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Gosling Sike Farm

Gosling Sike is the Trust's organic farm on the edge of Carlisle in the village of Houghton, and the location of the Trust's northern office. Longhorn cattle graze in the water meadows.


  • Longhorn cattle grazing
  • Farmland birds including lapwing and curlew
  • Ducks and other waterbirds visiting the newly created scapes and pools

Recreating wetland habitats

A small tributary of the River Eden, Gosling Sike, runs through the land and it is from this that the farm takes its name. The Trust has embarked on a programme of work to re-meander Gosling Sike and create temporary pools to help recreate wet meadows. Work is also being undertaken to manage the hedgerows, the woodland and the pond to improve the biodiversity of the farmland.

Farming organically

The farm is managed organically and is registered with the soil association. A local organic vegetable and fruit grower Eva Organics is developing fruit and vegetable areas on the farm for its local box scheme. Susan Aglionby, who has given the land to the Trust, tenents the farm. Susan Aglionby organises educational visits to the farm for local schools and a temporary classroom and office have been put in place for this purpose.

Organic beef and lamb, from animals that have grazed on the Trust's farmland, is often for sale at the Croft farmhouse, which adjoins the farmland and the Trust's office. Please ring to establish what is available (Tel 01228 549628) and to arrange a collection time.

Recent History

Gosling Sike Farm was given to Cumbria Wildlife Trust by Susan Aglionby. The transfer of the land was completed in 2012

Getting here

The footpath is currently closed at the Houghton Road entrance. A diversion route is in place, which can become muddy underfoot and so we suggest wellingtons or other suitable footwear.

By car:  From M6 junction 44, take the A689 east.  After 1km turn right onto Houghton Road.  Drive through Houghton and Gosling Sike Farm is about 200m further on the right before the Croft farmhouse.  From Carlisle centre take the A7 north.  Turn right onto the B6264 for about 1km then turn left onto Houghton Road. The farm is on the left-hand side  beyond the Croft farmhouse - about 1km from the turnoff.
By bicycle: The farm is 2km (1.25miles) from National Route 7 and 72, Regional Route 10 and local routes.
By public transport: Main line train service to Carlisle; there is a regular bus service from the centre of Carlisle to Houghton which stops near the farm.

Species and habitats

Farmland, Orchard, Ponds, Woodland
Curlew, Lapwing

Nearby nature reserves

Quarry Banks
5 miles - Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Orton Moss
5 miles - Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Wreay Woods
6 miles - Cumbria Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Map reference
NY 409 591
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Gosling Sike is a working farm and schools and groups are welcome to visit the farm by arrangement with Susan Aglionby. Contact Susan on 01228 549628 to arrange your visit. Open days will be advertised in What's On and on the Trust's web site.
Disabled toilet
14.60 hectares
The footpath is currently closed at the Houghton Road entrance. A diversion route is in place, which can become muddy underfoot and so we suggest wellingtons or other suitable footwear.
Walking information
There is a public footpath running through some of the farm's fields. It is easiest to follow the route from the north of Tarraby and walk towards Houghton for about 1km (0.5miles). Please keep to the public footpath.The terrain can be very muddy and difficult in places. Wellies are essential in wet periods.
Parking at the Trust's office is for open days and office only.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Kevin Scott
Tel: 01228 829570