Visit an organic farm

Howbarrow Farm, Cumbria

Howbarrow Farm is a six hectare smallholding on the southern fells of Cumbria, a short distance from the attractive priory village of Cartmel. Here, Paul Hughes and Julia Sayburn have created a range of organic enterprises including chicken, sheep, pigs and horticulture.


Howbarrow specialises in growing high value salad crops and herbs. Polytunnels create an ideal climate for growing cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. Outside, beds of salads, chard and spinach grow in between herbs used to produce medicinal tinctures.


Howbarrow has 50 laying hens and free range table birds. They have proper access to the fields and live in small portable chicken houses which are regularly moved to fresh pasture. A small flock of Jacob sheep and a couple of pigs supply customers with fresh organic meat.


The farm lies off the beaten track in a quiet and attractive part of the Lake District. Situated between the summits of Howbarrow and Mount Barnard, and bordered by forest to the south-west, the farm is a wonderful place to see the local wildlife. Swallows nest in the barn and you can hear the larks singing during the summer.


Howbarrow Farm’s produce - including its eggs and table poultry which were both highly commended in the 1999 Organic Food Awards - is sold direct to the public through the internet, farm shop, local farmers’ markets and a vegetable box delivery scheme.  

Arranging a visit   

Farm shop is open 10:00am to 5:00pm and trail open by arrangement. Howbarrow Farm is happy to host farm walks and talks for groups throughout the year. The farm provides bed and breakfast and offers free board and lodging in return for helping out with the farm work. Please call the farm to arrange group visits, working holidays and B&B.  

How to get there   

By bus: To Cartmel approximately two miles from the farm. By train: The nearest train station is at Grange-over-Sands about five miles away.
By road: Take the A590 towards Barrow-in-Furness and turn left to Cartmel. Head for the square in the centre of the village and as you face the telephone box, take the exit to the right. This takes you round a sharp right-hand bend and past the race course. After about a quarter of a mile, take the first left signed ‘cul-de-sac’. Follow this road to the junction, turn left and Howbarrow Farm can be found at the end on the right.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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