The countryside around Hallbankgate is wild and rugged and the weather unpredictable but when the sun shines it is amazingly beautiful. We are privileged to get the most dramatic sunsets from our back garden which can leave you gawping in amazement.
If you come to Hallbankgate and walk its paths and nearby fells you will experience a different Cumbria. This is not the land of Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth but of the Reivers and the Romans with sturdily built houses, dry stone walls and rugged terrain. It is an excellent area for walking and cycling and you could walk the local fells all day and never see a soul. The scenery is dramatic with rolling rugged hills, heather clad moorland and tumbling streams.
Hallbankgate is one mile from the Geltsdale RSPB reserve which is home to a wide variety of birds including black grouse and golden plover. In the spring the air is alive with the cries of lapwings and curlews and thanks to the reserve the numbers of these birds is increasing. Geltsdale reserve is one of only a handful of nesting sites in England of the hen harrier and at neighbouring Tindale Tarn you can spot a rich variety of breeding birds and a range of wildfowl including widgeon and whooper swans. It is an easy walk from the village to the visitors centre at Stagsike – a converted shepherd's cottage in the heart of the reserve.
From our front room we look across to the flanks of Cold fell which at 621 metres provides a challenging walk with impressive views. From the summit you can see for miles - over to the Whin Sill and Hadrian's Wall, to the vast rolling hills of Northumberland. To the west the hills of Dumfries and Galloway and the Solway Firth. Further round to the south west are the Lakeland hills with the distinctive outline of Blencathra always visible. A truly awesome view and well worth the climb.
The area is fantastic for cycling – at times challenging but very rewarding. The roads are, on the whole quiet and well surfaced and the hills while at times quite steep provide the most exhilarating downhill swoops!
We are 4 miles from the market town of Brampton and 13 miles from the city of Carlisle. The most impressive parts of Hadrian's Wall are a 10 minute drive away and the beautiful 12th Century Lanercost Priory is just down the road. Talkin Tarn can provide a leisurely evening stroll and the beautiful Eden and Gelt rivers are very close and provide delightful walks.
The area is alive with history from the Romans to the more recent industrial past which saw Hallbankgate as home to Stephenson's Rocket and a maze of railways and industry, the remains of which can be seen all around the area.
So whether you are interested in walking, cycling, history or industrial archaeology or just want a quiet break away from it all – Hallbankgate has it all and you can be assured of a very warm Cumbrian welcome!