THE AREA

Mossgill Loft is located in a small fellside village in the Upper Eden Valley. The market town of Kirkby Stephen is just 4 miles away, notable for its many antique shops, Appleby, once the countytown of Westmorland is just 8 miles away.The Cumbria Cycle Way also passes within a mile of the village.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park, also known as The Dales and just 8 miles from Crosby Garrett, is one of the fourteen National Parks of England and Wales. Geographically, the classical Yorkshire Dales spread to the north from the market and spa towns of Settle, Deepdale near Dent, Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate in North Yorkshire, with most of the larger southern dales (e.g. Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Airedale, Wharfedale and Nidderdale) running roughly parallel from north to south.

The Lake District is a rural area in North West England. A popular holiday destination, it is famous for its lakes and mountains (or fells). The central and most visited part of the area is contained in the Lake District National Park. It lies entirely within Cumbria and is one of England's few mountainous regions. Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England. It has been immortalised by Wordsworth, Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and many other writers and artists. The Wainwright collection of books on walks in the area is also invaluable. Smardale Nature Reserve, just one mile from Crosby Garrett contains some of the most important limestone grasslands in East Cumbria. It also has a large area of woodland and includes sections of river habitat. It is home to deer, red squirrels and a host of birds, plants and insects. The site became a national nature reserve in 1997.

The Eden Valley is bounded on three sides by superb countryside - the North Pennines "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" to the east, the Yorkshire Dales to the south and the Lake District to the west. The River Eden rises in the fells of Mallerstang Common on the border between Cumbria and Yorkshire and meanders down the Eden Valley before reaching the Solway Firth close by Carlisle and the Scottish border.

The Settle - Carlisle Railway is a 72 mile stretch of railway line running from Leeds to Carlisle. It was constructed in the 1870's and is a magnificent feat of Victorian engineering, including the much photographed Ribblehead Viaduct. It is part of the National Rail network and runs through remote regions of the Yorkshire Dales and North Pennines. It is rightly considered to be the most scenic railway in England. The line passes through the towns of Settle, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen and a number of other small communities. Steam trains are a regular feature in the summer months.

Yorkshire is a historic county of northern England. It is also the largest historic county of Great Britain. Yorkshire is widely considered to be the greenest area in England, due to both the vast rural countryside of the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and some of the major cities.

Throughout its history Yorkshire has played a prominent role. The Romans held the City of York (which the county derives its name from) as one of the two capitals of all Roman Britain. Under the Vikings the area was proclaimed as the Kingdom of York for around century, while most of the modern day large cities were founded during the Norman period.

Yorkshire Dales National Park - (also known as the "Dales") is the name given to an upland area, in Northern England. It was created in 1954, and now is one of the fourteen National parks of England and Wales. "Dale" comes from a Nordic/Germanic word for valley, and occurs in valley names across Yorkshire. Geographically, the classical Yorkshire Dales spread to the north from the market and spa towns of Settle, Deepdale near Dent, Skipton, Ilkley and Harrogate in North Yorkshire, with most of the larger southern dales (e.g. Ribblesdale, Malhamdale and Airedale, Wharfedale and Nidderdale) running roughly parallel from north to south.