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Places to Visit


Smithy Cottage B & B is well placed for visiting many places.  Our location is rural but the M6 is only four miles away giving ease of access to the lakes, Carlisle and the Borders, Northumberland and Hadrians Wall.  

We are surrounded by beautiful countryside waiting to be walked, climbed or cycled, but also have many beautiful small market towns which offer a range of different experiences, like the Georgian town of Cockermouth, the historic market town of Appleby and the lake side town of Keswick.


There are a range of AA award winning drives in the area, so if walking is not your thing you can enjoy the amazing vistas from the comfort of your car.


Whatever the weather there is always something to do here, and somewhere interesting to discover.  We are only too happy to help you plan your days and make the most of whatever time you have here.


Carlisle Castle            (www.english-heritage.org.uk)


Carlisle Race Course   race meetings and other events are held regularly

Dalemain                    historic mansion house and gardens

                                 (www.dalemain.com)


Hutton-in-the Forest  the  historic home & gardens of Lord & Lady Inglewood.                   

Lowther Castle           the enchanted ruin of a castle and its gardens which are                                               undergoing restoration.


Penrith                       the nearby historic market town known for its red sandstone                                        buildings has a ruined castle steeped in history, St Andrews                                          Church with its church yard and surrounding buildings. A                                                                                                 wide range of unique shops centred around the focal point of                                        the town clock. (www. penrithtown.co.uk)  


Rheged                      a visitor attraction hosting a wide range of retail units selling                                        the best of Cumbrian food and gifts.  The centre includes a                                                     3D cinema and several restaurants (www.rheged.com)


Ullswater                   explore one of England's most beautiful lakes with a  

                                 boat trip.  The boats operate throughout the year with a                                                          selection of seasonal trips including Christmas specials.                                                       (www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk)


Tullie House               Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

                                 (www.tulliehouse.co.uk)


The National Trust owns much land and many properties within the area, all of which are worthy of a visit.