Other Areas Around the Lake District

Other Areas Around the Lake District

Other Areas Around the Lake District

Grange-over-Sands is on the coast south of the Lake District. It is a small Victorian resort with promenade, band stand, bowling greens and beaches. Famous for its cockles, mussels and shrimps, it is quiet and restful and is close by Cartmel village and Priory and Holker Hall and Park, which has a Lakeland Motor Museum.

Ulverston is some 15 miles to the south-west. Kendal the 'Auld Grey Town' is to the north east. It is a busy place and has a castle, Brewery Arts Centre, Lakeland Life and Industry Museum, one of the best provincial Natural History Museums, and a new leisure centre. Odd cobbled streets, yards, harness-racing, dog trials, jazz festivals, steam gatherings, craft and folk festivals, there is a lot to do in and around the town. Kendal is also a good starting off point for the attractively named Lun and the Eden Valley, the dales and friendly villages, out to Kirby Lonsdale and the High Pennines.

To the north is Carlisle. Although outside the National Park it is extremely convenient for the lakes as well as for an excursion over the borders towards Dumfries and the Solway Firth. Carlisle and Brampton are border towns and there are some good segments of Hadrian's Wall left standing in this part of Cumbria. Carlisle's Roman history is well captured in the Museum and Art Gallery. The truly magnificent decorated east window in Carlisle Cathedral is worth going to see; Sir Walter Scott was married there in 1797. Carlisle has all sorts of cross-border connections with Bonnie Prince Charlie and Mary Queen of Scots both calling at Carlisle; Charles on his way south to Derby and Mary, who was imprisoned in the castle at which she had first been a guest.

Carlisle is a much more peaceful place these days. The Guildhall is a medieval timber-framed building in the city centre beside the Old Town Hall, but both are dominated by the modern Civic Centre (1964). Carlisle has its Great Fair in late August, and the Cumberland Show a month earlier is one of the big agricultural shows of the region.



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