- Rail station: Maryport (7 miles)
One of the most picturesque market towns in Northern England, Appleby is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and local craft and speciality shops.
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
The pretty town of Brampton is ideal for exploring the North Cumbrian countryside and religious heritage.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The town's old cobbled lanes and byways branch off the attractive main street and are peppered with quaint antique and speciality shops. You will also find a number of high street stores in the main pedestrianised shopping area.
- Rail station: Kendal (1 mile)
- Parking: free
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.
Grange-over-Sands is Lakeland's Riviera. Cradled between the hills and the sea it has one of the mildest climates in the North of England. Last year the town was listed 2nd in a list of top ten seaside towns.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
Cumbria, LA14 1HU
Barrow-in-Furness embraces one of England's most impressive monastic ruins, a superb museum and nature reserves. Located at the southernmost tip of the Furness peninsula, Barrow offers a rich and colourful experience for all.
- Rail station: Barrow in Furness
- Parking: with charge