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Local Information

The Lake District and Cumbria is considered one of the most beautiful places in the UK (maybe even the world!).

A great way to explore and admire this beautiful scenery is from one of the many fantastic Walks, there is much more to see and do, including: The many famous Attractions such as: The World of Beatrix Potter, Trotters World of Animals or The Puzzling Place. World renowned Local Events like Cockermouth's Woolfest or Keswick Beer Festival. Activities such as: human bowling, gyro planes, watersports, fishing or golf. Plus that’s not even mentioning the wealth of History and Culture and our local Towns and Cities like the market towns of Cockermouth and Keswick or the historic border city of Carlisle.

Explore what you can do in the area...

We have collected together a sample of some of the things which you can do during your Lake District Holiday, to view more information about each click the Polaroid images below.

If you organise or manage a local event, attraction or activity in our area and are interested in listing your business/event on the website, please feel free to contact us.

A few things you maybe didn't know about the area...

    The Bishop of Barf, Bassenthwaite
    The 'Bishop of Barf' overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake and the A66.
  • 'LAKE' District: Despite being called the 'Lake District' only one of the Lakes actually features the word 'lake' in its name (Bassenthwaite Lake) the others are all 'meres', 'waters', 'tarns' or 'reservoirs'.

  • Bishop of Barf: Visible from the A66 (Cockermouth to Keswick) the Bishop of Barf is a white painted stone. The stone is painted white because according to local legend the Bishop of Derry was killed falling drunk from his horse in 1783.

  • Doomsday Book: The Lake District town of Cockermouth is not listed in the Doomsday book, as in 1086 the town was actually part of Scotland.

  • Replica of the first pillar post box, Carlisle city centre
    A replica of the first pillar post box, Carlisle city centre.
  • A Time to Dance: The 1992 BBC dramatisation of Lord Melvin Bragg’s book "A Time to Dance" starring: Ronald Pickup and Dervla Kirwan was filmed in Cockermouth and the surrounding areas.

  • First Class: In 1853 the first pillar post box on mainland Britain was erected in Carlisle, today a replica stands outside the tourist information centre in the city centre.

  • "MONSTER...!": It is rumoured that Bassenthwaite Lake is home to the 'Eachy': a species of Lake Monster - a eel-like sea creature. The Eachy has been spotted as late as 1973 when it was photographed twice...

  • Cumberland Sausage
    A traditional Cumberland Sausage.
  • Cumberland Sausage: One of the areas local delicacy is Cumberland Sausage. This sausage is made from highly spiced chopped pork (providing a chunky texture) and traditionally very long and coiled. In March 2011 the sausage was granted 'Protected Geographical Indication' status providing the sausage the same protection as Champagne, Feta cheese and Parma ham.

  • Cheese Town: The town of Keswick was recorded during the 13th Century as Kesewic, meaning 'place where cheese is made'.

  • The Bowder Stone, Keswick
    The Bowder Stone, Keswick
  • Pencils: Keswick is famous for its pencil factory established in 1832 'Derwent' is the only remaining British pencil manufacturer, in the old days it took around 2 days for a pencil to travel the production line, today it takes less than 8 hours allowing 'Derwent' to produce 846,00 pencils a week (almost 45 million a year!).

  • Bowder Stone: Standing 30 feet tall, weighing in at 2000 tons and with a ladder allowing you to climb to the top, it could only be the Bowder Stone. It is believed the Bowder Stone was carried here from Scotland by the glaciers of the Ice Age. The stone is just a short walk from the car park on the Keswick to Borrowdale road, near Grange.

  • Postman Pat: Postman Pat creator John Cunliffe, who lived in Kendal for many years gained much of his inspiration for the setting of the series in this area. Greendale its self was inspired by the village of Longsleddale near Kendal and Mrs Goggins' post office was based upon the former Beast Bank post office. The Museum of Lakeland Life even has a Postman Pat display.

  • Inspiration for the village of Greendale (home of Postman Pat), Longsleddale near Kendal
    Postman Pat (with Jess) and the inspiration for Greendale, Longsleddale near Kendal.

 


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