Local Area

Brough is surrounded on three sides by hills, at the head of the Eden Valley.

Whether you prefer to explore the countryside by foot, bike or horse, Brough provides convenient access to some of England's most beautiful areas, including, the Fox Tower nestled in Helbeck woods, Wild Boar Fell and Howgills. In nearby Ravenstonedale (7 miles from Brough), we recommend Stonetrail, which offers horse riding. Inspiring Cycling is also a fantastic new Eden Valley cycle hire company, which also offers self-guided cycling holidays on routes including the Coast to Coast. 

For those who would like to experience the challenges of the Eden Valley's environment, we recommend Eden Outdoor Adventures. This small family run company offers everything from moutaineering; to canoeing; to ghyll scrambing. They also offer an excellent range of tailored family and group activities.  

If you are staying with us for a short rest and would like to ease any aches and pains, we recommend Eden Fitness Suite and Spa in nearby Kirkby Stephen (8 miles from Brough). This small but luxurious retreat offers very reasonable guest day-rates and boasts modern fitness gym equipment, a jazuzzi, steam room and sauna.

To enjoy some of the tastes of Cumbria, you may wish to visit Swanson House during Brough's certified Farmers' Market, when you can purchase jams, cheeses, meats and fish from many of the producers than supply Swanson House's restaurant. The farmers market is held within 5 minutes walk of Swanson House on the third Saturday of every month.

For some pure indulgence, we recommend a visit to Brough's ice-cream parlour, situated in the grounds of a local farm, overlooking Brough Castle. Run by a friendly local family, the parlour offers 16 different flavours, including some old favourites and some innovative twists on the Cumbrian experience. Within 10 minutes walk of Swanson House, this ice-cream parlour is a hidden gem of absolute indulgence for both adults and children.

When the weather brings you off of the fells, you can enjoy a range of indoor activities in the local area, including the Bowes Museum, which contains the greatest collection of European fine and decorative arts in the North of England, or (our personal favourite), the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, where you can taste some of their excellent cheese in the home of Wallace and Gromit. To add to this experience, we recommend travelling to Hawes on a vintage coach. Run by one the local area's jolliest residents, Cumbria's Classic Coaches offers a weekly amble through the countryside from nearby Kirkby Stephen to Hawes.

For children, Brough is in close promimity to a range of attractions, including  Eden Ostrich World and the Rheged Centre, which offers a wide variety of art and craft activities.

We want you to enjoy every moment of your stay with us. If there are any activities or attractions in which you are particularly interested, we are happy to share our advice and arrange bookings on your behalf.