Whilst staying at our Accommodation in Sedbergh, we thought you might be tempted by a little trip out – The Churchmouse at Barbon
On Saturday, Sedbergh was awash with sun light and blue skies and I decided that I was much in need of a trip out and some ‘exploration’ of the local area. I wrapped up the kids in their winter woolies and we cycled to the beautiful little village of Barbon, which is on the road that links Sedbergh to Kirkby Lonsdale. For guests that would like to try this cycle route, you simply turn left at Close’s Garage as if you were leaving Sedbergh (A683). Stay on the A683 and you will pass through Middleton. Keep on this road and you will reach a one way bridge, turn left here to Barbon. The route took us about 45 minutes on our bikes.
Barbon is really worth a visit and it is a quaint little village with picture postcard views. We ‘parked up’ at The Churchmouse which is a beautiful and characterful cafe/shop in the centre of Barbon. Outside The Churchmouse was already conjested with bikes, so we knew that we were on to a good thing (I never met a cyclist that doesn’t like a cup of tea and a good wedge of cake!)
We enjoyed a home made lunch whilst ‘feasting’ on the other delights within the cafe; a fabulous selection of artisan cheeses, a great range of wines and a really warm welcome from the owners.
The kids were happy after filling up on lunch, ginger beer (we are so Enid Blyton!) and they also enjoyed the play park which is just across the road from the cafe. A lovely way to spend the afternoon. The cycle back to our Accommodation in Sedbergh was a bit more tricky (the wind was against us and no motivation now the cake was eaten!)
Some interesting facts about Barbon (Source Wikepedia)
Barbon is a village and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 263, reducing to 236 at the 2011 Census. The church is dedicated to St Bartholomew. The village is about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Kirkby Lonsdale and 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Casterton. Barbon Beck flows through, and takes its name from, the village before flowing into the River Lune. The A683 road passes to the west of the village between Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh. The village has been within the Yorkshire Dales National Park since August 1st, 2016.
Barbon is the location of Barbon Manor Speed Hillclimb, an event that runs up to three occasions each year, in May, June and July, on a driveway that runs through Barbon Manor Park, by permission of the Shuttleworth Estate.