We are located in the centre of the picturesque village of Orton, about 20 miles south of Penrith and 12 miles north-east of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District and close to the M6 Motorway. Our shop, coffee house and factory shop are open all year round (with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). There are viewing windows in our Coffee House through which you can see the small production area. A short video film also shows the various stages of the chocolate making.
We are situated in the centre of the village of Orton, just set back from the main Tebay to Appleby Road (B6260), opposite the village hall. There is free parking (hooray!) in the village and no traffic wardens (hooray again)!
If you are travelling from the south, exit at Junction 38 (Tebay) of the M6 Motorway, take the first road left from the roundabout at the end of the motorway slip road, signposted to Orton and Appleby. After just over 2 miles you will reach Orton. Travel on the main road until you pass the George Hotel on the left a little way further on you will reach the village hall we are located opposite.
If you are travelling from the north, exit from Junction 39 (Shap) of the M6 Motorway. Take the first minor road to the left signposted Orton (5 miles). As you enter the village, down the rise, bear right round past the Post Office and Stores. After about 100 metres, there is a parking area on the left which is situated adjoining our building.
If you are travelling from the north-east, follow the A685 from Kirkby Stephen until you reach the roundabout at the M6 Junction in Tebay. Take the third exit right from the roundabout, signposted Orton and Appleby (B6260). After just over 2 miles you will reach Orton. Travel on the main road until you pass the George Hotel on the left a little way further on you will reach the village hall - we are located opposite.
If you need any more help, just give us a call and we'll try and direct you to a safe arrival outside our front door! Telephone 01539 624 781.
The nearest railway stations are Appleby-in-Westmorland on the Carlisle-Settle Line, and Oxenholme (Kendal) and Penrith both on the main West Coast Mainline. Local bus services are not ideal, but if you need timetable information visit:
Bus Route 561 Appleby-Orton-Kendal (Wednesdays only).
You may also want coincide your visit with the award winning Orton "Farmers" Market this is held on the second Saturday of each month (9am to 2pm) and features a large range of Cumbrian food and traditional craft products.
Orton is close to the attractions of the Lake District, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales. There is accommodation in the village at The George Hotel and nearby B&B's and holiday apartments and cottages. Also in the village you will find The Village Stores and Post Office. In the EdenValley and not too far away, we also recommend The Temple Sowerby House Hotel and Augill Castle near Brough.
For other local information visit http://www.golakes.co.uk/
Our factory shop is open Monday-Saturday 9am-5.00pm,
and Sundays (and Public Holidays) 10.00am - 5.00pm.
(Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day Holidays).
Last orders in our Coffee House 4PM (16.00 hrs). The Coffee House is closed at 4.30 pm to allow for cleaning.
There is a wheelchair ramp at the front door and double opening doors, which allows easy access to the factory shop for people in wheelchairs or little ones in pushchairs. Unfortunately, the coffee house is on a different level in the building, but wheelchair and pushchair access is possible through a side-door which can be opened by our staff on request. Our friendly and helpful staff are on hand, if you require any assistance.
One of two spacious WC's located at the far end in the coffee house is a disabled facility.