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Great Asby



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Only a short distance away, Great Asby Scar is famous for its limestone pavement.  It’s a National Nature Reserve and a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).  This place is a treasure trove of special & rare plants, and many variety of birds can be spotted here, including Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Merlins & Red Grouse to name a few.  There is also an important Romano-British site, Castle Folds Settlement.


The local town of Appleby has still retained its Medieval charms, with the castle at the top of the hill, the Old Moot Hall in the town centre, and ‘Boroughgate’ marked by the ‘Low’ & ‘High Cross’.  There are many shops & amenities available here championing local food & produce.  For those who are Harry Potter fans, Appleby is an honourary Quidditch Town and is home to the Appleby Arrows.


A traditional market town with historic buildings and pastoral rural scenery.  Enjoy riverside walks, feed the ducks and admire Stenkrith waterfall.


A historic market town with a renowned cultural scene.  Fill your day browsing art galleries, museums, beautiful architecture and perusing quaint shops.  Uncover Kendal’s past through its historic buildings, churches and castle.  Enjoy the many cafes, bars, restaurants & delicatessens.



Penrith is the shopping, business & social centre of the Eden Valley.  Explore the wealth of independent shops, cafes & restaurants.  Main attractions to see in Penrith are Castle Park, The Rheged Centre, Penrith Museum & King Arthur’s Round Table.

The main city of Cumbria, Carlisle is a former Roman settlement that served the Hadrian’s Wall.  Explore the variety of shops, cafes & historic buildings.  Key points to visit are Carlisle Castle, Tullie Museum, Carlisle Cathedral and the Guildhall Museum

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One of the most popular places to visit in the Lake District, Keswick offers stunning scenery, delicious food, fantastic independent shops and a wealth of outdoor activities.  Take a trip to Castlerigg stone circle, sample chocolates at Friar’s, or be adventurous and rent an electric bike!  Of course a trip to Keswick wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Derwent Pencil Musueum.

Another jewel of the Lake District, this market town can be found just north of Windermere.  This town offers a rage of outdoor & water sports.  Explore the variety of shops & buildings built in traditional grey slate.


This beautiful Georgian town is located at the edge of the Lake District.  Considered the gateway to the Solway Coast, this town offers a range of independent shops, pubs & restaurants.  Cockermouth is the birthplace of William Wordsworth so why not visit his family home Wordsworth House.


This picturesque little town is home to the famous Wensleydale Cheese, a visit to the factory is a must.  Discover the Victorian water-powered cotton spinning Gayle Mill, converted to a sawmill it still retains much of the Victorian machinery.


73 miles from coast to coast, this World Heritage Site was built by the Romans to guard the North Western frontier.  Popular sites to visit are Birdoswald Fort, Tullie House, Vindolanda & Housesteads.


The stunning landscape of the Yorkshire Dales was shaped over a millenia by ice which has created lush dales, windswept hills & heather covered moors.  Discover local spots such as Cautley Spout, Hardraw Force & Wild Boar Fell.


This pretty village is a popular destination for tourists, being nestled among the fells offers scenic walks & hikes.  A must do is to try the famous Grasmere Gingerbread.  Wordsworth loved Grasmere so much he moved there and resided at Dove Cottage which is now a museum dedicated to his life & works.

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This market town takes its name from the castle around which it grew.  Barnard Castle is a haven for bargain hunters & treasure seekers alike with a plethora of antique shops. Locally produced food can be found in the many independent butchers, green grocers & bakeries.  Don’t miss the market held every Wednesday on the cobbled Market Place.  One thing not to miss is Bowes Museum, an impressive French-style chateau surrounded by gardens & parkland.



This old English University is home of the renowned Durham Cathedral & Castle World Heritage Site.  Wander around the many cobbled winding streets and discover artisan workshops, cosy cafes, independent boutiques, galleries & musuems.



At the heart of the Lake District, Windermere has attracted many visitors since the Victorian times.  The ever popular Lake Windermere can be accessed from Bowness-in-Windermere.  There are plenty of cafes, bars & restaurants to whet your appetite.  A must see is the World of Beatrix Potter and a cruise on Lake Windermere.

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