Scalebeck is a great place for touring with a wide variety of beautiful landscapes and heritage available within an hours drive or so. Some possible day trips include...
- The Lake District towns of Keswick and Windermere are both 50-55 mins drive away with Ambleside and Grasmere just over an hour (traffic depending). The nearest lake is Ullswater, with Pooley Bridge and the Ullswater Steamers just 40 mins away. Combine a trip on the steamer with walking or cycling the surrounding fells.
- Alternatively head for the Yorkshire Dales with the town of Hawes, home of Wensleydale cheese, a scenic 50 mins drive away. For a lovely full day tour why not continue on to Aysgarth Falls or Castle Bolton, then cross Redmire Moor to Reeth, and return to the Eden Valley along the less visited Swaledale.
- Another option for a day trip is to drive 50 mins up into the North Pennines and Middleton-in-Teesdale where High Force claims to be England's biggest waterfall. Continue along Teesdale to Barnard Castle and perhaps stop off at the Bowes Museum. From there it is just 40 mins back to Scalebeck. Alternatively from Middleton head North West up to Alston - the highest market town in England, and home to the South Tynedale railway where you can ride on a steam train. From Alston it is about an hour back to Scalebeck.
- Finally - a bit more than an hour but worth including on this list is Hadrian's Wall, which you can visit at Birdoswald Fort, 1hour and 10mins away. Plenty of options to visit the fort or walk along part of the wall. Other forts further along the Tyne Valley include Vindolanda and Chesters. A day out to the Tyne Valley could also be combined with a return route across the North Pennines via Alston.