In and around Morland

Church – St Lawrence’s Church is the oldest structure in Cumbria still in daily use. It has a remarkable Saxon tower built in about 1050 with walls five feet thick in places. It is the only one in the North West of England. This tower had been built by Earl Siward of York. He chose Morland as it had been the centre of the ancient Celtic/British Kingdom of Rheged that had become the local principality when the Roman Legions had marched away.

The War This website is dedicated to the men from Morland and the surrounding area who lost their lives in the service of their Country. There are sixteen names on the memorial of those who lost their lives during WW1 and one name from the Boer war.

The Mill Yard Cafe – A destination in itself. Mill Yard cafe is situated in the village square next to the Crown Inn and Appleby Brewery. Oak floors, teracotta walls and a snug with a woodburning stove create a wonderful atmosphere people travel far and wide to sample – as well as their delicious coffee and cakes. Herbs and sweet peas grow around the beautiful courtyard where you can relax in the summer months. The cafe doubles as a local food shop and sells gifts and paintings which adds to the wonderful sense of community. The menu offers delicious, freshly cooked food using local ingredients from homemade cakes and scones to fish cakes with Thai chilli sauce. Friday evening is Pizza Night at the cafe and the cafe is also open on Saturday evenings for meals. The menu includes Sea Bass, Rib Eye Steak & Mushroom Stroganoff.

Crown Inn – The Crown Inn is a traditional village pub situated in the village square across the road from the cafe and beside the village green and Morland beck. Serving real ale there is a pool table and darts. The pub is currently closed.

Morland Area CofE Primary School -. Morland School promotes high achievement and learning for life within an ethos based on Christian values.

Little Treasures Nursery & Playgroup – Little Treasures Nursery and Playgroup is the perfect setting for toddlers to learn and play in a caring and fun environment. Contact 01931 714812

Morland & Newby Village Hall – The Village Hall is situated besides the primary school on High Street, the main road to Newby and Shap. It has its own large car park. The main hall is light and spacious (capacity220) and has a stage area. There is also a carpeted supper room suitable for smaller meetings and a large well equipped kitchen. The hall is well used by a wide range of local community groups and is also the usual meeting place for the parish council.

Morland Play Area –  Morland has a large playing field divided to provide a large open play area for ball games, kite flying etc. This area is also used for the annual village fete and the ‘Party in the Park’ event. The other section has a good selection of play activities such as swings and a slide for children.  The play area is located opposite the school and village hall on High Street.

Tennis Court – Alongside the village hall is a large tennis court. The surface is tarmac, the court is marked for tennis and it has a net. It is available at a small charge for villagers and visitors who would like a game of tennis. Details by the gate.

Walking – There are four circular walks starting from the square which go out into the surrounding countryside. Each has its own special features and all are easy walks of three to four miles. These walks are displayed on the notice boards in the square and at the village hall. Booklets describing the walks and providing directions are available from the Mill Yard Cafe.