Things to do - Cumbria

Cumbria is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the UK but is also one of the most popular places to visit for a holiday or a long weekend break. Often better known as the Lake District, Cumbria has much more to offer than simply waterside scenery and walking tours. A diverse county dotted with quaint villages and lovely market towns, Cumbria has so much to enjoy that many people return every year and always discover something new.

The Lake District National park has sixteen lakes with the county's longest river, The Eden flowing through the park right up to the Solway Firth. A haven for ramblers, cyclists and anyone who loves outdoor pursuits, there is also a wonderful choice of accommodation.

Staying in a bed and breakfast room or suite, many of which are pet friendly, gives you the opportunity to sample eating out at one of the plentiful restaurants where freshly cooked produce makes every meal a special one. Cumberland Whirl is a local speciality sausage that is highly recommended. In the village shops there are culinary delights to buy such as Grasmere gingerbread or the famous Kendal mint cake. Friendly pubs also serve an excellent range of locally brewed beers.

If you choose to go self catering you can still enjoy delicious gourmet meals without hard work. Just order from Montgomery's Fresh Delivery Service. Based close to Windermere, Montgomery's takes the stress out of catering with freshly cooked food delivered to your door anywhere in Cumbria and beyond.

A large part of Cumbria is covered with hills and woodlands. This makes it a must for visitors who love to be close to nature. There are many caravan parks and glamping sites available in the county. Modern caravans offer a home from home feel with plenty of space and comfort. Glamping is nothing like the old days of camping. You get a real bed and all the amenities you need including modern bathroom facilities, flat screen TVs and, if you want to stay in touch with family and friends, you can also get Wi-Fi.

There is a myriad of choice when it comes to days out in Cumbria. CBA Events at Graythwaite, near to Windermere, provides the opportunity for exciting and adventurous activities. Choose from 4 X 4 off-roading, canoeing, paddle boards, clay pigeon shoots and many more. It doesn't matter whether you have any experience as the friendly qualified instructors are there to provide expert tuition.

History buffs will love the Hadrian's Wall Guided Tour which covers the most well preserved sections of this historic wall. Based at Brampton and close to the wall, this is an interesting and scenic tour that is perfect for everyone who enjoys walking and history.

Days out on offer in Cumbria include cruises on Lake Windermere, castle and garden tours and the World Owl Trust. The county stretches right up to the Scottish border. Venture a little further North from the Lakes and you can join one of the Historic Carlisle Walking Tours.

This local business takes you on a 2.5 hour walking tour showing the history of the city from Roman times up to the present day. Over 2000 years of history is waiting to be discovered in this fascinating city.

Cumbria has an array of unusual landmarks including the 16th century Slater's Bridge where you can paddle in the waters of the River Brathay. Another rare sight is the 450 million year old Bowder Stone, a 200 ton chunk of lava which teeters at an exceedingly odd angle. There is a set of wooden steps so you can climb to the top.

In the West, Cumbria has stunning coastal scenery over the Irish Sea, the Solway Firth and Morecambe Bay. To the East are the beautiful Pennines and to the North of Windermere can see more of the 16 stunning lakes and villages. Ambleside, Conistan Water and Grasmere, the home of the poet and writer William Wordsworth are all beautiful places to visit.

When you take a holiday in Cumbria there are stunning landscapes, exciting activities, fine dining and friendly locals who are proud to live there and who are longing to share their beautiful county.


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Arnside
Arnside

Arnside and Silverdale AONB

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Arnside and Silverdale is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England, on the border between Lancashire and Cumbria, adjoining Morecambe Bay. ...

Lake Windermere
Lake Windermere

CBA Events at Graythwaite

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Join CBA Events for an adventure and take part in any of the following activities; 4x4 off road driving, clay pigeon shooting, archery, RIB rides, ...

St Bee's
St Bee's

Coast to Coast

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Why not trek the Coast to Coast Badger Adventure style. Let us plan your trip and guide you along Wainwrights long distance footpath resting at car...

St Bee's
St Bee's

Coast to Coast West Route

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Explore half of Wainright's famous Coast to Coast route, Cumbria with Badger Adventures. Our fully guided walks include all accommodation, p...

Brampton
Brampton

Hadrian's Wall Guided Tour

09.00 - 18.00, every day

An introductory tour of Hadrian's Wall from Carlisle. The tour will cover the best-preserved sections to understand how the Wall was built and ...

Bowness-on-Solway
Bowness-on-Solway

Hadrians wall - 4 Day Walk

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Guided by our experienced guides you will be starting off, following in the footsteps of the Roman Legionnaires. Hadrians Wall runs from the remote...

Carlisle
Carlisle

Historic Carlisle Walking Tour

09.00 to 18.00, every day

On the Historic Carlisle Walking Tour you will discover 2000 years of history in just 2.5 hours! Join a fascinating guided walk to uncover Carlisle...

Ambleside
Ambleside

Lake District National Park

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The Lake District National Park is famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. The semi-natural woodlands add texture...

Far Sawrey
Far Sawrey

Montgomerys Fresh Delivery Service

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Gourmet Fresh Food Delivery Service UK. Montgomerys home catering delivery service provides a range of delicious unfrozen freshly cooked gourmet di...

Whitrigg
Whitrigg

Solway Coast AONB

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The Solway Coast is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in northern Cumbria, United Kingdom. It incorporates two areas of coastline alo...