In the north of Cumbria, Carlisle is virtually in Scotland. Which is why it’s known as the ‘Border City.’ Not short on historic attractions - Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle, Hadrian’s Wall - Carlisle is a perfect base for this who want to visit the Lakes without necessarily staying somewhere remote.
The southern gateway to the Lake District, Kendal is a bustling town that’s as close to the sea as it is to the countryside. It’s a brilliant departure point for many a Cumbrian walk, and the town centre is a treasure trove of quaint shopping arcades.
Close to Kendal, Sizergh Castle is set within a 1600-acre estate. There are plenty of walks to choose from as well as a pub, farm shop, and captivating views of Morecambe Bay and the Lake District fells.
Put your hiking skills to the test and go on an exhilarating fell walk in the Lake District. Head high on Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn or Skiddaw, or stay low on Latrigg, Cat Bells or Castle Cragg.