Moving to Cumbria: best things to see and do

Posted 23 December 2015

With award-winning national parks and stunning scenery, Cumbria is rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. Its past may have been defined by battles and invasions, but its present is much more appealing to the modern homeowner.

There are more things to see and do than you can shake a sustainably sourced stick at within the country boundaries – whether you love the great outdoors, consider yourself to be a culture vulture or enjoy the simpler and more sedate things in life.

Here are just a few ideas for recreation and fun within an hour of Garth House Gardens and Eden Vale.

 

Outdoor activities

Gelt woods

Just three miles south of Brampton lies Gelt Woods. Featuring beautiful country trails, Gelt Woods is a delightful place for a relaxing walk with the family. It also happens to be an RSPB nature reserve, making it a special place for birdwatchers.

Gelt Woods also features an ancient quarry, dating back to the 3rd Century. The quarry hugs the banks of the Gelt River and was used by the Romans to provide much of the stone for Hadrian’s Wall.

 

Museums and tourist centres

For those prepared to head further afield, the country features a number of options for days out with the family. From Keswick Museum to Brockhole Visitor Centre, and the Pencil Museum to the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Among the most popular family attractions in the region is the Beatrix Potter museum, visited by fans from around the globe and as entertaining for adults as it is for youngsters.

 
The Lake District

Of course, no mention of Cumbria’s attractions would be complete without mention of the Lake District. The national park is home to England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, and the longest lake, Windermere.

A hotbed for walkers, cyclists and tourists keen to explore the wealth of market towns, the Lake District is also a cultural hub and has inspired some of Britain’s most famous poets and authors – including Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Towns such as Keswick, Windermere and Bowness are today filled with quaint cafes, cosy pubs and some of the finest food in the country. The fantastic array of restaurants and hotels in Cumbria include Michelin star restaurants such as Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume.

 

Culture and history

As the largest Roman Monument in Europe, Hadrian’s Wall is understandably one of the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site to boot. Just 15 minutes drive from Brampton, the Birdoswald Roman Fort is one of the most interesting spots on the Wall and a must-see for history lovers.

The wall’s construction began in 122 AD and when it was finished six year later, it ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea all the way to the West coast and the Irish Sea. Significant sections of the wall still stand and can be followed on foot along the historic Hadrian’s Wall Path.

The 900-years-old Carlisle Castle is just one of the many citadels and fortress dotted around Cumbria. It has been the focal point of many major episodes in British history and due to its positioning so close to the border with Scotland, it has been ravaged by wars and battles through time. Yet it still proudly stands, its walls bearing the mark of the centuries gone by and welcoming those of you intrigued by the castle’s fame.

 

Lifestyle

Carlisle may be steeped in history, but it also represents the main shopping, commercial and industrial centre for the north of Cumbria. A great place to enjoy some retail therapy or just spend a day wandering the streets, it offers a bustling atmosphere without losing the charm of most modern cities.

From gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres to golf courses, ice rinks and racecourses, Carlisle also boasts an emerging night life. And all, just a reasonable taxi ride from Eden Vale and Garth House Gardens.

 

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