Acorn Bank Garden and Watermill
TEMPLE SOWERBY, CUMBRIA
Best known for its comprehensive herb collection and traditional fruit orchards, Acorn Bank also has a fascinating industrial past. At the tea-room, culinary herbs and fruit from the garden are used daily in soups, salads and puddings. If you wander along the Crowdundle Beck to the partially restored watermill, enjoying wildlife in the woods on the way, you can discover more about the history of gypsum mining on the estate. There are also splendid views across the Eden Valley to the Lake District from the magnificent backdrop of the sandstone house.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Level access to walled gardens, shop, tearoom & upper info room at Watermill. Lower milling rooms only accessible by stairs
- Facilities: Large print guide, wheelchairs (incl motorised wheelchair) available
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 14 Mar-1 Nov, Wed-Mon 10-5; 7 Nov-20 Dec, Sat-Sun 11-4. Tearoom 14 Mar-1 Nov, Wed-Mon 10.30-4.30; 7 Nov-20 Dec, Sat-Sun 11-4
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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