Self-catering holidays in picturesque Cumbria
Cumbria, in the north west of England, has some of the most attractive and most picturesque holiday locations. Most of all it has the Lake District - home of the Romantic poets - an area of crags and lakes and tarns, now preserved as a national park. It is the ideal holiday destination for those who appreciate the beauties of the countryside and also for those who enjoy activity holidays in the hills - the area is a magnet for walkers.
Below is a photograph of the famous Castlerigg Stone Circle, close to Kewsick.
An ideal base for holidaying in the region is Hall Hills Farm, situated in lovely rolling countryside to the east of the Lake District with convenient access from the M6 motorway. Hall Hills Farm provides luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in tastefully converted stone barns that originally date back to the 17th century. The four and five star self-catering holiday homes have their own patios with uninterrupted views across the Roe Valley and are equipped to the highest standards. They are ideal either as a relaxing retreat or as a base for exploring the region, which includes not only the Lake District but also Caldbeck, Hesket, the historic city of Carlilse, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders.
There are four self-catering properties clustered around an attractive courtyard: Yan, Tan, Tethera and the Folly.
For further details and contact information see http://www.hallhills.co.uk
Activities in the vicinity of Hall Hills
There is a host of things to do, including the following:
Rheged Activity Centre
An award-winning centre housed in an unusual grass-covered building offers a wide range of activities for all the family. Five different films are shown on large screens throughout the day, and as well as a restaurant, shops and a children's play area there is a national mountaineering exhibition and a multi-media look through the eyes of the native Celts at the invading Romans. There is also a helpful tourist information centre for more info about the Lakes and Cumbria. It's on the A66 close to the junction with the M6 at Penrith.
Go Ape at Whinlatter
Go Ape is an award-winning high-wire forest adventure course with rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides sometimes as high as 40 feet up in the trees. Go Ape Whinlatter is about four miles west of Keswick along the A66 between Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake.
The area in the immediate vicinity of Hall Hills is ideal for leisurely bicycle rides along quiet winding roads through rolling countryside. For more of a challenge you could head to the hillier region of the Lakes. The official Keswick.org website has details of routes in its <i>What to see and do</i> section.
Hutton in the Forest
This is the legendary Green Knight's Castle in the Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It is a beautiful historic house set in magnificent grounds and situated midway between Hall Hills and Penrith.
One of the highlights of the 150-mile-long World Heritage Site that stretches from South Shields to Ravenglass is the Roman Army Museum close to the ancient Roman fort of Vindolanda. The museum has real-life treasures plus fantastic replicas and an Eagle's Eye film giving a virtual tour of this part of Hadrian's Wall. It is situated between Brampton and Haltwhistle on the A69.
High Head sculpture valley and spa
Life-size sculptures imaginatively arranged in a natural woodland valley alongside an attractive walkway only a stone's throw from Hall Hills. In addition to the sculptures there is also an art exhibition, tea room and farm shop. There is also a spa and sauna with a wide range of massages, therapies and beauty treatments to pamper yourself.
The busy Lake District town of Keswick with its attractive market square is only a 20-minute drive away heading west along a scenic route through picturesque Cumbrian hamlets. On the way you could visit the Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle (pictured below) which dates back to 3,000BC. Coming along the A66 from Hall Hills you need to turn left along the old road that passes the stones before continuing into Keswick.
Hall Hills.co.uk self catering holiday accommodation in Cumbria.