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

Amazing underground waterfalls at White Scar Caves

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 more »

A day at Waitby School in pictures and video

Sunrise from my bed

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 more »

Appleby Castle reopens to the public

Suits of armour flank a doorway

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 more »

Orchids, wildflowers, birds and wildlife

Orchid at Waitby Greenriggs

May and June might seem a long time away, but we're looking foward to the orchids and other wildflowers that are right on our doorstep at Waitby Greenriggs Nature Reserve. My recent visit to Azerbaijan included fascinating stays in Qabala in the mountains and Baku on the coast of the Caspian Sea. more »

Visiting Appleby-in-Westmorland


A short drive from Waitby and Kirkby Stephen takes you to Appleby-in-Westmorland, which nestles within a large river bend formed by the looping meanderings of the Eden. This beautiful market town and its ancient roots have a history that stretches back a thousand years or more. From the more »

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