Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 2014

A Warm Welcome

We warmly invite you and your families to join us in a fun-filled day of walking, exploration and fabulous food – our first ever Discover Troutbeck day!

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There's something for every age and ability. You don't have to go on a walk – you're welcome to just stroll around our village lanes, joining in the atmosphere.

Click on each event below for a full description. You don't have to book – you can just turn up on the day – but if you want to be really sure of your place on a guided walk, you should click here to find out how to pre-book tickets.

Event Summary

Home Made Teas and Snacks from 9.45 am - 5.00 pm in the Village Institute

Memories of Troutbeck  Free exhibition, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm in the Village Institute

Nature Walks  Family-friendly walks exploring Troutbeck's natural history: morning walk 10.00 am - 12.00 pm, or afternoon walk 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Village Walks  A taste of Troutbeck village life, past and present: morning walk 10.00 am - 12.00 pm, or afternoon walk 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Grand Valley Walk  A longer walk to discover our Lakeland valley heritage: 10.30 am - 2.30 pm

Self-Guided Walks  Explore Troutbeck – at your own pace – with our special Discover Troutbeck Map, on sale at the Village Institute

Church Tours of Jesus Church and churchyard: every hour on the hour from 10.00 am - 1.00 pm, and 2.00 pm - 4.00pm

Townend Visits  National Trust entry to the house at Townend for a special 'two for one' price: 1.00 pm - 5.00pm

Free Car Parking  Access at the bottom of Greengate, 9.30 am - 5.30 pm

…and lots more including a prize raffle, an exhibit by the Westmorland Red Squirrel Society, and of course our fabulous Village Shop and Tearoom will be open all day as usual.

 

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Home Made Teas and Snacks

Strwbery Tarts in Troubeck Village Institute

Delicious home made food will be served all-day in the Village Institute

Including teas, coffees, soft drinks, filled rolls, home-made quiches, sausage rolls, salads, mouthwatering cakes, and fresh-baked scones

Served from 9.45 am - 5.00 pm

 

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Memories of Troutbeck

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An informal exhibition to share memories, photographs, postcards, clippings, and memorabilia from Troutbeck's past

Open from 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, in the Village Institute

Cost Free

 

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Nature Walks

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Family-friendly walks exploring Troutbeck's natural history

Starts morning walk at 10.00 am, or afternoon walk at 2.00 pm

Meeting point at the Village Institute

Distance about 2 miles

Duration about 2 hours

Cost adults £2, under 12's free

Pre-book details here

A general look at some of the plants and animals in our village aimed at interested, but non-expert families.

We will look along bridleways, the river bank, woodland and fields. If time allows we will take in a badger sett and possibly some pond dipping.

It is suitable for children and adults of all ages as long as they can manage the walk. This will be about 2 miles and includes a steep stony bridleway, field paths and a short distance on the village road. You will need strong shoes, but boots will not be necessary. You might want to bring a magnifying glass. No dogs please.

Led by Jan Ashton, a member of The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, who also does botanical surveys for Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

 

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Village Walks

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A taste of Troutbeck village life, past and present

Starts morning walk at 10.00 am, or afternoon walk at 2.00 pm

Meeting point at the Village Institute

Distance about 2¼ miles

Duration about 2 hours

Cost adults £2, under 12's free

Pre-book details here

We shall walk along village roads, lanes and bridle paths, stopping along the way to look at the landscape and buildings, particularly at some of the vernacular architecture.

We shall also consider occupations and will find out about old Troutbeck customs and some of the famous people who have lived here.

We cannot guarantee sunshine so please bring waterproofs and wear shoes/boots suitable for rough paths. Well behaved dogs on short leads only please.

There will be an opportunity to visit Townend, at a special rate, in your own time during the day.

Led by Katharine Brown, who has worked with the Field Studies Council at Brockhole for many years, teaching children about village life, farming, and tourism in the National Park.

 

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Grand Valley Walk

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A longer walk to discover our Lakeland valley heritage

Starts at 10.30 am

Meeting point at the Village Institute

Distance about 5½ miles

Duration about 4 hours

Cost adults £2, under 12's free

Pre-book details here

Explore the hidden history of this once strategic valley, as we travel through more than 5,000 years of life in this beautiful corner of the Lake District, discovering just why Troutbeck Park was Beatrix Potter'’s favourite farm.

Whilst the route is not steep, it will be quite rough, muddy and damp underfoot. Strong footwear and waterproofs are recommended.

Well behaved dogs are welcome, however because of lambing we would ask that they are kept on a short lead at all times.

Led by Troutbeck's National Trust area ranger, James Archer. James has worked for the National Trust in the Lake District for over 30 years, and has a keen interest in the geology, archaeology and landscape history of the area. During this time he has led many diverse walking groups, from primary school bug hunts, to European delegations looking at landscape history, as well as scouting locations for tv and films.

 

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Self-Guided Walks

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Explore Troutbeck at your own pace – with our special Discover Troutbeck walk map, on sale all day at the Village Institute

Cost £2 per map

 

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Church Tours

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Guided tours of Jesus Church and its churchyard

Duration about 45 minutes

Starting every hour on the hour, from 10.00 am - 1.00 pm, and from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Meeting point at the Church porch

Cost Free

Pre-booking is not required – please just turn up on the day

Beginning in the churchyard we will be taking a tour around one or two graves of notable characters from Troutbeck’s past.

We will then move into the Jesus Church building for a look at the architecture, and the tour guide will provide background information to the development of the church, its features and significant events in its past.

The tour will, of course, offer an opportunity to view and photograph the Sir Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris east window.

Led by Brian Streeter, Parish Missioner, and formerly Curate, at Jesus Church.

 

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Townend Visits

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The National Trust have kindly made a special offer for Discover Troutbeck day

House open from 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Entry adults £5.25, children £2.60

Special offer of 'two for one' entry on production of tickets for any of our guided walks

This unique National Trust property gives an atmospheric insight into the life of the Browne family who lived here for almost four centuries.

Wandering through the Brownes’ family home you’ll find a quirky object around every corner, a stunning family library, and intricately carved furniture everywhere.

 

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… And Lots More

Prize Raffle. Prizes will be drawn at 4.30 pm in the Village Institute.

The Wesmorland Red Squirrel Society will have a special display outside the Village Institute. More details here.

Our fabulous Village Shop and Tearoom will be open all day as usual, serving home-made soups, quiches, toasted sandwiches, and mouthwatering cakes and scones – all freshly made on the premises by Carly and Gareth. More details here.

 

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How to Pre-Book Tickets

You can pre-book tickets for any of our guided group walks. It's not absolutely neccessary – and you're welcome to just turn up on the day – but if you want to be really sure of a place, please call this number:

Pre-booking telephone no: 015394 42918
 

Pre-booked tickets should be collected and paid for at the Village Institute meeting point, at least 15 minutes before each walk – after then we reserve the right to reallocate any uncollected tickets to someone else.

 

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Essential Information

The events in this Discover Troutbeck day could be subject to last minute change or cancellation. If the weather is horrible we might have to make some alterations – but we'll do our best, and we certainly plan to ignore normal Springtime showers.

We reserve the right to refuse participation in any guided walk or other event, for safety, or any other reason, at our discretion.

Please take good care on all walks and events. None of the walks will be especially steep, but all have some rough sections. Strong footwear and waterproofs are recommended.

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but they must be kept on a short lead at all times.

Free car parking is available all day. Access is from the bottom of Greengate, the lane that runs between the A592 and the Village Institute. Please note that we might have to close this car park if the weather has been wet.

Car parking at Townend is available only for paying visitors to the house at Townend, and only during their visit.

Toilets are available all day at the Village Institute, and also (by kind permission of Gary and Kate) at the Mortal Man Hotel.

Money raised by this Discover Troutbeck event will be used to help maintain Troutbeck village for the benefit of residents and visitors alike, including contributions to Village Institute building costs, and repair of our snowplough.

 

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