Caldbeck is a beautiful village situated in the Northern Fells of the Lake District. It is named after the river (Cold Beck) on which it stands. This river and its tributaries provided the water for the important industrial development of the area in the 17th and 18th centuries - woollen mills, bobbin mills, corn mills, a paper mill and a brewery. The village still reflects this former industrial activity with many of the old mill building still in use - Priest's Mill being one of them.
Mining in the local fells behind Caldbeck began as early as the 13th Century but the hey day was in the 17th century, with the last mine closing in the 1960's. These fells are rich in a variety of minerals, in particular lead, copper and barytes.
However fell farming remains the most important occupation in the area.
The timeless character of the village has been preserved as a conservation area where ponies, sheep, even ducks roam freely - watch your bread! The 12th century St Kentigern's Church (just behind Priest's Mill) is the resting place of the famous local huntsman, John Peel.
The surrounding fells and woodlands are easily accessible on foot and there are many signed footpaths.
Just up from the village duck pond, there is a popular short walk which follows the river up the Howk, a limestone gorge containing beautiful waterfalls and the picturesque ruins of the old bobbin mill. The Bobbin Mill once had the largest waterwheel in the country, at 3 feet wide, and a 42 feet diameter.
The Locals take great pride in their lovely village and have a very active resident community. Visitors are always welcome to join in. Local activities include Bowls, Cricket, Tennis, Guided Walks, Hound Trailing and Fox Hunting (within the law). Caldbeck is a popular village, but never overcrowded - a peaceful oasis in the Northern English Lake District.
For more information about Caldbeck and the surrounding Northern Fells visit Caldbeck Area Online.