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Sitting by the Duddon River Estuary with Black Combe Fell on its doorstep, the former fishing village of Millom has a varied history with a rich industrial heritage, founded on iron-ore mining and steel making in the 19th Century.
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.
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
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)
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, CA11 7PT
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 (0 mile)
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 (0 mile)
- Parking: with charge
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 (0 mile)
- Parking: free
Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6LW
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 (0 mile)
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.
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.
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.
Aspatria, Cumbria, CA5 3HB
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.
Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2DB
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.
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, CA17 4QN
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.
The pretty town of Brampton is ideal for exploring the North Cumbrian countryside and religious heritage.
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 (0 mile)
- Parking: with charge