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Watchtree Nature Reserve

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Great Orton | near Wiggonby, Carlisle CA5 6NL, England
+44 1228 712539
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Great traffic free cycling

We visited this place twice, on both occasions we had a great time cycling around the well... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steve P
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Chinley, United Kingdom
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Loved it

Quite cycling with the kids. Perfect for letting them burn off some steam. Tarmaced for the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Abstract42
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High Peak
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  • Excellent66%
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  • Average6%
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“hire bikes” (6 reviews)
“wind turbines” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Great Orton | near Wiggonby, Carlisle CA5 6NL, England
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+44 1228 712539
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"well worth a visit"
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"keep up the good work"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place twice, on both occasions we had a great time cycling around the well maintained tracks. There are some sections that are classed as off road and did contain a few muddy patches, but these can be easily avoided. The visitor centre...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quite cycling with the kids. Perfect for letting them burn off some steam. Tarmaced for the majority but we thought the off road was a little more challenging and so fun too. Very knowledgeable staff. Great day out

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Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

We came here we very little cycling experience and an 11 month old Staff are super helpful and we got to get a ‘bike’ to suit - a four wheeler that was perfect and so much fun!!!!! Probably prettier in the summer but still worth...More

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RyanWatchtree, Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2018

Hi, thank you so much for your lovely review. We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit! You're right it is prettier in summer - although we have lots of wildlife this time of year that migrate from colder climates or even come down off the fells...More

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Reviewed March 9, 2018

We had a lovely walk around this nature reserve which is nice and flat so an easy walk. The bird hides add a bit of interest and the paths are clearly set out. Disappointed no decent coffee at the end of the walk.More

Thank MelW04
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RyanWatchtree, General Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2018

Hi Mel, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. I am pleased you enjoyed your visit. A little confused by your comment regarding coffee though? Our café serve great fresh ground coffee plus a selection of home made sandwiches...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

We visited this nature reserve on Sunday, it’s a very popular place for family walks. The reserve is well laid out, the perimeter walks is approx 2miles, you can also hire bikes for adults and children. Worth a visit when in Carlisle area

1  Thank Stephen E
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

I had been recommended by a friend to take my daughter to learn to ride her bike, we arrived on a freezing windy morning and the gentleman that we met on reception was extremely helpful, he came out with us in the cold and wind...More

1  Thank juliegibson14
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RyanWatchtree, Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review Julie! Always a pleasure to get a little one away peddling for the first time - even if the weather is awful. For anyone else interested in learning to ride we have a Little...More

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Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

We were travelling to Gretna and had been on the road for some time. We looked for a walk not far off the motorway for us to walk our dog. Having done a quick search online we found Watchtree which was dog friendly, other reviews...More

1  Thank lnsmith2016
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RyanWatchtree, Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

Good afternoon, thanks for leaving your review. We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed - although your review does seem a little unfair. Watchtree is an ex-airfield, this is something that we are very proud of, as we are one of the matrix of...More

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Reviewed December 12, 2017

This is a good place to go to see llocal wildlife and birds. During the summer you will see lots of visiting species and in ther winter there will be the opprtunity to see other birds that have migrated here. There is also the opportunity...More

1  Thank Maureen T
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Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

My niece has only just learnt how to ride a two wheeler bike, and to help her become more confident, my dad and I took her to Watch Tree to help. She's loved it and so did I. It's very quiet and you never feel...More

Thank Cerian S
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RyanWatchtree, Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2017

Hi there, thanks for your great review. With regards to the café we are developing the food we serve and looking to expand the range. We do often have sandwiches that don't have butter as well as some other dairy free options, but we will...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

What a fantastic place. Not just a nature reserve with fabulous views but loads of other stuff to do- walking, cycling, running, all sorts of special weekend and evening events. Very well- worth checking out. And you can buy tea and cake so what more...More

1  Thank Bob190736
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RyanWatchtree, Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2017

Thank you for your lovely review, tea and cake is the secret to success! See you again soon, Ryan

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Just realised that it's free!
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Yes dogs are allowed, must be kept on a lead though because of the wildlife at the reserve though.
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