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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Arts & Crafts Event, from 4 Apr 2019

Whittling Wildlife with Dave Harter - Bushcraft

Whittling Wildlife with Dave Harter - Bushcraft

Its hard to believe a complete beginner can make one of these in a day - (but true!)


Dave Harter is an accomplished whittler with many years’ experience - during this course he will teach you traditional hand carving and whittling skills, using craft knives and other specialist hand tools provided, to enable you to complete a carved bird in a day with a smooth type finish. Some of you may prefer to keep this stylised finish though David will show how plumage details can be refined using pyrography - transforming your bird into a life like model.

There are two types of wood ideal for carving;
The beautiful native lime, and the more exotic Jelutong. Greystoke is blessed with two excellent wood yards in the vicinity, which supply both hard and exotic woods perfect for carving. During the day Dave will divulge the location of these yards.

Many people find the tactile nature of whittling in wood quite soothing and therapeutic.

The use of very small 'low tech' tools etc is particularly relaxing. For the last four consecutive years his carvings have achieved Three Gold, Five Silver, and One Bronze awards at the National Bird Carving Championships held annually in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Whittling is a hobby which is enjoyable, therapeutic and richly rewarding in a sense of personal achievement.

We are able to supply gift vouchers by email for any of our courses where there is availability, these make lovely presents. If you can't decide which course to choose we can supply Open Quirky Workshop Vouchers to pop inside a card.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 4 Apr 2019 09:30 to 16:30
Sun 26 May 2019 09:30 to 16:30
Sun 28 Jul 2019 09:30 to 16:30
Mon 26 Aug 2019 09:30 to 16:30
The Cycle Cafe is a family-run tea garden open in 2018 in June July and August to those able to walk from the village car park on Friday afternoons 12-6pm, Saturday and Sundays 10-6pm .
If you are a cyclist on the C2C or End to End or just passing we can hopefully offer something each day June July or August 10-6pm if we are about and available. Seasonal opening only.


£75 including a lovely 2 course lunch.Reduced child prices may be avilable- please ask - from 15 years upwards.


  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member

We have a ground floor toilet but not wide enough for wheelchair access.


CA11 0UT


Plan route to Greystoke Cycle Cafe using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 439312  Lat: 54.67273 Long: -2.87142

On the C2C Cycle route 200 yds north of Greystoke village green, direction Blencowe. We welcome all cyclists and walkers and ask all those with cars to walk the 350yds from the village car park around the Greystoke Castle walls.
We can offer parking in our driveway to cycle support vehicles and those attending our workshop days.

Penrith railway station 5 miles.

Parking: free

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp


  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesChildren's menu


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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