Things to See and Do
The Studio is a new venture based in the older (dated 1740) of Morland’s two old schools, which is now a large airy space with good light. Kate Brundrett and Jenny Brook - both artists themselves - run a large range of courses, some of which may well appeal to groups staying in Morland House. Among these are:
- Life Drawing classes. Fun activity for groups with nude models and (clothed) instructor. Prosecco and nibbles make a party atmosphere.
- Drawing in and from Morland House’s beautiful garden, also with an instructor.
- Pen and ink drawing.
- Painting with acrylics.
- Yoga and pilates for men and women.
- Dance classes. Learn the Lindy Hop, Jive, African Dance, Street Dance/Hip Hop or Belly Dancing. Fun for both male and female groups.
- Textile courses.
...plus many others, all of which can be tailored for your group. Speak to Kate or Jenny on 01931 714444 to discuss or get a quote.
Learn to make proper cocktails. Another new business, Unique Happy Days, is able to offer various experiences including cocktail-making classes for Morland House parties. Check the website or ring Jennie Riding on 07548 668152 to see what's on offer. Great fun.
Choose between lower-level walks in the rolling Eden Valley or higher-level walks in the nearby Lake District. The extensive network of footpaths and bridleways in the Eden Valley often have superb long views to the Lake District and Pennine hills. In the Lakes, Ullswater and Haweswater are only 20 minutes away, and Keswick (which sits between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake) is only 40 minutes away. Select walks from the many guide books or let us make suggestions.
On the doorstep, there are even four attractive circular walks from Morland of between 3 and 4 miles, described and mapped in a free guidebook.
The Eden Valley is increasingly recognised as a paradise for cyclists with its quiet country lanes and extensive bridleways. National Cycle Route 71 passes the gate, and there are exciting cycling opportunities in every direction passing through pretty villages and beautiful countryside. The popular Lands End to John o’Groats route passes nearby in one direction, as does the C2C in another.
If you would like a fun day out for your party, from clay pigeon shooting to rock climbing, contact Alex Darroch at Cumbrian Adventures on 07754 547444. He can arrange exactly what you want. You can also try Rookin House Farm at Troutbeck on the way to Keswick.
There is a levelled croquet lawn in the garden with equipment available for guests, including a rulebook for those who may need a refresher on the finer points.
Climb a Mountain
You have the whole of the Lake District fells and the Pennines to choose from. The easiest to reach are Blencathra beside the A66 to Keswick, and Helvellyn, the third highest Lakeland mountain, at the end of Ullswater.
You can fish for salmon and trout on the Eden (England’s second most prolific salmon river) and its tributaries, and in fishing lakes. We are grateful for the help of a fishing adviser whom you can consult about your particular requirements.
There are several golf courses in the area which welcome Pay and Play visitors, where you can enjoy spectacular views during your round, such as Penrith, Appleby and Keswick. Further away there is Silloth, which is a national-standard links course on the edge of the Solway Firth.
There are recognised and publicised circular routes in the Eden Valley using the network of bridleways. We can find a home for your own horse, given notice, or advise on where to hire one.
You can be brave and swim in the pool below the waterfall in the garden, and you can paddle in the beck with care. There are well-equipped indoor pools at Appleby (recommended) and Penrith Leisure Centre, and a delightful outdoor pool in summer at Askham, 5 miles away.
There is a recently refurbished (albeit rather tight) court nearby at the Village Hall in Morland, and two at Hackthorpe (4 miles).
Have a luxurious Spa Day at the Aqua Sana in Whinfell Forest Center Parc (3 miles), from only £69.
Shopping and Sightseeing
The nearest city is Carlisle with a wide range of national shops, the cathedral and the castle, (24 miles, 35 minutes up the M6). Penrith also has a wide range of independent shops and some nice cafes. It also has Sainsburys, Morrisons, Aldi, Booths, and the Cumbrian Food Hall of local firm Cranstons (8 miles, 15 minutes). Appleby, the old county town of Westmorland, has a wonderful high street, Boroughgate, stretching from the castle at the top to the church at the bottom (7 miles, 15 minutes). Kendal also has a wide range of interesting shops, Abbott Hall Art Gallery, and the Brewery Arts Centre. Keswick is the outdoor retail centre of Europe, on the edge of Derwentwater.
Visit an Attraction
The Eden Valley is crammed with historic houses and buildings, animal attractions and other points of interest:
- Morland Church
- Dalemain (country house)
- Ullswater Steamers
- Hutton-in-the-Forest (country house)
- Eden Valley Railway
- Acorn Bank House & Garden (National Trust)
- The Alpaca Centre
- Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
- Rheged Visitor Centre (films, shops, play areas)
- Little Salkeld Watermill (restored, working breadmill, tearoom)
- Mountain Momentum (guided hill walks, cycling, climbing, scrambling)
- King Arthur’s Round Table
- Mayburgh Henge
- Eden Millennium Monument