Waitby winter wonderland

Take a look at how the snow has transformed the Eden Valley into a magical wonderland. Parts of Cumbria have had an immensely tough time of it recently – many are still reeling from the onslaught of the flooding. But the area is still very much open for business and it is amazing how the more »

Kirkby Stephen’s railway heritage

It is impossible to ignore the legacy of the railways on the countryside surrounding Kirkby Stephen and Waitby School. There are many walks along disused railway tracks, and we have the working line that passes just in front of the school, from which we are occasionally treated to the splendid sight more »

A short visit photo diary

  The last few days have been absolutely beautiful, with perfect temperatures and plenty of sunshine illuminating the lush June countryside. Our resident photographer, Ms Waitby School Junior, or Gracie_HB as she is also known, has been busy taking lots of photos, which we thought we more »

What’s on near Waitby in Winter

From Marmalade to cycling, from film festivals to local walks, from classic vehicles to modern art, there’s a lot going on near Waitby School in the next few months. Here’s some highlights… Marmalade…Mmmm For the past eight years, Dalemain has created and hosted The World’s Original Marmalade more »

Britain’s Finest competition winner

In Autumn last year, Waitby School organised a competition in partnership with our friends at Britain’s Finest. The prize was a long weekend at Waitby, complete with Champagne, chocolates and a voucher for a local restaurant. Congratulations to our prize-winner, David Clarke. We know you will more »

Social hiking at Waitby with Paul Steele and friends

In November, Waitby School hosted the first of what we hope will be many Bald Hiker Social Hikes. Organised by the Bald Hiker, world-famous travel blogger Paul Steele, the aim of these weekends is to socialise and enjoy the countryside. “I get asked many times if I would help introduce people to more »

From our younger guests…

We’ve had some wonderful feedback over the years (see our testimonials), but one of the most uplifting things that we get to do is to read the views and stories of the children who have stayed at Waitby School over the years. Gracie has left a book in the school desk and some little messages, more »

A day at Waitby School in pictures and video

Today we’ve had a normal day at Waitby. Nothing unusual at all. We woke up, walked, drove around the Lakes, lunched and came home. But it has also been a wonderful day. So I thought I would share it, if only to give guests ideas for what to do when they stay here. And, as a person with a tendency more »

Appleby Castle reopens to the public

Appleby Castle has just reopened its gates to the public after a being shut for over a decade. For many years, we’ve stopped off at the imposing and tantalisingly chained up entrance to the 12th Century Grade I listed castle at the top end of Appleby’s main street, Boroughgate. I also took rather more »

Charity hoe down on August 17

This Saturday, (August 17, 2013), a charity hoe down is being organised at the Black Swan in Ravenstonedale to raise funds for the Macmillan nurses. One of the organisers explains: “Over the last few years there have been many people in the village that have been affected by cancer and therefore more »