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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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A great day out

There are lots of paths - the former runways surrounding the site and forays into woodlands and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JXX18
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Most interesting place

My husband and I decided to go to watchtree as it was perfect weather to have a wander around the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Iona w
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Keswick, United Kingdom
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Great Orton | near Wiggonby, Carlisle CA5 6NL, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are lots of paths - the former runways surrounding the site and forays into woodlands and ponds. Birds/trees/fantastic wild flowers. These are all free. It's well organised with payable extras like a cafe, cycle tracks & lessons, cycle & wheelchair bikes.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to go to watchtree as it was perfect weather to have a wander around the nature reserve. My husband has asthma and unable to walk far. We knew that we could hire a 2 seater bike. I peddled and my...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an excellent walk and a great bacon butty, will return again the dogs loved it, very good information boards and staff informative

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it and so glad other people have enjoyed it as much as I did. Had a beautiful cycling experience here.. you can take the family knowing you'll have a good day out.

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RyanWatchtree, Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review, see you again soon!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 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 26 March 2018 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

Thank Abstract42
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Reviewed 14 March 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 16 March 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 9 March 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 10 March 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 19 February 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

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Reviewed 17 February 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

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RyanWatchtree, Manager at Watchtree Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 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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Col348
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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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