Here are some useful links to help you plan your visit. Keep on checking back; the list is a work in progress and the food links in particular just keep on growing – no wonder we have to walk so much…

If you have any suggestions as to links we should post, please contact us.

Attractions and places to visit

Kendal Museum: This museum’s collections include local archaeology, history, geology and natural history from around the globe. It also hosts exhibitions, displays and offers a range of activities.

Kirkby Stephen: Website showing what’s on in the local area, as well as providing useful phone numbers.

Yorkshire Dales National Park: News, maps and other information on the national park.

Settle-Carlisle Railway: Tells you everything you need to know about this renowned scenic route, including ticket prices and train times.

Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry: Takes you back through time to explore the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants.

Bowes Museum: The Bowes Museum houses the greatest collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England. Great fun.

Hill Top: A visit to Beatrix Potter’s former home and garden is both fascinating and moving.

Wensleydale Creamery: Learn more about this famous cheese and try it for yourself.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway: Travel by steam from Ravenglass to Dalegarth. The trains were slightly smaller than we expected, but we still fitted in… Just.

Outdoor and activity

Walking Make the most of your time at Waitby School and don’t waste valuable holiday time – buy your guides online and plan your walks before you arrive with For inspiration, check out the Yorkshire or Northwest walking guides, as well as the company’s in-house written guides, including great books for children.

Paragliding: No, we haven’t done this. Yet.

Golf: This course is in nearby Ravenstonedale.

Angling: Angling, tuition, smokehouse and tea rooms – even if you aren’t an avid angler, it is worth visitng the Bessy Beck Trout Fishery.


Walk in the trees: We haven’t tried this yet, but it appeals because the minimum age is five years old.

Food and drink

King’s Head, Ravenstonedale: Book dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

Appleby Creamery: Our absolute favourite cheese is the Eden Smokie – amazing.  Try it!

Orton Farmers’ Market: Buy your local produce direct.

Brough Farmers’ Market: Venison, lamb, sausages, fudge, cakes – heaven.

The Bridge, Temple Sowerby. Stylish venue, well thought out menu. Good food: try it.

The Inn at Brough,Elegant, contemporary renovation of a Georgian coaching inn, with menu to match.

Shopping and miscellaneous

The Linen Press: suppliers of our linen and towels.

Haughey Antiques: Fine antiques and works of art.

The Wainwright Society: Keeping the fellwalking traditions promoted by Wainwright alive.