Beetham is a picturesque village set alongside the river Bela in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).


At the centre of the village is the Parish Church, dating from Saxon times, surrounded by attractive limestone cottages. With the presence of the Heron Theatre, and working Heron Corn Mill on a site where corn was first ground in the year 1220, Beetham has much to offer the visitor. For plantaholics, Beetham Nurseries has a very well-stocked nursery, gift shop and restaurant.

At the Old Beetham Post Office and Tea Room, Lorraine and Huw provide a friendly welcome and the cakes are delicious! Meals are available from the Wheatsheaf pub, which has a cosy bar and restaurant.

Other good places for meals nearby are the Strickland Arms, Sizergh, five miles away, and the Wheatsheaf, Brigsteer, seven miles.

The whole area is rich in wildlife and important for butterflies (High Brown Fritillary and Scotch Argus). The RSPB Reserve at Leighton Moss is a few miles away, where the rare Bittern and a great variety of other birds frequent the reedbeds.

AONB – from the simple beauty of the lady's slipper orchid to the shining sands of Morecambe Bay, the area is awe-inspiring. Discover the Beetham Heritage Walk through the ancient Fairy Steps.

Levens Hall

  • Levens Hall – 4 miles. 
    A magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th century pele tower. The world-renowned topiary gardens were laid out in the year 1694.

  • Sizergh Castle – 5 miles. 
    National Trust Property. Medieval house with portraits, fine furniture.

  • Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal – 8 miles.
  • Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Windermere –13 miles.
    Highly recommended in every way.

  • Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel – 16 miles. 
    On the beautiful Cartmel pennsula. 
    Magnificent house and garden.

  • Holehird Gardens, Windermere – 18 miles.
    17-acre hillside gardens.

  • Dove Cottage, Grasmere – 25 miles. 
    Home of William Wordsworth. 

Holehird Gardens           Sizergh Castle                  Sundial at Levens Hall


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