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parish Services

in and around Nichol Forest.

For a small Parish, Nichol Forest has a lot to offer. Our village hall always has a lot going on from food to local crafts. We have a library service, Women's Institute, Art Club and the hall can be hired for private use. The Parish has a church that holds regular services and is available for weddings, baptisms and funerals. Locally there is also several places for visitor accomodation and transport available. Other services, such as post office, pharmacy, food shops, doctors, cash machines and banks, are in Longtown, England or Newcastleton, Scotland.

Local Services

Nichol Forest Amenities

bessiestown guest house


Bessiestown is a luxurious retreat, in the heart of Border Reiver country. Situated in the 'Debatable Lands' - a relaxing and refreshing base from which to explore some of the most beautiful countryside in northern England.

Bessiestown Guest house
liddel water lodge

Liddel Water

The cabin is constructed from locally felled larch trees and has a cedar shingle roof, it is in a truly fantastic private location on the banks of the river Liddel which is only yards way from the Scottish Borders.

Liddel Water Log Cabin
twin willows

Twin Willows

A Caravan Park situated in the idyllic countryside location near Carlisle, Cumbria. It is a quiet, beautiful location where we guarantee you an absolutely delightful holiday in our brand new facility.

Twin Willows Caravan Park
bus stop


Joan's Cars - 01228-791159
C&P Taxis - 01228-535425


There is a bus that runs on Tuesdays and Fridays between Newcastleton and Carlisle which passes through Penton once in the morning and twice in the afternoon.

Bus Timetable
john sisson contracting

John Sisson Contracting

John Sisson Contracting specialises in the fabrication of all types of steel framed buildings including clear span portal framed buildings.We do not supply buildings manufactured by other companies.

John Sisson Contracting
log homes finland

Log Homes Finland

Log Homes Finland are the place to go for quality log cabins, log houses, mobile log homes and bespoke log buildings from Finland. We are experienced professional log home suppliers and builders.

Log Homes Finland
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Post Codes

If you struggle to find us by Sat Nav here are some postcodes for specific landmarks in our Parish.

The Bridge Inn, Penton CA6 5QB
Nicholforest Hall, CA6 5QD
Nicholforest Church CA6 5QD
Penton Linns CA6 5QU
Catlowdy CA6 5QP
Scugg Gate CA6 5 RY

Sheep dog trials

A major annual event organised by the Penton Discussion Group is the Penton Sheepdog Trials held on Bank Holiday Saturday at the end of May. A popular trials event in the North it attracts 50 or 60 competitors mainly from Cumbria, Northumberland, Durham, Lancashire, and the Scottish Borders. In recent years competitors have come from as far afield as Bristol, Holland, the Shetland Isles, and Cairndow in Argyll. The trials are run at the Haithwaite Farm in Penton and the day now includes a dog show during the lunch interval. Visitors and spectators are very welcome indeed at any time throughout the day.

Penton Discussion Group


Nichol Forest Pathways