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    Acorn Bank

    by spidermiss Updated Dec 14, 2014

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    We paid a visit to this National Trust Property. Acorn Bank, which is situated in the Cumbria's Eden Valley and near Penrith. The site belonged to the House of the Knights Templar which existed from the 13th Century until the Dissolution. After the Dissolution, in the 16th Century, it became the property of the Dalston family.

    The Dalstons built the house, in phases over the centuries, and the architecture, fashionable at the times, reflect this. It eventually, from 1934, belonged to Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, a Yorkshire writer and traveller, and her second husband, Captain Noel McGrigor. National Trust acquired the property in 1950 and leased some of the rooms to tenants.

    We were given a tour of the house and National Trust are exploring future uses of the room in the house. There was a Gathering Dust, Collecting Shadows exhibition by Stephen Livingstone displayed in the house at the time of our visit. The weather wasn't the best so we didn't have an opportunity to look round the gardens and watermill. You can read more out its park and woodland here and there is tea room.

    As I'm no longer a National Trust Member there is a charge of 6.00 gbp (July 2014) to visit the property.

    Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby, Cumbria Eden Valley, Temple Sowerby, Cumbria Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby, Cumbria
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    Visit Brougham Castle

    by uglyscot Written Jul 3, 2011

    Brougham castle is beside a crossing of the River Eamont. It was founded in the early 13th century. It has a great keep and an unusually double gatehouse.Also a 'Tower of Light'. There ar passages to explore, and spiral stairways.
    It is popular with families with children.

    The casle can be visited from 10am -17.00 pm
    Cost of admission :
    Adults £3.50; concession £3.40; children £2.30 or a family ticked £9.90

    castle by the river
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    Penrith Castle

    by TomFoolery Written Mar 8, 2006

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    Penrith Castle was started in 1399 when William Strickland added a wall to an exisiting tower. It's primary purpose was as a defence against the Scots.
    It's situated by the station. There's a park (aptly named Castle park) next to it.

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    Back to the legend of King Arthur!

    by Roeffie Updated Aug 20, 2003

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    Hutton-in-the-Forest is a beautiful historic house on the north eastern edge of the Lake District. It is surrounded by the magnificent woodland of the medieval Forest of Inglewood and is the legendary Green Knight’s Castle in the Arthurian tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
    It is the home of Lord and Lady Inglewood and their children and has belonged tot the family since 1605.

    Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9 TH

    2½ miles west of M6 Jct. 41 on B5305.

    £ 4.50 Adults
    £ 2.50 Children 7-16

    Opening Times:
    The House opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays 12.30 – 16.00 hrs.
    The Gardens, Grounds and Woodland walk opens daily 11.00 – 17.00 hrs. except saturdays.

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    Castlerigg Stone Circle

    by Lozza_9 Written Aug 7, 2003

    Thirty-eight hunks of borrowdale volcanic stone, the largest almost eight feet tall, form a circle a hundred feet in diameter, another ten blocks delineating a rectangular enclosure within.

    The stone circle is signposted off both the A66 and A591 on the way into Keswick.

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    Grizedale Forest

    by Lozza_9 Updated May 16, 2003

    We decided that we should see a bit of the Lake District and not stay in the camp all the time - we did drive all the way from London so we thought it be good to get out and see the place.

    One place we found was Grizedale Forest. It got loads of lovely walks in the forest. While you are walking there loads of wodern features to spot.

    We didn't have much time and the weather wasn't that good so we went on the short tour. Found some lovely woodern musical instruments.

    Picture of me playing one

    Entry is free and loads of parking

    There are loads of different walks - some take a few hours if you have the time

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