We were on holiday with 2 dogs and our 3 year old and from the website High Head seemed a great place that we could all enjoy. The mini-gallery and cafe seemed nice, though we didn't stay there long as the dogs were restless. We paid our £5 and went through the dog walking entrance which is right beside the play area, which is small but much enjoyed by our little boy. We then set to walking and straight away we could see it wouldn't be great. There were nettles everywhere and most of the sculptures were broken, rusting or had been claimed by their surroundings. The signs that told you the artists' names were all faded (they were only laminated paper after all) and the supposed 'willow labyrinth' that was actually marked on the ancient map we were given was just a mown path through yet more nettles. We decided to walk to the 'stone circle' which was also marked on the map, hoping for the promised views of High Head Castle. On the way there were viewpoints, which gave a lovely view of various bushes and grass. And so, on to the stone circle, a ring of small sandstone slabs in the middle of a grassy field. With a missing sign. And a missing castle. And then the heavens opened and we trudged back down the hill, disappointed and hungry, but too annoyed to eat in the cafe. Cue a long trip to Penrith where we had a lovely dinner at The Agricultural Hotel to make up for it!
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