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Western Lake District

With secluded beaches, tranquil lakes and rugged mountains, the Western Lake District is overflowing with natural beauty. Home to England's highest mountain, Scafell, and it's deepest lake, Wastwater, this is a special place just waiting to be explored.

Historic harbours, Iron Age forts and tales of smuggling, spices and slaves all add to the allure of a rich maritime heritage. Head to the coast to marval at the views from St Bees Head, the beach is the start of the famous Wainwright 'Coast to Coast' walk. Later stop off at Georgian Whitehaven and Roman Maryport.

Cockermouth is the birthplace of famous poet, William Wordsworth. Close at hand are Bassenthwaite Lake and Whinlatter, England's only true mountain forest.

Eskdale and Ennerdale valleys are true monuments to the beauty of the Lakes and with a busy social calender across the area, the Western Lakes is a must visit.

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Western Lake District
Buttermere Loweswater and Ennerdale
Buttermere

Buttermere, Loweswater & Ennerdale

The Buttermere Valley is a picture postcard of blue ribbon lakes, Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater, ‘knotted' together at the small villages of Buttermere and Loweswater, like ‘a string of pearls each connected to the next'.
Cockermouth
Cockermouth

Cockermouth

The very pretty Georgian town of Cockermouth is the gateway to the largely undiscovered Western Lake District. It’s a lovely place to stay and the added bonus is you can be on a lakeshore.
Maryport Allonby and Aspatria
Maryport

Maryport, Allonby & Aspatria

Maryport has always had a close affinity with the sea, from its earliest fishing days to the busy docks and sea-faring ships of the Georgian and Victorian eras.
Ravenglass Muncaster and Eskdale
Ravenglass

Ravenglass, Muncaster & Eskdale

The green fields and woodlands of the valley of Eskdale, complete with the sparkling thread of the river Esk, penetrate deep into the central Lakeland fells.
Silloth
Silloth

Silloth

The Victorian seaside town of Silloth is a popular destination for its leisurely atmosphere, seaside recreation and spectacular sunsets.
Duddon Valley
Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley offers unrivalled walking with spectacular views - on the fells, through forest and woodland and along the river bank.
Whitehaven
Whitehaven

Whitehaven & St Bees

The maritime port of Whitehaven was once the third largest in the UK with trade links all over the world.
Workington
Workington

Workington

Workington was built on the bedrock of coal, its reserves exploited by the Curwen family who reaped huge wealth and prosperity from the underground resources.

What's On

Feel the Force

Feel the Force

Whitehaven

Fri 27 Jan - Sun 5 Mar 2017

Ever wondered how magnets work, where anti-gravity comes from and what's inside those mysterious black holes? Come along to our interactive science exhibition 'Feel the Force' and discover for yourself, with experiments and machines for you

‘Wycinank

Wycinanki - the Art of Polish Paper Cuts

Whitehaven

Wed 18 Jan - Sun 19 Mar 2017

‘Wycinanki’ or paper cuts are a traditional Polish folk art. They first appeared in the 19th century, when they decorated the inside walls of rural homes.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Cockermouth

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Antique and collectors fair, small but offering a good selection of fine and vintage jewellery, antiques, collectables, decorative arts, furniture, vintage linens and china.

'Posting Letters to the Moon'

'Posting Letters to the Moon' Live reading

Ennerdale

Tue 7 Mar 2017

In this live performance, fresh from the world première at the 2016 Hampstead Theatre Festival, wartime letters between the actress Celia Johnson and her husband Peter Fleming are read by their daughter Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams.

Alice in Wonderland

Looking into Wonderland

Whitehaven

Sat 11 Mar - Mon 10 Apr 2017

A fine selection of the illustrations from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there (1872) will be on show at The Beacon Museum Whitehaven from 11th March up until the 2nd April 20

Fish & Chip Suppers at the Railway

Fish and Chip Evenings

Ravenglass

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.

Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom

Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom

Whitehaven

Thu 23 Mar 2017

Astronauts. Regrets. The sexes. Social Media. Hipsters. Rage. Medicine. Manners. Identity. Lost stuff. Other stuff...

Gin Party at the Hardknott Bar

Gin Party at the Hardknott Bar

Eskdale

Fri 24 - Sun 26 Mar 2017

This weekend, there are over 35 Gins to sample by the glass at the Woolpack Inn and Hardknott Bar & Café’s Gin Party, with accompaniments you would never think of trying!

Peppa Pig at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Peppa Pig at the Railway

Ravenglass

Sat 25 - Sun 26 Mar 2017

Peppa Pig returns to the Railway for two visits in 2017!

Mechanicals Bare Cats

The Mechanicals

Whitehaven

Sat 25 Mar - Sun 30 Apr 2017

The Mechanicals is an exhibition of two parts. Witty, beautifully hand crafted automata are displayed alongside hand-on exhibits that show the basic mechanisms involved in making the automata work.

Mothers Day Tea in the Castle

Mothers Day Tea in the Castle

Ravenglass

Sun 26 Mar 2017

For a very special treat; bring your mothers for an Afternoon Tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Castle Drawing Room or the Billiard Room.

Teddies Go Free

Teddies Go Free

Ravenglass

Sat 8 - Sun 23 Apr 2017

Join in the fun this Easter as we grab those teddies because #teddyfest is back!

Eskdale Easter Fun

Eskdale Easter Fun

Eskdale

Fri 14 - Mon 17 Apr 2017

Activities for all and fun for all the family this Easter weekend at the Woolpack Inn and Hardknott Bar and Café.

Cadbury Egg Hunt

National Trust & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Buttermere

Fri 14 Apr 2017

Pooh sticks, den building and balancing on logs - get the whole family down on the lakeshore for some Easter outdoors fun and claim a chocolate prize.

Easter at Muncaster

Teddies Go Free at Easter

Ravenglass

Fri 14 - Mon 17 Apr 2017

Free entry for every child with a teddy* over the Easter weekend 14th – 17th April 2017, Friday to Monday inclusive.

Cadbury Egg Hunt

National Trust & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Whitehaven

Sat 15 Apr 2017

It's Easter! Come and enjoy the great outdoors by following our activity-packed Easter trail on the Whitehaven Coast. There's a Cadbury chocolate prize waiting for you at the end too.

Cadbury Egg Hunt

National Trust & Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Ennerdale

Sun 16 Apr 2017

Bring the whole family to enjoy lots of fun activities along pushchair friendly paths through woodland and along the lakeshore and claim a chocolate prize.

Cider & Sausage Festival

Cider & Sausage Festival

Eskdale

Thu 20 Apr 2017

This friendly and jovial festival and long-established at the Woolpack Inn and Hardknott Bar in Eskdale, the Woolpack Cider & Sausage Festival celebrates the very best of local Ciders and a scrumptious array of Sausages.

Fish & Chip Suppers at the Railway

Fish and Chip Evenings

Ravenglass

Fri 21 Apr 2017

Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.

Cumbria Sausage Festival

Cumberland Sausage, Food and Drink Festival

Ravenglass

Sat 29 Apr - Mon 1 May 2017

The Cumberland Sausage Festival returns to Muncaster Castle for the third year!

Meet Fred

Meet Fred

Whitehaven

Fri 5 May 2017

Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice - David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival...

Antique & Collectors Fair

Antique & Collectors Fair

Cockermouth

Sat 6 May 2017

Antique and collectors fair, small but offering a good selection of fine and vintage jewellery, antiques, collectables, decorative arts, furniture, vintage linens and china.

Photography Day

Photography Day

Ravenglass

Tue 16 May 2017

The team is back to take you on a behind the scenes photography treat.

Fish & Chip Suppers at the Railway

Fish and Chip Evenings

Ravenglass

Fri 19 May 2017

Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.

Things to do

The Lakes Distillery

The Lakes Distillery

Cockermouth

Following a £9m investment and three years' development, The Lakes Distillery officially opened its doors in December 2014 and since then, they have become one of Cumbria's leading award winning tourist attractions.

Gincase Farm Park

The Gincase

Silloth

This has something for everyone. The Farm Park has lots of friendly farm animals in 16 paddocks, large Playbarn with huge indoor play area and more; a Cumbrian Craft Barn and Tearoom.

Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport Maritime Museum

Maryport

The museum illustrates the maritime, social and industrial history of Maryport, using objects, paintings and story boards in themed galleries.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Ravenglass

Welcome to Lakeland's oldest, longest and most scenic railway!

The Rum Story

The Rum Story

Whitehaven

Wordsworth House

Wordsworth House and Garden

Cockermouth

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle

Ravenglass

Home of the Penningtons for 800 years. Tour this glorious castle with an informative and free interactive wand.

The Beacon

The Beacon Museum

Whitehaven

Situated on Whitehaven's attractive harbour side, The Beacon is home to the town's museum collection.

Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve

Duddon Mosses National Nature Reserve

Duddon Valley

At Duddon Mosses you'll discover one of England's few remaining peatland habitats, with striking views over the Lakeland Fells and the sea.

Plaza Cinema, Workington

Plaza Cinemas

Workington

6 screen independent cinema. Free parking, 3D films, disabled access, snack kiosk and bar.

Lake District Coast Aquarium

Lake District Coast Aquarium Maryport

Maryport

The Lake District Coast Aquarium opened in May 1997 and contains 65+ themed tanks containing a collection of the diverse marine life found around the Cumbrian and UK coastline.

Senhouse Roman Museum

Senhouse Roman Museum

Maryport

An internationally significant Roman collection housed in a Victorian Naval Battery adjacent to the Roman fort at Maryport.

Jennings Brewery

Jennings Brewery

Cockermouth

Jennings Brewery was originally established as a true family concern back in 1828, in the village or Lorton. The company moved to its current location in 1874, in the historic town of Cockermouth, in the shadow of Cockermouth Castle.

Rosehill Theatre

Rosehill Theatre

Whitehaven

Our vision is to be a local theatre of national significance, presenting and producing first class arts and entertainment alongside a vibrant programme of creative learning work to engage young people and others in the community.

Grey Croft Stone Circle

Grey Croft Stone Circle

Seascale

The present circle of 10 standing stones, 80' diameter, was restored in 1949. A low oval mound at the centre produced burnt bone fragments and part of a jet ring.

Eskdale Moor / Burnmoor Circle

Eskdale Moor/Burnmoor Circle

Eskdale

Several stone circles and many small cairns are visible on the moor. The circles are distinguished by the occurance within them of small cairns. Construction date is thought to be around 2000BC.

Lacra Stone Circle

Lacra Stone Circles

Millom

Remnants of five stone circles and two possible stone avenues, circles range from 14' to 60', one of them having contained a cremation.

Gretigate Stone Circles

Gretigate Stone Circles

Seascale

Three circles and nine small cairns. The south circle is 104' across, the north-west is 72' with a low central cairn. The third is immediately north of the second, it is 24' across and also encloses a small cairn.

Elvastone Circle

Elvastone Circle

Cockermouth

The 15 stones, of which the tallest is just under one metre, form an almost perfect circle some 40 metres in diameter. Only 15 stones of the original 30 remain.

Swinside Stone Circle

Swinside Stone Circle

Millom

Originally know as Sunkenkirk, consists of 50 stones at the foot of Black Combe. Access is via a long farm track from a minor road branching off the A595. Well worth the walk!

Studfold Gate Stone Circle

Studfold Gate Stone Circle

Workington

Stone circle is now incomplete and has a modern wall cutting through it, incorporating one stone. Eleven others survive, some only a few inches high.

Creche

Whitehaven Sports Centre

Whitehaven

Run by qualified staff, children under five can be booked into our creche for up to two hours while you take part in a fitness class or other activity at the centre.

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