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CALDBECK

Caldbeck is one of the most beautiful and peaceful of all the Lakeland villages and is ideally situated for exploring the Lake District, the Scottish Borders, the Eden Valley and the North Pennines. The village and the surrounding area have so much to offer everyone. Many of the village buildings were built in the 17th Century and are now housing new enterprises catering for visitors and locals alike. Superb walking exists within easy reach of the village catering for all levels. This together with excellent places to stay including Bed & Breakfast (B&B) and Holiday Cottage accommodation, and with numerous places to eat and drink, this really is a great place to spend some time.

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Wallace Lane Farm guest lounge

Wallace Lane Farm

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £75-£80 prpn

Monkhouse Hill Living Room

Monkhouse Hill Cottages

Self-catering with 10 units, £450-£3300 pupw sleeps 2-14

Heated showers and toilets

Wallace Lane Farm Campsite

Holiday & Camping Park with 12 pitches, £15-£16 ptpn

Chimney Gill

Chimney Gill

Self-catering with 1 unit, £646-£1616 pupw sleeps 2-12

Overwater Hall Hotel

Overwater Hall Hotel

Country House Hotel with 11 rooms, £55-£135 pppnb

Denton House

Denton House

Guest House with 7 rooms, £32-£43 pppnb

Lane Head Apartment

Lane Head Apartment

Self-catering with 1 unit, £235-£340 pupw sleeps 1-4

Wallace Lane Farm Glamping Caravans

Wallace Lane Farm Glamping Cabins

Alternative Accommodation with 3 units, £70-£100 pupn sleeps 4 , £75 pupw sleeps 1-4

Threshing Barn

Threshing Barn at Beech House Holidays

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£350 pupn sleeps 8

Hall Hills

Hall Hills

Self-catering with 5 units, £420-£1100 pupw sleeps 2-6

THINGS TO DO

Calbeck and the surrounding areas offer many attractions which cater for all ages and interests. Check out where to visit during your stay.

 

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Hesta Scene?

Hesta Scene?

Caldbeck (0 miles, 0 km)

The idea is for a working studio gallery showcasing a unique range of work from post-graduate students and established artists/makers, hence the name Hesta Scene? (hesta is 'have you' in Cumbrian dialect).

Fairfield

Wandering Aengus Treks

Wigton (2 miles, 3 km)

Wandering Aengus are based in the Lake District and we are the specialists in self-guided Lake District walking holidays.

WHAT'S ON

There are a variety of events taking place in Caldbeck and the surrounding area. Check out what is on during your visit here and browse the events of most interest to you.

 

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Surrounding Area

Hutton-in-the-Forest
Wigton

CULTURE & HERITAGE

St Kentigern's Church, Caldbeck
The Priest's Mill, Caldbeck

Caldbeck is named after the river on which it stands – the Cold Beck. The river once supported many industrial processes – milling, fulling, bobbin making, paper manufacture and brewing – and contributed towards making the village the industrial hub of the area. There were two corn mills, known as King’s Mill and Priest’s Mill (the latter now home to several thriving craft enterprises); a woollen mill which once produced the coarse cloth for John Peel’s ‘coat so grey’; two fulling mills to process the coarse cloth, a flax mill, paper mill, four wood-turning mills and a bobbin mill (the picturesque ruins of which can still be seen at The Howk). Caldbeck also had its own brewery, now part of a house but still recognisable with its tall square cornered chimney.

However, the most important industry (after farming) was mining. In Elizabethan times, it was said that ‘Caldbeck and Caldbeck Fells are worth all England else’ because of the huge wealth derived from its precious mineral reserves. At least 20 different ores were mined here over 400 years, including silver, copper, lead, zinc, barytes, tungsten and other rare minerals. The first miners were German, invited here by Elizabeth I for their superior knowledge of mineral extraction and eventually integrating into the local communities. Many miners lived in villages and hamlets surrounding the Caldbeck Fells, walking daily to their 8-hour shifts in the mines and returning at night. Mining activity was at its peak during the Industrial Revolution with high demand for lead and copper, but by the late 19th century, the ore veins were becoming exhausted and most mines closed as it became uneconomic to work them. There was a brief resurgence in the early 1900s for barytes and tungsten, but by the 1960s all mining had ceased.

St Kentigern’s Church, Caldbeck

This 12th century church is one of a cluster of churches in the area dedicated to the 6th century saint, who probably preached at the nearby well that bears his alternative name, St Mungo. One of its earliest relics is the 13th century grave slab cover of Thomas de Bray (on view in the chancel). Outside, the churchyard contains the elaborate grave of John Peel, the famous huntsman immortalised in the poem ‘D’ye ken John Peel’.

The Howk Bobbin Mill, Caldbeck

A limestone gorge provides the setting for a 19th-century bobbin mill that was in operation between 1857 and 1924. The remains of a coppice shed and the main mill building are still standing. At one end is the huge wheel pit that once housed the ‘Red Rover, a giant waterwheel that drew visitors from far and wide to admire its size (dismantled during World War II). The Howk was one of the most northerly bobbin mills in Cumbria, utilising coppiced wood grown in nearby woodlands.

Ireby Old Church

Standing alone in a field to the west of Ireby is the remarkable sight of this isolated chancel (all that remains of the original 12th century church). The 1½ mile (2.4 km) trek every Sunday must have been too much for the villagers, so in 1845 work started on a new church closer to home, with the building materials coming from the demolished nave and north aisle of the old church. A 14th century grave slab was also taken to the new church of St James (built into the porch wall), along with the font with its unusual carved roundels.

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