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Maryport
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Milnthorpe
Newby Bridge
Oxenholme
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Ravenstonedale
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Silloth
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St Bees
Tebay
Troutbeck
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County Town: Carlisle
Population: 490,200
Area: 2632 Sq miles 6817 Sq km
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Aira Force
Arnside and Silverdale
Barrow Island
Bassenthwaite Lake
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ScaFell
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Solway Coast
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The Pennines
Ullswater
Walney Island
Wastwater

Events

January
Orchid Weekend

February
Half Term Fun at Muncaster Castle
The World's Original Marmalade Festival

March
Ambleside Daffodil and Spring Flower Show
Riot of Rhododendrons
South Cumbria Music Festival
Teddies go Free at Easter
Words by the Water Literature Festival

April
Bluebell Heaven
Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally
Model Railway & Transport Exhibition
Riot of Rhododendrons

May
Barbon Speed Hill Climb (cars)
Cartmel Races
Cumbria Fishing Festival
Cumbria Life Sausage Festival
Eden Valley Vintage Tractor Rally
Fell Pony Stallion Show
Flag Fortnight
Muncaster Festival
North West Carriage Driving
Riot of Rhododendrons
Ulverston Walking Festival

June
Annual Concert
Appleby Horse Fair
Cumbria Life and Dalemain Garden Festival
Dent Folk Festival
Dentdale Music & Beer Festival
Edwardian Festival
Great North Swim
Himalayan Balsam Pulling Days
Holker Garden Festival
Huttonís Historic Vehicle Show
Keswick Mountain Festival
Lanercost Music & Arts Festival
Mallerstang and Nine Standards Yomp
Sedbergh Folkfest
Silloth Vintage Rally
Warcop Rushbearing
Whitehaven Male Voice Choir's 'Annual Concert'

July
Ambleside Rush Bearing
Ambleside Traditional Lakeland Sports
Appleby Town Carnival
Best in Eden Summer Festival
Cartmel Races
CockRock
Colour Run for Hospice at Home West Cumbria
Coniston Country Fair
Coniston Water Festival
Crayfish Survey
Cross Bay Fundraising Walk
Cumberland County Show
Cumbria Steam Gathering
Dalton Pops
Electrofishing
Furness Traditions Folklore Festival
Himalayan Balsam Pulling Days
Kendal Calling Festival
Lakeland Rose Show
Musgrave Rushbearing
Music on the Marr
North Lonsdale Agricultural Show
Penrith Agricultural Show
Potfest In The Park
Radio Black Forest Presents: Woodland Gathering
Skelton Agricultural Show

August
Ambleside Summer Flower Show & Craft Fair
Appleby Agricultural Show
Best in Eden Summer Festival
Brough Agricultural Show
Carlisle Live
Cartmel Agricultural Show
Cartmel Races
CFM Cash for Kids Day
Crayfish Survey
Crosby Ravensworth Agricultural Show
Cumbria Classic Car Show
Cumbria Guitar Show
Cumbrian Craft Fair
Dufton Agricultural Show
Electrofishing
Garrigill Gala Day
Gilsland Show
Gosforth Agricultural Show
Hawkshead Show
Lake District Summer Music Festival
Lowther Game & Country Fair
Lunesdale Agricultural Show
Made in Cumbria Food & Craft Fair
Medieval Muncaster
Millom and Broughton Agricultural Show
Patterdale Dog Day
Picnic Cinema
Potfest in the Pens
Silloth Carnival
Solfest
Vale of Rydal Sheepdog Trials and Hound Show

September
ALFA ART Autumn Seminar & Awards Dinner
Alston Agricultural Show
Crayfish Survey
Egremont Crab Fair
Electrofishing
Heritage Open Days
Hesket Newmarket Agricultural Show
Kendal Torchlight Carnival
Kirkby Lonsdale Victorian Fair
Lantern Procession
Loweswater Show
Lowick Agricultural Show
Screwfix Go-Kart Rally
Ullswater Outdoor Festival
Ulverston Charter Festival
Westmorland County Show

October
Apple Day
Apple Weekend
Crayfish Survey
Darkest Muncaster
Electrofishing
Halloween Week
Ullswater Outdoor Festival

November
Bonfire Night Fireworks Extravaganza
Carlisle Fireshow
Dickensian Festival
Kendal Mountain Festival

December
Alston Craft Fair
Christmas at the Castle
Christmas Fair and Santa Parade
Darkest Muncaster
Kendal Christmas Fair
Santa Cruises
Taste Cumbria Christmas Fayre
Whitehaven Male Voice Choir

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Principal Towns: Ambleside, Workington, Barrow, Carlisle, Keswick, Penrith, Kendal, Cockermouth, Appleby, Bowness-on-Windermere

The county of Cumbria is the most North Westerly county in England. On its Northern edge is the border with Scotland and on its Western side is the Irish Sea. The English counties of Lancashire , Northumberland , North Yorkshire and County Durham also border the county.

Cumbria is largely a rural county and as such is known for its tranquil beauty. It is home to the Lake District National Park, which is considered by many to be possibly the most beautiful part of Britain. The county is England's most mountainous, containing all of the land in England that is more than 3,000 feet above sea level. The highest point in England is Scafell Pike in Cumbria, which is 3,210 feet above sea level.

Part of Hadrians Wall, once the Roman border defence between England and Scotland and now a popular tourist destination, lies within the county of Cumbria.

Although the name Cumbria has been in use to describe this area for hundreds of years, the county was only officially formed in 1974 from Cumberland and Westmorland. Many residents of the county still think in terms of the old boundaries. Some in the Furness area still refer to it as being in Lancashire while people in the Kendal area still use the name Westmorland. Local Government and tourist publications are, of course, keen to promote the Cumbrian identity; something which the majority of the residents of the county are nowadays happy to identify with.

The area has a history of having to resist incursions from over the Scottish border. This has served to reinforce the area's pride in its own Northern English culture. The area once used its own Cumbric language, which has sadly been extinct now for some 900 years or so. Repeated Viking invasions have forged strong links with Nordic culture and the population of the area has very strong Scandinavian genetic traits.

Carlisle is the only city in Cumbria and the county seat also provides the only professional association football team in the county. Rugby League and Rugby Union are also popular sports in the Cumbria. The largest town in the county is Barrow in Furness . Being largely rural, Cumbria has a low population density with only five towns having a population over 20,000.

One of the most well known features of Cumbria is the Lakeland area that inspired William Wordsworth and the Lake Poets back in the early 19th century. The Lake District is hugely popular with visitors for its combination of lakes and fells, which make it one of the most breathtakingly beautiful areas of England. Glacial movements from over 15,000 years ago shaped the area. The ice forming wide U shaped valleys, many of which have flooded become the lakes for which the area is famous. Tourist come from all over the world to experience the rugged and wild landscape, taking in its fabulous hiking opportunities or enjoying a cruise on one of the Windermere Lake Steamers.

The market town of Keswick lies with in the Lake District and provides a good place to stay whilst visiting the area. The town was formerly known as Cese-wic, due to the fact it was an important market place for cheese.

The towns of Penrith and Kendal are situated on the edge of the Lake District. The market town of Kendal is well known for its Kendal Mint Cake , a glucose based confectionary. It was cleverly marketed as an energy food by the great nephew of the original manufacturer, who also supplied it to Ernest Shackleton 's Trans-Arctic Expedition of 1914-1917. Penrith is also a market town. It is famous for its high number of wells and possess some fantastic views of the surrounding fells, the Eden Valley and the Pennines .

Apart from the natural landscape, Cumbria offers many other attractions for the visitor. These include The World of Beatrix Potter at Windermere , a magical indoor attraction that brings all of the hugely popular Peter Rabbit tales to life. Alternatively you could visit Barrow in Furness, which offers one of the country's most impressive monastic ruins, as well as an excellent museum and nature reserves. Ullswater claims the title of England's most beautiful lake; here you can enjoy a day sailing on the lake in a comfortable heritage vessel.

Literary fans will enjoy visiting Cockermouth , the birthplace of William Wordsworth. The Wordsworth House and Garden gives you an opportunity to meet the Wordsworth household, to explore the gardens and enjoy the sights and smells of a working 18th century kitchen. Percy House, also at Cockermouth, dates back from the 14th century and was the home of the historic Percy family of Northumberland. It includes a Gallery, which displays a variety of works from Cumbrian artists, including jewellery, textiles, paintings and photographs.

Accommodation available for visitors to Cumbria provides something for everyone, including campsites and caravan parks, hotels, hostels, self-catering cottages and B&B.

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