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Allonby

Allonby is a village lying between Silloth and Maryport. You will find here a lovely sandy and shingle beach and also an area of land upon which the well-known Allonby ponies graze and roam freely.

The village is included in the Smuggler's Route Trail because of its connections with smuggling and contraband.

Ship hulks were purchased and bought to Allonby to be broken up on the beach.

Included amongst the interesting buildings in the village is Christ Church . Originally a Chapel of Ease, it was consecrated. One hundred years later it was then extended to its present size.

The Reading room was built by Quakers in 1862.

 

Ambleside

Ambleside is in an ideal location from where you can tour the Lake District with its stunning views. Its close proximity to the Langdale Valley means that it is ideal for rock climbers, mountain bikers and walkers. It is party for this reason that Ambleside's economy is derived mainly from tourism.

Machine Tools were once produced here as was coal.

Poet William Wordsworth's place of work was here at the Old Stamp House, where he was the Official Distributor of Stamps for Westmoreland.

There are many wonderful walks from Ambleside such as the walk to Stockghyll Force, a stunning waterfall set amongst woodland which is located one mile to the east of the village.

 

Arnside

Arnside is located off the M6 and is approximately 6 miles north of Carnforth.

This once small village which consisted of just a few farms was given a boost around 1845 with the introduction of boat building and its associated trades thereby increasing the population. With the further introduction of the railway in 1857, Arnside became a popular location for holidaymakers due to its seaside position.

The RSPB owns much of the area including the Leighton Moss Nature Reserve which is a reed swamp and home to many marshland birds. The area is also known as a home to the increasingly rare red squirrel.

Arnside Tower is one of the oldest buildings, having been built by the De Broughton family around 1340. It is one of a number of pele towers which were built in a ring around the bay for safety during border raids by the Scots.

 

Appleby-in-Westmorland

Appleby is a beautiful historic town which is located at the heart of the Eden Valley . The wonderful street of Boroughgate houses some interesting old buildings.

You can find a well preserved Norman Castle together with the medieval church of St. Lawrence .

The Famous Appleby Horse Fair takes place in June each year. This three hundred year old traditional horse fair is a meeting place where gypsies from all over the country gathered to sell their horses.

The annual Jazz Festival, held in July is also becoming a popular event.

 

Barrow-in-Furness

Barrow-in-Furness is another town with a maritime history, surrounded by lovely beaches.

It is a well know shopping town combining major high street names, local shops and large indoor market. Together with the wide choice, of cafés, pubs and restaurants Barrow is a popular place for tourists.

The museum attracts many visitors with its display of Barrow's heritage as does Hollywood Park, which is a leisure complex offering a wide variety of entertainment.

Set amongst some 45 acres of land is Barrow Park which is another keen location for tourists. It boasts beautiful floral displays as well as a children's play area, miniature railway, boating, football and bowling.

As with many areas in Cumbria and the Lake District , you are always a short distance from stunning walks, coastal footpaths and cycle ways.

 

Cockermouth

Cockermouth is probably best known for the birthplace of poet, William Wordsworth. It is a pretty market town on the outskirts of the Lake District National Park , offering stunning scenery typical of this area.

Wordsworth house is located within Cockermouth's main street. This Georgian house which is now owned by the National Trust was built in 1744.

Cockermouth Castle contains parts which date back to 13 th Century. Once attacked by Robert the Bruce it was partly destroyed. It is owned by the Egremont family who still live there.

For the shopper, you will find a varied selection of specialist shops to browse away the hours and together with the wonderful selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs there is no excuse to go hungry!

 

Grasmere

Grasmere is a tiny village in the Lake District is set within stunning Countryside. The houses are built with the locally produced grey green stone which is found within the region.

Lake Grasmere although one of the smallest in the Lake District certainly makes up for this fact with its beauty. The area surrounding this village and its lake is peaceful and relaxing and offers many wonderful walks, many of which inspired poet William Wordsworth to write his best works!

John Wordsworth, William's son attended Lynch Gate School within this village. William also taught there for a short while. It is now home to the Sarah Nelson Gingerbread Shop, selling the delightful local Grasmere Gingerbread.

The annual Grasmere Sports have been described as England 's equivalent of the Highland Games and attracts thousands for this event which is typically held on the Thursday nearest to 20 th August.

 

Hawkshead

Hawkshead is a historical village which is located between Ambleside and Coniston. Its history dates back to the days of the Norsemen, growing into a busy marketplace in 17 th Century.

You will find yourself taken back in time as you walk the cobbled streets containing pretty greystone cottages, courtyards and narrow alleyways.

The 15 th Century Norman Church of St. Michael and All Angels overlooks this picturesque village and contains restored mural paintings and the private chapel of the Sandys family. Edwin Sandys was Archbishop of York. He was born at Esthwaite Hall in 1516 and founded Hawkshead Grammar School in 1585 which was attended by William Wordsworth between 1779 and 1787. The school now closed is open during the summer months.

Hawkshead is the location of the famous Beatrix Potter Gallery and contains some of her original drawings and illustrations. You can learn about her life as an author, artist and her love of the lake district.

 

Kendal

Kendal is a market town which is now the principal commercial and shopping centre of the area. It is situated in the valley of the river Kent and is set amongst stunning Countryside.

Within the town itself you will find many grey limestone buildings giving Kendal its name The auld grey Town.

The recorded history of Kendal dates back to 1189 when Richard Coeur de Lion made Kendal a barony.

Kendal later turned its hand to the woollen industry, producing a woollen cloth known as Kendal Green. Shakespeare wrote about this cloth as the clothing of archers, in his play Henry IV. The Town's moto Pannus mihi panis originates from the time when the woollen trade was at its peak and means Wool is my bread!

The Kendal Parish Church , dedicated to the Holy Trinity was built in 13 th Century and is one of the largest churches in England , containing four isles.

The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry is located within the stable block and shows Cumbrian life over the past three hundred years. You will find a reconstruction of a Victorian street scene as well as a Postman Pat room!

Other interesting places to visit in Kendal include the Kendal Museum of Natural History and Archaeology. This being one of the oldest museums in the country is well worth visiting together with the Friends Meeting House containing a stunning display of 77 unique tapestries from fifteen countries from around the world.

Since the granting of its charter in 1189, markets have been held in Kendal and on Wednesday and Saturday, traditional stalls sell local produce, one of which is very well known as the famous Kendal Mint Cake.

 

Penrith

Penrith is situated in the Eden Valley and is the perfect location for many stunning walks. Norsemen and Angles occupied this now busy market town after the romans built the road through it.

The locally produced red sandstone was used for many of the buildings and is a characteristic of Penrith, contrasting to grey stone of many other towns and villages.

The now ruined sandstone castle which was originally built around 1397-9 was once used as a defence against the Scots and shows how it was attacked in the many border raids which took place. It had various owners including the Earl of Warwick and the Duke of Gloucester who later became Richard III.

The town hall, built in the late 18 th century was once two houses designed by Robert Adam, one of which was the home of John Wordsworth the brother of William.

Penrith Museum contains many interesting exhibits of local history. It is housed in a listed building which was once a 17 th Century schoolhouse.

The Church of St Andrew, located in the town centre was built in 12 th century and was later partially restored in 18 th century. The tower was built by the Neville family and bears the arms of the Earl of Warwick.

It is said that the Gloucester Arms, thought to have once been the residence of Richard III is one of the oldest inns in the country, bearing his coat of arms.

Nowadays Penrith is a shopping town, holding its market on Tuesdays. Here you will find all manner of local produce including the famous Penrith Toffee and Fudge.

 

Windermere

Windermere was originally a small village named Birthwaite until such time as the introduction of the railway company in 1847. The village was then re-named after the lake and grew into a popular resort.

Windermere lake cruises offer relaxing and scenic cruises on Lake Windermere in their fleet of launchers and steamers.

The Lake District National Park Visitor centre is approximately three miles north west of Windermere. It is set within stunning landscaped grounds offering superb views and offers a varied selection of things to see and do, making this a wonderful venue for a day out.

 

 

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