Country: United Kingdom
Region: Beetham, Cumbria
We speak: English
Location: Barn Close is in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and set among rolling farmland at the edge of a small village. It is 5 miles from junction 35 of the M6 motorway and Lancaster and Oxenholme (Kendal) Railway Stations are in easy reach. It has the advantage of being on the edge of the Lake District but not in it. The WWT (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust) reserves at Martin Mere and Caerlaverock are both accessible from Beetham but public transport is not reliable and birder’s own transport is recommended.
Services: This is an ideal base from which to explore the many habitats of the area. Within 3 miles is the RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss with its Bitterns, Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers and Otters in addition to much interesting woodland and parkland locally. There are freshwater pools for waders and inland are the Dales for upland birds – Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Black & Red Grouse, Ring Ouzel, Merlin, Hen Harrier etc. Within a mile of Beetham is the Kent Estuary, which leads into Morecambe Bay, with its huge wader flocks – the second largest estuary for birds, after the Wash in Norfolk. In the autumn, Heysham is one of the prime sites for Leach’s Petrel. Mike Robinson, proprietor and experienced birder is available for up to date information on bird activity and can suggest itineraries for both knowledgeable and amateur birdwatchers alike.
Guestrooms: as accommodation is in a private home, every effort is made to make the guest comfortable. The 1920s house has 2 twin rooms, one with ensuite bath and shower and the other smaller, with a private bathroom. Another room for single occupation is sometimes available. All rooms have Wifi. Breakfast is taken in a large dining room with a view to the garden, woods and several bird tables (garden list stands at 83). The village has an excellent pub, The Wheatsheaf which is 5 minutes walk from Barn Close. There are several other places to eat nearby including the village stores which has a tea room and shop. The larger village, Milnthorpe , 1 mile away has banking, shopping facilities and fuel.