Things to see and do
The George and Dragon is located in a beautiful, quiet and unspoilt part of Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District. It’s just a couple of miles from the market town of Penrith and just 10 minutes drive from Ullswater. Just a short drive (or a slightly longer walk) from the George and Dragon and you can reach the beautiful fells. An area full of interest and things to see and do. The George and Dragon is a perfect base to explore the lakes from and enjoy everything that Cumbria has to offer.
Askham Hall Gardens and Cafe
Just a couple of miles from the George and Dragon are our gardens and cafe at Askham Hall. Meandre through 12 acres of beautiful gardens with herbaceous borders, topiary, ponds, meadows and lovely views of the River Lowter and beyond. And see all the produce we grow in our kitchen garden and our animals (rare breed goats and pigs, free-range chickens and shorthorn cattle) from a special vewing area. All the fruit, vegetables and meat is produced for the George and Dragon as well as our cafe at Askham Hall. Don’t leave without enjoying a pizza from our outdoor wood-fired oven.
Lowther Castle and Gardens
Just a mile from the George and Dragon is the beautiful Lowther Castle and gardens. After years of planning, the restoration of the castle and historic gardens is now in full swing. Visitors can discover the amazing history and beautiful lost gardens that are now being sensitively recreated with a modern interpretation of their former splendour. Visit Lowther Castle website.
Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
A sanctuary for birds of prey set in the walled garden and parkland of Lowther Castle.
Brougham Hall, just a couple of miles down the road, was built in the 14th century and has a fascinating history. Also has pottery studios and shops. Visit Brougham Hall website.
Walking and trekking
The George and Dragon is situated on the eastern side of the Lake District; the north eastern fells and Lake Ullswater are only a few miles away. Ask a member of staff for local walks and suggestions.
Cycle Active – a specialist company run by some of Britain’s leading cycle experts are just a mile down the road from the George and Dragon. They provide bike hire, instruction and guiding. There are plenty of mountain biking trails across the fells for people of all abilities. Cycle Active will provide you with everything you need.
The Lowther family has five miles of salmon and trout fishing along the idyllic River Eden. The family also has a beautiful stretch on the River Lowther, famous for its dry fly upstream brown trout. For a fishing permit, enquire when you visit or contact the Lowther Estate office on 01931 712577. Bring what you catch to the George and Dragon and we’ll cook it for you that day, or if you catch a lot, we’ll buy them off you.
Fishing hideaways We like Shank Wood Log Cabin, which offers visitors the chance to experience nature and the countryside, along with enjoying the woodland in an eco-friendly environment.
Clifton village and the Rebel Oak
The George and Dragon is situated in this charming village located on the side of the old A6. Once the main highway north – before the M6 was built – this road is now much quieter. There are a number of nearby woodland trails and the famous Rebel oak tree, where the rebel army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and driven out of England. Clifton marks the site of the last battle to take place on English soil in 1745 and the Rebel Oak is right behind the pub – please ask inside for directions.