Deer Rudding is situated within the northern fells of the Lake District National Park and is accessible from Penrith, Keswick, Wigton and Carlisle areas.

Visitor Info

The garden is open under the National Garden Scheme (NGS), welcoming visitors on selected open days, or by appointment. In addition to opening for the NGS there will be one opening to support Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group (P&DRSG).

The entry charge is £5 per person, children are free. All money raised will go to the respective charities.

2019 NGS Open Days

No appointment is required on the garden open days:

  • Saturday, April 13
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Saturday, June 8

P&DRSG Open Day

The garden will be open on Sunday 14th July between 10 am and 5 pm in aid of Penrith and District Red Squirrel Group (P&DRSG). There will be refreshments and a plant sale at Millhouse Village Hall.

By Appointment

Between April and June the garden is open by appoinment only and enquiries can be made via email.


Address and Directions

Deer Rudding
Hesket Newmarket
From Penrith
  1. From Penrith take the M6 northbound and exit at Junction 41.
  2. Take B5305 towards Wigton for 6.8 miles then take a left turn towards Hesket Newmarket.
  3. Follow the road for 2.2 miles, at Millhouse take a left turn to Haltcliffe Bridge by village hall.
  4. Continue 1 mile then turn right over cattle grid.

There are a number of routes from Keswick, Wigton and Carlisle.

Deer Rudding is not easily accessible via public transport.


Refreshments will be available at Millhouse Village Hall on each of the opening days. These will be provided by local charities and all funds raised will be for the benefit of the local group.

  • April 13th - Fellview Pre-school
  • May 11th - Friends of Fellview School
  • June 8th - Castle Sowerby Church

Refreshments can be obtained from local cafes and pubs at Caldbeck, Hesket Newmarket and Unthank. We recommend:

Children's Trail

There is a children’s trail to discover some of the wildlife that visit us at Deer Rudding. This is suitable for children accompanied by an adult as there is a pond area and river in the garden.