Discovering Caldbeck: A Journey Through Time

Discovering Caldbeck: A Journey Through Time

Discovering Caldbeck: A Journey Through Time

The fell village of Caldbeck lies on the northern fringe of the Lake District. It is packed with evidence of its busy industrial past.

Caldbeck is well-known for being the home of John Peel, the famous huntsman.

John Peel was born in 1776 at Greenrigg, a small hamlet just outside Caldbeck. He was an obsessive hunter and kept a pack of hounds

The famous song which commemorates his exploits rapidly became popular in the locality.

Discovering Caldbeck: A Journey Through Time

His ornate gravestone in the churchyard of St. Kentigern, draws visitors to the village, but Caldbeck has a great deal more to offer.

The Cald Beck – “the cold stream” – flows behind the church and close to the old bridge where there is an interesting well.

The river delivered water power for the industrial development of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Cald Beck supported Corn, woollen, paper, and bobbin mills, plus a brewery which all flourished at this time.

The dedication of Caldbeck’s parish church to St Kentigen (or Mungo) and the nearby well, (mentioned above) suggests a missionary visit by that saint, who was Bishop of Glasgow in the 6th century.

Discovering Caldbeck: A Journey Through Time

St. Kentigern’s Church is a beautiful medieval parish church with a history dating back over 800 years. Inside, you’ll find ancient stone carvings, intricate stained glass windows, and a sense of peace and tranquility that is truly timeless.

Mining in the fells above the village began in the 13th century –  the most important minerals being lead, copper, and barytes (barytes is a mineral used in the production of paint and rubber and in the medical industry).

The last mine closed in the 1960s.

Today, Caldbeck radiates a timeless charm that captivates visitors from the moment they arrive.

Discovering Caldbeck: A Journey Through Time

Set in rolling hills and lush meadows Caldbeck is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.

After a day walking the fells,  the village is home to several charming cafes and pubs where you can sample hearty Cumbrian fare.

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