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  • The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw, 44 Mile, Cu

    The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw, 44 Mile, Cu

    Carlisle

    The La Sportiva Grand Tour of Skiddaw follows 44 miles of trails through the beautiful northern Lake District with a climb up the mighty Skiddaw at th…more

  • Rasta Liv

    Rasta Liv

    Millom, Cumbria

    The story follows Ellis Hercules journey from 1957 St Kitts to 2013 Ethiopia, via Leeds and Manchester in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Interviews with fri…more

  • Snake Davis and Chris bannister

    Snake Davis and Chris bannister

    Cumbria

    Sax legend Snake Davis has played with some of the biggest names in contemporary music. Hes had a long collaboration with Heather Small of M-People…more

  • Cumbria Way Ultra 30, 30 Mile, Cumbria 2019

    Cumbria Way Ultra 30, 30 Mile, Cumbria 2019

    Keswick

    The Cumbria Way Ultra 30 starts in Keswick to finish at Carlisle Castle following the final sections of the Cumbria Way Ultra, for runners looking for…more

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Formed from the old districts of Westmorland and Cumberland in 1974, Cumbria makes a good claim to be the spiritual home of Britains hikers and hill-walkers, blessed as it is with many of the countrys most famous and inspiring walks and some of the highest peaks, including every English peak over 3000ft and Scafell Pike, the highest point of England. Stretching from the impressive Eden Valley in the east to the valleys, peaks and well, lakes, of the Lake District and onto the jagged and awesome coastline of the west, Cumbria is truly one of the most beautiful counties in all of the UK with the Lake District National Park considered to be Britains most magnificent Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and having provided the inspiration for some of the greatest poetry ever written.

A surprisingly small county considering its wide range of mountains, hills and great lakes, Cumbria is bordered by Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland and by the English counties of Lancashire, North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland. In the west there is the Irish Sea up to Morecambe Bay and the Penines mark the eastern boundary. Despite the plethora of scenic wonders Cumbria is also blessed with some fine historic sites too. Perhaps this is because its history has been characterized by migration, settlement and territorial dispute, mostly between the Scottish and the English. The area has been populated for thousands of years and by the end of the Roman Era it was inhabited by Welsh Romano-Britons.

By the 8th century it was part of the Anglo Saxon Kingdom and by 1092 it was a part of England. Historic sites worth visiting include Hadrians Wall, Furness Abbey and Carlisle Castle, as well as numerous Celtic, Roman and prehistoric remains and stone circles.

Nevertheless, most visitors to Cumbria will head to the Lake District National Park to walk, cycle, sail or generally splash about in one of the 12 great lakes, the highest mountains or around 3,500 kilometers of rights of way. Absolutely not to be missed.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Cumbria

Fun days out in Cumbria

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Cumbria, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Cumbria

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Cumbria.

Theme Parks in Cumbria

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Cumbria.

Museums in Cumbria

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Cumbria

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

Updated: 22/08/2019 04:43:27

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