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April 2, 2012

Penrith Cumbria

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 11:05 am

Penrith Cumbria – Penrith is an English town in the county of Cumbria, which in the past was in Cumberland. Penrith lies north of the River Eamont in the Eden Valley and is less than 5 miles outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park. The Lowther and Petteril are other rivers that flow around the town. Petteril and Eamont are partially offset by a manmade waterway connected, which flows through the town centre and known as a “Thacka Beck” has been there for several centuries and provided the town with water. Penrith lies north-west of Appleby-in-Westmorland which is on the River Eden.

View a map of Penrith, Cumbria here:

Grasmere Lake District Cumbria

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 7:47 am

Grasmere Lake District Cumbria – Grasmere is a village in the county of Cumbria in north west England. The location in the centre of the Lake District National Park attracts many tourists to Grasmere which is situated near the lake of the same name. Not far away stands the 405 metre high Helm Crag, which is also known as the lion and the lamb, which is due to the shapes of some rocks on the summit of the hill. The A591 leads north to Keswick and southwards to Ambleside. Grasmere is part of the Lakes Parish.

Grasmere Map.

See a map of the Lake District here:

March 30, 2012

Kendal Cumbria

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 11:21 am

Kendal Cumbria – Kendal is an old town and civil parish in the area of Westmorland, in the southern county of Cumbria, in England. It stands on the banks of the River Kent which partly takes its name (Dale Kent means Kent river valley). Concerning the name, others say it has a Celtic source whose meaning would be “bright valley.” Today, Kendal is concerned mainly as a centre of tourism and as the hometown of Kendal mint cake (mint cake). The buildings in Kendal are constructed mostly from the gray limestone of the region, have given the nickname “the Auld Grey Town”. With a population of 27,521 inhabitants in 2001, Kendal was voted the best place to live in England after an eight-year long study undertaken by the University of Strathclyde.

View a Cumbria road map here:

March 29, 2012

Portinscale Lake District Cumbria

Portinscale Lake District Cumbria – A farming village located near to Keswick in Cumbria, Portinscale in the northern region of the Lake District between Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwentwater. Portinscale has a long history and was settled way back in prehistoric times. The area is popular with hikers and water sports enthusiasts with windsurfing and sailing top of the agenda for many visitors. The village has the basic facilities with pub, tearoom and village shop. Keswick can be reached on foot from Portinscale, most pleasantly via the footpath which crosses the River Greta. A pretty Cumbria village, Portinscale should certainly be on your list of places to visit or stay in the Lake District.

See a road map of Portinscale, Cumbria here:

October 27, 2011

Ulverston Cumbria

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:34 pm

Ulverston Cumbria – A small market town located at the heart of the Furness peninsula in Cumbria, United Kingdom, Ulverston has a population of around 11,500. A market town since the late 13th century, Ulverston later developed into a thriving maritime community after the construction of a deepwater canal which linked it to the open sea. Famous as the birthplace of black and white film star Stan Laurel (Laurel and Hardy), and also as the location of the Hoad Monument, Ulverston is a charming and largely unspoilt town with a maze of cobbled streets and alleys. The parish church of Ulverston (St Mary’s) is the oldest structure in the town and dates from Norman times, with sections surviving from the early 12th century.

Cumbria Map.

November 25, 2010

Ambleside Lake District Cumbria

Located in a sheltered position beside Wansfell Pike (1,587 feet) in Cumbria, Ambleside is just one mile from Lake Windermere, and provides a perfect base for touring this area of great natural beauty. Walkers, climbers, anglers and nature lovers alike, all flock to Ambleside for their respective ‘fixes’, and you can find out what the town and area has to offer, by heading for the Bridge House tourist information office, which is run by the National Trust. When the weather is fine and to get a real appreciation of Lake Windermere itself, take a boat trip around the lake, or get the steamer to Bowness-on-Windermere, and don’t forget your camera.

November 24, 2010

Carlisle Cumbria

Filed under: England,History,Scotland,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:22 pm

Its position just south of Hadrian’s Wall has meant that Carlisle has always over the centuries, been continually contested by the English and the Scots, as the two battled for possession of the town. Carlisle Castle was built in 1092 by William Rufus, and many of its original features can still be seen today, including the keep and the main gate. If you are visiting Carlisle, be sure to take a peek at Carlisle cathedral, with its fine vaulted ceiling, and some original Norman sections. Also worth a look is the Jacobean Tullie House, which now hosts an art galley and museum. The city is situated at the confluence of 3 rivers, and when the weather is fine thare can be no better way to spend a couple of hours than to take a stroll along the River Eden. Carlisle is in the county of Cumbria and can be reached by road using the M6, it is a 126 mile drive from Liverpool.

November 23, 2010

Keswick Lake District Cumbria

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:37 pm

A popular tourist destination standing beside Derwent Water in the Lake District, Cumbria, north-west England, Keswick is in an area of great natural beauty, and attracts thousands of visitors each year, as it has done for many decades. Formerly attractive to the Romantic poets of the Victorian era, Keswick attracted the likes of Wordsworth and Coleridge, who visited for the inspiration that the beautiful Lake District scenery provided. Close to Keswick, you can visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient monument probably dating from the Bronze Age, and over one hundred feet in diameter, when the weather is pleasant head along to Derwent Water and maybe take a boat trip on the lake, or visit the Theatre on the Lake and watch one of their fine performances.

November 22, 2010

Appleby in Westmoreland Cumbria

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 2:31 pm

Situated in the beautiful valley of the River Eden in Cumbria, the town of Appleby is the location of a famous Horse Fair, which is held in June every year, this colourful event attracts many thousands of visitors, especially gypsies, who descend on the town from all over Britain. Appleby Castle was formerly the home of Lady Anne Clifford, and was restored to its former glory by her, after being damaged during the English Civil War. The St Lawrence church in Appleby contains the tomb of Lady Anne Clifford who died in 1678. The River Eden flows through the town and when the weather is fine is a terrific place to do some walking. Appleby is located to the east of the Lake District and the areas around the town are peppered with tiny hamlets such as Reagill, Sleagill, Burrells and Murton.

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