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Lake District Farms

Seatoller Farm

Many farms can offer bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation with the added benefit of feeling part of the working life of the farm. One of these is 16th century Seatoller Farm at the foot of the Honister Pass, Borrowdale, near Keswick, a working hill farm owned by the National Trust. There is also a campsite with room for 70 tents. Surrounded by the high fells, there are walks ranging from gentle strolls to fell scrambling.

Lake District Farm Holidays Group

Lake District Farm Holidays are also based at traditional working farms. A group of farmer's wives got together in 1988 and formed a group to offer the best in farmhouse accommodation in the un-spoilt north-western Lakes area. As well as excellent accommodation, they hope to give a deeper insight into the countryside and the farming way of life. Their accommodation includes both self-catering and bed and breakfasts.

Open Farms
Several Open Farms now specialise in rare breeds of cows, sheep and pigs.

Holme Open Farm is at Sedbergh and is a traditional dales working farm which concentrates mainly on hill sheep. There are also a number of breeds of cattle, goat, sheep and poultry. It is situated between the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the Lune Valley.

The Farm welcomes school visits and families. Tours of the farm give children the chance to touch, hold and feed many types of animal. Holding and bottle feeding baby lambs or stroking goats can be really exciting. Feeding and holding tiny chicks amuses even the most timid of children. There are ducks, geese, pigs, a pony and kittens.

Badger watching, river fishing, bird watching and riverside picnics are other attractions. There is also a children's play area. The farm supports a variety of wild animals, birds, trees and flowers, which may be spotted from the nature trail.

The Ewe Tree cafe serves homemade and locally sourced food for lunch and afternoon tea. The gift shop sells mostly toys and books. Campers and caravanners can be accommodated in a flat field.

High Head, a working farm near Ivegill, is a unique tourist attraction. It offers a sculpture valley: life size sculptures in a wooded valley. There is also an art gallery, a farmhouse tearoom, with freshly prepared food, and country walks. The art gallery has traditional and contemporary changing exhibitions that include ceramics, sculpture, photography, and painting.

Yew Tree Farm with its distinctive 'spinning gallery' is in the beautiful Lake District, in a stunning picturesque setting it is ideally located for all Lakeland activities. The Farm House was built in 1693 and is one of the most photographed farms in the North.

Yew tree was owned by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s and is still home to many of her furnishings. Yew Tree farm featured as 'Hill Top' in the movie 'Miss Potter' starring Rene Zellweger.

The Cumbria Farmer Network

The Cumbria Farmer Network encourages its members to open their doors to the public so that people can understand the important role farmers have. They have a series of Lake District farming DVD / Video diaries for sale that give an insight into the lives of farmers in the area.

The Network also runs a number of walks each year for the public on farms, some with Friends of the Lake District and some separately. These working farms, not normally open to visitors, provide a rare insight into the running of commercial farms.

If you would like to attend an event please email [email protected]
For further details phone Carol Douglas on 01539 720788 or visit

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