- Rail station: Maryport (7 miles)
Longtown, with its attractive 18th century bridge, makes a good starting point for walks along the River Esk through the surrounding countryside. The Solway Firth close by, is popular with birdwatchers looking for wading birds and wildfowl
Ambleside, one of the jewels of the Lakes, is set in the centre of the Lake District at the head of Lake Windermere. Blessed with beautiful scenery, this bustling market town provides everything a visitor could want.
At the heart of the Lake District and just a mile away from the lake of the same name, the Lakeland town of Windermere offers a multitude of charming shops, pubs and restaurants to relax away the day and offers fantastic views of the fells.
The coastal village of Bowness on Solway is charming mix of pretty traditional Cumbrian cottages, house and farms, hugging the shoreline of the Solway Firth - part of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Penrith was once the capital of Cumbria. Today it is very accessible by road, M6, A6 and A66, and rail. Penrith is a bustling market town, renowned for its wealth of specialist shops offering an interesting choice of goods and fine foods.
- Rail station: Penrith
Cumbria, Tel: 016973 31944
Silloth on Solway with its grand Victorian houses, wide, cobbled streets and fine seaward vista, offers the opportunity for a relaxing, get away from it all break. The views out to sea are magnificent, particularly when the sun sets.
Town Hall, Queen Street, LA12 7AR, LA12 7AR, Tel: 01229 587120
This quirky market town, renowned for its year round programme of colourful festivals, has many claims to fame, including being the birthplace of Stan Laurel and home of the world famous Laurel and Hardy Museum.
- Rail station: Ulverston
- Parking: free
Cumbria, CA17 4QN, Tel: 017683 71199, Email
The historic town of Kirkby Stephen has many excellent facilities to offer its visitors, including a large range of accommodation, places to eat, fascinating antiques and curio shops. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking.
Cumbria, Tel: 01946 598914
Whitehaven is a must for the discerning visitor. Once one of the busiest ports in England, its businesses were major players in the rum and ship building market. The Beacon visitor attraction let's you into the town's best kept secrets.
Situated on the shores of lake Windermere, the bustling town of Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere, offers a great variety of visitor attractions, accommodation and shops.
The pretty town of Brampton is ideal for exploring the North Cumbrian countryside and religious heritage.
Cumbria, CA9 3RF, Tel: 01434 382244, Email
Discover an area of unique and beautiful landscapes - high, wild and remote.
- Parking: free
Aspatria, Cumbria, CA5 3HB, Tel: 01539 822222
Aspatria is a small town in the North West of Cumbria, situated within the area known as the Western Lake District between Maryport and Wigton.
Carlisle, CA3 8JW, Tel: 01228 625600, Email
Carlisle has a wealth of history and heritage, the Castle was founded in 1092, Hadrian's Wall bulit around AD122 to name a few. Explore the fantastic shopping and the surrounding spectacular countryside.
Milnthorpe is an ancient village with a beautiful church and a market square situated to the south of the Lake District. From 1334 Milnthorpe, was a busy market town and port on the River Bela.
Cumbria, CA12, Tel: 017687 72645, Email
Keswick retains the attractive appearance of a traditional small market town, the weekly stalls still set around the Moot market hall which dominates the town centre. Despite its small size, Keswick contains a variety of shops.
- Rail station: Penrith (18 miles)
Dalton is mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Daltune, the ancient settlement of Dalton, was, in medieval times, the capital of Furness. Dalton has now become home to exotic species from across the world at South Lakes Wild Animal Park.
- Rail station: Dalton
- Parking: free
Melvyn Bragg is Wigton's most famous son. He grew up in the Blackamoor pub where you can still enjoy a pint and the crack, local chat. Enjoy your drink after exploring the town - there are lots of interesting features to discover.
Kirkby Lonsdale is in the beautiful valley of the River Lune on the fringes of both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. A national winner of 'Britain in Bloom', the town has an excellent range of speciality shops.
Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2DB, Tel: 01946 820693
Egremont is a traditional market town in the centre of the Western Lake District. Whilst there, discover Egremont's treasures: the illuminated Norman Castle and grounds.
Maryport is a very pleasant town to discover on foot - built on a grid pattern in the 18thC, it is very easy to find your way around. Start at the harbour, recently refurbished to a high standard where pleasure craft are berthed.
- Rail station: Maryport
One of the most picturesque market towns in Northern England, Appleby is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and local craft and speciality shops.
Cumbria, Tel: 01900 606699, Email
Workington is an ancient market and industrial town at the mouth of the River Derwent. Some parts of the town north of the River Derwent date back to Roman times. As well as the new shopping centre you can also explore Workington's history.
- Rail station: Workington
- Parking: with charge
Nestling in the foot of the Howgill fells and dating back to the Roman times, Sedbergh is a market town full of character with cobbled yards and fascinating houses, some of which bear the hallmarks of the town's old knitting industry.