- Rail station: Maryport (7 miles)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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, 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
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, CA9 3RF, Tel: 01434 382244, Email
Discover an area of unique and beautiful landscapes - high, wild and remote.
- Parking: free
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.
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, CA11 7PT, Tel: 01768 867466, Email
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
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.
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.