Melmerby & Gamblesby

A Potted History

Melmerby is supposed to have taken its name from its having been the residence of Melmor, a Dane who lived hereabouts in the ninth century. Nestling at the foot of the Pennine scar, Melmerby is typical of a number of picturesque fell side villages which lie along the eastern edge of the Eden Valley, bisected by a winding stream the village green once bore witness to cock fighting and wrestling as well as offering protection for villagers and cattle against the marauding Scots. A phenomenon well known in these parts is the ‘Helm Wind’ which is a sudden and very powerful wind coming down off the fell side.

Places of Interest

The Village Bakery – organic bakery with an excellent restaurant and the Shepherd’s Inn pub.

Cycle Shops

Melmerby is another place that maybe an unemployed cycle mechanic should explore. Its back to Penrith I’m afraid. Arragons – Brunswick Road, Penrith Tel: 01768 890344

Halfords – Ullswater Road, Penrith Tel: 01768 892960