Sitting on the rolling foot hills of the North Pennines, overlooking Hadrians Wall, The Borders and Keilder Forest and in close vicinity of both the Sustrans 72 and 68 routes and two National Trails, the Hadrian’s Wall Path and the Pennine way, we are ideally suited for offering extensive activity breaks from Bush Nook.
Recent trail and forest access development in the North East of Cumbria, alongside the extensive Sutrans routes allows potential cycle outings from an easy 22 miles to extensive loops of 70+ miles.
All the routes are on quiet country roads or forest tracks, can be accessed from your base at Bush Nook, the opportunity to cycle in such a wealth of history, culture and natural environment is an opportunity not to be missed.
We are happy to offer advice and bike hire for self-managed or provide personal support for accompanied outings to explore the total experience of this wonderfully natural and historical region.
The Roman Wall makes spetacular walking country! You can walk the entire length from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway or simply choose to walk the best bits - and most of them are close to Bush Nook!!
You'll find many interesting and rewarding walks in the area. The scenery is stunning and just waiting to be explored.
The Greenlee Lough walk is a 7.5 mile trek joins both a section of the Pennine Way and the Hadrian’s Wall Trail, as well as leading you through the Geenlee Lough National Nature Reserve, where wildfowl and waders are to be spotted in the bog and grasslands.
Many of the routes are family friendly such as the circular Steel Rigg and Sycamore Gap walk. There are also plenty of shorter, easy routes, like the Thirlwell Castle Walk, which starts in Greenhead, covers under 2 miles and features only light inclines, making it a good choice for young families.
Add an element of fun and adventure to your stay at Bush Nook with some group activities either on-site, or nearby at the beautiful Talkin Tarn Country Park.
Our partners, Independent Adventure, will bring a range of fun group activities such as Archery, Cocktail Masterclasses and The Treasure Chest Challenge for your event. Take a look at their website (www.independentadventure.co.uk) for a comprehensive list. Just a short drive from us, water sports such as Canoeing, Kayaking and Raft Building can be including in your activity package at their base, Talkin Adventures.
The roman town of Corbridge is only a short drive from Gilsland. It has some of the best independent shopping in the region. Ladies Fashion, Art and Crafts, Artisan Bookshops, Gifts and much more…For foodies, there are also some fantastic cafes, pubs, wine bars and restaurants.