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Would you Adam and Eve it if we said this site is a little piece of Lake District paradise? We think you might: Drybeck Farm has luxury glamping on a riverside in the heavenly Eden Valley; handcrafted yurts with handpicked vintage furniture; farm stock to buy for breakfast hampers, a wood-fired hot tub and even the option to be picked up from the station by horse and carriage – Arnie-like, you might be beck.
This is a site for those intrepid glampers who like to get back to nature, but don’t see why that means they shouldn’t be able to have a luxury tailor-made holiday or a hot shower (with shower gel, shampoo and conditioner included, ta very much). It’s also one for the environmentally conscious with quirky compost loos, shower water recycled to use in the garden, and even the aforementioned lotions in the shower all firmly eco-friendly. The traditional Mongolian yurts are handcrafted by a local company and have a woodburning stove for added toastiness.
You’ll be sharing this tiny and traditional farm site with four-legged residents including rare breed cows, pigs and horses, as well as the two-legged egg providers for your breakfast hamper: home-produced sausages and dry-cured bacon included as well as the fresh free range eggs. The farm shop also sells basic supplies for additional frying up over the campfire, or take a wander down the road among the spectacular scenery to sample some real ale and pub grub at one of the village inns in nearby Armathwaite.
Finally surfaced from your yurt/the hot tub and ready to explore off site? Paula and the Drybeck Farm team have sheaves of info on what to do locally; they can also arrange bike hire for guests, and push you in the right direction for some of the area’s prettiest pedals.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Mountain biking nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Brampton (Cumbria): Market Place Bus Stop — 8.3 miles
8.3 miles Carlisle Bus Station — 8.5 miles
8.5 miles Penrith Bus Station — 10.9 miles
- Train stations
Armathwaite Rail Station — 1.1 miles
1.1 miles Wetheral Rail Station — 5.1 miles
5.1 miles Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 5.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing — 15.0 miles
15.0 miles Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
17.9 miles Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 20.7 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 44.3 miles
Drybeck is easily reached by both road and rail. From the north, leave the M6 at Junction 42 and follow the A6 south towards Penrith. After approximately six miles take the left turn signposted for Armathwaite. When you arrive at a T-junction, after a mile and a half turn right into Armathwaite village. In the centre of the village keep straight on towards Wetheral and after one mile turn right, signposted Low House and Drybeck. After 300 yards you will find Drybeck on the right on a sharp left-hand bend.
From the south, leave the M6 at Junction 41. Take the fourth exit off the roundabout signposted for Penrith and Carlisle. At the next roundabout take the second exit on to the A6 north towards Carlisle. After approximately seven miles take the right turn signposted for Armathwaite and follow the directions as above.
We can arrange pickups from Armathwaite station on the Carlisle-Settle line, the trains on which also serve Leeds, and from Penrith or Carlisle on the London – Glasgow west coast main line. If you would like to arrive in style we can pick you up from Armathwaite station by horse and carriage.
You’ll be on cloud nine with the heavenly options abounding in this region, whether you want to potter about on foot, by pedal or by hoof. Four-wheelers can get in the car on a mission to see as much of Cumbria and the Lake District’s historical attractions as poss, and trainspotters can take the Carlisle-Settle railway line north to Carlisle and south to the Eden Valley, Yorkshire Dales and onto Leeds. (Armathwaite, Drybeck Farm’s nearest village, has its own station on the Carlisle-Settle railway line twenty minutes’ walk away.)
If rambling locally, the River Eden and its valley are a gorgeous corner of Cumbria to amble around: it covers part of the Lake District National Park, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the North Pennines around Alston, and the lakes and mountains around Ullswater: boating, biking, bowling, swimming and golf are all nearby, or soak up some more sedate sightseeing on an Ullswater Steamer or on the South Tynedale Railway.
Those with less modern tastes have historical highlights aplenty around to keep them busy, from the Bronze Age stone circle of Long Meg and her daughters and the Ice Age stalactites at White Star Cave to the castle and cathedral of Carlisle. Come, see and conquer Hadrian’s Wall within easy driving distance, or stick to the Eden Valley to see the rock carvings in Armathwaite’s sandstone cliffs or Lacey’s Caves and the watermill near the village of Little Salkeld – the Drybeck team can provide maps and directions for most local walks.
Otherwise, pack a picnic with some local produce from the farmers’ markets and go off to spot the local wildlife – buzzards, kingfishers and deer can all be seen here – or drive off into the upper Eden Valley for marketeeing at Appleby and Kirkby Stephen. The Yorkshire Dales and Solway coast are both within easy driving distance for day trips among sand, fell and countryside.
- Carlisle Castle (9.0 miles)
- The Rheged Centre (12.2 miles)
- Birdoswald Roman Fort (13.0 miles)
- Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (13.6 miles)
- Allen Banks and Staward Gorge (19.7 miles)
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