5 things not to miss in Cumbria this summer
Posted 27 June 2016
From its award-winning lakes, beautiful countryside walks, to its ancient castles, Cumbria has it all – not to mention the largest National Park in Britain, The Lake District. Cumbria is the perfect destination to relax and explore during the summer season. We have compiled some of the best excursions for you to try this summer. From classic attractions to lesser-known activities, there are endless activities and places to explore.
1) Wordsworth House and Garden
Just under an hours drive from the Trivselhus by Esh homes at Brampton and Wetheral, on the edge of the Lake District and in the centre of the quaint town of Cockermouth, lies Wordsworth House and Garden. Once the childhood home of poet William Wordsworth this attraction is definitely worth checking out.
On Tuesdays throughout July, you can listen to the sounds of the 18th century. This event does not require a booking, and even comes with the possibility of you playing a tune on a replica harpsichord! Don’t forget to take a look at the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter celebratory exhibition.
2) The World of Beatrix Potter
After visiting the 150th anniversary exhibition of Beatrix Potter in Cockermouth, it is time to make your way south to Bowness on the shores of Lake Windermere for more of Beatrix Potter and her magical world of woodland creatures. Off the M6 and towards the middle of the Lake District is The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Here you can explore 3D scenes from her beloved stories and also explore the surrounding Lake District which inspired her to create her now iconic characters.
3) Grizedale Forest
If you fancy a day of exploring in the woods, the Grizedale Forest is a must-visit. Grizedale Forest is located in the heart of the Lake District right in the middle of lake Coniston and Windermere. You can bike round the 25km squared forest or stroll through the woodlands and even swing through the trees with Go Ape. If you want, you could even camp within the woodlands at Grizedale camping ground. With the option of camping in tents, glamping in barns, pods or even a yurt, there are many a way for you to enjoy a peaceful nights rest in the idyllic forest surroundings.
4) Hadrian’s Wall
For those budding historians who want to visit the infamous Hadrian’s Wall, you can take a trip anywhere along the 84 miles of the wall, its towers and Mile Castles. Spanning the width of the country, almost all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea, Hadrian’s Wall is a feat of human endeavour. Although the wall is not still entirely intact in the 21st century, it is an awe inspiring sight to see the long stretches of roman fortifications built all the way back in 120 AD, with a huge amount of history to discover along the way.
5) Cumbrian Castles
Last on the list is Cumbria’s abundance of castles from all ages and periods in Britain’s bloody history. Roman Forts, Motte and Bailey Castles, Medieval Castles and Norman Castles – you name it, it’s here in Cumbria. In fact, there are 11 castles within an hour’s drive of Carlisle and another 30 or more across the county.
Whichever castle you choose to visit, there is plenty to ensure a great day out for all the family.
Both Garth House Gardens and Eden Vale are perfectly located for all that the North West has to offer. If you are thinking of making the move to Cumbria, why not come and take a closer look at our showhome. Book an appointment today on 07816 642796.