Allerdale, to the West of Cumbria is well connected to its history and culture. It boasts not one, but 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.


Barrow-in-Furness is one of the six local government cumbrian districts. It is named after its main town, Barrow-in-Furness. It is the smallest district in the county, but is the most densely populated, with 924 people per square kilometre.

Barrow-in-Furness is a large industrial town which grew from a tiny 19th Century hamlet to the biggest iron and steel centre in the world, and a major ship-building force, in just 40 years. 


Carlisle is a cathedral city and the county town of Cumbria as well as the administrative centre of the City of Carlisle district. The city is located at the confluence of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril, 10 miles south of the Scottish border.

Carlisle is known as “The Border City” and is the main shopping, commercial and industrial centre in the northern half of Cumbria, and a fair amount of southern Scotland.

The Romans established a settlement here – primarily to serve the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. In the 12th century, King Henry I allowed the founding of a religious establishment, later making the town a diocese, and thus making the Priory into a Cathedral.


Copeland is the most westerly of the six cumbrian districts. The borough stretches from Duddon Bridge to Distington along the west coast of Cumbria. Its council is based in Whitehaven and was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Whitehaven, Ennerdale Rural District and Millom Rural District. 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.


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.

The River Eden which has its source in the Mallerstang Valley, is one of the finest salmon and trout rivers in the North of England and you can enjoy some great riverside walks. Look out for Lacy’s Caves, carved out of sandstone right on the riverbank or go in search of the Eden Benchmarks, ten intriguing sculptures in dramatic settings which act as welcome seats.

The most scenic railway in England, the Settle to Carlisle line runs through the Eden Valley with stations at Appleby and Kirkby Stephen, Penrith, a welcoming market town makes an ideal base to explore the area. Brough, near Kirkby Stephen is an old coaching village, rich in history, while Orton and Tebay is an area of striking landscapes, local produce, heritage and intriguing myths and legends.  Shap – famous for its granite offers great walking and the historic Shap Abbey.


South Lakeland, with its council is based in Kendal includes much of the Lake District as well as northwestern parts of the Yorkshire Dales.

This Cumbrian district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It was formed from the Kendal borough, Windermere urban district, most of Lakes urban district, South Westmorland Rural District, from Westmorland, Grange and Ulverston urban districts.

South Lakeland is justifiably known all over the world for its astounding natural beauty and unique, vibrant culture. There’s a wealth of attractions and places to visit which will appeal to the whole family. Whatever the weather, come rain or shine, there are lots of things to explore!