Out and About

Ireby is a tiny, peaceful farming village perched on the northernmost tip of the Lake District National Park. It is well away from noise and bustle but within easy reach of some of the most beautiful and tranquil lakes and fells.

Listed below are a few places you may like to visit or things you may enjoy doing:


Stroll straight out of Ashley House for picturesque walks along the lanes, perhaps to the 13th century old Ireby church or to the neighbouring villages of High Ireby, Torpenhow, Uldale, Boltongate or Caldbeck.

Uldale is almost cosmopolitan as a village having both a pub (The Snooty Fox) and an excellent Tea Room/Restaurant (Mae’s Tearoom).

If you fancy bagging a Wainwright then nearby Binsey, the smallest of the Wainwright fells, is a quite easy ramble.

Hills and Fells

The Northern Fells provide a dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape. This is the area known as ‘back o’ Skiddaw’ and this high fell is a very popular climb for many of our guests. Less well known but equally beautiful and majestic are the Uldale and Caldbeck Fells: Great Scafell, Little and Great Cockup, Binsey and Blencathra.

Dodd Hill is an easy climb that rewards you with spectacular views over both Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake and there is always the chance you may see the ospreys on the way. All are well worth exploring and provide walks and climbs of varying levels of difficulty that suit all tastes.


Peaceful Bassenthwaite Lake is less than 5 miles away and Derwentwater, Buttermere, Loweswater, Crummock Water, Grasmere, Thirlmere, Rydal water and Ullswater can all be reached via a very scenic drive.

Places to Visit

Within a 30 minute drive, the lively market town of Keswick has a wealth of outdoor and gift shops, a theatre, a lake with rowing boats and launch, cinema, climbing wall and a multitude of fabulous walks.

Keswick hosts numerous festivals throughout the year including the Jazz Festival, the Beer Festival and Words by the Water.

The market town of Cockermouth, a 20 minute drive, offers the National Trust Wordsworth House, the Jennings Brewery Tour, some delightful antique shops and craft shops and hosts an Annual Cumbrian Food Fair and the Wool Fest.

Other excursions include Honister Slate Mine, The Lakes Distillery and The Mire House and grounds on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. We are also within easy reach of the restored Georgian harbour at Whitehaven with interesting exhibitions at the Beacon and The Rum Story in the town.

Maryport also has a pretty harbour, a Sea-Life centre and the Senhouse Roman museum. The Lakes Animal park is just a few miles away and Carlisle with its famous castle and beautiful cathedral is well worth a visit.