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In The Area

Firstly, go for a stroll and discover the friendly market town of Brampton, explore the market place and excellent shops, pubs, cafe's and restaurants, all nearby. 

Brampton town hall

Brampton is a friendly market town in the NW of England, close to the Cumbria/Northumbria border. North of the magnificent Lake District National Park and close to Hadrian’s Wall and The Historical City of Carlisle. It is an ideal central base from which to explore stunning scenery and tremendous history. Why not check out the Discover Brampton website for lots of information on things to do and places to visit.  We have also left lots of information in Aysgarth cottage to inspire and interest you. 

So near to so many wonderful places, something for everyone, here are a few suggestions….

Superb Brampton Golf course, a good mile from Aysgarth on the way to Talkin Tarn. 

Brampton Golf Course

Photo provided with kind permission of Brampton Gold Club, August 2022

Talkin Tarn Country Park

Under 2 miles an easy drive or walk to stunningly beautiful Talkin Tarn with its great level walk around the tarn, tea room, water activities. playground and orienteering.  An amazing day out for all the family. 

Talkin Tarn

Lanercost Priory and Hadrian’s wall
Just a few miles away and absolutely magnificent. Why not visit amazing Lanercost Priory, enjoy a coffee in their cafe and join The Birdoswald Roman Wall trail, a great day out.

Lanercost Priory

Tindale Tarn, RSPB bird reserve and Castle Carrock fells

Just over 3 miles to the beautiful village of Hallbankgate.  A great place to stop off and enjoy either a great bar meal at The Belted Will pub or coffee and cake in the community run 'Hallbankgate Hub/shop’.  Then walk up to Tindale Tarn and the fascinating RSPB bird reserve before stepping out towards the village of Tindale, past the Lime Kilns or venturing across to the stunning Castle Carrock fells. 

Tindale and Castle Carrock Fells

Eden Golf Club
With its 18-hole championship course, 9 hole ‘play & play’ course, public driving range, restaurant & tea room is less than 6 miles away find them at www.edengolf.co.uk.

Eden Golf Course

Photo provided with kind permission of Eden Golf Club

Hadrians Wall & Birdoswald Roman Fort

Brampton, your gateway to historical Hadrian's Wall and its magnificent scenery, with Birdoswald Roman Fort within easy reach. 

Hadrian's wall sign

Walby Farm Park

Fun for all the family, visit the animals, indoor play, outdoor play, quad bikes and cafe,  A fantastic day out nearby for families, check out their website: www.walbyfarmpark.co.uk

Pennine Way from Greenhead

8 miles, before Greenhead you can join The Pennine Way. Stunning scenery “The backbone of England”. Why not also travel on up to the highest market town in England, Alston and visit the tynedale railway while you are there.  A great day out for all the family. 

Signe post Pennine Way

Historical and vibrant City of Carlisle
10 miles. Take time to discover the wonderful, historical, border city of Carlisle. Here you will find a lively city steeped in history. Why not check out Discover Carlisle - a significant place since before Roman times and the largest city in England. A few of the many key points of interest include:

Carlisle Castle and Bitts Park
The Cathedral
The Sands sport, swimming pool and entertainment centre
The Lanes shopping Centre
and much, much more...

Carlisle Castle

Hadrians Wall & Vindolanda

16 miles. Not to be missed, visit Vindolanda and the Roman Army museum.

Hadrians Wall & Housesteads Romam Fort

18 miles. Another spectacular historical roman fort, built in AD 124. Not to mention Vindolanda close by

Hadrian's Wall

Dumfries and Galloway Coast Beaches

30 miles to Powfoot beach on the scenic Dumfries and Galloway Coast. Further along you will find beautiful Rockcliffe, Sandyhills and more.

Silloth on Solway

35 miles to Silloth and the Solway coast.

Aira Force, Matterdale and Lake District.
35 Miles. Very conveniently, it is less than an hour to Lake Ullswater, the Steamers at Glenridding (a not to be missed day out) and the edge of The Lake District National Park. Here you will find fells and lakes, breath-taking areas of outstanding natural beauty and much more. You can find out about the wide range of things to see and do in the lakes by visiting TheLakeDistrict.org or any of the tourist information offices or websites.

Aira Force

Lake District

Copyright: Harry Johnson Photography Lake Buttermere

Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling

Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling

Photo provided by kind permission of CWWA, all rights reserved.

A unique way to explore the Lake District and our surrounding areas of outstanding beauty is through the sports of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. What is CWW you may well ask! Well please do and we can tell you loads and loads about this amazing, traditional sport. It is a centuries old style of vigorous back hold wrestling which grips the hearts and passions of both wrestlers and spectators alike. Its mix of speed, strength, extreme skill, and determination can be seen in the grass rings at many countryside shows and sports meetings throughout the northern counties of England and the borders of Scotland. Check out our website for details, photos and up-and-coming events. A great way to get out and about into beautiful scenery, experience the thrill and friendship of Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and the intrigue of county shows and rural traditions. You will see some photo’s, courtesy of the CWWA, in Aysgarth cottage when you visit, including Ambleside and Grasmere sports amongst others. Events, during the summer months take place at Powburn; Gilsland; Appleby; Dalston; Keswick; Penrith; Carlisle; Ambleside; Grasmere; Allendale; Greyrigg; Gosforth; Hesket Newmarket; Keswick; Ennerdale; Egremont; Cumberland (Carlisle) show and many, many more places. Why not check out the website for a full events diary. You would be very welcome to join us.

We are also very proud of our international links which bring together many traditional styles of wrestling from across the world, including France; Spain; Sardinia; Austria, Scotland & Iceland and others. In 2018 we hosted the Espoirs (Junior) European Championship in Penrith, Cumbria and welcomed fellow competitors and friends from many different countries, an amazing event and fantastic achievement for all. Then in 2019 our men’s team successfully competed in Iceland and became European’s Men’s Champions, wrestlers in Backhold (traditional Cumberland style) and Gouren (Breton, French). Check out the CWWA website for details.


49 miles to the fantastic city of Newcastle with its metro centre, shops, music, sporting venues and so more.  Easily accessed via the A69 or from Brampton railway station

North East Beaches

60 miles to Whitley Bay, South Shields and the Northumbria coast

There is plenty of public transport nearby...

Brampton Railway Station

Brampton Railway Station is under 10 minutes by car or can be walked to along a footpath (just before S & S Railhead Garage) off Station Road. The path then winds up to the railway station, walking through the wood and underpass in about 30 minutes. Here you can access trains into Newcastle and Carlisle or stop off at one of the towns or villages on route, such as Haltwhistle with its lovely open-air pool and Hexham with many shops and beautiful walks.

Regular buses

Regular buses from the Sands, just at the end of Tree Road, or Brampton market place will take you into Newcastle or Carlisle.