The picturesque and historic village of Caldbeck is the most northerly village in the Lake District National Park and one of the most remote. There are a number of attractions for visitors which are worth some exploring. Around the village centre you will find the attractive St Kentigern’s church and next door is Priest’s Mill, a former cornmill which has been well restored as an arts, crafts and gifts centre including The Watermill Cafe. A short riverside walk leads from the car park to the mill.
A short riverside walk in the opposite direction from the car park leads to The Howk, an impressive limestone gorge containing a picturesque waterfall and an old Bobbin Mill ruin. On the edge of the village above the car park is the large green and pond which provides a pleasant place to stroll and relax. Refreshments can also be obtained at the village shop, the Oddfellows Arms pub and The Old Smithy Tea Room. Free car park and public toilets in the village.
Continue along the open road which gradually descends with pleasant surrounding moorland views. After approx 2.5 miles, a cattle grid marks the end of the open moor and the road continues through farmland. A further 1.3 miles takes you to the outskirts of Caldbeck village. Continue to the village centre and take a left turn on the B5299 towards Wigton, adjacent to the Old Smithy Tea Room. Continue a short distance, passing the attractive houses and stream on the left, to cross a larger river. The village car park is over the bridge on the left.
Another pretty and peaceful north Lakeland village which is worth a closer look. The main village surrounds the long attractive green with a number of interesting and historic buildings. The Old Crown pub overlooking the green is famous for being co-operatively owned by locals and home of the popular Hesket Newmarket Brewery. Further up the green is the village shop which incorporates a tea room and post office. Opposite the shop is Hesket Hall, a 17th century building with some interesting features and a large central chimney. Free car park.