Places to Visit and Things To Do


Self Catering Accommodation in South Cumbria


Places to Visit and Things To Do

There are places to visit, things to see and activities to suit a wide variety of interests in the South Lakes area. To try and list them all would be impossible so the information that follows is far from comprehensive but we hope it gives you a flavour of the breadth of activities you might enjoy during your stay at Hornsbarrow Farmhouse. I have put in links to websites that I hope you will find useful when planning your visit, for example


On the Doorstep

Whilst Hornsbarrow is well located for travelling to the Lakes, the Yorkshire Dales and North Lancashire there is plenty to do and see on our doorstep with beautiful scenery and walks that start from the front door.

The front of Hornsbarrow faces towards Hutton Roof Crags with Newbiggin Crags and Farleton Knott off to the right. These Crags form part of the ‘Limestone Link’ that runs through this part of Cumbria. There are footpaths leading from Hornsbarrow to the Crags or alternatively it is possible to drive and park on the roadside between the two sets of Crags.

From the Crags you have 360° views that take in the Lakeland Mountains, Ingleborough, Morecambe Bay, the Middleton and Barbon Fells that are part of the Lune Valley, the Lancaster to Kendal Canal and in the far distance Blackpool Tower. There is an abundance of wildlife on the Crags including wild deer and the habitat is ideal for ground nesting birds in the Spring and early Summer.

For those guests who have an interest in vintage vehicles, cars or commercials, you should to speak to Andy the co-owner of Hornsbarrow. His hobby is restoring and exhibiting his vehicles and he owns two lorries that have both won the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society London to Brighton Run twice. He has also competed in Historic Endurance Rally Organisation events with his cars.


Bring Your Own Classic Car on Holiday

Hornsbarrow has good off road car parking for several cars and is equipped for minor repairs should your vehicle need attention. As the owner is a classic car and commercial vehicle enthusiast he knows how important this can sometimes be. There is also a good infrastructure of restorers and classic repair specialists in the local area.

Pre-prepared driving routes are available ranging from simple routes marked on large scale maps to routes described by tulips. Most routes suggest coffee, lunch or tea stops and there are many good quality restaurants in the area.

Stirling Moss co-wrote a book describing some of the best driving tours in the area including the high passes such as Wrynose and Hard Knott - this book is available to borrow during your stay.

We can suggest routes and roads suitable for most levels of drivers from the most adventurous to the more sedate. Little known roads abound in the area, Barbondale, Dentdale and Kingsdale are very local and should not be missed. The western lakes present empty unspoilt roads with dramatic scenery and enough places of interest to fill many days touring.


Kirkby Lonsdale

Just three miles from Hornsbarrow is the historic and picturesque market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Again it is possible, by taking a combination of footpaths and bridleways, to walk from Hornsbarrow to Kirkby Lonsdale. However, I would suggest taking the car and parking at Devils Bridge – a famous landmark in the area and very popular with visitors and motorcyclists particularly at the weekends.

From Devils Bridge you can walk alongside the River Lune up into Kirkby Lonsdale via the ‘Radical Steps’. This brings you out on ‘The Brow’ where to your right you will find ‘Ruskins View’. Ruskin was of the opinion that this view was the best in England and it was later painted by Turner.

By retracing your steps you will find yourself in the churchyard and if you take the path past the front of the church (St Mary’s has some interesting carved stone pillars inside that are well worth a look) this will take you through an attractive wrought iron arch with gates and out onto the main street of Kirkby Lonsdale.


Turning to your left after leaving the churchyard will take you along the main street of Kirkby Lonsdale where you will find many interesting shops on your walk towards ‘The Square’. There are several cafes and inns in Kirkby Lonsdale to cater for all food tastes many of them specialising in producing dishes from locally sourced food.

Kirkby Lonsdale hosts several events during the year with weekly markets on a Thursday, monthly Antiques and Collectibles auctions, an annual Brass Band Competition, the Christmas Fair over the first weekend in December and The Lunesdale Agricultural Show on the second Tuesday in August. For further information on Kirkby Lonsdale click on the website

To return to your car leave the square via Jingling Lane and follow the footpath back to Devils Bridge.



By taking the A683 from Devils Bridge towards Sedbergh you will find signs for Barbon. Follow the road past the church in Barbon and you will soon find yourself on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales in Barbondale.

This is an unspoilt area with many superb walks over the fells and the chance of seeing many different species of birds including kestrels and buzzards.

The road through Barbondale eventually brings you to the lovely village of Dent with its cobbled streets.

From Dent you can travel deeper into the Dales or visit Dent station that is on the Settle Carlisle line. Alternatively you can head towards Sedbergh.



Sedbergh is a Book Town for England with several bookshops catering for a very wide range of literary tastes as well as some specialising in rare and antique books.

As you head north out of Sedbergh there is a sign for Farfield Mill. This was originally a woollen mill for the area and there is still an original loom producing rugs from the fleeces of the indigenous Rough Fell and Herdwick sheep. However, Farfield is also home to several ‘artists’ who work and display their products in the mill. In addition there is a gallery that houses visiting exhibitions. If you are unfortunate enough to have a wet day during your visit I would certainly recommend a visit to Farfield. Click on the ‘things to do and places to go’ link on the website for more information about Sedbergh and its surrounding areas.


Agricultural Shows - sadly these have been cancelled in 2020 due to Covid 19

During the summer months local agricultural shows provide an opportunity for the widespread farming communities to gather together to ‘show’ their livestock and other farm produce. The largest of these shows is the Westmorland County Show that is always held on the second Thursday in September.

Greenholme Show, Orton – second Saturday in June

Cartmel Show – first Wednesday in August

Appleby Show - third Saturday in August

Brough show – third Thursday in August

Barbon Show and sheepdog Trials – third Saturday in August – 5 miles from Hornsbarrow

Ravenstonedale Show – third Saturday in August

Hawkshead Show – third Tuesday in August

Selside and Grayrigg Show – last Thursday in August

Westmorland County Show, Crooklands – second Thursday in September – 4 miles from Hornsbarrow



Ingleton is 9 miles from Hornsbarrow along the A65. Here you can participate in numerous outdoor activities as described on the website . Ingleton and its surrounding countryside are home to the beautiful White Scar Caves, Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle Carlisle line, the Ingleton Waterfalls Walk and of course Ingleborough the best known of the three peaks.



Morecambe Bay is the closest coast to Hornsbarrow with the pretty villages of Arnside and Silverdale on the River Kent estuary. Leighton Moss, an RSPB reserve is also nearby. Again there are many wonderful walks in and around this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as well as some charming cafes and gift shops such as the Posh Sardine on Arnside promenade. .



The ‘auld grey town’ of Kendal is said by many to be the gateway to the Lakes. Just 9 miles from Hornsbarrow it is the largest town in the area and is well worth a visit. The website gives a wealth of information about the town and its history. Don’t forget to sample the world famous Kendal Mint Cake.


The Lake District

The Lake District is the jewel in the crown of Cumbria. The nearest lake to Hornsbarrow is Windermere (18 miles) with the northern Lake District easily accessible via the M6. A favourite outing of ours is to take the M6 to Penrith (quite easily the most spectacular scenery on any motorway route in the country) and then head for Ullswater either to walk or take a steamer trip on the lake. To return home follow the side of the lake and pass through Patterdale continuing past Brothers Water and over Kirkstone Pass to Windermere and then home. Visit for additional information on the Lake District.


The Yorkshire Dales

I have already made some references to places to visit in the Dales but the website will give you more comprehensive information.


Other useful websites