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 'Discover, explore and become part of, the fascinating wealth of local history, culture, foods and community life that make up rural Cumbria. .’

The Bailey is a hidden gem in Cumbria’s beautiful countryside, offering a real feeling of peace and retreat, with a sense of being far from the crowds who visit the better known areas of Cumbria, yet still easily accessible. This small, hidden valley, with its welcoming farm accommodation and friendly people, provides a taste of the real Cumbria and offers you the opportunity to relax, unwind and discover the countryside and heritage of the area - on foot, horseback, by bike or car - at a leisurely pace, far from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

Staying in friendly farm accommodation, run by welcoming people from the Bailey community, with locally produced organic food on offer, an on farm pub for a cosy evening with friends or family, and even a jacuzzi and sauna to pamper tired muscles after a day outdoors - what more could you want or need?



Bailey Hideaways 
Bailey Hideaways can help you discover, explore and become part of, the fascinating wealth of local history, culture, foods and community life, something that is rarely possible in better known holiday areas, providing a truly different and memorable holiday experience.

History and heritage 
The Bailey is situated in Cumbria’s Northern Borderlands at the heart of the ’Debatable Lands’. The chequered past created by long running border disputes has created a wealth of history and heritage, providing you with the opportunity to explore the lives of the sinister and ruthless Border Reivers and their clans.

At nearby Bewcastle, you can discover the remains of the castle, which lies in the remains of a Roman fort, once home to 2,000 soldiers, and then follow the Roman Road to Birdoswald. Britain’s finest example of an Anglo-Saxon Cross can also be seen at Bewcastle Church, which has also been built within the remains of the fort.

You can find out more about the heritage and history of the Bailey area at the interpretation centres at Newcastleton and Bewcastle Church, and for the enthusiast, the Bewcastle Heritage Society publishes a monthly journal.

Countryside and wildlife 
The Bailey is a small, distinct valley, created by the Bailey Water. The river joins the Black Lyne and flows through Lyne Woods, a beautiful upland oak woodland. The increasingly rare red squirrel inhabits the woodlands and otters use the river. The network of quiet lanes and country roads is lined with old hedgerows and wildflowers. The Bailey is surrounded to the west, north and east by forest, once a mediaeval hunting forest and now part of Kielder, the largest manmade forest in Europe.

Outdoor activities 
The Bailey offers a wide choice of activities, including cycling, walking, horse riding, bird watching and arts and crafts. A maze of footpaths and bridleways extends from the Bailey into the surrounding forests, including the mighty Kielder Forest. The popular Reivers Cycle Route, a branch of the C2C Route, runs through the Bailey, and many of the accommodation providers in the area are approved by the Cycling Touring Club. Accompanied horse and pony treks are offered locally, and arts and crafts weekends are organised at The Steppings in Bewcastle.

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