Hallbankgate is a small village, at the north end of the Pennines between the Eden and Irthing Valleys in the north eastern corner of the beautiful county of Cumbria. We are on the edge of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the sign for which is about 100 metres up the road but we still think we are pretty outstanding and they really should move the sign back a bit. The village has a pub – the Belted Will, a garage and a busy community shop and café, so we are pretty well self-sufficient and there isn’t really any need to go out of the village at all.
The countryside around Hallbankgate is wild and rugged and the weather unpredictable, but when the sun shines, it is amazingly beautiful.
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.
Cold Fell looms over the village and 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 are 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 hope that Hallbankgate Hub will provide refreshment and a place to rest for weary cyclists!
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.
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 at our local village shop!