurbished in 2008 by Charles Lowther and his family to become a showcase for classic country cooking using ingredients from the family farms and kitchen gardens at sister establishment Askham Hall just down the road.
Having won multiple awards for it’s cuisine, accommodation and field to fork ethos, it has established itself as a regional dining destination. Friendly approachable staff, a fantastic wine list, real ales, 3 wood fires and and a cosy, stylish atmosphere make it a place we recommend.
The Bridge cooks elegant, clean and honest food from classic bistro dishes such as steak frites to a simple sandwich served in artisan bread.
Husband-and-wife team Matthew & Louise have created an excellent dining experience with an amazing service team.
Always willing to help with anything from special dietary needs to a special table ensures your visit to The Bridge is an enjoyable one.
Askham Hall is a stunning grade I listed Pele Tower dating back to the 13th century, Askham Hall has recently been transformed from a stately family home into a stylish and contemporary luxury retreat.
A Michelin starred restaurant and private gardens are also available. This is a great place to visit for lunch or dinner for a special treat.
The Stag Inn, which stands in the heart of Dufton village overlooking the green, was built in 1703 as an inn with solid oak beams. The present owners still uphold the centuries-old tradition of friendly hospitality and good beer.
This is a classic country pub – and very ‘walker friendly’ – with a large cast-iron range warming the main bar, an open fireplace in the smaller lounge and a comfortable dining room to the rear serving a wide choice of meals.
Ivy House Stables is located in the beautiful Lake District with top class facilities for stallions, youngstock, mares and foals. Ivy House Stables offers a range of expert, specialised services from their AI Centre.
Emma Greenland is a DEFRA Approved AI Technician and offers the services of semen collection from Ivy House Stables stallions, as well as insemination from outside stallions, and semen freezing in conjunction with West Kington Stud.
Cycling in the Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of the country you can enjoy. From gentle country lanes and flat cycle paths skirting alongside a lake to long-distance trails and iconic mountain ascents that will challenge even the most experienced cyclist. The Lake District is the perfect cycling experience.
The ideal environment also for off-roaders and mountain bikers, with a range of challenging trails at Grizedale and Whinlatter forests as well as plenty that will test and improve your riding skills. You don’t even have to bring bikes with you, with plenty of spots that will rent them – including electric bikes.
See below for more information.