Hesket Newmarket is located 1½ miles from Caldbeck, on the northern edge of the Lake District National park, nestling in the Caldbeck fells. Hesket Newmarket is popular with walkers and climbers, especially with the local challenge, "The Old Crown Round” in a 20 hour ascent. The Reivers Cycle route also runs through the village. However; it is the Hesket Newmarket Brewery and pub that define the village with the brewery, located at the top of the Old Crown's garden. The beers are named after local fells in the area: Skiddaw Special Bitter, Blencathra Bitter, Old Carrock Strong Ale, and Great Cockup Porter.
In September, Hesket Newmarket has an agricultural show with wrestling, horses, ponies, hounds and terriers. There is a quiet main street, a village shop, a pub, a covered market cross and a strange hall. The quaint village of Hesket Newmarket has approximately 40 houses, mostly of the 18th century. It was little more than a hamlet until the 18th century, when the market charter was granted; but it never really caught on as a market town.
Hesket Newmarket’s claim to fame is that Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins visited on a walking holiday in 1857. Behind the market cross is a house called 'Dickens House'.
Hesket Newmarket offers visitors excellent walking, good beer, and peaceful countryside views. This sounds like a great place to distress from the hustle and bustle of city life for a while. Take a moment to chill, and read up on the History of the Lake District.