Bewcastle is a sleepy and remote countryside hamlet, which lies close to the market town of Brampton in Cumbria. The hamlet has links with the Border Reivers, who were raiders in the 13thto 16th centuries, and one legend states that only women were buried in the area, with men sent for hanging in Carlisle for their reiving crimes.

While this, like any other legend has been subject to speculation, the facts state that there was a church in Bewcastle as early as 1277, which today welcomes visitors to its services, and also has a small museum in the grounds to educate them on local history. This, along with the 7thcentury Anglo-Saxon Bewcastle Cross, and the remains of Fanum Cocidii, the Roman Fort, are the main attractions in the area, though the provision for outdoor pursuits is also good.

Bailey Mill, offers pony trekking, while there are plenty of unspoilt country roads for cyclists, including the Reivers Cycle Route. There are also routes suitable for mountain biking, and a selection of walks covering Bewcastle and the surrounding area.

For visitors interested in conservation, organic farming, and natural crafts, the Low Luckens Organic Resource Centre is also worth a visit. They have a program of events, which includes working with recycled glass, crafting items with willow, and educational farm visits.

Staying in Bewcastle is also an option, with a range of Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering apartments/cottages available to rent. These include a range of apartments at Bailey Mill, and the Keepers Cottage. Apart from the views, the latter offers natural spring water, fresh meat from local suppliers, and special Christmas/New Year packages.

A stay here, not only opens up the small number of interesting attractions in Bewcastle, but puts places like the Lake District, Hadrians Wall, Carlisle Cathedral, and former spa town Gilsland within reach, so you’ll never be short of things to do.

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