“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France

You are welcome to walk around the farm just abide by the farm rules please: 

 if the gate is shut open it to get to the other side don't climb it.     If it's locked please don't unlock it- The big gate next to the playground is held shut with a carabiner - that one you can open but please shut it behind you.     Please do not feed anything unless a member of the team tells you it is ok to do so.  If you have melons or pumpkins for Frankie and Benny please let us know and we will let you know when they can have them - so we can adjust their tea that day.  And remember animals do have teeth 

Pygmy Goats

Lets start the introductions with not only the first arrivals but the most "challenging" family members. 

 Led by Mabel our group of pygmy goats can be found behind the playground.   They love to climb, run and love new things although dogs are not high on their favorite things list.  

Pictured is cobweb although her twin brother mabel (slightly paler spots) is generally the first on the scene. 


Pop to the barn gate or the gate by the field and say hello to these 3 adorable souls.   Brenden, Diesel and Davy have joined us from The Donkey Sanctuary and already love the attention. 

Please as with all our animals do not be tempted to feed them - as cute as these 3 are they are on balanced diets but if its feeding time or brushing time, or walk time don't be shy come on over the boys will be glad to meet you.  

Valais Blacknose Sheep

Our "sweet valais high girls" - Valais Blacknose arrived in the spring and if you see them after shearing they look a little less cute ! But lead by Jelly Bean and Noodle these girls are just sweet as sweet can be.   Not as brave as some of the other sheep they take a little time to get to know people and weigh them up.   
From the Alps in Switzerland Valais Blacknose is a mountain sheep and our girls like the hilly fields but they are rather "precious" souls.  


The wonderful Ouessant sheep is a rare breed of heritage sheep - originally from the Ouessant island in Brittany.  They have a thick fleece of long wool with a dense undercoat.

Ouessants - or midget gems as we like to call them are renowned for their character and their hardiness  - they are the smallest naturally occurring breed of sheep in the world!

Matilda leads the flock and she is extremely inquisitive.  


Herdwick Sheep date back 10,000 years.  Cute and loveable faces Herdwicks are an extremely hardy hill sheep perfectly adapted to life in the Lake District Fells. 
Ours are a funny colour?  the first chocolate brown fleece is known as the hog fleece at around 15 months old the young sheep will be shorn and after this the fleece turns to the distinctive steel grey colour that is associated with the Herdwick. 

 Our Girls are led by Dave - Dave is super friendly and if you get the chance of a tickle its likely to be Dave.  


From the Hrafn Flock Icelandic sheep are our latest arrivals.  A really tough breed these guys are just settling in and getting to know everyone.  

Icelandic sheep were taken to Iceland by the Vikings from 874-1100 AD, and bred in isolation there for hundreds of years, they are one of the oldest and purest sheep breeds in the world. They are recognized by DEFRA on their EGBAR list – as a globally endangered valuable genetic resource.

The icelandic fleece is made up of 2 layers - the long silky layer (the tog) which help makes the fleece water resistant and the very fine soft shorter later (the thel) which makes the fleece warm and light.  

The boys (black)are by far the braver so far :) 

Pumpkin, Stewart & Pudding

Hand reared these 3 joined the family because one of the team couldn't bear the thought of them going to market. 

Pumpkin is the brown of the 3, Pudding on the right for obvious reasons as to why she got her name and all 3 love attention and sometimes come if you shout them. 


Frankie and Benny - our Gloucester Old Spot pigs are found to the right of the barn.  Inseperable but like to squabble especially over a melon the 2 joined us as they got a bit large and boisterous for their previous home.   In the summer they will make their own wallows along the wall which we top up for them and in the winter they just love to dig! 


You may hear our Sebastopol geese before you see them - their honk carries and they can be loud when they want to be.   A rare breed their long trailing or frizzled curly feathers is the key feature that identifies the Sebastopol goose.  The place of origin, the drainage basin of the River Danube and Black Sea area, gives it the title.

It is the only breed with these unusual curly feathers. The curly feathers mean that the bird cannot fly.

Silkie Chickens

Raised with a brother from another mother "harley the Harlequin duck - who is now making friends with the geese.

The poodles of the chicken world are nearly fully grown -  just coming of age and just recently the cockerel cockerelled for the first time.  


 “Walking is the best possible exercise.” – Thomas Jefferson

As a guide, the Brockholes land begins as you turn into the drive off of the main road, and extends from the stone wall at the base of the fell to your left, to the middle of the River to the Right. As you reach the cottages, our land continues down to the Ancient Wood (again following the stone wall at the base of the fell), until you reach Lunes Bridge.

Currently, the land to the left of the cottages, either side of the road, is grazed by sheep belonging to the previous owners of Brockholes Farm, so we ask dogs are kept on leads when walking in this area. The land to the right of the cottages is usually sheep-free, save for any wanderers who have made their way further South.

There is a public footpath that runs along the edge of the river from the Lune Bridge, along the back of the cottage gardens, and then joins the road through the land leading to the main road. It is not a busy footpath, but is not unusual to see people using the route. Usually the River is gentle but it is deep in parts - please do keep an eye on little ones and dogs as the flow can be stronger than it looks, especially when we have had a lot of rain, in strong winds and stormy weather.

Start of the River Walk Track

Gate to Ancient Woodland


Distance 1.2 miles in total (Approx.0.6 miles each way)

Takes: As long as you want it to take, you’re on holiday!

This is a gentle walk along the banks of the River Lune for which you remain on Brockholes land throughout. It is a track or grass underfoot most of the way, then a stoney path. The route merges with the line of the public footpath. The River is unfenced and can be accessed for paddling. Friendly dogs are welcome to be exercised off lead all along the River Walk. Please do bear in mind that whilst it is Brockholes’ land, it is not strictly “enclosed” so dogs prone to doing a runner are best kept on a lead.

To access the River Walk turn right from the front door of your cottage and go through the Farm gate to the left of the storage shed. To the right you will see a track, follow this track down the slope, the river will be on your right. We have recently added rest-benches to make the River Walk accessible to more guests, so take a seat and watch the River flow by.

Continue with the River on your right. Continue to follow along the bank of the River, you will reach a gate, go through the gate into a large open field and continue along the River bank, merging to the start of the Ancient Woodland. Here you will see a gate, this is where the path surface changes – it becomes quite stoney and leaves line the path especially in Autumn. It can be slippery when it is icey or very wet. Continue through the gate and along the path, the Lune Bridge will appear over the River, aswell as some waterfalls coming off the fells on your left.

The path finishes at a quiet road, at this point this particular walk turns around to go back the way you came, keeping the River on your left. If you want a longer route back you can detour through the fields, up the left hand side of the Ancient Woodland (little bit hilly) and come back out at the big green barn

BROCKHOLES "Sheep Strutt"

Distance: 1.5 miles In total (0.75m each way)

Takes: As long as you want it to take, you’re on holiday!

This route follows the road you will have driven to your cottage along, returning the same way. It is all Brockholes Land so you are welcome to venture off the path and investigate the area. Please be aware that there are some steep drops to the left towards the river in some places, and sheep do curently graze this part of the land, please do not disturb them, they are quite happy!   We recommend keeping dogs leashed when sheep are in the vicinity.

Part of the way along this route you will see a pond over the wall on the left, this is where the wild otter can often be seen very early in the morning, and have been known to raise their babies around the pond!  You are welcome to explore the pond area but we do ask dogs are not taken into this area, to avoid disturbing the otters!

Reaching the end of Brockholes Land you can either turnaround and head back to your cosy cottage, or taking a right turn will take you towards the village of Tebay.  Recently the National Park have extended the footpath routes set back on the right hand side, it will take you up the hills behind the trees but is a pleasant - and much safer walk - than along the road if you do wish to explore off our land.

Welsh Mountain Ponies

“I call my horses ‘divine mirrors’—they reflect back the emotions you put in. If you put in love and respect and kindness and curiosity, the horse will return that.” Allan Hamilton

In the field opposite the cottages you will see three horses, these are Welsh Mountain Ponies. They currently don’t belong to the cottages but they are friendly (just mind your/your little ones’ fingers as you would with any animal) and will pop over to say hello most days.

Welsh ponies are classified as a rare breed, descendants of the prehistoric Celtic ponies, these hardy ponies have lived wild, surviving harsh Welsh winters on the remote hills, with very little vegetation. This hardy little pony survived persecution under Henry VIII (who ordered the destruction of horses too small to carry a Soldier) standards of war horses), as they were able to escape to the highest and toughest mountain terrains. A couple of hundred years later, pony hunting became increasingly popular and Welsh Mountain Ponies are known to have fought back when chased and cornered, breaking the hunter’s legs and injuring the hunters horses.

Annual round ups drove over 1000 ponies down from the hills to be culled or sold. In the 1900’s their tenacious qualities were harnessed for work, with many sold to be worked as coal pit ponies. Coal pit ponies often lived in underground stables – a far cry from the freedom of the mountains that they had enjoyed in their earlier years. They were often treated “well” as pit masters knew a healthy, well trained pony would reap rewards, making them an asset. Pit ponies worked in mines at different depths, the deepest pits in Wales were as low at 700 metres.

River Otters!

Wild River Otters can often be spotted around the pond, or, as you may expect, in the River!  This pair have been known to raise their babies here on the Brockholes pond too!  Be sure to let us know if you do catch a glimpse of the lovely pair!