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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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: 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
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.
One of the most picturesque market towns in Northern England, Appleby is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and local craft and speciality shops.
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
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.