Places to visit in Cumbria, the Eden Valley and the stunning Lake District

Places to visit in Cumbria

Dandelion and Hoglet Cottages are in such a great location for exploring Cumbria that it’s hard to choose the best places to visit.

For the traditionalists, there’s Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum at Grasmere, John Ruskin’s lake-side Brantwood House near Coniston and many Beatrix Potter attractions and highlights in and around South Lakeland.

Members of the National Trust have a huge selection of properties to choose from – Wordsworth’s Birthplace at Cockermouth is not as well-known as some while Acorn Bank near Temple Sowerby in the Eden Valley has a working mill, woodland walks and a famous herb garden.

Outdoor highlights in the Eden Valley and the Lake District National Park

Places to visit in Carlisle, Cumbria

For walkers, centres like Keswick, Ullswater and Caldbeck are a short drive away, opening up the fells around Derwentwater, the Helvellyn range and what’s known locally as the Back o’ Skiddaw. If you’ve never bagged a Wainwright, there are plenty of these Lake District peaks to choose from. The Cumbrian Way footpath also passes through Dalston so its gentler footpaths are on your doorstep.

Cyclists have plenty of options here too. The lanes and tracks around Dandelion and Hoglet are quiet and worth exploring, as are the various routes in and around the Eden Valley and the quieter rides north and west of Carlisle, looking out to the Solway Coast. The Coast-to-Coast cycle route heads from the Eden Valley into the North Pennines nearby and various Sustrans cycle ways criss-cross Cumbria.

Most routes can be planned out to have great tea rooms or pubs at the end of your day too.

For the more energetic, Whinlatter Forest (near Keswick) has graded mountain bike trails as well as a Go Ape high ropes attraction and Honister Slate Mine (between Buttermere and Derwentwater) has a Via Ferrata for those with nerves of steel.

Personal favourites on your Dalston doorstep

Tourist spots in and around Dalston, Carlisle

Kathreen and Mike have lived in Low Flanders since 2000 and have their own favourite places to recommend. They’re happy to let you know more and share directions so that you can explore for yourself.

  • Crumbs sandwich shop in the centre of Dalston offers great service and is an ideal spot to call into as you head off out for the day – just pick-up lunch and you can be as flexible as you like for the rest of your day.
  • Suziebou is a gift shop but it’s a lot more too with a huge selection of greetings cards and locally sourced homewares, fashion and accessories. It’s well worth a visit if you’re looking for a souvenir of your stay and want to buy local.
  • Five Senses Hideaway is a Dalston treasure with a range of therapies and treatments on offer. It’s a popular spot with 5* Trip Advisor reviews so well worth booking in advance of your stay.
  • The Country Kitchen Cafe in Dalston is an ideal place to warm up and have a cup of tea and a home-made scone after your adventures.