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- Small, eco-friendly farm site a mile from Armathwaite
- On the banks of the Eden River for wild swims
- Wood-fired hot tub on site; station pickups available
Could this be a little piece of Lake District paradise? Indeed it could: Drybeck Farm is on a riverside in the heavenly Eden Valley, with a wood-fired hot tub and even the option to be picked up from the station by horse and carriage…
This is a site for those intrepid folk who like to get back to nature, but don’t see why that means they shouldn’t be able to have 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.
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 chickens that sometimes provide fresh free-range eggs for sale. For additional foodie bits, take a wander down the road among the spectacular scenery to pick up bits from the village shop or sample some real ale and pub grub at one of the village inns in Armathwaite, a mile away.
Finally surfaced from 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. If you've got a tad warm on your travels, a refreshing wild swim in the Eden river upon return should sort you out.
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Leisure on park
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on park
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Barbecue grills allowed
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Electric car charging point(s)
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Propane/gas cylinders available
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Public transportation nearby
Tiny (1-10 sites)
Cycle hire nearby
Horseback riding nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
- Coach stations
Brampton (Cumbria): Market Place Bus Stop
— 13.3 kilometres
13.3 kilometres Carlisle Bus Station — 13.7 kilometres
13.7 kilometres Penrith Bus Station — 17.6 kilometres
- Train stations
Armathwaite Rail Station
— 1.8 kilometres
1.8 kilometres Wetheral Rail Station — 8.2 kilometres
8.2 kilometres Lazonby & Kirkoswald Rail Station — 8.9 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Pooley Bridge Ullswater Ferry Landing
— 24.2 kilometres
24.2 kilometres Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 28.9 kilometres
28.9 kilometres Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 33.4 kilometres
Newcastle International Airport
— 71.2 kilometres
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.
Pickups can be arranged 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, request to be picked 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 marketeering 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 (14.4 kilometres)
- The Rheged Centre (19.7 kilometres)
- Birdoswald Roman Fort (21.0 kilometres)
- Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill (22.0 kilometres)
- Allen Banks and Staward Gorge (31.7 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does Drybeck Farm have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Drybeck Farm dog friendly? Yes View all features
- What attractions are near Drybeck Farm? 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 … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Drybeck Farm?
Camping and touring Arrive: 1 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Depart by: noon On-site accommodation Arrive: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Depart by: 10 a.m.
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