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.
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
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.
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
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
The pretty town of Brampton is ideal for exploring the North Cumbrian countryside and religious heritage.
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.
Cumbria, LA20 6JF, Tel: 01229 716115, Email
Broughton-in-Furness is a quaint, unspoilt Lakeland town, nestling in the foothills of some of the most dramatic Lake District fells.