Welcome to Cumbria
One of the most beautiful regions of the UK
Farm Stay, Cumbria
I wander’d lonely as a cloud,
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees.
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
These are the famous words written by William Wordsworth about the beautiful shores of Ullswater.
The Lake District is full of breath-taking scenery just waiting to be explored whether by car, boat or on foot. Scafell Pike at 977 metres above sea level is the highest mountain in England but there are many other Fells of varying heights and challenge just waiting to be conquered and the countryside is equally picturesque when exploring Cumbria from the West Coast as far as the Pennine passes.
Did you know that there is actually only one ‘Lake’ in the Lake District which is Bassenthwaite ? All the others are either Meres, Waters or Tarns some of which have ferries and steamers as well as launches and boats to hire for you to enjoy being on the water.
Keswick has been named the adventure capital of Britain, where in the area the activities available include mountain biking and pony trekking, climbing ( in and outdoors) and high rope adventures, ghyll scrambling and kayaking as well as the highly rewarding and free-to-all, fell walking. Nothing could be better than enjoying scenic views from the top of a fell or lakeshore with a delicious picnic of local specialities ~ you can’t come to Cumbria and not try our famous Cumberland sausage or the Mint Cake from Kendal.
Many Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens dot the County including Muncaster Castle and its Owl Sanctuary, Osprey viewing at Mirehouse on the shores of Bassenthwaite and Hill Top, the beloved home of Beatrix Potter where she wrote the world-famous Peter Rabbit books and was also a respected farmer of the native sheep of Cumbria ~ the characterful Herdwick.
The coastal region of West Cumbria has a fascinating industrial history, which can be discovered in local museums and heritage centres. Shipbuilding, coal and iron ore mining, steel making, and chemical manufacture have all been major employers, none of which exist anymore.
Apart from the nearby fell walking in the Lake District, there are several intriguing old Victorian seaside resorts – Seascale, St Bees, Allonby, and Silloth, which have fine beaches and cater well for tourists and holiday makers.
Hadrian’s Wall extended in the West to Bowness-on-Solway, but there are other Roman remains to see, including the milefortlet at Crosscanonby, and the fort at Maryport.
Ravenglass is the only coastal town within the Lake District National Park, and lies on the estuary of three rivers – the Esk, the Mite and the Irt.
Ravenglass became an important naval base for the Romans in the 2nd century, GLANNAVENTA, though little remains of this now. The main street is paved with sea cobbles, which leads up from the shingle beach.
The village of St. Bees is on the western coast of Cumbria, at the end of a long valley, four miles south of Whitehaven. It has a long sandy beach, and is a popular holiday resort. Nearby, the rocky promontory of St Bees Head, the westernmost point of Cumbria, is the start of the ‘Coast to Coast