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Exploring Ullswater and the Surrounding Area

It may not have the size of Windermere but Ullswater, as the second largest lake in the Lake District, could be said to have much more to recommend it.  Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery it’s 7.5 mile length makes it much more compact, meaning that with a little footwork it isn’t difficult to get magnificent […]

The historic market town of Appleby In Westmorland

The name of Appleby comes from the Norse for ‘place with apple trees’ which when you consider the town lies at a strategic crossing of the River Eden makes sense, at least biblically!  The town boasts plenty of history both old and new, from the well-preserved Norman Keep at the top of Boroughgate to being […]

The beautiful village of Dufton in the Eden Valley

Driving into Dufton you immediately feel the appeal of this sleepy fellside village. The village is dominated by views of the impressive Pennine range including Cross Fell, Great Dun Fell with the radar station, and Dufton Pike. Whilst in the village itself the distinctive sandstone buildings flank the village green with the iconic fountain and […]

Pedal, Power, Pamper – activity days out in the Eden

For those people who want a little bit more from their holiday here are a few suggestions of some activity days out in the Eden. Relaxing Spa Days For a fully relaxing day out why not book a spa day for 2 at the award winning Aqua Sana Spa.  Part of the Center Parcs resort […]

The North Pennines (AONB) – a special place to visit!

A special place to visit! The North Pennines is one of England’s most special places – a stunning, upland landscape of wide-open moors, flower-rich hay meadows, intimate woods, inky-black night skies, charismatic wildlife, fascinating industrial heritage, tumbling rivers and dramatic waterfalls. Here you will find a peaceful, unspoilt landscape with a rich history and vibrant […]

Grand Canyon of the North

One of the many reasons people visit the Eden Valley is for the peace and tranquility away from the crowded Lake District.  Whether walking or cycling you will find the lanes and footpaths much less trodden in this part of Cumbria. The walking may not be quite so high, but that doesn’t make it any […]

Award Winning Cumbrian Food

Michelin Star Winners 2020 With 3 restaurants in Cumbria newly awarded 1 Michelin Star the area has much to recommend for those seeking culinary delights. Together with the 4 existing star holders the region now boasts 7 restaurants with a total of 8 stars. The new 2020 Michelin award winners are The Cottage in the […]

Romantic breaks for couples in Cumbria

Valentine’s Day comes once a year, but at Dufton Barn Holidays you can enjoy a couples break for any special occasion at any time of the year. Romantic Retreat We have everything you need for a perfect romantic retreat whenever you choose to celebrate your special anniversary, birthday, or kids free break! We cater for […]

National (Trust) Treasures

On 12 January 2020 The National Trust celebrates 125 years of protecting and caring for special places across the UK. Beatrix Potter was a great supporter and needless to say Cumbria has its share of beautiful places to visit with whole areas of the landscape in the ownership of the Trust. Here is a selection […]