Close to the village of Temple Sowerby, in between Appleby and Penrith, is the Acorn Bank house and estate. Nowadays it is owned by the National Trust. It has delightful woodland walks plus a reconditioned operational watermill. At the reception area in the house visitors are able to purchase flour ground in the mill. At the opposite end of the estate are a few ruins of a small-scale gypsum mine, a reminder of just one of the extractive industries that supported the local people well before the holidaymakers came, and in fact even today provides employment in this area of the Eden Valley. Near the house is a delightful walled garden and an apple orchard. For many visitors, however, the top attraction is the remarkable herb garden. The Acorn Bank garden has in excess of 250 varieties of both culinary and medicinal herbs.
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