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    Shap Abbey

    by nickandchris Updated Jul 1, 2010

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    Another gloriously remote location, Shap Abbey ruins stand some 1.5 miles west of Shap, on the banks of the River Lowther in northern Cumria. It's a tranquil place and not a sight to be easily forgotten.

    We visited on the motorbike, so drove right to the Abbey, if you are in a car, you must park in the small car park signposted before the abbey and walk over the bridge and along the footpath.

    The abbey was the last to be founded, in 1199, by the Premonstratensian order(who were known as the white canons as they wore white habits) and the last to be dissolved by Henry V111 on 14/1/1540.It was dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

    The abbey owned vast amounts of land throughout Westmorland which was sold off gradually once the abbey was dissolved and much of the abbey is now incorporated into a farm! Stone was also used from it for buildings in Shap.

    It is believed the same architect was involved as at Furness Abbey,Barrow, in south Cumbria.

    Today, English Heritage own it and admission is free.

    Although there isn't too much to see,we enjoyed wandering around the ruins, the most intact being the west tower which still remains at it's full height.There are a few information boards to give you an idea of how it looked in it's heyday. The whole place oozes peace and tranquility and I reckon it is one of Cumbria's lesser known hidden gems.

    West tower at Shap Abbey. Shap Abbey's west tower. Shap Abbey ruins. Shap Abbey Shap Abbey
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    Ennerdale Water

    by whitehavenwishy Written May 12, 2007

    Ennerdale Water is one of the most secluded but beautiful of the western lakes. There are many walks nearby, a circular walk around the lake takes around two hours. There are also other walks suitable for pushchair access and people with young children, on a track/road (with no public vehicle access) which runs from Bowness Knott to the end of the lake.
    Ennerdale is fairly quiet, as it's away from the main Lake District tourist areas around Keswick, Windermere etc.
    The nearby village has a great children's playground and two pubs serving food.

    Ennerdale Water on a summer evening Ennerdale Water Ennerdale Water, view towards Angler's Crag Ennerdale Water
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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Muncaster Castle

    by cleocat Written Mar 12, 2013

    Lovely old castle. The family still lives there, but a large part of the castle is open to the public. The fees help them to keep the castle going. The grounds are spectacular and there is also a preservation project for owls.

    Muncaster Castle
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    • Historical Travel

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