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Location - What To See In The Area

Just north of Carlisle and within easy driving distance of both the M6 and M74, Bessiestown Farm is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District, the Borderlands and Southern Scotland and the Solway and Galloway coasts.

Carlisle, Keilder Water and the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site are all a short drive away and Gretna Green is close by for the romantics among our guests.

Add to this the idyllic surrounding countryside and birdlife, quiet lanes for cycling and tremendous choice of walking opportunities and Bessiestown Farm could be just the location you need for a holiday break.

(The ten of us) were all surprised by the variety of things to interest in the area and all agreed that the walking was superb. Our only regret was that we didn’t have more time to explore this very scenic area. One of our favourite walks was right from your door and we also enjoyed the walk you recommended on the Solway Firth and our trip to Hadrian’s Wall. We are certainly glad we chose to come for a longer stay.”
Diane and Bill.

We offer a farm trail of about 2 miles which takes you through our beautiful meadows, woodland and local lanes to see something of the scenery and wildlife that surrounds Bessiestown. There are also plenty of other walks, from family rambles to more strenuous hikes, and there are experts available if you prefer an accompanied walk with a knowledgeable local guide.

We have plenty of literature in the rooms and cottages to help you to find out more about the attractions of this area and the following links should be of help as you plan your holiday with us:

The Lake District –
Carlisle –
Hadrian’s Wall –
Solway Coast –

Dumfries & Galloway -


Local Area Video Clips

Carlisle City
Carlisle City

The Borderlands
The Borderlands

Hadrian's Wall Cumbria
Hadrians Wall

The Solway Firth

The Solway Firth

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Bessiestown Farm Country Guesthouse, Catlowdy, Longtown, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 5QP
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