Crookabeck is a 40 acre (16 ha) farm beneath Place Fell in Patterdale, The Lake District. It is marked on the 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Map No. 5, The English Lakes NE area, at grid reference 402156.
To the South is the Kirkstone Pass (1,500 feet ) to Windermere and to the North is Ullswater which is 8 miles long. We overlook the impressive Helvellyn mountain range (3118 feet) and Striding Edge.
Crookabeck was built in the 1700's and is named after the double bend in the nearby Goldrill Beck which is shaped like a shepherd's crook. All the rainfall, over 90" per year, ends up in the Goldrill Beck which feeds into Ullswater.
The natural rock garden with its unusual carved gates, is full of peat loving plants - cyclamen, rhododendrons, fritillaries, hellebores, erythroniums, trilliums, mecanopsis and hostas, which all thrive on the goat manure.
A wide variety of wild life and bird life lives here including red squirrels, badgers, foxes, roe deer, herons and buzzards. The golden eagles nest in a nearby valley. A herd of red deer live on the fellside. Unfortunately the grey squirrel has recently arrived, so the future of the smaller native red is under threat.
The farm is also of course home to our herds of Angora Goats and Herdwick Sheep. Fly the sheepdog, ZaZa the Dalmatian and Luke the tabby cat also live here.
Please see our photo and video gallery for more scenes of life around Crookabeck Farm.
You can also visit us in person in Patterdale. Please see our contact us page for directions.