Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank Orchards comprise a collection of apple, pear, plum, damson and quince trees grown as standards, cordons and espaliers. 175 varieties of apple are grown as a reference collection of apples which are suited to growing in the North of England. We use the collection to conserve heritage varieties and to encourage more people to try and to grow a wider variety of apples. The orchards are within peaceful walled gardens complete with herbaceous borders and carpetted with daffodils in Spring, and in a more open setting enclosed by hedges with an array of beds containing soft fruit and seasonal vegetables.


Ashmeadow is a small remnant orchard of about 36 trees within the 5 acre Ashmeadow Woodlands at Arnside on the south bank of the Kent estuary.


Historic house and gardens at Coniston that was once home to John Ruskin.

Cylinders Estate

The survival of a seventy year old orchard in Elterwater is due to the Dadaist German artist Kurt Schwitters and to Ian Hunter & Celia Larner, whose arts charity the Littoral Trust purchased Cylinders Estate including the famous Merz Barn.


Historic house and gardens near Ullswater. The ancient apple trees in the garden are named 18th/19th century varieties with nearly 30 different kinds. The fruit from these trees is used in the tearoom in several of the delicious recipes available throughout the year.


Historic house and gardens 6 miles north of Penrith. Some fruit trees in the walled gardens.

Levens Hall

Historic house and garden south of Kendal. The renowned topiary garden also incorporates a small orchard of apple trees and medlars, a nuttery and herb garden.


Historic house and gardens by Bassenthwaite Lake. An orchard of traditional Cumbrian fruit trees was planted in the mid 1990's.


Private orchard - principally apples grown for juice and cider

Rydal Hall

Rydal Hall belongs to the Carlisle Diocese of the Anglican Church. The gardens, originally designed by Thomas Mawson, are a unique example of Edwardian gardening in the heart of the Lake District. There are 18 mainly northern heritage apple varieties in the orchard.

Sizergh Castle

Historic house and garden south of Kendal. A number of local apple varieties in the orchard.


Private garden open to the public. Includes an old orchard to one side of the garden.

Wordsworth House and Garden

Birthplace of the poet with a real 18th C ambience and a small but well cared-for garden.

Lakeside Hotel

How many fruit trees does it take to count as an orchard? The Lakeside Hotel has only eleven, but the main reason for including this site here is that this is possibly the best example of publicly accessible espaliered apples & pears in Cumbria.