Ireby is a tiny, peaceful farming village perched on the northernmost tip of the Lake District National Park. It is well away from noise and bustle but within easy reach of some of the most beautiful and tranquil lakes and fells.

The old church at IrebyWalking
Stroll straight out of Woodlands for picturesque walks along the lanes, perhaps to the 13th century old Ireby church or to neighbouring villages of High Ireby, Torpenhow, Uldale, Boltongate or Caldbeck.   

It’s an easy climb up nearby Binsey, the smallest of the Wainwright fells.

 

Blencathra

Hills and Fells
The Northern Fells provide a dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape.  This is the area known as ‘back o’ Skiddaw’ and the highest fell is a very popular climb for many of our guests.  Less well known but equally beautiful and majestic are the Uldale and Caldbeck Fells: Great Scafell, Little and Great Cockup, Binsey and Blencathra. 

Dodd Hill is an easy climb that rewards you with spectacular views over both Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lakes and there is always the chance you may see the ospreys on the way.  All are well worth exploring and provide walks and climbs of varying levels of difficulty that suit all tastes.

Lakes
Peaceful Bassenthwaite Lake is less than 5 miles away and Derwentwater, Buttermere, Loweswater, Crummock Water, Grasmere, Thirlmere, Rydal water and Ullswater can all be reached within a 30 minute drive.

Bassenthwaite LakeCaldbeck Common

 

Bird Watching
Less than 5 miles from Woodlands at Bassenthwaite Lake is England’s only pair of nesting ospreys.  You can either visit Whinlatter Forest Park to see the osprey nest on the webcam or alternatively climb part way up Dodd Hill on the other side of the lake where there are telescopes that help you view the nest and the birds in flight.

The Solway Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty is a haven for many sea birds and waders and the RSPB nature reserves of Campfield Marsh, Haweswater, St Bees Head and Hodbarrow are all within easy striking distance.

Last but not least are the birds that visit and live in the Woodlands garden.  They include finches, tits, tree sparrows, woodpeckers, swallows, wrens, doves, blackbirds, thrushes, crows, owls and ravens, to name but a few. The spring is a time of frantic nesting activity followed by a host of fledglings being fed and learning to fly.

Other Activities
The lively market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth are both within a 30 minute drive.  Visit Wordsworth House at Cockermouth or take the Jennings Brewery Tour.  In Keswick the Pencil Museum, the Motor Museum and Honister slate mine are always popular outings.  The Mire House and grounds on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake are well worth a visit.  We are also within easy reach of the restored Georgian harbour at Whitehaven, Silloth and the Solway Coast and Carlisle with its famous castle and beautiful cathedral.

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