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Bailey Mill is situated in the beautiful Border Reivers country which is renowned for its wild and dangerous battles in the past. Their story is vividly brought to life at nearby Tullie House museum in Carlisle.

There are many working farms in and around Bailey where traditional breeds can be seen, such as black cattle and blackface sheep. The farming techniques allow the survival of wildlife and plants which are becoming rare elsewhere. Otters inhabit the river, deer and badger inhabit the woodlands and the ancient hedgerows and meadows are a mass of wildflowers.

Bailey offers a wide choice of activity. The Reivers Cycle Route, which is a spur of the Coast to Coast cycle route, is nearby and the Coast to Coast cycle route passes through Bailey.

Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate Baileys peace and quiet and the quiet countryside provides the perfect opportunity to do some serious bird watching undisturbed.

If you feel like trying something new then there are arts and crafts weekends run throughout the year at nearby Bewcastle.There is also sailing and fabulous fishing on some of the best rivers in the UK.

If you are wanting to explore further a field, Bailey is ideally placed to tour the Borders, the Solway Firth, the Lake District and Hadrians Wall. Also, in Carlisle there is the beautiful Cathedral with its remarkable painted ceiling and CarlisleCastle, where Mary Queen of Scots was held prisoner. For those that love to shop the Lanes shopping centre houses many well known high street names and we have the Gretna Gateway centre only eight miles from where we are.

There is so much to do in this area of outstanding beauty that you will be spoilt for choice.

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