Penny Black sits on the route of the Westhouse Walks and is close to the famous Ingleton Waterfalls. There is a strong Sir Arthur Conan Doyle connection in the area.
Conan Doyle's mother lived in nearby Masongill. He attended Stonyhurst College (approx 1 hr drive away). Arthur married his first wife, Louisa Hawkins, at St Oswald's Church, Thornton in Lonsdale, (where a copy of his marriage certificate can be viewed) just a mile from Penny Black and it is thought that his Sherlock Holmes character was developed in the Ingleton area with a number of clues to be discovered by would be detectives.
Ingleton village offers individual shops, dog friendly country pubs, a variety of eating establishments and wonderful tea rooms. There are many Churches of various denominations in the area.
The nearest shop to Penny is 0.9 miles towards Ingleton. It is a 'corner shop' with a difference and is called Country Harvest. Here you can buy local produce including wonderful meats and groceries, clothing, gifts and they have a super café. Coach tours regularly stop here as a treat to break their journey.
Our local pub is the newly refurbished Marton Arms who serve tasty, well presented evening meals, offer fine traditional hand pulled cask ales and have over 35 gins on offer. The Marton Arms is situated in the hamlet of Thornton in Lonsdale (1 mile away) across the road from St Oswald’s church.
Ingleton is a bustling, lively community spirited, welcoming village, hosting many special events throughout the year.
The heated outdoor swimming pool is open during the summer months and is well worth a visit.
The famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a must for walkers visiting the area. The trail starts approximately 1.9 miles from Penny Black and has a large car park, public conveniences, a shop and café.
Penny Black is convenient for The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as well as walking for all ages and abilities from the doorstep.
The Westhouse Walks can be accessed from directly outside Penny Black Cottage with three varying walks for most abilities.
Keen cyclists can enjoy the miles of country lanes and off road tracks - cycle hire is available at Escape bike shop just a few hundred metres from the cottage. There is safe, secure lockable storage within the cottage garden.
For a beautifully nostalgic step back in time, visit Cowan Bridge Tearoom for light lunches, afternoon tea and tasty home made cakes in pretty, relaxed tea rooms, just a three minute drive north west towards Kirkby Lonsdale.
The well-known White Scar Cave is within a ten minute drive from the cottage and is situated close to the Ribblehead Viaduct which carries the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway across Batty Moss in the valley of the River Ribble at Ribblehead.
Ingleborough Cave is also fabulous half day trip via a wonderfully relaxed walk.
You can catch a ride from Settle Station, on the Settle to Carlisle Railway approximately a 20 minute drive from Penny Black.
From May to September each year, Ingleton and the surrounding area host the Over Ground Under Ground Festival which really does have something for everyone!
More info about what is on in Ingleton throughout the year can be found on This is Ingleton an informative and interesting insight into this wonderful and much loved village.
Further afield, a 40 minute drive North West will take you through beautiful and dramatically romantic scenery to Bowness on Windermere in the Lake District where you can travel across this infamous Mere by ferry to enjoy the multitude of visitor attractions available or travel further north towards the majestic rugged mountainous regions of Ambleside and on to Keswick etc. Alternatively, a drive to the southern and western Lake District is well worth a visit.
A short trip North East of Penny will take you deep into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
To the South, approximately 25 miles, lies Lancashire's picturesque Forest of Bowland - also known as the Bowland Fells.
As you can see, Penny Black Cottage is ideally situated as a base for visiting so many wonderful places spanning three of the most stunning counties in the North of England.
There is a bus stop across the road from the cottage with regular services between Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire Ingleton - Kirkby Lonsdale - Lancaster or Kirkby Lonsdale - Ingleton - Skipton or Morecambe - Ingleton - Malham