Shap and its surrounding area has many sites of historical interest within a short driving distance.
The Abbey that was built in 1199 is only a 15 minute walk away. It was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1540 and it is though that some of the stone work has been used in some of the local buildings and the stone pillar standing in our own entrance hallway is believed to be one of those.
For more information please visit their website. It is 15 minute walk from New Ing Lodge's door.
The medieval Keld Chapel, near Shap, Cumbria, is owned by the National Trust, and is one of their more remote religious sites. It is kept locked at all times but the key is available from the village There is a short footpath that links the chapel and the abbey which makes the loop from New Ing Lodge a lovely short walk.
15 minute walk from the door.
10 Minute walk from the door.
There are many stone circles in and around Shap which are all within walking distance from our front door.
5 minute drive from the door.
Lowther castle is around a 10 minute drive from our front door, although it is now derelict and not directly open to the public there are many footpaths that pass close by giving great views of the castle and its surrounding area. Stunning views.
5 minute drive then a 10 minute walk
Withnail and I is a British film made in 1986 written and directed by Bruce Robinson, based on his life in London in the late 1960's. Uncle Monty's cottage ''Crow Crag'' is actually Sleddale Hall, located above Wet Sleddale Reservoir just outside Shap. The film follows two young actors, Withnail (Richard E Grant) and ''I'' (Paul McGann) who lived in London in 1969 and take a holiday to Withnails's gay uncle's country cottage.
The bridge where Withnail and Marwood go fishing is located at the bottom of the hill below Sleddale Hall. The phone box where Withnail calls his agent is besides the main road in Bampton and ''the Bull scene'' was filmed just out of Bampton towards Shap.
http://visitcumbria.com/pen/clifthal.htm less than 10 minutes drive from the door.
Clifton Hall is a small pele tower which stands on its own beside a farmyard. It does not have the usual massive walls, so it is thought it was built in the late 16th Century when the dangers from the Scots was less than in previous centuries.