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“Where sculptures go to die”

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High Head Sculpture Valley
Reviewed September 24, 2012

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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Reviewed February 5, 2012

It is okay for spending a little time here as there is not much to the place. There is an art gallery, cafe and tiny play area but the walk is good for the sculpture trail.

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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Visited High head sculpture valley last week with friends. Had been before and thought I would introduce my friends to this hidden gem. They exhibit local artists work in the gallery and there was some beautiful pieces on display. Then paid £2.50 to go into the valley and see the sculptures there. Although a stunning setting, the pieces there were awfully weather beaten and decrepit. We walked up past fields of corn, to the stone circle, which had a breathtaking view over the fells. On our return we expected to find a labyrinth, this, however was long gone. A shame, because it would have created the element of magic that this place needs. We ended our visit in the tea room, reasonably priced, but average food and average service. This place is not well known in the local area (my friends had never heard of it) I'm sure with a bit more promotion, and the resulting investment, this place could be as great as it should be!

4  Thank KateBudders
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

High Head is a reasonably long bike ride for us so we decided to go for lunch there one day. When we arrived and walked through the door we were greeted by a young waitress who seemed to be very shy and intimidated- not qualities you would expect from a waitress. She whispered to us to sit down and order at the counter when we were ready. We both decided upon the leek and potato soup which was available with 'guiness bread'. Upon enquiring as to what was the nature of this mysterious bread and as to whether it was alcoholic the waitress simply said 'I dont know how to desribe it'- when it was quite simply crusty brown bread. To be fair the leek and potato soup was to die for but we became very hungry after waiting for half an hour. considering it was a special it should not have taken that long The chocolate milkshake with a scoop of ice cream provided both desert and drink however one of the group ordered(at the time of ordering main courses) gingerbread and custard. One of the other waitresses came to take our dishes away and said "did you order gingerbread" they replied "yes" and she said "I'l do it for you now"- another nice long wait. With another feeble "sorry about the wait" they served the dish. The small portion you got for £3.90 was declared delicious. Overall, the food was absolutely lovely however, the service wasn't great and the value for money was also poor but we would recomend to any patient or wealthy people passing by!

3  Thank henrynoah
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Reviewed May 29, 2011

Stumbled across Sculpture Valley by accident trying to find somewhere for coffee, just off the motorway (heading North). With 2 toddlers we were taking a chance, and figured it mught be OK for a quick coffee - it was fantastic!
After a meandering, but well sign posted, 10min detour from the M6, you'll find it.
Dont be put off by the the inital approach -we nearly turned away on the car-park! Head into the coffee shop, and you will be amazed that this place exisits, tucked away here!
Before entering into the coffee shop, browse the gallery - the art i personally could take or leave, but some of the furniture was beautiful.
The homemade food was superb, an really reasonable - it was about £22 for the 4 of us for a light lunch and coffees.
After lunch, head out into the sculpture park - fantastic for the kids, the Peter Rabbit story and the swings were a good place to start before heading off to the labrytinth, or the stone circle.
The literature and website talks about B&B accomodation, and my impression is, as a stop off from the M6, in this area, you would be hard to beat it.
In short we were impressed, as regular visitors to the lakes (from Scotland), Sculpture Valley will be on the stop off list again!

1  Thank mwb20
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