The delightful picture postcard village of Great Salkeld can be found situated in the Eden valley between the high fells of the Pennines and the lake district national park far from the busy tourist centres and traffic congestion of the nearby Lake District.
Great Salkeld, with a population of some 400 people is proud of it’s appearance with the centrepiece being the red sandstone cottages clustered round the the Pub, village green and St Cuthberts church.
The village's long history is found not only in the church but also by the remains of the middle-age Aikton Castle, and records of several cattle droving routes. The pub 'The Highland Drove' was once the stopping place for the drovers, whose animals were watered at the Dub just outside the village, and now home to rare Great Crested Newts.
The parish, which has long been celebrated for its rural beauties and the extensive and diversified views which it commands, is bounded on the south by Eden Hall, on the north and west by Lazonby, and on the east by the river Eden.
Lazonby which is 2 miles away has a well-stocked village Co-op/general store which sells a wide range of groceries, haberdashery and fresh bread from the local bakery. The village also has an open-air swimming pool which is very popular in the summer. Petrol is available locally at Lazonby or Langwathby (3.5 miles) during normal working hours and Penrith (24 hours).
Rail links: Settle to Carlisle railway -- stations at Lazonby and Langwathby. Intercity mainline Euston to Glasgow -- stations at Penrith and Carlisle
Distances: Penrith 5 miles, Ullswater 10 miles, Carlisle 17 miles.