Category Archives: Area Guides

Northamptonshire Info

Things to do in Northamptonshire and beyond

Heritage and history


Outdoors and Activities


North Lincs Info

North Lincs. and Area

These are all possiblities of things to do when in North Lincs.


Heritage, History & Gardens


  • China Rose – Bit of a drive and not cheap, but outstanding chinese food
  • Take a Gander – Good food, good prices.
  • Medici – Italian restuarant – Very nice – 01482 633943

Museums & Visitor Centres


  • The Dome Leisure Centre (climbing et al) –



Walking & Cycling

  • Viking Way – Map




Peak District Info

Peak District Info


In no particular order:

Golden Valley – Coach Road, Golden Valley, Derbyshire DE55 4ES. Going here in May. C&CC Certified site with all the mod cons.

Ashbourne – C&CC site. Looks really good, but tent pitches not ready for this season due to new toilet block being installed.

Teversal – C&CC site. Top notch site, but a little out of the Peaks area. although it doesn’t like noise, bans gazebos, has problems with “Mega Dome” tents (what is that and do I need one?) and has rather a lot of rules.

Here is an online brochure listing loads of campsites click here – Campsite Guide Book author

We could use Google map for a proper look:

B&B How Lane, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WJ. Fabulous – you want room 5, staggering distance to pub(s), own bar, menu choices at breakfast, own car park and homemade flapjacks when you arrive.

Golden Valley Campsite Info

This info is mainly specific to this campsite.


Midland Railway – Butterly Country Park Map of some walks around adjacent country park, as well as map of the campsite.

Refer to AA Pub Walks & Cycle Rides in the Peak District book

Pubs & Breweries

  • Pubs
    • Newlands Inn, Golden Valley, DE55 4ES – 01773 744244
      • Easy walking distance
  • Good Beer Guide
    • George Inn, Ripley, DE5 3DW – 01773 512041
    • Horse & Jockey, Selston, NG16 6FB – 01773 781012
    • Dixies Arms, Lower Bagthorpe, NG16 5HF – 01773 810505
  • Breweries
    • The Leadmill Brewery – 01332 883577
    • Ashover Brewery – 07803 708526

To Do

  • Denby Pottery Derby Road, Denby, Derbyshire DE5 8NX Tel: 01773 740799 Centre Opening Times: Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5pm Sundays: Centre: 10am-5pm, Factory Shop & Home Store: 11am – 5pm
  • More on the campsite attractions list:

Nearest Hospital (for early aliens & Tilley accidents)

Kings Mill Hospital

Mansfield Road, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4JL

Tel: 01623 622515

Derbyshire Royal Infirmary

London Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2QY

Tel: 01332 347141

Nearest Food Shops

  • Tesco
    • Codnor DE5 9QR 0.94 miles – Express Mon-Sun 06.00-23.00
    • Alfreton DE55 7BT 2.89 miles – Mon 08.00-00.00 Tue-Wed 24h Sat to 22.00 Sun 10.00-16.00
    • Heanor DE75 7EX 2.87 miles – Mon 08.00-00.00 Tue-Wed 24h Sat to 22.00 Sun 10.00-16.00
  • Sainsburys
    • Ripley DE5 3QP 1.2 miles – Mon-Fri 08.00-22.00 Sat 07.30-22.00 Sun 10.00-16.00

Nearest Camping Shops Mytham Bridge, Hope Nr Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 0AL Tel: 01433 651013 (10am to 5:30pm) 6 Main Road, Hathersage, Derbyshire, S32 1BB Tel: 01433 659870

Outside, Main Road, Hathersage, Derbyshire S32 1BB Tel: 01433 651936 Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30 Weekend 9:30-6:00

Nearest Bike Shop The Old Stables, 8 Castleton Road, Hope S33 6RD TEL: 01433 621111 (The shop) 07734 653006

Peak District To do


Wiki Recommended

  • Derventio Brewery – Not been there yet, but what it the worst that could happen?

And The Rest…


In Case of Emergency…

Wiki NOT Recommended – queue for an hour to go down 105 wet steps along a passage in a wet boat to be turfed out to look at the world’s most unimpressive stalagmites and cave for 40 long boring minutes. Oh and all this at vast expense.

Any caves.

Lake District Info

Lake District Info


In no particular order:

C&C Club Site Troutbeck – Hutton Moor End, Troutbeck, Penrith CA11 0SX Tel: 01768 779149, nice but basic, electric hook-up, excellent showers, no electric points in wash block, laundry, washing up, poor stocked shop, bit soggy – in Windermere LA23 1PA, £27 excellent toilets, plug availability, free electric hook-up, tap & TV point on big 11x9m pitches with parking space, dishwashing, kitchen, laundry, games room, play area, “supermarket” (v overstated but did have fresh baguettes & papers), bar (real ales & cheap), takeaway (never found it), nearby chargeable swimming pool & leisure facilities, described as 5 star, looks commercial & huge. 2009 – NO LONGER TENT FRIENDLY – BAD SITE 🙁 – in Windermere LA23 3PG, £25, private bathrooms available, heated & very clean toilets incl. plugs, laundry, games room, play area, shop, bar, restaurant, takeaway, dishwashing, one of the campsites is “unmarked and undulating” , the other flatter, bookable with some electric hook-ups, allocated pitch sizes big ones go early – in Kirkby, Lonsdale LA6 2SE, £14.50, mown grass, flowers & neat hedges, terraces, unisex toilets in large heated clean individual rooms, small charge for their hairdryers, no plugs, hook up £2, laundry, dishwashing, play area, shop, dogs allowed – in Keswick CA12 4TE, described as “gently sloping”, beautifully fitted out toilets heated with hair care facilities, dishwashing, laundry, kitchen, games room, shop, hotel/pub next door – not in guide book – in Watermillock, PenrithCA11 0L5, carbon neutral??, described as “very undulating”, recently upgraded toilets, dishwashing, laundry, games room, play area, dogs allowed, shop, bar – in Brotherswater, Penrith CA11 0NZ, this one actually has an Inn serving REAL ALES!! Really like this last one – not just because of beer. Looks really nice. – Rich. Good review on, showers seem to get muddy. Badgers are a real issue – have to keep food in the car – may be a pain. Guidebook says pitches not marked, reburbished toilets, dishwashing, laundry, shop, bar, restaurant See also – Good reviews on, apparently has great facilities.

Here is an online brochure listing loads of campsites click here – Campsite Guide Book author

We could use Google map for a proper look:

Useful Info

Nearest Hospital (for early aliens & Tilley accidents)

Westmorland General Hospital (with A&E), Burton Rd, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 7RG Tel: 01539 732288 Distance 13.7 miles

Nearest Food Shops

Morrisons Penrith, Brunswick Road, CA11 7JU, 01768 867631 Mon 0800 – 2000 Tue 0800 – 2000 Wed 0800 – 2000 Thu 0800 – 2100 Fri 0800 – 2100 Sat 0800 – 2000 Sun 1000 – 1600

Co-op St James Court, Keswick, CA12 5EF, 01768 772688 Mon 0800-2000 Tue 0800-2000 Wed 0800-2000 Thu 0800-2000 Fri 0800-2000 Sat 0800-2000 Sun 1000-1600

Tesco Express Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3DB,01539 446081 Mon 0600 – 2300 Tue 0600 – 2300 Wed 0600 – 2300 Thu 0600 – 2300 Fri 0600 – 2300 Sat 0600 – 2300 Sun 0600 – 2300

Sainsburys Station Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9QF, 01900 825694 Mon 0800-2000 Tue 0800-2000 Wed 0800-2000 Thu 0800-2000 Fri 0800-2000 Sat 0800-2000 Sun 1000-1600

Asda Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7JA, 01539 741416 Mon Opens 8am Tue 24hrs Wed 24hrs Thu 24hrs Fri 24hrs Sat Close 2200 Sun 1000-1600

Morrisons The Old Showground, Queen Katherines Avenue, Kendal, LA9 6DU, 01539 734554 Mon 0800-2000 Tue 0800-2000 Wed 0800-2000 Thu 0800-2000 Fri 0800-2000 Sat 0800-2000 Sun 0800-2000

Co-op Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DR, 015394 33124 Mon 0830-2000 Tue 0830-2000 Wed 0830-2000 Thu 0830-2000 Fri 0830-2000 Sat 0830-2000 Sun 1000-1800

Co-op 2 Oak Street, Windermere, LA23 1EN, 01539 443021 Mon 0800-2200 Tue 0800-2200 Wed 0800-2200 Thu 0800-2200 Fri 0800-2200 Sat 0800-2200 Sun 0900-2200???

Co-op Lake Road, Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BT, 015394 44105 Mon 0800-2200 Tue 0800-2200 Wed 0800-2200 Thu 0800-2200 Fri 0800-2200 Sat 0800-2200 Sun 0800-2200???

Co-op Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside, LA22 0NZ, 01539 436244 Mon 0800-2200 Tue 0800-2200 Wed 0800-2200 Thu 0800-2200 Fri 0800-2200 Sat 0800-2200 Sun 0900-1900???

Co-op 229 Broadgate, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9TA, 015394 35229 Mon 0830-2000 Tue 0830-2000 Wed 0830-2000 Thu 0830-2000 Fri 0830-2000 Sat 0830-2000 Sun 1000-1800

Nearest Camping Shops

Ambleside (oh so many)

Keswick (oh so many, George Fisher recommended for boot fit)

Penrith & Cockermouth (don’t bother)

A big favourite (huge Berghaus stock): Lakeland Great Outdoors Plantation Bridge, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9JA Tel: 01539 821697 Open 10-5 every day

Nearest Bike Shops

Bike Shed, Ambleside

???, Keswick (Specialized stocked)

Nearest Car Repairs

Ford High Hill, High Hill, Keswick CA12 5NY Tel: 01768 772768

GK Group, Haweswater Road, Penrith CA11 9EU Tel: 01768 863666

Appleby , The Sands, Appleby CA16 6XN Tel: 01768 351133

Kwik Fit, Junction Street, Carlisle CA2 5XH Tel: 01228 525245

To do


Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre Brockhole, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ Tel: 015394 46601 Visitor centre with interactive exhibitions, Mawson gardens, adventure playground, shop and information centre. Lakeshore access for all.

Wiki Recommended

The Queen’s Head, Troutbeck (the other one), Windermere LA23 1PW Tel: 015394 321174 Fabulous pub/restaurant hotel with open fire (within walking distance of Limefitt ex-campsite). Food is reasonably priced with enormous portions and very nice.

Watermill Inn & Brewing Co, Ings Village near Windermere LA8 9PY Tel:01539 821309, dog themed real ale selction and good food.

Horse & Farrier Inn, Threlkeld near Keswick CA12 4SQ Tel:01768 779688, good food.

The White Horse, Scales CA12 4SY Tel:01768 779883. Run by Baz & Matt This had a lovely atmosphere, really good value food and enormous portions and the jazz band entertainment has to be seen to be believed. Cask Marque local rep should be shot for telling them to chill the beer glasses though.

The Sun Inn, Coniston LA21 8HQ Tel:015394 41248 Pub owned by Alan Piper (Carol’s ex) uber friendly, excellent food.

Jennings Brewery Castle Brewery, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA19 xxx Tel: 0845 1297190 Enjoy a guided tour of the Brewery. Sample superb Lakeland ales. Shop for beer, leisurewear and gifts. Book for tour!

Hawkshead Brewery, Stavely Mill Yard, Stavely LA8 9LR Tel:01539 822644, made it in here for beer status only.

1657 Chocolate House, 54 Branthwaite Brow, Kendal Tel: LA9 4TX 01539 740702 Small chocolate factory producing handmade chocolates. Video film. Excellent cafe and shop. 20 types of chocolate to drink, hundreds to eat.

Lakeland Flagship Store, Windermere, Cumbria CA23 1BQ Tel: 015394 88100 A must for kitchen & household gadgets. Also has coffee shop. Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10.30am-4pm

Rydal Mount and Gardens Rydal, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 33002 Wordsworth’s best loved home for 37 years. It was here that he wrote many of his poems. He became Poet Laureate to Queen Victoria at the age of 74. Coffee shop & good walking route from Grasmere.

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum Town End, Grasmere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 35544 Wordsworth’s most famous home where he lived from 1799 to 1808. Onsite museum and gift shop. Rydal Mount is better, this is a bit crowded.

Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread, Grasmere (near church where Wordsworth is buried). Fabulous and available to order:

Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre 01229 860010 From the North (unsuitable for coaches): A591 to Ambleside, leave Ambleside A593 to Langdale/Coniston. First left B5286 to Hawkshead. Bypass Hawkshead follow B5286 south then first right at tourist sign “Theatre in the Forest”, follow to Grizedale approx 2 miles. From the South and all coaches: M6 junction 36 take A591 first exit A590, Barrow follow A590 past Newby Bridge Havethwaite Crossroads, right turn, tourist sign “Grizedale Forest Park”, follow signs for Satterthwaite/Grizedale north. Great for mountain biking.

Long Meg and her Daughters Little Salkeld, Penrith Second largest circle in England – 360′ diameter. Long Meg is an outlying stone and is decorated with concentric circle – late Neolithic or early Bronze Age (c2000 or earlier). You can drive in this one.

Castlerigg Stone Circle Castlerigg, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 0191 2691200 Raised in circa 3000BC, Castlerigg is perhaps the most atmospheric of all British stone circles with the mountain of Helvellyn as a dramatic backdrop. Nice for picnics.

Keswick Climbing Centre, along same road as Castlerigg Stone Circle. One for the lads, loads of walls not a lot else. Toilets in car park.

Working watermill, Little Salkeld, Penrith CA10 1NN Tel:01768 881523 Near Long Meg stone circle, tours available, nice tea shop, ground bits to buy.

Wiki NOT Recommended

Coniston Boating Centre Lake Road Coniston LA21 8EW Tel: 015394 41366 Motor boats 1 hour: £18 for a maximum of 2 people, £27 for 4, £32 for 6 and £37 for 8 4 hours: £50 for a maximum of 2 people, £78 for 4, £92 for 6 and £110 for 8 Full day: £90 for a maximum of 2 people, £130 for 4, £160 for 6 and £185 for 8. Very dodgy battery charge indicators did not make for a comforting ride. Hitting a submerged rock despite the 100m off shore limit was worrying and the concept that you could wave the oar or use your mobile phone for help was nothing short of deception – no bloody signal and no-one to bloody see it.

Steam Yacht Gondola Pier Cottage, Coniston, Cumbria Tel: 015394 41288 The unrivalled cruising experience of the Lakes. View Coniston’s spectacular scenery from a unique, rebuilt, steam yacht sailing from Coniston pier Temple Sowerby, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 017683 61893. Coniston Lake is a bit limited.

Cumberland Pencil Museum Southey Works, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 73626 Enter the museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine, journey through the history of pencil making at the worlds longest pencil and finally relax in our coffee shop, while the kids follow the quick trail. You need a life.

Shap Standing Stones Shap, Penrith Today, the principal feature is the Goggleby Stone, a 12 ton monolith, which was re-erected in 1975 after it had fallen – some 3500 years after firstbeing set on end. Where the bloody hell were they?

Penrith is a bustling market town of sandstone buildings, renowned for its wealth of specialist shops offering an interesting choice of goods. Reasonable Tourist Info Tel: 01768 867466 but expensive to park, lack of decent gear shops and full of chavs.

And The Rest…

The Mill Inn, Mungrisdale, Penrith CA11 OXR Tel: 017687 79632 Award winning pies.

Kennedys Fine Chocolates The Old School, Orton, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3RU Tel: 015396 24781 Small chocolate factory producing handmade chocolates. Viewing windows into the production area and video film. Coffee house and factory shop. In middle of nowhere, not much to do but chocolates are yummy.

Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre Siskins cafe are open 10am – 5pm Mon to Sun From Keswick: Take the A66 west towards Cockermouth. At Braithwaite turn west onto the B5292 for Lorton. Follow Visitor Centre Sign Posts.

The Rum Story 27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria Tel: 01946 592933 Winner of the Cumbria Tourism awards 2007, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. The Rum Story is the worlds first exhibition depicting the story of the UK rum trade.

The World of Beatrix Potter The Old Laundry, Crag Brow, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 88444 A magical indoor attraction that brings to life all 23 Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit tales. Meet all your favourite characters and find out more about Miss Potter herself.

South Lakes Wild Animal Park Broughton Road, Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria Tel: 01229 466086 LA15 8JR Tel: 01229 466086 March 2008 – 2nd November 2008 10am until 5.00pm. Last admission 4.15pm The ultimate interactive animal experience with Rhinos, giraffes, lions, tigers, bears, lemurs, penguins, kangaroos and more. Get close to wildlife at Cumbria’s top tourist attraction.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8TP Tel: 01228 618718 July and Aug: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm Silver award winner in the National Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2008, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is an excellent choice for a great day out for all of the family.

South Tynedale Railway The Railway Station, Alston, Cumbria Tel: 01434 381696 Enjoy a leisurely ride through the beautiful south Tyne valley. The trains are hauled by preserved steam and diesel engines from Britain and abroad.

Senhouse Roman Museum, The Battery, Sea Brows, Maryport, Cumbria Tel: 01900 816168 Roman museum on Solway Coast, housing a collection from Roman Fort and civil settlement at Maryport., Roman museum & gardens & army museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7JN Tel: 01434 344277

Hadrian’s Wall is somewhere near here.

Low Wood Watersports Centre Low Wood, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LP Tel: 015394 39441 Motor Boat Hire Up to 6 people 1 hour £26,4 hours £65, 8 hours £117 Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre, with it’s large lake frontage and extensive range of equipment, is a great location for Waterskiing, Wakesurfing, Sailing, Kayaking/Canoeing and Boat Hire.

Glen Cottage, Blencarn, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 88688 A painting and printmaking studio situated in the village of Blencarn, open to visitors two afternoons a week.

Beatrix Potter Gallery Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 36355 Gallery showing original book illustrations by Beatrix Potter, once the office of her husband, William Heelis.

Birdoswald Roman Fort Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 46139 Blackwell is one of Britain’s finest and most important houses from the turn of the last century, situated in a stunning setting overlooking lake Windermere.

Brantwood, Home of John Ruskin Coniston, Cumbria Tel: 015394 41396 Brantwood, the former home of eminent Victorian John Ruskin and a treasure house of art and memorabilia. The 250-acre estate comprises 8 unique gardens, ancient woodland, high moors and meadows.

Carlisle Castle Carlisle, Cumbria Tel: 01228 625600 A massive medieval fortress founded to protect historic city of Carlisle in 1092. Hear about its role in sieges and stories about the ghastly prison.

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 017684 86450 A much loved historic family home, set against the grandeur and picturesque splendour of the lakeland fells and the surrounding parkland. Daleman has a delightful five acre plantsman’s garden.

Eden Ostrich World Langwathby Hall Farm, Langwathby, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 881771 Eden Ostrich World is an award-winning attraction set in the scenic village of Langwathby, 5 miles east of Penrith. It’s a working farm with a difference and hosts many animals with rare breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs.

Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria Tel: 015396 21958 Set in the inspirational Howgills, over 4 floors you’ll find heritage displays and original working looms, resident artists whose work is for sale, regularly changing exhibitions, displays and sales of arts and crafts.

Hawkshead Trout Farm The Boathouse, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 36541 We are the largest stocked sport fishing lake in the North West region. Fishing by boat or from the shore for beginners, intermediate and experts. Tuition available

High Hall Nursery Westward, Wigton, Cumbria Tel: 016973 44308 A peaceful and relaxing walk through natural woodland can be enjoyed by visitors, who, if they’re lucky, may spot a shy roe deer or the red squirrels, woodpeckers and for younger children, the Woodland Folk.

High Head Sculpture Valley High Head Farm, Ivegill, Carlisle, Cumbria Tel: 016974 73552 A family friendly contemporary art gallery and tearoom set on a working dairy farm, 5 acres of outdoor sculpture park and 70 acres of farm walks. Luxury health suite with hydrotheraphy spa bath, sauna.

Hill Top Near Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 36269 Delightful small 17th century house where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous children’s stories. The cottage garden contains the same rather haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables as Beatrix introduced.

Holker Hall and Gardens Cark in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Tel: 015395 58328 Home to Lord and Lady Cavendish, Victorian wing, glorious gardens and parkland, woodlands, food hall, gift shop and courtyard cafe.

Honister Slate Mine Honister Pass, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 77230 The last working slate mine in England. Fully guided mine tours. Browse the visitor centre. Enjoy home-cooked fayre in Yewtree pub & restaurant.

Hutton-in-the-Forest Historic House Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 017684 84449 Historic house and gardens based on medieval pele towers with substantial 17th, 18th and 19thC additions. Extensive gardens in woodland setting walled garden, topiary, cascade, woodland walk and lake with cascade.

Kingfisher Railtours Watershed Mill, Settle, North Yorkshire Tel: 0845 0533462 ‘The Fellsman operates from Carnforth via Grange over Sands to Ravenglass by steam locomotive.

Lakeland Miniature Village The Coach House, Winder Lane, Flookburgh, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Tel: 015395 58500 A fascinating insight to the buildings of Lakelands yesteryear. Over 120 buildings made from local Coniston slate. Depict Cumbrian houses and farms all hand-made by Edward Robinson. Oriental garden.

Lakes Aquarium Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 015395 30153 The award winning Aquarium of the Lakes has now become the Lakes Aquarium, with all new features allowing you to visit the lakes of the world along with those a little closer to home, making it a captivating centrepiece to the Lake District

Levens Hall & Gardens Levens, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 015395 60321 Elizabethan mansion and world famous topiary gardens designed by M Beaumont in 1694, fountain garden and buttery, licenced restaurant and gift shop.

Low Sizergh Barn Low Sizergh Farm, Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 015395 60426 Farm trail through beautiful countryside around an organic dairy farm, speciality foods in an 18thC barn, tearoom, craft and gift galleries.

Muncaster Castle Ravenglass, Cumbria Tel: 01229 717614 Castle, gardens, owl centre and meadowvole maze, cafe, shops, plant centre. Darkest Muncaster winter weekends. Museum Of Lakeland Life

Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 01539 722464 This award-winning museum takes you and your family back through time to tell the story of the Lake District and its inhabitants. Abbot Hall is one of Britain’s finest independent art galleries in a beautiful setting beside the river Kent and overlooked by the ruins of Kendal castle. Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Ravenglass, Cumbria Tel: 01229 717171 Heritage steam engines haul open-top and cosy covered carriages from the lake district costal village of Ravenglass to the foot of England’s highest mountain.

RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve Myers Farm, Silverdale, Carnforth, Lancashire Tel: 01524 701601 Nature reserve with special wildlife, nature trails with birdwatching hides, RSPB shop, visitor centre and tea room. A great day out.

Sizergh Castle and Garden Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 015395 60951 Medieval House with Tudor additions surrounded by a superb garden and large estate. Has been lived in by the Strickland family for over 760 years. Learn about the Elizabethan carvings and contents of the castle, and the gardens.

The Beacon West Strand, Whitehaven, Cumbria Tel: 01946 592302 Home to the Copeland museum collection, harbour, gallery and new harbourside restaurant. from early history to modern day, The Beacon offers fun and learning for the whole family.

The Lakes Glass Centre Oubas Hill, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 01229 584400 The last full lead crystal glass maker in England. See craftsmen at work, visit the factory shop and Lighthouse restaurant.

The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 01539 722975 Explore 350 years of social history beautifully illustrated within 77 inspiring, colourful, modern embroidered panels. Shop, tearooms, multi-lingual audio guides and video.

The Rheged Centre Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 868000 International award-winning The Rheged Centre, Europe’s largest grass covered building, home to a giant cinema screen showing epic movies daily. Regular events.

Theatre by the Lake Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 74411 Cumbria’s only year-round theatre offers a summer season of 6 plays, a christmas show, easter production, visiting drama, music, dance, comedy and films.

Thornthwaite Galleries Thornthwaite Village, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 78248 Art and craft gallery with teashop, exhibiting the work of over 130 mainly local exhibitors.

Townend Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 32628 A 17thC Lakeland Yeoman farmer’s house nestled on the side of the Troutbeck valley. Virtually untouched for the last 400yrs.

The Pier House, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 017684 82229 Perfect days sailing on England’s most beautiful lake. Sailings aboard comfortable heritage vessels all year round except Christmas eve and Christmas day.

Whitehaven Marine Adventures Whitehaven Marina, Whitehaven, Cumbria Tel: 0784 648 6483 Head out into coastal waters for an exhilarating 90 minute boat ride – the best way to appreciate this beautiful and fascinating stretch of Cumbrian coastline.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Bowness The Promenade, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 43360 Windermere Lake Cruises offer more than a ferry service. We hold private charters, lunch cruises, buffet cruises, corporate hospitality, public sailings and group travel. Steamers and launches sail daily throughout the year from Bowness.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakeside Lakeside Pier Visitor Centre, Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 015394 43360 Steamers and launches sail daily between Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside. Additional summer routes. Timetabled services.

Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead Waterhead Pier, Waterhead, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 43360 Windermere Lake Cruises offer more than just a ferry service. We hold private charters, lunch cruises, buffet cruises, corporate hospitality, public sailings, group travel.Steamers and launches sail daily throughout the year from Waterhead.

Wordsworth House and Garden Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria Tel: 01900 820884 The birth place of William Wordsworth. Meet the Wordsworth househould. Explore the garden. Hands-on activities. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a working 18thC kitchen.

Cars of the Stars Motor Museum Standish Street, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 73757 This motor museum features vehicles from TV and film including Batmobiles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many more.

Conishead Priory & Buddhist Temple A5087 Coast Road, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 01229 584029 Superb example of a romantic Gothic mansion with unique Kadampa Buddhist Temple dedicated to World Peace. Fascinating 1-hour guided tour of the house and Temple brings alive the history of the Priory since 1160. Beautiful woodland gardens.

Coniston Launch/Coniston Cruise Coniston Boatlandings, Coniston, Cumbria Tel: 015394 36216 Enjoy cruising aboard 1920’s launches with solar-electric power. A unique and environmentally friendly way to enjoy beautiful Coniston Water. A personal commentary by our crew complements your experience of this wonderful area.

Duckys Park Farm Airfrield Farm, Flookburgh, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Tel: 015395 59293 Children’s open farm visitor centre.

Egremont Castle Egremont Tel: 01946 820693 The remains of the Norman castle dating from 11thC dominates the town. After a violent history, it was left in ruins and was turned into a park and pleasure gardens in 1913.

Fell Foot Park Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 015395 31273 Discover this lakeshore Victorian park on the east shore of Windermere. Just the place for families to enjoy access to Windermere with picnic areas, boat hire and tea room.

Mawbray Hayrigg, Silloth, Wigton, Cumbria Tel: 016973 32020 A popular licensed Cumbrian Farmhouse Tearoom serving hot and cold lunches and afternoon teas, using local produce & traditional recipes. Cumbrian Craft barn & Gallery, Children’s Farm Park, playground, Indoor Playbarn, plus lots more.

Gleaston Water Mill Gleaston, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 01229 869244 Historic water corn mill, with impressive machinery. Dusty Miller’s tea shop, Pig’s Whisper country store, observation beehive and training apiary.

Graythwaite Hall Gardens Graythwaite, Nr Lakeside, Cumbria Tel: 015395 31248 Spring and summer garden designed by Thomas Mawson specialising in rhododendrons, azaleas and ornamental trees.

Guildhall Museum Green Market, Carlisle, Cumbria Tel: 01228 618718 The Guildhall, in the heart of the city, has been the home to Carlisle’s historic Trade Guilds for over 500 years and is one of the oldest surviving buildings of the city. Display features include the Great Chest and Medieval stocks.

Heron Corn Mill Mill Lane, Beetham, Milnthorpe, Cumbria Tel: 015395 64271 Heron Corn Mill is a Grade II* listed working watermill, on the banks of the River Bela in Beetham. The fourteen-foot high waterwheel powers all the machinery. Corn was ground here as early as 1220.

Houghton Hall Garden Centre Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria Tel: 01228 400610 A wonderful day in for all the family. Gifts to gardening, food hall, clothing, crafts, Hornby and dolls’ house emporium. Fabulous home-cooked food.

Hutton in the Forest Old Park, Hutton In The Forest, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 890536 Skelton Show is the largest village show in Cumbria offering an annual showcase of rural Cumbria with something for all ages – cattle, sheep, horses, entertainment, displays, trade stands and food hall.

Lakeland Motor Museum Holker Hall and Gardens, Cark in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Tel: 015395 58509 Over 30,000 motoring related exhibits – cars, motorcycles, tractors, cycles, engines and automobilia. 1930s garage recreation and the Campbell Bluebird exhibition.

Lakeland Sheep and Wool Centre Egremont Road, Cockermouth, Cumbria Tel: 01900 822673 Live farm show including cows, sheep, dogs and geese, all displaying their working qualities. Gift shop and licensed cafe/restaurant. All weather.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Hale, Milnthorpe, Cumbria Tel: 015395 63027 An interactive zoo with unique mix of exotic animals and educational interactive exhibitions. Includes tropical hall, butterfly house, free parking.

Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Haverthwaite Station, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 015395 31594 Steam trains running a seasonal daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside via the Leven valley. Licensed restaurant, engine sheds, shop, picnic area

Lowes Court Gallery & Egremont TIC 12 Main Street, Egremont, Cumbria Tel: 01946 820693 The ruins of the 12thC Norman castle dominate the town of Egremont. It is set in lovely public grounds with flower beds, walks and trees, used for many open-air events, concerts, plays and poetry readings.

Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens Underskiddaw, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 72287 Family-run historic house with strong literary connections in a fantastic setting. Live piano music and children’s quiz in the house. Woodland playgrounds, lakeside and poetry walk in the grounds.Great tearoom specialising in Cumbrian food.

Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre Nenthead Mines, Nenthead, Alston, Cumbria Tel: 01434 382037 Fantastic underground tour, interactive exhibits including working water wheels, centuries of history interpreted in a unique environment.

Platty + Limited Lodore Boat Landings, Derwentwater, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 76572 Tuition/hire in canoes, kayaks, sailing boats, dragon boat, Viking longship voyager canoe on Derwentwater, individuals/groups/families/special needs catered for.

Puzzling Place 9b Museum Square, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 75102 An interactive exhibition of optical illusions including holograms, artwork and our anti-gravity room. Visit our puzzle shop and puzzle area for free.

SHEPHERDS WINDERMERE LTD Windermere Marina Village, Bowness On Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JQ Telephone: 015394 46004 / 44031

The Dock Museum North Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria Tel: 01229 876400 A unique building in a stunning coastal setting built within a Victorian graving dock. The museum tells the story of Barrow and its’ rapid growth from a small farming village in the early 19thC to a town famed throughtout the world.

The Ruskin Museum Yewdale Road, Coniston, Cumbria Tel: 015394 41164 Meet Coniston’s heroes, John Ruskin, artist, radical and seer and Donald Campbell, speed ace, and discover the mineral wealth of the fells, all at the most thought provoking museum in the Lakes.

The Watermill at Little Salkeld Little Salkeld, Nr Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 881523 Historic watermill with organic tearoom, millshop and mill tours in a quiet beckside setting. Adult and children’s courses.

Trotters World of Animals Coalbeck Farm, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 76239 Wildlife park with collection of rare and interesting animals. Primates, antelope, zebra, buffalo, reptile house and bird of prey centre.

Upfront Gallery and Coffee Shop Unthank, Nr. Hutton-in-the -Forest, Penrith, Cumbira Tel: 017684 84538 Beautifully converted 17thC farm buildings, exhibitions, 3 exhibition spaces, vegetarian restaurant, sculpture garden, gift shop and puppet theatre.

Ventures West Boat Trips & RIB Rides 66 Furnace Lane, Maryport, Cumbria Tel: 01900 819439 Sailing and Powerboat centre offering a range of adventure and training activities at Maryport Harbour.

Walby Farm Park Walby, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle Tel: 01228 573056 Cumbria’s newest all-weather attraction on our family farm, meet our friendly animals, try out our exciting indoor and outdoor play areas and explore our nature trail. Our cafe is open fgrom 10.00 until 17.00.

Wray Castle Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 47997 Distinctive lake District landmark built in the 1840’s and where Beatrix Potter stayed with her family when she was 16.

Barrow in Furness Cumbria Barrow-in-Furness embraces one of England’s most impressive monastic ruins, a superb museum and nature reserves with an international reputation.

Barrow Public Park Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria Tel: 01229 876564/87 Set in 45 acres, Barrow’s award-winning park provides the perfect place to stroll on sunny afternoons. Barrow Park….. always something going on, always something growing on!

Bewcastle Cross Demesne, Bewcastle, Carlisle, Cumbria Tel: 01697 748627 Castle open to public at all times. Church open to public dawn to dusk. Bewcastle Cross Shaft Anglo Saxon 7thC, beside church. Dates from 1361, east wall 12thC.

Birkrigg Common Birkrigg, Urswick, Ulverston, Cumbria Tel: 01539 822222 Double Circle of stones surrounding cremations in urns (removed). ‘Platform’ cairn, small barrows, Romano-British farmsteads.

Broomrigg Circle Ainstable Tel: 01539 822222 Three stone circles and two smaller settings of boulders 12′ across. Inside one of the circles was a series of cremations, one in a collared urn.

Carlisle Cathedral The Abbey, Carlisle Tel: 01228 548151 Cathedral dating from 1122, with fine carved wood and stonework. Stained glass from 14th to 20thC. Gift shop, restaurant and treasury exhibition.

Casterton Stone Circle Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancashire Tel: 01539 822222 Circle has a diameter of 60′ and stands on a flattened mound or platform. There are 20 uprights, none more than 2′ high and suggesting perhaps the kerb of a destroyed cairn.

Elvastone Circle Setmurthy Fifteen stones in this circle, the largest 3.5 feet high, forming a ring 100′ across.

Eskdale Moor/Burnmoor Circle Ravenglass Several stone circles and many small cairns are visible on the moor. The circles are distinguished by the occurance within them of small cairns. Construction date is thought to be around 2000BC.

Gamelands Stone Circle Orton, Penrith The circle has a diameter of 138′. Many of its stones have fallen – none are higher than 3′.

Gretigate Stone Circles Gosforth Three circles and nine small cairns. The south circle is 104′ across, the north-west is 72′ with a low central cairn. The third is immediately north of the second, it is 24′ across and also encloses a small cairn.

Greycroft Stone Circle Seascale The present circle of 10 standing stones, 80′ diameter, was restored in 1949. A low oval mound at the centre produced burnt bone fragments and part of a jet ring.

Lacra Stone Circles Millom Remnants of five stone circles and two possible stone avenues, circles range from 14′ to 60′, one of them having contained a cremation.

Leacet Stone Circle Cliburn, Penrith Tel: 01539 822222 Circle is 37′ across, seven stones and the retaining kerb of a destroyed cairn. Nineteenth-century excavations produced a cremation.

Moor Divock Pooley Bridge, Penrith This area is rich in prehistoric remains including a standing stone, stone circle and cairns.

Studfold Stone Circle Dean, Cockermouth Stone circle is now incomplete and has a modern wall cutting through it, incorporating one stone. Eleven others survive, some only a few inches high.

Swinside Stone Circle Duddon Bridge, Millom Originally know as Sunkenkirk, consists of 50 stones at the foot of Black Combe.

Kendal Museum Station Road, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 01539 721374 One of the oldest museums in the country with outstanding collections of natural history, archaeology and local history. Programme of exhibitions and events.

Penrith Museum Robinson’s School, Middlegate, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 865105 Set in a girls charity school from 1670, the museum provides an introduction to the history of Penrith and the Eden District.

Special exhibition Percy House Gallery 38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria Tel: 01900 829667 Percy House dates from 1390 and extended in 1598 by The Percy’s of Northumberland. Expensive and totally pointless but one for the lads., Southey Hill, Keswick CA12 5NR open7 days 10-5pm, Tel:01768 774044. Yawn boring yawn.

Tourist Info Centres

Alston Tourist Information Centre Town Hall, Front Street, Alston, Cumbria Tel: 01434 382244

Ambleside Tourist Information Centre Central Buildings, Market Cross, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 32582

Appleby Tourist Information Centre Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria Tel: 017683 51177

Barrow Tourist Information Centre Forum 28, Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria Tel: 01229 876505 Accommodation booking service, National Express agent, free information on Barrow and Cumbrian attractions and events, 24-hour information point.

Bowness Bay Tourist Information Centre Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 42895

Brampton Tourist Information Centre Moot Hall, Market Place, Brampton, Cumbria Tel: 016977 3433

Broughton Tourist Information Centre Old Town Hall, The Square, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria Tel: 01229 716115

Carlisle Tourist Information Centre Old Town Hall, Green Market, Carlisle, Cumbria Tel: 01228 625600

Cockermouth Tourist Information Centre Town Hall, Market Street, Cockermouth Tel: 01900 822634

Coniston Tourist Information Centre Ruskin Avenue, Coniston Tel: 015394 41533

Grange Tourist Information Centre Victoria Hall, Main Street, Grange Tel: 015395 34026

Hawkshead Tourist Information Centre Main Street, Hawkshead, CumbriTel: 015394 36946

Kendal Tourist Information Centre Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal Tel: 01539 725758

Keswick Tourist Information Centre Market Square, Keswick, Cumbria Tel: 017687 72645

Kirkby Lonsdale Information Centre 24 Main Street, Kirkby LonsdalTel: 015242 71437

Kirkby Stephen Information Centre Market Street, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria Tel: 017683 71199

Maryport Tourist information Centre Maryport Council Offices, Senhouse Street, Maryport, Cumbria Tel: 01900 813738

Millom Tourist Information Centre Millom Council Centre, St.Georges Road, Millom Tel: 01946 598914

Penrith Tourist Information Centre Robinson’s School, Middlegate, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 867466

Sedbergh Tourist Information Centre 72 Main Street, Sedbergh, Cumbria Tel: 015396 20125

Silloth Tourist Information Centre Solway Discovery Centre, Liddell Street, Silloth Wigton, Cumbria Tel: 016973 31944

Southwaite Tourist Information Centre M6 Service Area, Southwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria Tel: 016974 73445

Ullswater Tourist Information Centre Main Car Park, GlenriddingTel: 017684 82414

Ulverston Tourist Information Centre Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston Tel: 01229 587120

Whitehaven Tourist Information Centre Market Hall, Market Place, Whitehaven, Cumbria Tel: 01946 852939

Windermere Tourist Information Centre Victoria Street, Windermere Tel: 015394 46499

Workington Tourist Information Centre 21 Finkle Street, Workington Tel: 01900 606699