Ousby & Melmerby

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

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

Mike Fearn – (Nenthead) Tel: 01434 382194 Mobile: 07776 098 915 Blacksmith who has a stock of spares, will also repair your bike and if possible also operates a rider/bike recovery service.