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It is 91 miles from Barrow in Furness to Brampton and 81 miles from Whitehaven to Kirkby Stephen.

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Attraction 1 - Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269
Attraction 2 - Laurel & Hardy Museum, 4c Upper Brook Street, Ulverston LA12 7BH Tel: 01229 582292
Attraction 3 - Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 7DD Tel: 016977 47602
Attraction 4 - Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QF - Tel:01539 536340 (www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk)
Attraction 5 - Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria. Tel: 01229 717171

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Visitor attractions and information for Alston

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Attractions Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, Upper Weardale Tel: 01388 537505 - Winner of the 'North East England Tourism Award 2005 - Most Welcoming Experience' and 'The Guardian' Family Friendly Museum Award 2004. Killhope explores the life of North Pennine lead mining families with Park Level Mine underground experience, Northern England’s largest working water wheel and ‘hands-on’ activities. Visitor Centre with shop, café and World’s largest Spar Box exhibition. Woodland Walk. Under 7s play area. Workshops/activities.

 Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum

Attractions The South Tynedale Railway is a heritage railway in Cumbria and England's highest narrow gauge railway. The route runs from Alston to Kirkhaugh, Northumberland, via the South Tyne Viaduct, the Gilderdale Viaduct and the Whitley Viaduct. The current line is two and a quarter miles in length.

South Tynedale Railway

AttractionsBrougham Castle, Penrith Tel: 01768 862488 - The ruins of this 13th century fortress stand on the banks of the River Eamont, a mile and a half south of Penrith. The castle was restored by Lady Anne Clifford in the 17th century and overlaps the site of a Roman fort.

Brougham Castle, Penrith

Dalemain House & Gardens

Attractions Dalemain House & Gardens, Penrith CA11 0HB. Tel 01768 486450. On the A592 between the A66 and Ullswater. A Georgian facade grafted onto a largely Elizabethan house with grand public rooms and ample grounds.

Dalemain House & Gardens

Attractions Hutton-in-the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 484449 - Home to Lord and Lady Inglewood, it was originally a medieval stronghold and the Pele Tower still survives. Inside and outside the house show a wide range of architectural and decorative styles from the 17th century to the present day.

Hutton-in-the Forest

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Visitor attractions and information for Ambleside

Attractions Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, according to Wordsworth "None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties". Rowboats are available for hire, with stylish steamers and vintage cruisers to Lakeside in the south and Waterhead at the northern end. There is a ferry service across the lake to Sawrey giving access to the western side of the lake and Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top.

Lake Windermere

Attractions Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269 Delightful small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is managed by the National Trust.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

 AttractionsARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM, AMBLESIDE Tel: 015394 31212 - a unique place combining Library and Museum, scholarship and fun, art and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, memorabilia and archaeological objects relating to an extraordinary gallery of famous Lake District characters.

ARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

Abbot Hall

Attractions Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722 464 - Abbot Hall is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Kent, surrounded by a park and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal Castle. There are collections of modern works in the upstairs galleries while downstairs, 18th century paintings can be seen in their period setting, alongside furniture and objets d'art of the time. There is a collection of society portraits of the day including key works by George Romney (1734-1802), who served his apprenticeship in Kendal .

Abbot Hall

AttractionsTownend, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB Tel: 015394 32628 - A well-preserved 17th century yeoman farmer's house, complete with original furniture and decorative woodwork., a National Trust property.

Townend

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsRydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU. Tel: 015394 33002 - The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Dove Cottage

Attractions Dove Cottage / The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria. LA22 9SH. Tel: 015394 35544 - Dove Cottage was the home of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth. Some seventy thousand visitors now come to see the cottage and its gardens every year. Attached to Dove Cottage, the award winning museum contains much of Wordsworth's work, as well as a collection of early watercolour paintings of the Lake District.

 Dove Cottage

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Visitor attractions and information for Appleby in Westmorland

Attractions The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland. An annual event where every June, the Romany families of Europe – many in colourful, horse-drawn caravans – converge on nearby Gallow's Hill for this world-famous, week-long event. The fair began in 1685 when a charter was granted by James II. For many centuries, sheep and cattle were also sold at Appleby. The horses are washed in the River Eden before being shown off to prospective buyers. On the outskirts of Appleby.

The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Attractions Appleby Castle is located in the town centre, off Boroughgate. The Norman keep was restored by Lady Anne Clifford. In the centre of Appleby.

Appleby Castle

AttractionsAcorn Bank Garden & Watermill, Temple Sowerby, nr Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1SP (7 miles from Appleby) Tel: 017683 61893 - Delightful sheltered garden, renowned for its herbs and orchards growing old English fruit varieties, a National Trust property. About 6 miles from Appleby.

Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill

 AttractionsKeld Chapel is a tiny 16th-century Chapel near Shap (access at all times; key in village, see notice on chapel door). It is one of the National Trust's more remote religious sites. About 8 miles from Appleby.

Keld Chapel

Appleby hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Barrow In Furness

AttractionsSouth Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton in Furness, Cumbria - Tel: 01229 466086 Europe's Top Tiger Conservation Centre, with a unique safari on foot with many animals wandering free in natural surroundings. About 4 miles north of Barrow In Furness.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park

Attractions Barrow-in-Furness - Furness Abbey, Tel 01229 823420 Furness Abbey was one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England, exceeded only by Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The red sandstone remains are in the care of English Heritage. About one and a half miles north-east of Barrow In Furness.

Furness Abbey

AttractionsBow Bridge is a late-medieval stone bridge across Mill Beck that carries a route to nearby Furness Abbey. The bridge is in the care of English Heritage. About half a mile north of Barrow In Furness on a minor road off A590 near Furness Abbey.

Bow Bridge

AttractionsLaurel & Hardy Museum, 4c Upper Brook Street, Ulverston LA12 7BQ Tel: 01229 582292 - Ulverstons most famous son is Stan Laurel, born on 16th June 1890. The comedians' lives are celebrated in a mind-boggling collection of memorabilia believed to be the largest in the world, including letters, photographs, personal items and furniture. A large extension gives ample room to browse and a small cinema shows films and documentaries all day. Disabled persons have full access. About 7 miles northeast of Barrow In Furness.

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Conishead Priory and Gardens

AttractionsConishead Priory and Gardens, Manjushri Centre, Ulverston - Tel 01229 584029. The Manjushrj Centre is an international Buddhist College providing a peaceful environment in which people can learn about Buddhism and meditation. Originally founded in 1160 as a hospital for the poor, it is dominated by two 100 foot octagonal towers and is an excellent example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Special features include decorative ceilings, a valted great hall with fine stained glass and a 177 feet long cloister corridor. The Oak Room contains impressive carved woodwork from the early 17th Century. About 9 miles northeast of Barrow In Furness.

Conishead Priory and Gardens

Attractions Piel Castle is located on Piel Island and is accessed by ferry boats from Roa Island on the outskirts of Barrow In Furness. The impressive ruins of a 14th-century castle with a massive keep, inner and outer baileys, and towered curtain walls still standing. It was built by the Abbot of Furness on the south-eastern point of Piel Island, to guard the deep-water harbour of Barrow-in-Furness against pirates and Scots raiders. The site is owned by English Heritage and is freely accessible in daylight hours. Access is from Roa Island, summer only; subject to tides and weather. About 3 miles northeast of Barrow In Furness on the A5087.

Piel Castle

Barrow In Furness hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Bassenthwaite

Attractions Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest at 70 ft deep. It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. There is a shore path which runs the length of the west shore, but there is no access to the east side except at Mirehouse. Bassenthwaite is home to the vendace, a rare and endangered fish species found only here and in Derwentwater. About 2 miles west of Bassenthwaite.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Attractions Mirehouse is a remarkable historic house and gardens facing Bassenthwaite Lake. The gardens contain 4 wooded adventure playgrounds, varied sheltered gardens and lakeside walks through woods and parks. Here there is a small open-air theatre, built in 1974 for the reading of 'Morte d'Arthur' to the Tennyson society at the place where it is thought that Tennyson, who often stayed at Mirehouse, composed much of the poem. About 3 miles south of Bassenthwaite.

Mirehouse

Attractions Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre, Egremont Road, Cockermouth
Tel: 01900 822673. An indoor presentation of sheep sheerers at work with hands-on experience and opportunity to meet 19 different breeds of live sheep.
About 7 miles west of Bassenthwaite.

Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre

Skiddaw

Attractions Skiddaw, with a summit at 921 m (3,054 feet) above sea level, is the fourth highest mountain in England. It lies just north of Keswick and south of Bassenthwaite. It is the simplest of the Lake District mountains of this height to walk up as there is a "tourist track" from a car park to the north-east of Keswick, near the summit of Latrigg, and many walking guides recommend it to the occasional walker wishing to climb a mountain.

Skiddaw

Bassenthwaite hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Bowness on Windermere
 

 AttractionsARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM, AMBLESIDE Tel: 015394 31212 - a unique place combining Library and Museum, scholarship and fun, art and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, memorabilia and archaeological objects relating to an extraordinary gallery of famous Lake District characters.

 ARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum

Attractions Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722 464 - Abbot Hall is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Kent, surrounded by a park and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal Castle. There are collections of modern works in the upstairs galleries while downstairs, 18th century paintings can be seen in their period setting, alongside furniture and objets d'art of the time. There is a collection of society portraits of the day including key works by George Romney (1734-1802), who served his apprenticeship in Kendal .

Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum

Attractions Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, according to Wordsworth "None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties". Rowboats are available for hire, with stylish steamers and vintage cruisers to Lakeside in the south and Waterhead at the northern end. There is a ferry service across the lake to Sawrey giving access to the western side of the lake and Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top.

Lake Windermere

Attractions Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269. Delightful small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is managed by the National Trust.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

AttractionsTownend, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB Tel: 015394 32628 - A well-preserved 17th century yeoman farmer's house, complete with original furniture and decorative woodwork., a National Trust property.

Townend

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsRydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU. Tel: 015394 33002 - The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Bowness on Windermere hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Brampton

Attractions Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 7DD Tel: 016977 47602 Birdoswald stands high above a bend in the River Irthing in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall. The Birdoswald Visitor Centre provides a good introduction to Hadrian's Wall. About 6 miles northeast of Brampton.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Talkin Tarn Country Park

Attractions Talkin Tarn Country Park, Nr Brampton. Tel 016977 3129. A 65-acre lake set amid 120 acres of farmland and woodland, where you can sail, windsurf, canoe or hire wooden rowing boats. Fishing is available, mountain bike are for hire, there is a small camping and caravan site, and a permanent orienteering course is laid out around the park. About 2 miles south of Brampton.

Talkin Tarn Country Park

Attractions Lanercost Priory Church, Lanercost, Brampton, CA8 2HQ. Lanercost Priory was founded about 1166 by Henry II and fell into disrepair after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. About 1740 it was decided to restore the nave, and use it as a Parish Church. The West Front of the Church is a fine example of early English architecture. In the North aisle are three stained glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The remainder of the Priory, second only to Furness Abbey in interest as a ruin, is now in the hands of English Heritage. About 2 miles northeast of Brampton.

Lanercost Priory Church

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Visitor attractions and information for Brough

Attractions The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland. An annual event where every June, the Romany families of Europe – many in colourful, horse-drawn caravans – converge on nearby Gallow's Hill for this world-famous, week-long event. The fair began in 1685 when a charter was granted by James II. For many centuries, sheep and cattle were also sold at Appleby. The horses are washed in the River Eden before being shown off to prospective buyers.

The Horse Fair

AttractionsBrough Castle, Cumbria - Like many other castles in this area, Brough was restored in the 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford. The Castle consists of a large mound, on which there is a range of buildings with a circular corner tower and the remnants of an older four storey keep. It is owned by English Heritage.

Brough Castle

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Visitor attractions and information for Broughton in Furness

AttractionsSouth Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton in Furness, Cumbria - Tel: 01229 466086 Europe's Top Tiger Conservation Centre, with a unique safari on foot with many animals wandering free in natural surroundings. About 9 miles south of Broughton in Furness.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park

Attractions Barrow-in-Furness - Furness Abbey, Tel 01229 823420 Furness Abbey was one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England, exceeded only by Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The red sandstone remains are in the care of English Heritage. About 13 miles south of Broughton in Furness.

Furness Abbey

 AttractionsSteam yacht Gondola, Pier Cottage, Coniston, Cumbria Tel: 015394 41288 - The National Trust owned "Gondola" is a re-built elegant coal - fired steam yacht providing the most wonderful, nostalgic sailing experience. It operates a seven day service running from Coniston Pier to Brantwood jetty with round trips of approximately 45 minutes carrying up to 86 passengers on each trip. Launched in 1859, Gondola evokes the splendour and luxury of the Victorian era where passengers can enjoy the stunning backdrop provided by the Coniston Fells and its majestic lake. About 19 miles northeast of Broughton in Furness.

Steam yacht Gondola

AttractionsLaurel & Hardy Museum, 4c Upper Brook Street, Ulverston LA12 7BQ Tel: 01229 582292 - Ulverstons most famous son is Stan Laurel, born on 16th June 1890. The comedians' lives are celebrated in a mind-boggling collection of memorabilia believed to be the largest in the world, including letters, photographs, personal items and furniture. A large extension gives ample room to browse and a small cinema shows films and documentaries all day. Disabled persons have full access. About 8 miles southwest of Broughton in Furness.

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Attractions Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria. Tel: 01229 717171. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale. About 10 miles 8 miles north of Broughton in Furness..

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Attractions Hoad Monument, Ulverston. Hoad Monument is Ulverston’s most famous landmark. Erected in 1850 on Hoad Hill, it commemorates Sir John Barrow, a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society and an explorer. It is sometimes referred to as the Sir John Barrow Monument and is a replica of Eddystone Lighthouse. It is open to the public during the summer, if the flag is flying, and is well worth a visit if only for the magnificent views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. About 10 miles southwest of Broughton in Furness

Hoad Monument
 

AttractionsSwinside Stone Circle, Broughton in Furness - Swinside Stone Circle is one of the three most important stone circles in Cumbria, and consists of 55 stones set in a 90 foot diameter circle. Although the circle is located on private ground, it can easily be viewed from a nearby public footpath. About 4 miles west of Broughton in Furness.

 Swinside Stone Circle

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Visitor attractions and information for Carlisle

Attractions Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Tel: 01228 591922 - a massive Border stronghold with gatehouse and keep.Take a guided tour through its maze of passages and chambers. In the centre of Carlisle.

Carlisle Castle

High Head Sculpture Valley

Attractions High Head Sculpture Valley, High Head Farm, Ivegill, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 0PJ Tel: 016974 73552 A family friendly contemporary art gallery and tearoom set on a working dairy farm, 5 acres of outdoor sculpture park and 70 acres of farm walks, with Art Gallery, Spa, Farmhouse Tea room and Sculpture Valley, with extended country walks. Life-size sculptures carved from wood, stone, iron and bronze created by internationally renowned sculptor Jonathan Stamper and other artists. About 7 miles south of Carlisle.

High Head Sculpture Valley

Attractions Guildhall Museum, Green Market, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8JE Restored medieval half-timbered building. Displays on civic and local history. Guild silver, city chest dated 1400, medieval pottery, civic regalia. The Guildhall is located in the city centre, a short distance from the tourist information centre. In the centre of Carlisle.

Guildhall Museum

Attractions The Solway Aviation Museum, Aviation House, Carlisle Airport, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, CA6 4NW Tel: 01228 573823
The aircraft collection is based on British jet aircraft that entered service with the Royal Air Force during the 1950's and 60's. To get there from Carlisle, cross over the M6 at jct 44 and follow the signs to Carlisle Airport, which is located on A689.
About 6 miles east of Carlisle.

Solway Aviation Museum

Attractions Bewcastle Cross, Demesne, Bewcastle, Carlisle, CA6 6PX Tel: 01697 748627 - An 8C Anglo-Saxon carved stone cross ( its head is missing) besides St Cuthbert's Parish Church of Bewcastle, dating from 13C set beside ruins of Bew Castle. To get there from Carlisle, take A69 to Brampton, Lanercost, up hill and turn left to Bewcastle, over crossroads and 3 cattle grids, down hill. About 15miles north of Carlisle.

Bewcastle Cross

Attractions Sands Centre, The Sands, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1JQ Tel: 01228 625222
Leisure and exhibition centre in Carlisle offering sports facilities, recreation, arts, evening entertainment and children's activites.
In the centre of Carlisle.

Sands Centre

Attractions Birdoswald Roman Fort, Hadrian's Wall, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 7DD Tel: 016977 47602 Birdoswald stands high above a bend in the River Irthing in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall. The Birdoswald Visitor Centre provides a good introduction to Hadrian's Wall. About 12 miles northeast of Carlisle.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Talkin Tarn Country Park

Attractions Talkin Tarn Country Park, Nr Brampton. Tel 016977 3129. A 65-acre lake set amid 120 acres of farmland and woodland, where you can sail, windsurf, canoe or hire wooden rowing boats. Fishing is available, mountain bike are for hire, there is a small camping and caravan site, and a permanent orienteering course is laid out around the park. About 8 miles east of Carlisle.

Talkin Tarn Country Park

Attractions Lanercost Priory Church, Lanercost, Brampton, CA8 2HQ. Lanercost Priory was founded about 1166 by Henry II and fell into disrepair after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. About 1740 it was decided to restore the nave, and use it as a Parish Church. The West Front of the Church is a fine example of early English architecture. In the North aisle are three stained glass windows by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The remainder of the Priory, second only to Furness Abbey in interest as a ruin, is now in the hands of English Heritage. About 10 miles northeast of Carlisle.

Lanercost Priory Church

Carlisle hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Cleator Moor

Attractions Florence Mine Heritage Centre, Egremont, Cumbria Tel: 01946 825 830 The last deep working Iron Ore mine in Europe. The Centre offers a mining museum, geology & mineral room, mock drift, shop, refreshment area and a research facility. Disabled access is available throughout. About 4 miles south of Cleator Moor.

Florence Mine Heritage Centre

Attractions Sellafield Visitors Centre Tel: 01946 727027 - Sellafield is probably BNFL's most well known site, and is home to the Sellafield Visitors Centre. About 7 miles south of Cleator Moor.

Sellafield Visitors Centre

Attractions Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria. Tel: 01229 717171. The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale. About 13 miles south of Cleator Moor.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Attractions Muncaster Castle, On the A595 near Ravenglass Tel. 01229 717614 Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family since 1208. The 1800-acre estate contains 77 acres of woodland gardens, renowned for their azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Muncaster is also home to the Owl Centre and World Owl Trust, with 48 species from all over the world. About 17 miles south of Cleator Moor.

Muncaster Castle

Attractions St Bees Head Nature Reserve - One of the largest cliff seabird colonies on the west coast of England. Birds include razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, some puffins and the only black guillemots breeding in England. Cormorants, rock pipits, ravens, peregrines and stonechats on the cliffs and gannets, skuas and shearwaters offshore. You can see the Isle of Man on a clear day. About 5 miles west of Cleator Moor.

St Bees Head Nature Reserve

Attractions The Hardknott Pass road, with a gradient of 1 in 3, is a steep narrow and winding switchback road. From the west, within one mile of leaving the pastoral valley of Eskdale, the road rises to 1291 feet. Hardknott Pass is on a minor road between the A595 on the west coast and the A593 near Skelwith Bridge in the east. At the top of the pass is Hardknott Roman Fort commanding views reaching from the upper Eskdale valley to the Isle of Man. It was the perfect site for the Romans seeking to control the area. About 18 miles southeast of Cleator Moor.

Hardknott Pass

Cleator Moor hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Cockermouth

Attractions Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest at 70 ft deep. It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. There is a shore path which runs the length of the west shore, but there is no access to the east side except at Mirehouse. Bassenthwaite is home to the vendace, a rare and endangered fish species found only here and in Derwentwater. About 5 miles east of Cockermouth.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Mirehouse

Attractions Mirehouse is a remarkable historic house and gardens facing Bassenthwaite Lake. The gardens contain 4 wooded adventure playgrounds, varied sheltered gardens and lakeside walks through woods and parks. Here there is a small open-air theatre, built in 1974 for the reading of 'Morte d'Arthur' to the Tennyson society at the place where it is thought that Tennyson, who often stayed at Mirehouse, composed much of the poem. About 9 miles east of Cockermouth.

Mirehouse

Attractions Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre, Egremont Road, Cockermouth
Tel: 01900 822673. An indoor presentation of sheep sheerers at work with hands-on experience and opportunity to meet 19 different breeds of live sheep.
About 1 mile south of Cockermouth.

Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre

Attractions Wordsworth House, Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9RX Tel: 01900 820884 - A fine Georgian town house, the birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth. A National Trust property with attractive walled gardens growing fruit, herbs and vegetables of the Wordsworths' time. In the centre of Cockermouth.

Wordsworth House

Cockermouth hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Coniston

AttractionsThe Old Man of Coniston is one of the Cumbrian classics at 2628ft, its craggy bulk rising behind the village of Coniston. The views from the summit are worth the 2-hour hike, to the Cumbrian coast and across to Langdale, Windermere and Coniston itself.

Old Man of Coniston

 AttractionsIt was on Coniston Water that Donald Campbell took his "Bluebird" in 1967, to better his own speed record. The jet-powered craft hit an estimated 320 mph before it hit a patch of turbulence. The Ruskin Museum at Coniston has a gallery of memorabilia and photographs in tribute to him.

Ruskin Museum

 AttractionsSteam yacht Gondola, Pier Cottage, Coniston, Cumbria Tel: 015394 41288 - The National Trust owned "Gondola" is a re-built elegant coal - fired steam yacht providing the most wonderful, nostalgic sailing experience.It operates a seven day service running from Coniston Pier to Brantwood jetty with round trips of approximately 45 minutes carrying up to 86 passengers on each trip. Launched in 1859, Gondola evokes the splendour and luxury of the Victorian era where passengers can enjoy the stunning backdrop provided by the Coniston Fells and its majestic lake. On the outskirts of Coniston.

Steam yacht Gondola

Attractions Brantwood, Coniston Tel: 015394 41396 - Overlooking Coniston Water, this former home of the artist, writer and visionary John Ruskin is a unique place. Filled with exquisite watercolours and many fascinating objects. About 4 miles from Coniston.

Brantwood

Attractions Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269 Delightful small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is managed by the National Trust. About 6 miles from Coniston.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

AttractionsARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM, AMBLESIDE Tel: 015394 31212 - a unique place combining Library and Museum, scholarship and fun, art and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, memorabilia and archaeological objects relating to an extraordinary gallery of famous Lake District characters. About 8 miles from Coniston.

ARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsRydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU. Tel: 015394 33002 - The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home. About 8 miles from Coniston.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Dove Cottage

Attractions Dove Cottage / The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria. LA22 9SH. Tel: 015394 35544 - Dove Cottage was the home of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth. Some seventy thousand visitors now come to see the cottage and its gardens every year. Attached to Dove Cottage, the award winning museum contains much of Wordsworth's work, as well as a collection of early watercolour paintings of the Lake District. About 9 miles from Coniston.

Dove Cottage

Coniston hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Egremont

Attractions Florence Mine Heritage Centre, Egremont, Cumbria Tel: 01946 825 830 The last deep working Iron Ore mine in Europe. The Centre offers a mining museum, geology & mineral room, mock drift, shop, refreshment area and a research facility. Disabled access is available throughout. On the outskirts of Egremont.

Florence Mine Heritage Centre

Attractions Sellafield Visitors Centre Tel: 01946 727027 - Sellafield is probably BNFL's most well known site, and is home to the Sellafield Visitors Centre. About 4 miles south of Egremont.

Sellafield Visitors Centre

Attractions Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria
Tel: 01229 717171 The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale.
About 10 miles south of Egremont.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Attractions Muncaster Castle, On the A595 near Ravenglass Tel. 01229 717614 Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family since 1208. The 1800-acre estate contains 77 acres of woodland gardens, renowned for their azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Muncaster is also home to the Owl Centre and World Owl Trust, with 48 species from all over the world. About 14 miles south of Egremont.

Muncaster Castle

Attractions St Bees Head Nature Reserve - One of the largest cliff seabird colonies on the west coast of England. Birds include razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, some puffins and the only black guillemots breeding in England. Cormorants, rock pipits, ravens, peregrines and stonechats on the cliffs and gannets, skuas and shearwaters offshore. You can see the Isle of Man on a clear day. About 3 miles west of Egremont.

St Bees Head Nature Reserve

Attractions The Hardknott Pass road, with a gradient of 1 in 3, is a steep narrow and winding switchback road. From the west, within one mile of leaving the pastoral valley of Eskdale, the road rises to 1291 feet. Hardknott Pass is on a minor road between the A595 on the west coast and the A593 near Skelwith Bridge in the east. At the top of the pass is Hardknott Roman Fort commanding views reaching from the upper Eskdale valley to the Isle of Man. It was the perfect site for the Romans seeking to control the area. About 15 miles southeast of Egremont.

Hardknott Pass

Egremont hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Grange over Sands

LAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM

AttractionsLAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM, HOLKER HALL & GARDENS, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, South Lakeland, Cumbria LA11 7PL Tel: 015395 58509 - 30,000 exhibits including the largest display of automobilia on public display within the UK, with a full sized detailed replica of Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1935 Bluebird Car. About 4 miles west of Grange over Sands.

LAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM

Attractions Cartmel Priory Gatehouse, The Square, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QB Tel: 01524 701178 A 14th-century gatehouse of a medieval priory. About 3 miles west of Grange over Sands.

Cartmel Priory Gatehouse

Attractions Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QF - Tel:01539 536340 (www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk) The course at Cartmel is a left handed oval of about one mile one furlong, which is bisected by the finishing straight. The run in at just over four furlongs is the longest in the country. Although racing currently takes place on six days of the year, the event is always well attended. About 4 miles west of Grange over Sands.

Cartmel Racecourse
 

Attractions Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Co. Ltd, Haverthwaite Station, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AL Tel: 015395 31594 - Haverthwaite Station is situated on the A590 near Newby Bridge. Lakeside Station is at the southern end of Windermere. About 6 miles north of Grange over Sands.

 Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Grange over Sands hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Grasmere

Dove Cottage

Attractions Dove Cottage / The Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere, Cumbria. LA22 9SH. Tel: 015394 35544 - Dove Cottage was the home of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth. Some seventy thousand visitors now come to see the cottage and its gardens every year. Attached to Dove Cottage, the award winning museum contains much of Wordsworth's work, as well as a collection of early watercolour paintings of the Lake District. In the centre of Grasmere.

Dove Cottage

Attractions Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, according to Wordsworth "None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties". Rowboats are available for hire, with stylish steamers and vintage cruisers to Lakeside in the south and Waterhead at the northern end. There is a ferry service across the lake to Sawrey giving access to the western side of the lake and Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top. About 5 miles south of Grasmere.

Lake Windermere

Attractions Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269 Delightful small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is managed by the National Trust. About 8 miles south of Grasmere.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

 AttractionsARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM, AMBLESIDE Tel: 015394 31212 - a unique place combining Library and Museum, scholarship and fun, art and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, memorabilia and archaeological objects relating to an extraordinary gallery of famous Lake District characters. About 3 miles east of Grasmere.

ARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

AttractionsTownend, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB Tel: 015394 32628 - A well-preserved 17th century yeoman farmer's house, complete with original furniture and decorative woodwork., a National Trust property. About a mile and a half southeast of Grasmere.

Townend

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsRydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU. Tel: 015394 33002 - The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home. About 3 miles east of Grasmere.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Grasmere hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Hawkshead

Attractions Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, according to Wordsworth "None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties". Rowboats are available for hire, with stylish steamers and vintage cruisers to Lakeside in the south and Waterhead at the northern end. There is a ferry service across the lake to Sawrey giving access to the western side of the lake and Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top.

Lake Windermere

Attractions Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269. Delightful small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is managed by the National Trust.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

 AttractionsARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM, AMBLESIDE Tel: 015394 31212 - a unique place combining Library and Museum, scholarship and fun, art and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, memorabilia and archaeological objects relating to an extraordinary gallery of famous Lake District characters.

ARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

Abbot Hall

Attractions Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722 464 - Abbot Hall is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Kent, surrounded by a park and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal Castle. There are collections of modern works in the upstairs galleries while downstairs, 18th century paintings can be seen in their period setting, alongside furniture and objets d'art of the time. There is a collection of society portraits of the day including key works by George Romney (1734-1802), who served his apprenticeship in Kendal .

Abbot Hall

AttractionsTownend, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB Tel: 015394 32628 - A well-preserved 17th century yeoman farmer's house, complete with original furniture and decorative woodwork., a National Trust property.

Townend

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsRydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU. Tel: 015394 33002 - The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

Hawkshead hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Holmrook

Attractions Florence Mine Heritage Centre, Egremont, Cumbria Tel: 01946 825 830 The last deep working Iron Ore mine in Europe. The Centre offers a mining museum, geology & mineral room, mock drift, shop, refreshment area and a research facility. Disabled access is available throughout. About 7 miles northwest of Holmrook.

Florence Mine Heritage Centre

Attractions Sellafield Visitors Centre Tel: 01946 727027 - Sellafield is probably BNFL's most well known site, and is home to the Sellafield Visitors Centre. About 5 miles northwest of Holmrook.

 Sellafield Visitors Centre

Attractions Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria. Tel: 01229 717171 The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale. About 3 miles south of Holmrook.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Attractions Muncaster Castle, On the A595 near Ravenglass Tel. 01229 717614. Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family since 1208. The 1800-acre estate contains 77 acres of woodland gardens, renowned for their azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Muncaster is also home to the Owl Centre and World Owl Trust, with 48 species from all over the world. About 4 miles south of Holmrook.

Muncaster Castle

Attractions The Hardknott Pass road, with a gradient of 1 in 3, is a steep narrow and winding switchback road. From the west, within one mile of leaving the pastoral valley of Eskdale, the road rises to 1291 feet. Hardknott Pass is on a minor road between the A595 on the west coast and the A593 near Skelwith Bridge in the east. At the top of the pass is Hardknott Roman Fort commanding views reaching from the upper Eskdale valley to the Isle of Man. It was the perfect site for the Romans seeking to control the area. About 7 miles east of Holmrook.

Hardknott Pass

Holmrook hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Kendal

Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal

Attractions Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722 464 - Abbot Hall is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Kent, surrounded by a park and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal Castle. There are collections of modern works in the upstairs galleries while downstairs, 18th century paintings can be seen in their period setting, alongside furniture and objets d'art of the time. There is a collection of society portraits of the day including key works by George Romney(1734-1802), who served his apprenticeship in Kendal. In the centre of Kendal.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal

Attractions Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 0PD Tel: 01539 560 321 - The Hall is a magnificent Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th century pele tower. It is the family home of the Bagots and contains a collection of Jacobean furniture, fine paintings, the earliest English patchwork and many beautiful objects. About 4 miles from Kendal .

Levens Hall

 Sizergh Castle & Garden

Attractions Sizergh Castle & Garden, Sizergh, nr Kendal, Cumbria LA8 8AE - Tel: 015395 60951 - A medieval house extended in Elizabethan times, with gardens, two lakes and a superb rock garden. There are short walks from the castle to dramatic viewpoints over Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells. Sizergh Castle is a National Trust property. About 3 miles from Kendal .

 Sizergh Castle & Garden

AttractionsA local delicacy for which the town is famous is Kendal Mint Cake, consisting of sugar and peppermint oil, a solid confection known to sustain the hill walkers and mountain climbers attracted to the area.

Attractions Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and according to Wordsworth, "None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties". Rowboats are available for hire, with stylish steamers and vintage cruisers to Lakeside in the south and Waterhead at the northern end. There is a ferry service across the lake to Sawrey giving access to the western side and to Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top. About 7 miles from Kendal .

Lake Windermere

Kendal hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Keswick

Attractions Brougham Castle, Penrith Tel: 01768 862488 - The ruins of this 13th century fortress stand on the banks of the River Eamont, a mile and a half south of Penrith. The castle was restored by Lady Anne Clifford in the 17th century and overlaps the site of a Roman fort. About 15 miles from Keswick .

Brougham Castle, Penrith

Dalemain House & Gardens

Attractions Dalemain House & Gardens, Penrith CA11 0HB. Tel 01768 486450. On the A592 between the A66 and Ullswater. A Georgian facade grafted onto a largely Elizabethan house with grand public rooms and ample grounds. About 13 miles from Keswick .

Dalemain House & Gardens

AttractionsCastlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria - Castlerigg is one of the most beautiful stone circles in Britain, set in a splendid position in an open field surrounded by the Lake District's mountains. It is thought to be one of the earliest circles in Britain and dates from around 3000 BC. Its 38 stones are placed in an slightly oval shape of 30m (100ft) in diameter. About 2 miles from Keswick .

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Attractions Keswick makes a good base for exploring beautiful Borrowdale, the start of many walking routes to the central peaks around Scafell and Scafell Pike, the highest in England at 3205ft and Great Gable, one of the finest looking mountains. Also accessible from Keswick is Hellvelyn at 3117ft, with the knife-edge Striding Edge providing one of the best-known scrambles in the Lake District.

Keswick

Mirehouse

Attractions Mirehouse is a remarkable historic house and gardens facing Bassenthwaite Lake. The gardens contain 4 wooded adventure playgrounds, varied sheltered gardens and lakeside walks through woods and parks. Here there is a small open-air theatre, built in 1974 for the reading of 'Morte d'Arthur' to the Tennyson society at the place where it is thought that Tennyson, who often stayed at Mirehouse, composed much of the poem. About 5 miles north of Keswick.

Mirehouse

Keswick hotels

Visitor attractions and information - Kirkby Lonsdale

AttractionsDevil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. Devil’s Bridge is a beautiful three-arched 14th Century bridge that spans the River Lune near Kirkby Lonsdale, and is one of the most photographed bridges in the North of England. The bridge is so named because of the legend that it was constructed by Satan himself. Location: On the outskirts of Kirkby Lonsdale.

Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale

Attractions Ingleborough is a peak in the Yorkshire Dales. It is one of the so-called Three Peaks, the other two being Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. There are several popular routes to its summit. The most frequently-used starting point is the village of Ingleton, just 5 miles southeast of Kirkby Lonsdale.

Ingleborough

Kirkby Lonsdale Hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Kirkby Stephen

Attractions The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland. An annual event where every June, the Romany families of Europe – many in colourful, horse-drawn caravans – converge on nearby Gallow's Hill for this world-famous, week-long event. The fair began in 1685 when a charter was granted by James II. For many centuries, sheep and cattle were also sold at Appleby. The horses are washed in the River Eden before being shown off to prospective buyers. About 10 miles northwest of Kirkby Stephen.

The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Attractions Brough Castle, Cumbria - Like many other castles in this area, Brough was restored in the 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford. The Castle consists of a large mound, on which there is a range of buildings with a circular corner tower and the remnants of an older four storey keep. It is owned by English Heritage. About 4 miles north of Kirkby Stephen.

Brough Castle

Kirkby Stephen hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Newby Bridge

Attractions Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Co. Ltd, Haverthwaite Station, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AL Tel: 015395 31594 - Haverthwaite Station is situated on the A590 near Newby Bridge. Lakeside Station is at the southern end of Windermere.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Co. Ltd

Attractions Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, according to Wordsworth "None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties". Rowboats are available for hire, with stylish steamers and vintage cruisers to Lakeside in the south and Waterhead at the northern end. There is a ferry service across the lake to Sawrey giving access to the western side of the lake and Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top.

Lake Windermere

Attractions Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269. Delightful small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is managed by the National Trust.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

 AttractionsARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM, AMBLESIDE Tel: 015394 31212 - a unique place combining Library and Museum, scholarship and fun, art and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, memorabilia and archaeological objects relating to an extraordinary gallery of famous Lake District characters.

ARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

Abbot Hall

Attractions Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722 464 - Abbot Hall is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Kent, surrounded by a park and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal Castle. There are collections of modern works in the upstairs galleries while downstairs, 18th century paintings can be seen in their period setting, alongside furniture and objets d'art of the time. There is a collection of society portraits of the day including key works by George Romney (1734-1802), who served his apprenticeship in Kendal .

Abbot Hall

AttractionsTownend, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB Tel: 015394 32628 - A well-preserved 17th century yeoman farmer's house, complete with original furniture and decorative woodwork., a National Trust property.

Townend

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsRydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU. Tel: 015394 33002 - The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsLAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM, HOLKER HALL & GARDENS, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, South Lakeland, Cumbria LA11 7PL Tel: 015395 58509 - 30,000 exhibits including the largest display of automobilia on public display within the UK, with a full sized detailed replica of Sir Malcolm Campbell's 1935 Bluebird Car. About 6 miles south of Newby Bridge.

LAKELAND MOTOR MUSEUM

Attractions Cartmel Priory Gatehouse, The Square, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QB Tel: 01524 701178 A 14th-century gatehouse of a medieval priory. About 6 miles south of Newby Bridge.

Cartmel Priory Gatehouse

Attractions Cartmel Racecourse, Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QF - Tel:01539 536340 (www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk) The course at Cartmel is a left handed oval of about one mile one furlong, which is bisected by the finishing straight. The run in at just over four furlongs is the longest in the country. Although racing currently takes place on six days of the year, the event is always well attended. About 6 miles south of Newby Bridge.

Cartmel Racecourse

Newby Bridge hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Orton

Attractions The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland. An annual event where every June, the Romany families of Europe – many in colourful, horse-drawn caravans – converge on nearby Gallow's Hill for this world-famous, week-long event. The fair began in 1685 when a charter was granted by James II. For many centuries, sheep and cattle were also sold at Appleby. The horses are washed in the River Eden before being shown off to prospective buyers. About 8 miles south of Orton.

The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Attractions Appleby Castle is located in the town centre, off Boroughgate. The Norman keep was restored by Lady Anne Clifford. About 8 miles south of Orton .

Appleby Castle

AttractionsKeld Chapel is a tiny 16th-century Chapel near Shap (access at all times; key in village, see notice on chapel door). It is one of the National Trust's more remote religious sites. About 5 miles north of Orton.

Keld Chapel

Orton hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Penrith

Attractions Brougham Castle, Penrith Tel: 01768 862488 - The ruins of this 13th century fortress stand on the banks of the River Eamont. The castle was restored by Lady Anne Clifford in the 17th century and overlaps the site of a Roman fort. About a mile and a half south of Penrith .

Brougham Castle, Penrith

Dalemain House & Gardens

Attractions Dalemain House & Gardens, Penrith CA11 0HB. Tel 01768 486450. On the A592 between the A66 and Ullswater. A Georgian facade grafted onto a largely Elizabethan house with grand public rooms and ample grounds . About 3 miles from Penrith .

Dalemain House & Gardens

Attractions Hutton-in-the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 484449 - Home to Lord and Lady Inglewood, it was originally a medieval stronghold and the Pele Tower still survives. Inside and outside the house show a wide range of architectural and decorative styles from the 17th century to the present day. About 4 miles north of Penrith .

Hutton-in-the Forest

Attractions Tourist information office, Robinson's School, Middlegate, Penrith CA11 2NW Tel: 01768 86 53 - town centre location

Tourist information office

Attractions Penrith is dominated by Beacon Fell, a rich red sandstone outcrop. The red sandstone was used for many of the buildings in the town and is a characteristic of Penrith, in contrast to the grey stone of many of the towns and villages of southern Lakeland.

Beacon Fell

Attractions Westmorland Motor Museum, Rellandsgate, Kings Meaburn, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3BT Tel: 01931 714 624. The Museum is between Penrith and Appleby, south of the A66. Restored and unrestored trucks and a collection of Automobilia. About 5 miles from Penrith .

Westmorland Motor Museum

AttractionsAcorn Bank Garden & Watermill, Temple Sowerby, nr Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1SP Tel: 017683 61893 - Delightful sheltered garden, renowned for its herbs and orchards growing old English fruit varieties, a National Trust property. About 5 miles from Penrith .

Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill

Penrith hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Shap

Attractions Brougham Castle, Penrith Tel: 01768 862488 - The ruins of this 13th century fortress stand on the banks of the River Eamont. The castle was restored by Lady Anne Clifford in the 17th century and overlaps the site of a Roman fort. About 8 miles north of Shap.

Brougham Castle, Penrith

Attractions Westmorland Motor Museum, Rellandsgate, Kings Meaburn, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3BT Tel: 01931 714 624. The Museum is between Penrith and Appleby, south of the A66. Restored and unrestored trucks and a collection of Automobilia. About 8 miles from Shap .

Westmorland Motor Museum

AttractionsKeld Chapel is a tiny 16th-century Chapel near Shap (access at all times; key in village, see notice on chapel door). It is one of the National Trust's more remote religious sites. About 2 miles from Shap .

Keld Chapel
 

AttractionsAcorn Bank Garden & Watermill, Temple Sowerby, nr Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1SP Tel: 017683 61893 - Delightful sheltered garden, renowned for its herbs and orchards growing old English fruit varieties, a National Trust property. About 9 miles from Shap.

 Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill

Attractions The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland. An annual event where every June, the Romany families of Europe – many in colourful, horse-drawn caravans – converge on nearby Gallow's Hill for this world-famous, week-long event. The fair began in 1685 when a charter was granted by James II. For many centuries, sheep and cattle were also sold at Appleby. The horses are washed in the River Eden before being shown off to prospective buyers. About 9 miles from Shap.

The Horse Fair, Appleby-in-Westmorland

Shap hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Ulverston

AttractionsSouth Lakes Wild Animal Park, Dalton in Furness, Cumbria - Tel: 01229 466086 Europe's Top Tiger Conservation Centre, with a unique safari on foot with many animals wandering free in natural surroundings. About 4 miles west of Ulverston.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park

Attractions Barrow-in-Furness - Furness Abbey, Tel 01229 823420 Furness Abbey was one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England, exceeded only by Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The red sandstone remains are in the care of English Heritage. About 5 miles southwest of Ulverston.

Furness Abbey

AttractionsBow Bridge is a late-medieval stone bridge across Mill Beck that carries a route to nearby Furness Abbey. The bridge is in the care of English Heritage. About 5 miles southwest of Ulverston on a minor road off A590 near Furness Abbey.

Bow Bridge

AttractionsLaurel & Hardy Museum, 4c Upper Brook Street, Ulverston LA12 7BQ Tel: 01229 582292 - Ulverstons most famous son is Stan Laurel, born on 16th June 1890. The comedians' lives are celebrated in a mind-boggling collection of memorabilia believed to be the largest in the world, including letters, photographs, personal items and furniture. A large extension gives ample room to browse and a small cinema shows films and documentaries all day. Disabled persons have full access. In the centre of Ulverston.

Laurel & Hardy Museum

Conishead Priory and Gardens

AttractionsConishead Priory and Gardens, Manjushri Centre, Ulverston - Tel 01229 584029. The Manjushrj Centre is an international Buddhist College providing a peaceful environment in which people can learn about Buddhism and meditation. Originally founded in 1160 as a hospital for the poor, it is dominated by two 100 foot octagonal towers and is an excellent example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Special features include decorative ceilings, a valted great hall with fine stained glass and a 177 feet long cloister corridor. The Oak Room contains impressive carved woodwork from the early 17th Century. About 2 miles south of Ulverston.

Conishead Priory and Gardens

Attractions Hoad Monument, Ulverston. Hoad Monument is Ulverston’s most famous landmark. Erected in 1850 on Hoad Hill, it commemorates Sir John Barrow, a founder member of the Royal Geographical Society and an explorer. It is sometimes referred to as the Sir John Barrow Monument and is a replica of Eddystone Lighthouse. It is open to the public during the summer, if the flag is flying, and is well worth a visit if only for the magnificent views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. About 1 mile northeast of Ulverston.

Hoad Monument

Ulverston hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Whitehaven

Attractions Florence Mine Heritage Centre, Egremont, Cumbria Tel: 01946 825 830 The last deep working Iron Ore mine in Europe. The Centre offers a mining museum, geology & mineral room, mock drift, shop, refreshment area and a research facility. Disabled access is available throughout. About 5 miles south of Whitehaven.

Florence Mine Heritage Centre

Attractions Sellafield Visitors Centre Tel: 01946 727027 - Sellafield is probably BNFL's most well known site, and is home to the Sellafield Visitors Centre. About 7 miles south of Whitehaven.

Sellafield Visitors Centre

Attractions Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass, Cumbria
Tel: 01229 717171 The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway runs for seven-miles from the coastal village of Ravenglass in the Western Lake District to Dalegarth station and visitor centre in Eskdale.
About 13 miles south of Whitehaven

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Attractions Muncaster Castle, On the A595 near Ravenglass Tel. 01229 717614 Muncaster Castle has been home to the Pennington family since 1208. The 1800-acre estate contains 77 acres of woodland gardens, renowned for their azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias. Muncaster is also home to the Owl Centre and World Owl Trust, with 48 species from all over the world. About 17 miles south of Whitehaven.

Muncaster Castle

Attractions St Bees Head Nature Reserve - One of the largest cliff seabird colonies on the west coast of England. Birds include razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots, some puffins and the only black guillemots breeding in England. Cormorants, rock pipits, ravens, peregrines and stonechats on the cliffs and gannets, skuas and shearwaters offshore. You can see the Isle of Man on a clear day. About 3 miles south of Whitehaven.

St Bees Head Nature Reserve

Attractions The Hardknott Pass road, with a gradient of 1 in 3, is a steep narrow and winding switchback road. From the west, within one mile of leaving the pastoral valley of Eskdale, the road rises to 1291 feet. Hardknott Pass is on a minor road between the A595 on the west coast and the A593 near Skelwith Bridge in the east. At the top of the pass is Hardknott Roman Fort commanding views reaching from the upper Eskdale valley to the Isle of Man. It was the perfect site for the Romans seeking to control the area. About 20 miles southeast of Whitehaven.

Hardknott Pass

Whitehaven hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Wigton

High Head Sculpture Valley

Attractions High Head Sculpture Valley, High Head Farm, Ivegill, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 0PJ Tel: 016974 73552 A family friendly contemporary art gallery and tearoom set on a working dairy farm, 5 acres of outdoor sculpture park and 70 acres of farm walks, with Art Gallery, Spa, Farmhouse Tea room and Sculpture Valley, with extended country walks. Life-size sculptures carved from wood, stone, iron and bronze created by internationally renowned sculptor Jonathan Stamper and other artists. About 10 miles east of Wigton.

High Head Sculpture Valley

Attractions Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Tel: 01228 591922 - a massive Border stronghold with gatehouse and keep.Take a guided tour through its maze of passages and chambers. About 9 miles northeast of Wigton.

Carlisle Castle

Attractions Hutton-in-the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 484449 - Home to Lord and Lady Inglewood, it was originally a medieval stronghold and the Pele Tower still survives. Inside and outside the house show a wide range of architectural and decorative styles from the 17th century to the present day. About 12 miles southeast of Wigton.

Hutton-in-the Forest

Wigton hotels

Visitor attractions and information for Windermere

Attractions Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, according to Wordsworth "None of the other Lakes unfold so many fresh beauties". Rowboats are available for hire, with stylish steamers and vintage cruisers to Lakeside in the south and Waterhead at the northern end. There is a ferry service across the lake to Sawrey giving access to the western side of the lake and Beatrix Potter's former home at Hill Top.

Lake Windermere

Attractions Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF Tel: 015394 36269. Delightful small 17th-century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children's stories. Hill Top is managed by the National Trust.

Hill Top, Near Sawrey

 AttractionsARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM, AMBLESIDE Tel: 015394 31212 - a unique place combining Library and Museum, scholarship and fun, art and entertainment. A superb collection of books and manuscripts, drawings and paintings, memorabilia and archaeological objects relating to an extraordinary gallery of famous Lake District characters.

ARMITT LIBRARY & MUSEUM

Abbot Hall

Attractions Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Museum, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Tel: 01539 722 464 - Abbot Hall is a Grade I Listed Georgian building in a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Kent, surrounded by a park and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal Castle. There are collections of modern works in the upstairs galleries while downstairs, 18th century paintings can be seen in their period setting, alongside furniture and objets d'art of the time. There is a collection of society portraits of the day including key works by George Romney (1734-1802), who served his apprenticeship in Kendal .

Abbot Hall

AttractionsTownend, Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB Tel: 015394 32628 - A well-preserved 17th century yeoman farmer's house, complete with original furniture and decorative woodwork., a National Trust property.

Townend

Rydal Mount and Gardens

AttractionsRydal Mount and Gardens, Rydal, Near Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9LU. Tel: 015394 33002 - The Wordsworth Family moved into Rydal Mount in 1813 and rented the house continually for 46 years until the death of Mary Wordsworth in 1859. Rydal Mount was the largest house the Wordsworths lived in and became a much-loved family home.

Rydal Mount and Gardens

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Visitor attractions and information for Workington

Attractions Bassenthwaite Lake is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of the shallowest at 70 ft deep. It is the most northerly of the lakes, and has no major settlements on its shores. There is a shore path which runs the length of the west shore, but there is no access to the east side except at Mirehouse. Bassenthwaite is home to the vendace, a rare and endangered fish species found only here and in Derwentwater. About 13 miles east of Workington.

Bassenthwaite Lake

Attractions Helena Thompson Museum, Workington. The building in which the museum is housed was originally known as Park End House. It was left to the people of Workington in 1940 by Helena Thompson, a local philanthropist whose family had been connected to the building from the late 18th century. It houses displays of pottery, silver, glass, and furniture dating from Georgian times, as well as the social and industrial history of Workington and the surrounding area. In the centre of Workington

Helena Thompson Museum

Attractions Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre, Egremont Road, Cockermouth
Tel: 01900 822673. An indoor presentation of sheep sheerers at work with hands-on experience and opportunity to meet 19 different breeds of live sheep.
About 8 miles east of Workington.

Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre

Attractions Wordsworth House, Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9RX Tel: 01900 820884 - A fine Georgian town house, the birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth. A National Trust property with attractive walled gardens growing fruit, herbs and vegetables of the Wordsworths' time. About 7 miles east of Workington.

Wordsworth House

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