Category Archives: Towns & Villages

Kendal

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Kendal is a small market town and parish in the south of Cumbria. It lies on the banks of the River Kent, some 20 miles north of Lancaster. Kendal is the third largest town in Cumbria with a population of around 27,000. Previously a part of the county of Westmorland, modern Kendal is known as

Burneside

Burneside is a small village located in Cumbria, England. It is situated to the north of Kendal and to the southeast of Staveley, on the River Kent, upstream from where the River Sprint joins it and has a population of around 2000. Burneside railway station is situated on the Windermere Branch Line and proides connections

Glenridding

Glenridding is a popular village which is on the southern shores of Ullswater in the English Lake District. Glenridding is very popular amongst tourists especially mountain climbers and hikers who wish to scale Helvellyn, which is England’s third highest peak. The village offers ample accommodation to its tourists in its hotels and two Youth Hostels.

Cockermouth

Cockermouth is a picturesque little town located in the Allerdale Borough of Cumbria, North West England. It is named so because it is at the confluence of the two rivers Cocker and Derwent. Cockermouth in the present age The main avenue in Cockermouth has a statue of Lord Mayo, a former MP of Cockermouth who

Grasmere

Grasmere’s position at the hub of the English Lake District, as well as its connections with the Lake Poets, has made it extremely popular as a tourist destination. William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere for fourteen years, described it as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found” The village is overlooked by the small

Broughton-in-Furness

Situated on the southern edge of the Lake District National Park in Cumbia is the small town of Broughton-in-Furness which until 1974 was still a part of the county of Lancashire. It is close to the River Duddon, being inland from the coastal hamlet of Foxfield. The town dates back to the 11th century and

Staveley

Historically Staveley was in the county of Westmorland. In 1974 Staveley became part of the metropolitan county of Cumbria. This scenic village is in a strategic location at the confluence of the rivers Kent and Gowan at the mouth of the Kentmere valley. There are three beautiful hills that overlook and adorn the village. To

Ulverston

photo by davelynne Essentially a market town, Ulverston is located in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, North West England. It has been a part of Lancashire through the ages and the town is set in the Furness Peninsula, close to the Lake District and north of Morecambe Bay. Ulverston is connected to the rest

Ravenglass

photo by europealacarte There is only one coastal town in the whole of the Lake District National Park. It is Ravenglass. Ravenglass is a small coastal village in Cumbria, England. It is situated at the estuary of three rivers – the Esk, Mite and Irt. History has references to Ravenglass as far back as the

Penrith

photo by Dave Cross Penrith is a quaint little market town in Cumbria, Northwest England. It is located in the Eden Valley, just north of the river Eamont and is less than 5 kilometres outside the borders of the Lake District National Park. Other rivers that run through the town are River Lowther and River

Hawkshead

photo by binaryape Located in a serene setting to the west of Windermere and east of Coniston Water is Hawkshead. Hawkshead is just north of Esthwaite Water. It is also part of Furness thus making it an integral part of old Lancashire but its administrative policies are now governed by Cumbria. History The township of

Coniston

photo by andyrob Coniston is a quaint village in Furness. It is located in the south of the Lake District National Park between Coniston Water and Coniston Old Man. Geography and administration Coniston has always been within the limits of the Lancashire County since 1182, it was part of the administrative county of Lancashire between

Ambleside

photo by zoerAmbleside, a quaint town in Cumbria, North West England, gains its name from Old Norse Á-mel-sǽtr = “river — sandbank — summer pasture”. Ferries that run from Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside offer fantastic views of the lake and the adjacent mountains. Ambleside is a favourite spot amongst hikers and those interested in mountaineering and

Keswick

Lying to the north of Derwent Water, Keswick has a population of around 4300. Originally in the ancient county of Cumberland, Keswick is now an important base for visitors to the Northern Lake District. Most of Keswick’s businesses are related to tourism, providing facilities and accommodation for the thousands of walkers visiting the region every

Windermere

Photo: David Bolton Oddly enough Windermere doesn’t actually touch the lake itself, but has grown together with the original lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere, however the two do retain different town centres. The area features several museums, however the main attraction for most tourists is the lake itself which touches Bowness at the bottom of the