Cumbria Travel Guide

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Windermere

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39,87,119

Keswick

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143,329,78

Lake District National Park

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489,1317,0

Barrow in Furness

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53,154,14

Carlisle

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34,75,55

Bowness-on-Windermere

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15,26,40

Grasmere

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35,56,21

Coniston

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28,70,12

Ullswater

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48,70,2

Isle of Walney

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16,64,0

Penrith

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10,20,34

Ambleside

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14,38,65

Kendal

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17,40,22

Derwentwater

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29,30,0

Dent

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10,57,0

Cockermouth

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7,28,18

Glenridding

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4,18,1

Appleby

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3,10,4

Pooley Bridge

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3,5,0

Bowness-on-Solway

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1,2,0

Sedbergh

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7,20,2

Windermere

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  • Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway

    Windermere Things to Do

    The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway isn't actually in Windermere but as it's close by I'll write about it here anyway as it can be combined with steamboat trips from Ambleside and Bowness.If you like old steam trains and beautiful scenery it's an amazing trip down memory lane or a fascinating glimpse of a bygone era for those who can't remember...

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  • Braemount House

    Windermere Hotels

    Stayed at Braemount House for five nights between the 9th and 14th May 2006. The host, Janine and...

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  • taxis in Windermere

    Windermere Transportation

    Windermere Taxis have got minibuses (up to eight passengers) and cars. We can take wheelchairs, bicycles, dogs and luggage. We can do tours if you want them, or just a quick dash down the road to your hotel. Whatever your journey, nobody knows Windermere like the taxi drivers. Call us when your train passes Oxenholme and we'll collect you from the...

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Keswick

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  • Enjoy Hope Park

    Keswick Things to Do

    Hope Park is a lovely space in Keswick to enjoy relaxing on a park bench. Maybe take in a game of crazy golf.

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  • Lodore Falls Hotel

    Keswick Hotels

    Stayed there for a wedding. On leaving they added an extra GBP 100 to my bill for damage to some...

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  • Waterproof clothing is a must

    Keswick What to Pack

    A rucksack is a good idea. You'll want to do some walking, so some comfy, sturdy boots are essential. All my photos were taken with a small compact digital. I'm not one for lugging along a huge slr and a tripod, although I have now got a small gorilla tripod for the Canon. Expect it to rain at some point during your stay in the Lake District and...

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Lake District National Park

  • Ghyll Scrambling

    Lake District National Park Things to Do

    Ghyll Scrambling is a local term used for Gorge Walking or Gorge Scrambling. It involves you sliding or jumping into natural Gylls and Gorges full of water. It's a really fun activity and enables you to enjoy nature in a completely different way. There are lots of different activity centres in the area that have specialised Ghyll Scrambling guides....

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  • Lakeland Motor Museum

    Lake District National Park Things to Do

    We visited Coniston and on the drive back south past the lake and heading back towards the M6 motorway, we passed signs for the Lakeland Motor Museum. We both really like old cars so on the spur of the moment we decided to stop and see what it was all about. We were very glad we did! We could have spent a lot more time there looking at all the...

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  • The TeaPottery

    Lake District National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Keswick is a nice town, on a lake called Derwent Water. There's a community theatre here, and a nice golf course as well. And nearby one of the carparks behind the high street is a teapot factory! Not just any old teapot either, they are all delightfully imaginative teapots and they can all be used safely! The factory is on the ground floor and on...

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Barrow in Furness

  • Typical Pub Menu

    Barrow in Furness Restaurants

    We have eaten at the Strawberry Hotel in Barrow twice recently, both times with our sons who have healthy appetites.The pub is large with plenty of dining space but i have to say on both occassions the place was not fantastically warm.The menu offers a good variety of meals from burgers to baguettes and there are different offers on on different...

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  • Abbey House Hotel

    Barrow in Furness Hotels

    If you want something special when visiting Barrow then this is top of the range. This Hotel reminds...

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  • Land Ahoy....

    Barrow in Furness Restaurants

    This floating restaurant used to be a train ferry, plying to and fro in the Baltic, until it became redundant. It was later turned into a floating restaurant and years later, brought to Barrow by a Barrow entrepeneur and refurbed once again as a restaurant and night club.Nowadays, it is moored in Town Quay, next to Morrison's carpark and is a...

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Carlisle

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  • Bitts Park

    Carlisle Things to Do

    Bitts park is just behind the castle. It is bordered at the northern end by the River Eden. As it was a hot day during our visit, the park was full of people enjoying the sunshine. Bitts Park has a large and popular children's play area. It also had a small maze and an interesting musical garden, where people can create their own music by hitting...

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  • Carlisle Central Premier Inn

    Carlisle Hotels

    The accommodation was clean, spacious and conveniently located. OK it had no character or charm and...

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  • Carlisle Castle

    Carlisle Things to Do

    If you are arriving into Carlisle by train pick up a leaflet for two for the price of one entry to sites for rail travellers, fill in the voucher at the back and you can get into the castle cheaper.Carlisle Castle is one of, if not the, most besieged castles in Britain due to its location on the Scottish/English border. In Roman times there was a...

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Grasmere

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  • Buy some Gingerbread

    Grasmere Things to Do

    We visited the The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop specifically for Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread. We tasted and bought enough for ourselves and other family and friends, some of whom may have received the yummy gifts and some not.If your on a hiking holiday in the Lake District then these biscuits are ideal for the rucksack.It's a small shop, so...

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  • Oak Bank Hotel

    Grasmere Hotels

    Broadgate, Grasmere, LA22 9TA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Sit outside by the river

    Grasmere Restaurants

    This is the sister cafe of the Potting Shed a little further away, this one is on the main high street opposite a mini arcade (where we bought some gingerbread to eat with our coffee).We only got a coffee here, service was good; they brought our order out to us quickly and the coffee was tasty too. The setting was beautiful; we sat outside righht...

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Coniston

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  • 16th Century coaching inn

    Coniston Restaurants

    While looking for a place to park on a busy Easter week Wednesday, we spotted a couple of spots behind a pub on the main road through Coniston. It was signed for patrons only, others being charged 20 pounds for the day. We were hungry anyway so we decided to be a patron. The Black Bull Inn advertises itself as dating back to a 16th century coaching...

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  • Black Bull Inn and Hotel

    Coniston Hotels

    Coppermines Road, Coniston, LA21 8HL, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • John Ruskin Museum

    Coniston Things to Do

    The John Ruskin museum tells some of the story of Coniston. It was founded by W.G. Collinwood who was secretary to artist John Ruskin who died in 1900 (the museum opened in 1901 as a memorial to him as well as depicting the surrounding area of Coniston). There are interactive displays and lots of information signs. The museum has some nice displays...

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Ullswater

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  • BOOK WELL IN ADVANCE

    Ullswater Restaurants

    If you want to treat yourself to a corden-bleu meal whilst in the lakes, book a table at The Rampsbeck country house hotel. This restaurant holds a well deserved 3 michelin stars! Book well in advance as it is very popular even though quite expensive.Arrive early so you have chance to stroll in the gardens and take in the wonderfull views and...

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  • Leeming House

    Ullswater Hotels

    Watermilock, Ullswater null

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Water shoes

    Ullswater What to Pack

    If you want to go anywhere near the lake, take some shoes that you can wear in the water to avoid treading on all the stones! Be wary of your dog's paws too and consider taking something to help a hurt paw (Barney cut his paw in the water)

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Isle of Walney

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  • Nature Reserves

    Isle of Walney Things to Do

    Most of Walney's coast consists of salt marshes and nature reserves, there being one at either end of the island.North Walney reserve is home to the natterjack toad, that rare breed that seems to love this area. We even have toad crossing signs.This reserve extends from the airfield to the very northen extremity of Walney and incorporates some...

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  • A Warm Atmosphere.

    Isle of Walney Restaurants

    OCT 2009 UPDATE: THIS PLACE HAS HAD A COMPLETE REFURB AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME OF BEING CLOSED. WE ATE HERE AT THE WEEKEND, wondering what to expect, remembering better times a few years ago when we used to eat here regularly.The interior is very smart but comfortable looking, with a nice slate floor around the bar area. There is ample seating in...

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  • Kite Surfing

    Isle of Walney Sports & Outdoors

    I'm not sure how long kite surfing has been popular at Earnsie Bay, on Walney but I know for the last couple of years at least, heats of the kite surfing championship have been held here.It is also home to Northwestkitesurfing and looks as though the sport is definitely gaining popularity.The beach is ideal, with vast expanses of flat sandy beach...

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Penrith

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  • Visit Brougham Castle

    Penrith Things to Do

    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 pmCost of admission :Adults £3.50;...

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  • Brantwood Country Hotel

    Penrith Hotels

    regrettably i cannot recommend the brantwood hotel in stainton. purely on the experience that my...

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  • Penrith Castle

    Penrith Things to Do

    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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Ambleside

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  • the ferry trolly

    Ambleside Transportation

    An electric powered trolley makes a round trip from the White Lion Hotel to the docksIt's really quite nice and the trip only takes less than five mins. from point to pointeach way fare:1.50/adult1.00/child

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  • Ambleside Backpackers

    Ambleside Hotels

    This place has recently been done up and compared to my distant memories of it it is a big, big...

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  • Smallest House

    Ambleside Things to Do

    I shouldn't really feature Ambleside's famous smallest house, it being so much ON the tourist track and not the sort of thing I promote but what the heck. Once in a while I've got to go with the flow....!!!Situated on the left of the main road to Keswick, after you have turned left in Ambleside for the large car park.It sits on a little bridge over...

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Kendal

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  • A lovely spot in the Lake District

    Kendal Restaurants

    What a lovely pub! It's in the South Lakes so quite easy to get to (It took us a bit over an hour from Chorley).Great views, nice decor and not only can you eat lovely food and stay in the accommodation they have there (that looks very nice) but you can just go in the bar and have a pint of one of the many beers they have on offer. Yes a pub that...

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  • Best Western Castle Green Hotel Kendal

    Kendal Hotels

    Castle Green Lane, Kendal, LA9 6BH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • I wish I had a supermarket like this!

    Kendal Shopping

    Booths is a Lancashire based supermarket, nothing special about that I hear you cry! Ah but Booths in Kendal has a downstairs section that could have been designed with foodies like me in mind! I could have spent an hour just in the bread section! Loads of organic produce, loads of locally sourced products, the meat section was amazing! I could...

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Derwentwater

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  • Derwent Isle

    Derwentwater Things to Do

    Derwent Isle is the island just beyond the landing stages at Keswick, though this view of it is taken from Crow Park. The Island is a strange place. It has been owned by The Church, The King, German Miners and a rich family. These days it's owned by the National Trust and on it is a house. You can pay to live in this house as a tennant, though this...

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  • Keswick

    Derwentwater Restaurants

    As with "nightlife" Keswick is the place to come for food around Derwentwater. Almost all of the pubs do food (of various quality & price), as do the main hotels and of course the individual restaurants & cafes in the town. There's something for almost every taste and I'll say more about Keswick's restaurant on my Keswick page. My favourite?...

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  • Keswick Pubs

    Derwentwater Nightlife

    There are loads of pubs in Keswick. Quite a few of them belong to the local Jennings chain, and these are my favourites. The others are worth a look too though - most of Keswick's pubs are quite good and serve good beers and decent food. At busy times of the year, and especially Friday & Saturday night, they can get rather full, sometimes...

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Dent

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  • Tip Top Tea Shop

    Dent Restaurants

    Although everything about these tea rooms says "Yorkshire", they are actually in Cumbria, but only just. The Dales Way and Yorkshire Dales Cycle Way pass closeby, and the tea rooms are very popular with walkers and cyclists.Heathers tea room is famed for its delicious home baking and good, wholesome food which is freshly cooked on the premises...

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  • Scenery

    Dent Favorites

    Scenery in Dentdale is typical of most Yorkshire Dales landscapes, but perhaps a little wilder. Rolling fells dotted with stone barns on the upper reaches, with lush pastureland bordered by dry stone walls in the valley. The River Dee meanders all the way along the valley bottom, forming occassional waterfalls over the natural stone steps.You could...

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  • Yordas Cave

    Dent Things to Do

    We actually had no idea whether we could get to this cave, how large or if we would be able to get in it, having simply spotted it on the OS Landranger map.We took the road just outside Dent southwards, a magnificent road taking us ever upwards. Eventually we reached Kingsdale Head cottages and knew we were getting close. Kingsdale is renowned for...

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