Cumbria is the most north-western county in England consisting of six districts. Bordering Scotland, Lancashire, and part of North Yorkshire, it is England’s second largest county in size. Arguably, best known for the Lake District National Park, it contains England’s highest mountains and some of Englands biggest lakes. As a place to live, Cumbria takes some beating. Indeed, discover stunning beauty of the coast to the challenge of the Lake District to the history of Hadrian’s Wall. Cumbria offers something for everyone. Cumbria Online is your guide to this magnificent county!

CUMBRIAN DISTRICTS

There are six districts in cumbria, each with their own unique charm, history and heritage. 

To the West of Cumbria, Allerdale boasts two World Heritage Sites! The Lake District National Park is known and loved by many. However, you may not know that much of it is in Allerdale. In fact, it includes the start of the Hadrian’s Wall Trail in Bowness-on-Solway. In addition, there’s Keswick and Caldbeck, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater and Thirlmere are a few examples. Finally, enjoy the magnificent fells and places in between.

The smallest district in the county but also the most densely populated is Barrow-in-Furness. Indeed, with 924 people per square kilometre, the town has grown considerably. From a tiny 19th Century hamlet, it became the biggest iron and steel centre in the world. Furthermore, it became a major ship-building force, in just 40 years.

Known to many as the ‘Great Border City’, Carlisle is now the predominant cultural, industrial and commercial centre for North Cumbria. Its historic nature can be seen through the likes of its museums, heritage centres as well as the Cathedral, Carlisle Castle and Hadrian’s Wall. Home to the main campuses of the University of Cumbria, it’s certainly not lacking in culture or education. There’s an abundance of things to see and do in Carlisle city.

The borough of Copeland stretches from Duddon Bridge to Distington along the west coast of Cumbria. Its council is based in Whitehaven. In Copeland, there are beautiful beaches, amazing mountains and fells, delicious eateries, castles, a huge selection of accommodation and so much to see and do.

The Eden District is a local authority covering Alston, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Penrith and surrounding areas. Its council is based in Penrith. It is is named after the River Eden which flows north through the district toward Carlisle. Lying with the Pennines to the east and the Lake District Fells to the west, the beautiful Eden Valley around the River Eden is a mix of lush green countryside, traditional towns and attractive sandstone villages some dating back to Viking times. To the south are the peaceful Howgill Fells, a favourite of Wainwright.

An area of unrivalled beauty and charm, South Lakeland is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. Indeed, it has long been the lifestyle choice for many professionals looking to escape the city. For those seeking their own piece of rural idyll, they don’t have to compromise on quality of life, connectivity, transport links and business vibrancy. The region is perfect if you want to take part in energetic outdoor activities or take time out for quiet contemplation. Where else can you scale some of England’s highest peaks or sail on its longest lake and enjoy world class art? Furthermore, there’s events and festivals all year round as well as cinemas, michelin-starred restaurants, cosy pubs and relaxing spas.

PLACES TO VISIT IN CUMBRIA

A land of mighty lakes, dales and fells, Cumbria has the only true mountain range in England. Nearly all of this is contained by the Lake District National Park. It is synonymous with stirring natural splendour and outdoor escapades on land or water. Indeed, the largest lakes and the highest mountain in the country are yours to traverse. Alternatively, soak up from the comfort of one of the famous steam boats.

Folded into these landscapes are welcoming stone-built villages. Indeed, these were once home to cultural icons like William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. Hadrian’s Wall, the northern boundary of the Roman Empire, cuts across the county and can spark the imagination like few man-made structures in the World.

Carlisle
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Carlisle

Carlisle is the only city in the county. In fact, it is a few miles shy of the Scottish border and has a good helping

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Dalton-In-Furness

Dalton-in-Furness is a small town of 8,125 people, north east of Barrow-in-Furness. It is the second largest settlement in the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness after Barrow.

Whitehaven
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Whitehaven

Whitehaven is a Georgian town and port on the west coast in the Copeland district, near the Lake District National Park. Home to The Beacon

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Barrow In Furness

At the coastal town of Barrow-in-Furness industry and medieval history sit side-by-side. This is a shipbuilding town that has launched vessels for hundreds of years.

ATTRACTIONS IN CUMBRIA

There’s an abundance of attractions in Cumbria. In fact, there’s probably a greater variety of things to do and places to visit in the Lake District & Cumbria than anywhere else in the UK. Explore the mountains, fells, valleys and dales and visit the lakes and tarns of the Lake District & Cumbria. Discover hidden places to visit in the Lake District forests, woods, waterfalls, rivers and caves. In addition, there’s a wealth of historic places to visit in the Lake District & Cumbria. These include some of the earliest stone circles in Britain, the remains of the Roman Empire, abbeys and priories, ancient churches, castles and pele towers. Then, there’s the more recent industrial history such as water mills, and mines. Discover Cumbria through Cumbria Online!

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Lacy’s Caves

Lacy’s Caves are a series of 5 chambers in the red sandstone cliff of River Eden, just north of Little Salkeld. They are named after

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Shap Abbey

Shap Abbey was founded in the late 12th century in a secluded and beautiful valley of the river Lowther in Eden. Built in 1199, the abbey was

Castlerigg Stone Circle
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Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle is perhaps the most atmospheric and dramatically sited of all British stone circles. In fact, it has panoramic views including the mountains

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Beatrix Potter’s House

Beatrix Potter’s House or ‘Hill Top’ is a 17th-century house in Sawrey near Hawkshead, Ambleside. It is an example of Lakeland vernacular architecture with random

HOME TO THE LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK

Cumbria is home to the Lake District National Park which sits in the hilly centre of the county. This is the most popular with visitors however the area of Cumbria outside the National Park is becoming more popular with visitors looking for a quieter holiday. Nearly all Lake District attractions are within easy daily driving distance of anywhere in the larger area of Cumbria.

The most popular area to visit in the Lake District is the area around Windermere. This is also known as the South Lakes and is slightly more accessible from the south of England. The area around Keswick and Derwentwater, or North Lakes, is an extremely close second in popularity.The East Lakes includes the beautiful  lake Ullswater and the Penrith Area. The West Lakes is pretty and unspoiled and includes the Eskdale Valley and Wastwater, voted England’s favourite view. Both the east and west Lakes are recently becoming more popular places to visit in the Lake District.

CUMBRIAN MOUNTAINS & FELLS

The mountains in the Lake District, which you will also see referred to as the ‘Cumbrian Mountains’ and, more commonly, the ‘Lakeland Fells’ are part of what makes the landscape so captivating. Every year, thousands of walkers, climbers and hikers flock to the valleys and slopes to enjoy breathtaking views and invigorating walks.

In total, there are over 900 square miles of Lake District slopes and lakes to enjoy, depending on what type of visit you want to have and your level of fitness and physical capabilities. Here is a comprehensive guide to the Lake District mountains to help you learn more about this beautiful area and plan your trip accordingly.

Great Gable

Great Gable

Great Gable is named for its appearance as a pyramid from Wasdale, though it is dome-shaped from most other directions. It is one of the

Skiddaw

Skiddaw

Skiddaw is Cumbria’s 6th highest peak. Its 931-metre summit is the sixth-highest in England. It lies just north of the town of Keswick, and dominates

Scafell

Scafell

Scafell is the second highest mountain in England. It has an elevation of 964 metres should not be confused with its slightly higher neighbour Scafell

The Old Man of Coniston

The Old Man of Coniston

The Old Man of Coniston is a fell in the Furness Fells in the English Lake District and the highest point of the traditional County

LAKES & TARNS IN CUMBRIA

There are sixteen lakes in Cumbria and the Lake District, the largest being Windermere. Only one, Bassenthwaite Lake, is officially a lake by name, the others are meres or waters. In addition, there are also many other pieces of water called tarns. Although some tarns are bigger than one of the Lake District lakes, most of the tarns are very small. In fact, and some are not even named! Tarn comes from the Old Norse word for ‘pool’. It usually refers to a small mountain lake or pool. However, as some tarns are larger than lakes, it’s not an exact science!

Coniston Water

Coniston Water

Coniston Water is the fifth largest of the lakes, at five miles long, and with a maximum depth of 184 feet. It provided an important

Thirlmere

Thirlmere

Thirlmere is a reservoir in the Borough of Allerdale. The Helvellyn ridge lies to the east of Thirlmere. To the west of Thirlmere are a

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake, owned by the National Park Authority, is one of the largest at 4 miles long and 3/4 mile wide, but also one of

Haweswater

Haweswater

Haweswater is a reservoir built in the valley of Mardale. The controversial construction of the Haweswater dam was started in 1929. Parliament passed an Act

ACCOMMODATION

Explore our great options for accommodation in Cumbria and the Lake District. View our selection in all of the six districtsAllerdale, Barrow In Furness, Copeland, Carlisle, Eden and South Lakeland. Whether you are looking for Hotels, Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Campsites, Holiday Homes or gleaming, we have you covered! Let’s take a look at some of the places to stay visit in Cumbria

The Black Swan Ravenstonedale
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The Black Swan Ravenstonedale

The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale is an award winning family run hotel in the beautiful Eden Valley. Relax and enjoy the beautiful rooms of this elegant hotel

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The Halston Carlisle

Located in Carlisle, The Halston Carlisle offers stylish self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access throughout. The apartments are located within 0.6 miles from Carlisle Castle

Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa
Allerdale

Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa is a beautiful four red star 17th-century former stately home. It is situated near to Keswick on the

The Samling Hotel Windermere
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The Samling Hotel Windermere

Located near Ambleside, The Samling Hotel Windermere has a garden and a terrace. The property features a bar, as well as a restaurant serving British

CUMBRIAN INDEPENDENTS

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Trail 54

Trail 54 are a clothing company inspired by National Parks. Indeed, their products are designed to showcase the places they love such as Windermere, Scafell,

The Chocolate Cottage
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The Chocolate Cottage

Making individually handcrafted delicious chocolates, truffles and fondants! The Chocolate Cottage are a family-run business based in the picturesque village of Grasmere. Small batch makers

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Cannabrew

At Cannabrew, our mission is to combine fantastic taste and unique benefits within expertly brewed, CBD infused products. We pride ourselves on our ability to innovatively

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The Hiking Household

The Hiking Household – Promoting exercise and outdoors to families in Cumbria! Recently see on the cover of Carlisle living with an aim to promote

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YOUR GUIDE TO CUMBRIA…

Cumbria Online is your personal guide to Cumbria, bringing you the very best of what Cumbria has to offer. Covering all the districts – Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden & The South Lakes. 

Explore the attractions, mountains and fells, lakes and tarns, accommodation and much more!! 

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