Cumbria Things to Do

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Cumbria Things to Do

  • Walk

    The Newby Bridge area is very quiet with only a few residences and some farms. The winding roads, going uphill will provide you with great views and a spectacular view of the little station where a steam engine trains still operates.

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  • Wasdale Head Shepherds' Meet & Show

    In My oppinion one of the BEST days out in West Cumbria is "The Wasdale Head Shepherds' Meet and Show", I have to much information on this event to put it all into one tip so I have decided to add it as a travelogue on My Cumbria Page -- Please check it out as this really Is a Fantastic Day Out with something for Everybody !!!!It is always held on...

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  • The Rum Story

    In Whitehaven you can visit The Rum Story, This is a great museum that tells the history of Whitehaven, The Jefferson Family, their links with the Slave Trade and the Rum Trade – a Great Day outFor More details see the attached web-site

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  • The Beacon Centre

    Also In Whitehaven you can visit The Beacon Centre, This Harbour-side museum - tells more of the history of WhitehavenFor More details see the attached web-site

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  • Only if you are Very Lucky !!!

    When visiting Lakeland you will no doubt take a tour around as many lakes as you can, If you are interested in wildlife then you will be keeping your eyes open but Only if you are Very Lucky will you se what I saw in Windermere in January this year – Otters at Lakehead near Ambleside.So – Always make sure that you have your camera with you because...

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  • Talkin Tarn Country Park.

    This is in the north of the county and on a recent stay near Brampton, we took a look at Talkin Tarn.Our initial impression of this tarn was that it was rather uninteresting but after setting off on the circular walk of 1.3 miles around it, our minds were changed.The tarn covers some 65 acres and is surrounded by farmland and woodland. It was...

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  • Dentdale.

    Dent village is in Dentdale, on the western slopes of the Pennines in Yorkshire, but is actually a Cumbrian village today.It owes it's origins to the Vikings who settled here in the 10th century. Today,the area exists from a life of farming and tourism as well as a few cottage industries and undoubtedly many of the properties are holiday lets or...

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  • Dentdale.

    Dent village is in Dentdale, on the western slopes of the Pennines in Yorkshire, but is actually a Cumbrian village today.It owes it's origins to the Vikings who settled here in the 10th century. Today,the area exists from a life of farming and tourism as well as a few cottage industries and undoubtedly many of the properties are holiday lets or...

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  • Kendal Overnight or Pause.

    Kendal Cumbria is a good place to stay for visiting the lake district if you don"t want the bussle of loads of other tourists. I stayed at the County Hotel. Kendal has a train service to Windermere town on the branch line . From Kendal bus station in town buses go to Keswick via Grasmere and Windermere, also Barrow in Furness. This town is the...

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  • Englands Outpost Carlisle

    Carlisle is one of Englands oldest cities near the Scottish border. It is an English outpost NOT in the Doomsday book. It has a castle and Cathedral and good shops including the Lanes a covered area of shops. Carlisle is on the main West Coast railway line, with a line across to Newcastle and the Cumbrian Coast line to Barrow in Furness. Carlisle...

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  • Wordsworth Country Grasmere.

    Grasmere is a lakeland village where William Wordsworth is buried. The bus from Kendal to Keswick stops in Grasmere number 555.. In summer an opentop bus runs from Bowness, The place is lovely, be aware there are no footpaths you walk on side of the road. Gingerbread is a local treat.

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  • Walk, Sail, or just Look.

    The English Lake District is in the county of Cumbria and is beautiful. The largest lake is lake Windermere , the busiest resort is Bowness , which is at lakeside, the town of Windermere is about one and half miles from the waterside. There are regular buses around the district in summer [ not so many in winter]. The town of Windermere has a...

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  • Kirkby Stephen

    Kirkby Stephen lies at the head of the Eden Valley (which used to be in the old county of Westmorland but is now part of Cumbria)on the A685 and is on the edge of the Lake District.The Pennines, Swaledale in Yorkshire and the Howgill fells are all close. It is a market town, it's charter granted in 1361 and market days are held on Mondays. Much of...

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  • Giant Carboot Venue.

    During the summer,large car boot sales/market are held on the old airfield in Flookburgh, a few miles from Grange-over-Sands. I think they begin at easter and are held Bank Holidays up to July, then weekly until October.Like most of these giant car boots, there are those stalls that are there every week, which we tend to avoid. They generally...

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  • The Maize Maze

    This was a new attraction for this year, a field of maize turned into a tourist maze. It's actually only part of the huge field., thank goodness otherwise we could have been in there for ever!!!You are given a very short brief on things not to do and given a flag to stick up above the maize, in emergencies.There are various posts with quiz boards...

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  • Beaches

    Cumbria has miles of coastline, mainly sandy. Most of it is huge swathes of sand and pebbles with rock pools at low tide. Views extend to the Isle of Man, the Solway Firth and Scotland and on a go9od day, to Ireland.Due to the nature of the county, we also have coastal estuaries with mud flats and sinking sand. These are a haven for birds and...

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  • Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

    A great place for families where you can see some of the world's rarest creatures.There's an indoor tropical hall and butterfly house with hands on activities, including handling such things as snakes and chameleons, as well as watching the leaf-cutter ants at work (our favourite!) . Birds and butterflies and even bats, are free to fly...

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  • South Lakes Wild Animal Park

    One of Cumbria's premier attractions and also one of Europe's top conservation parks.You don't feel like the animals are caged, here. They have enormous pens with a huge outdoor area.You can wander amongst kangaroos, emus and lemurs but don't attempt to picnic with them as they'll have your food.Rhinos, giraffes and baboons mingle happily together....

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  • Heron Corn Mill and Paper Museum

    Although just off the busy A6, the mill is situated in a very peaceful, pretty landscape. beside the river Bela close to the Lancashire border.It is a working water-driven corn mill housed in a restored 18th c. building.The machinery is driven by a 14feet diameter high breast shot waterwheel (or so it says!) The driving water is taken from water...

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  • Lanercost Priory

    Enroute to Northumberland we decided to take a look at Lanercost Priory. Not far from Hadrian's Wall, it's situated in north Cumbria, near Brampton.It was founded in 1166 by Henry II and completed in 1220. Being as close to Hadrian's Wall as it was, the priory suffered from frequent raids. By 1538 it had ceased being a monastery and was dissolved...

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  • Grange-over-Sands

    Having lived in Grange all my teenage years, I couldn't wait to escape from it's boringness. Now, some 35 years later, I see it as a pleasant, old fashioned town with some excellent, traditional shops.Don't come to Grange looking for the high life, there is none. It only has one pub, although the hotels all have public bars. There are, however,...

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  • Cumbrian Coastal Way

    A long distance coastal path of 150 miles, starting at Sandside, near Milntorpe and ending near Getna, north of Carlisle. The route takes you around the many estuaries of Morecambe Bay and then heads over towards Barrow and up the Cumbrian Coast.This walk can be made in different stages, enabling you to stop off and explore some of Cumbria's lesser...

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  • Levens Hall

    Photography is not allowed in the house so unfortunately the interior will remain a secret unless, of course, you make a visit yourselves!!The house began life as a pele tower until the Bellingham family acquired it in the 1590's when it was gradually transformed into the beautiful building of today. It really is magnificently decorated with some...

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  • Sizergh Castle

    On a beautiful late September day, we decided to visit Sizergh Castle, somewhere we had been meaning to visit for years, it being not far away from us. We ended up having a great day out.Now in the capable hands of the National Trust, Sizergh Castle has been the home to the Strickland family for over 750 years, where they still reside today.The...

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  • Levens Hall World Famous Gardens

    Levens Hall Gardens are amazing, a definite must see in this area.The gardens were created from 1694 onwards, by a French gardener, Guillame Beaumont who was installed by Colonel James Grahame when he took the house over.The world famous topiary is the garden's main feature and took years to complete. It is reputedly some of the oldest topiary in...

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  • Sizergh Castle Gardens.

    These gardens are truly magnificent and well worth the combined entrance fee of £6.40 for castle and gardens.There are 14 acres of designed garden set amongst the 1600 acres of parkland, where public footpaths allow you to wander at will.Take your time and make sure you see everything, there really is so much to discover.Our favourite areas were...

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  • Muncaster Castle Gardens.

    Just the most amazingly beautiful gardens I have visited!Over seventy acres of spectacular gardens and woodland to wander around to your heart's content.Plants from all over the world, especially from the Sino-Himalayan region, have been cleverly placed throughout the grounds and there is always something spectacular to look at, whatever the...

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  • Muncaster Castle

    Many years ago, we visited the castle gardens but not the house. We have been meaning to make a return visit so took the opportunity on the recent Bank Holiday weekend.What can I say? The place is amazing! The castle has belonged to various members of the current Pennington family for eight centuries and is their family home so the whole place has...

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  • Acorn Bank Gardens

    This is a National Trust garden, between Penrith and Appleby.When we arrived at Acornbank, around 11.30am, a fellow visitor told us there was no room in the carpark and we should park on the driveway's verge. "Oh dear, can it be so full so early on?"we wondered. We needn't have worried, the carpark only holds 15 cars, so the place was actually...

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  • The Eden Valley.

    The Eden Valley lies between the Lake District to the west and the Pennines to the east. The river rises near Mallerstang and passes through the towns of Kirkby Stephen, Appleby and finally enters the Solway Firth after flowing through Carlisle. In general,the further north the river travels, the wider the valley and river become and the hills lie...

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  • Appleby in Westmorland

    Appleby is probably better known than Kirkby Stephen, it holds the annual horse fair in June (and has done since 18th century) when gypsies from all over the country head to Appleby to "mess about with horses."It brings much needed money and tourists to the town.Apleby in Westmorland lies in the heart of the Eden Valley with the river Eden running...

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  • Gosforth Show

    This is our local village Show – It is another Great Family Day out, but myself, I prefer the smaller shows at Wasdale Head and Eskdale !!But, I have to say, there is a Lot to see at Gosforth Show, attractions that don’t appear at the smaller shows are things like Show Jumping, Heavy Horses as well as a Huge array of trade stands.Recently Gosforth...

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  • Eskdale Show

    Next to the Wasdale Head Show, Eskdale Show is my favourite – It has an excellent Show-Field with Many different Attractions, The Usual Sheep, Dogs, Fell Races, Childrens Sports and Vintage Machinery Classes but also has an “Industrial Ten” where local people show there wares – Everything from Jams, to fresh Veg, Photographs to Handicrafts. The...

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  • Silloth – a day trip to the seaside

    Silloth is a charming old fashioned British Seaside Town on the Solway Firth overlooking Scotland, It has Cobbled streets, a huge green, crazy golf, amusement arcade and promenade.Well worth a day trip or even a longer stay.

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  • Silloth – a day trip to the seaside

    Silloth is a charming old fashioned British Seaside Town on the Solway Firth overlooking Scotland, It has Cobbled streets, a huge green, crazy golf, amusement arcade and promenade.Well worth a day trip or even a longer stay.

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  • A Day Out to Keswick

    No trip to the Lake District is complete without a Day Out to Keswick.Nestled in-between the two lakes of Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite, this beautiful little market town is one of the most popular destinations in the whole of the Lake District. Plenty of opportunities for Accommodation, Restaurants, Shopping, and days out on both Lakes and...

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  • The Wasdale May Festival

    Once a year in Nether Wasdale we still hold a May Festival, This involves the local children dancing around the May Pole, I used to do it as a kid and before me My mother did too – mind you that was going on for 80 years ago !!It’s nice to see at least some of the village traditions living on.If you would like to go then you would be made very...

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  • Visit Conishead Priory

    "There is no house in England like Conishead Priory" - Simon Jenkins - Englands Thousand Best HousesIt is a fantastic Gothic BuildingIt is also home to the Buddhist - Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre.Please see all the information on the website and have a look at my very nice pictures of house and gardens.Conishead Priory is also on the beach...

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  • Visit Levens Hall + Gardens

    Levens Hall is very South of Cumbria.It is one of the first places you can come to if travelling from the South.It is 5 miles South of Kendal. If travelling by car come off at j36 of the M6 and there are brown "historic house" signs directing you to Levens Hall.The nearest train station is Oxenholme - 5 miles awayThe House and Gardens were used for...

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  • Gleam in delight in Grasmere

    One of the main treaasure of the region is the enchanting Grasmere, a town that is one of the greenest and full of gorgeous floral landscape than most in England. I absolutely want to come back here- perhaps have a honeymoon, who knows?

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  • Muncaster Castle

    Close to Ravenglass and The La’al Ratty Railway is Muncaster Castle with it’s owl centre and gardensThis is another great family day out – Architecture, History and Nature – What more could you ask for !!Give it a go :-)For More details see the attached web-site

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  • The La’al Ratty Railway

    I have had a few emails asking me what there is to do in Cumbria / The Lake district If you aren’t into hill walking or the weather is wet so the following few tips are intended to give you a few ideasThe La’al Ratty Railway (Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway)This is an Excellent family day out, You can either do a return trip from Ravenglass to...

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  • Visit Beatrix Potter

    Beatrix Potter, an English author and best known for children's book.In this museum you'll find the collections of models and displays of her work.She wrote 23 Children books.

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  • Explore Windermere Town

    A beautiful town in Cumbria,here you'll find number of museums,tourist shops and walking and climbing tours.The Windermere Lake is the largest natural lake in England.

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  • Ullswater

    The second largest lake in the English Lake District.It looks like the Vierwaldstaättersee in Switzerland.Very beautiful and scenic!One of the attractions here is the boat trip around the lake. While others enjoy hill walking and water activities.

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