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Directions of Old Mill Barn, Gamblesby, CA10 1HY
Sat nav users please note: Drivers are often directed off the A686 at Langwathby but this route brings you into the village along a very muddy, narrow track which is best avoided. It saves less than half a mile, and takes considerably longer than my route below. I recommend that you follow the route below.
From M6 north and south
Leave the M6 at junction 40 (Penrith)
Take A66 east to Brough for just under 1 mile. Come to roundabout, take 2nd exit - A686 to Alston and Hexham.
Stay on A686 for about 9 miles, passing through Langwathby where you cross the River Eden via a bailey bridge.
The next village you come to is Melmerby. At the top of the village the road bends left followed by a right hand bend, but ignore this 2nd bend, and go straight on to a minor road at this point. It is about 1¼ miles to Gamblesby from here. The lane is very narrow with passing places, so go slow and take care.
When you enter the village you will pass a converted church on left, followed by a chapel and the village green, and then a red BT phone box. Turn right at next junction - up a small lane with a stream running through the left hand grass verge. You will go past our house and drive on left (with large holly hedge in front), then past some parked cars, and the second gateway on the left is your entrance.
Approaching from East
If you have come up the A1 or past Scotch Corner, take the A66 to Penrith. Take the 4th exit at the roundabout - A686 to Alston and Hexham, and then follow the directions above.
If you are coming from the North East you can take the A686 from Hexham to Alston and then down to Melmerby, turning left to Gamblesby just as you get into Melmerby. This route is not recommended in poor weather conditions or if there may be snow or ice on high ground as the Hartside Pass is often closed in bad weather. In that case, take the A69 to Carlisle then the M6 south to Penrith and following above directions
Have a good and safe journey
A word about parking:
There is parking for 4 (or 5 small) cars in front of the Barn. If you are bringing more than that, please do not park on the road immediately in front of the parking area. It is not wide enough to allow other cars and tractors to pass and is likely to cause damage to your car, and annoyance to our neighbours. Any extra cars can be parked in our drive by arrangement, or on the verge between our house and the main village road. Thank you for your co-operation