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the valleys

The Buttermere, Loweswater and Lorton Valley lies in the North West corner of English Lakeland, with its western end opening out towards the coastal plain and thus gathering milder weather than most of the Lake District.

The three lakes carpet the Valley floor interspersed with the green fields of the sheep farms and the broad-leaved woods, and all are surrounded by the fells, ranging from Low Fell in the west beside Loweswater Lake and Grasmoor and Mellbreak guarding Crummock Water, to Red Pike and Haystacks over Buttermere, whilst Great Gable watches over all from the South East.

Hover over the picture below to have a closer look at what the valley offers you

- For those who want to enjoy a guided walk up Scafell Pike or enjoy a day climbing, abseiling or scrambling in the local area.

the fells

The Lake District is known for its spectacular scenery and the challenges created by its landscape.

With four peaks over 3000’ – Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw – the area offers much for the fell walker who wants to bag a Wainwright, the budding fell runner wishing to complete a number of peaks or the keen cyclist who relishes the lung bursting mountain climbs of Honister Pass or Newlands Hause.

Pillar is a favourite for rock climbers as is Shepherd’s Crag in Borrowdale but a walk around Crummock Water (9 miles), Buttermere (5 miles) and Loweswater (7 miles) is no less exciting and has the added bonus of a local ale at a nearby inn or a homemade icecream in the village of Buttermere.

Pack a picnic and discover one of the many stone circles or tarns cradled in the fells.

Click on the map to locate some of these challenges.

For some inspiration on where to walk, visit Andrew Locking's website which features various walks around the Lakes along with stunning photos.


Fortressed by Romans and invaded by Vikings, the Coast of Cumbria has seen many visitors. Hadrian’s Wall starts at Bow-ness on Solway but the northern frontier of the Roman Empire extended through a series of fortlets for 20 miles down the Solway Coast.

The busy ports of Whitehaven, Maryport and Workington have a rich industrial and shipping history reflected in the maritime museums.

St. Bees is home to black guillemots, puffins and terns whilst the Solway hosts thousands of wintering wildfowl, waders and spectacular sunsets.

Whitehaven is the start of the popular Sea to Sea (C2C) cycle route to Sunderland. With a scenic rail route winding along a smugglers shoreline of sand-stone cliffs, sand dunes and kite flying winds the Cumbrian coast offers a delightful adventure.




Cockermouth, issued with a market charter in 1221, is a town of history.

In 1568, Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night of freedom in the Market Place home of the Fletchers. William Wordsworth, Poet Laureate, spent his early childhood in a fine house on the banks of the River Derwent,
Wordsworth House is now a family friendly ‘living museum’.

Earl Mayo, Viceroy and Governor-General of India was the town’s MP from 1847-52, the Mayo Statue stands in the middle of the Main Street and watches over daily events.

Cockermouth is a true Cumberland town which reflects the local farming community and offers small shops, established family businesses, interesting antique shops, art galleries, excellent family butchers, greengrocers, coffee shops and, occasionally, the brewing aroma from Jennings Brewery wafts over the town.



Keswick has always attracted visitors from 19C Romantic poets and artists to the fell walking tourists of today. Issued with a market charter by Edward 1, Keswick (which means ‘cheese farm’) now holds an outdoor market every Saturday and most Thursdays around the Moot Hall in the centre of the town. It also hosts a number of festivals to include the famous Keswick Convention, an annual Jazz Festival and the literary Words on Water.

In addition to styling itself as the outdoor clothing capital centre of England, Keswick continues to have a number of established local businesses which include a good butcher, a specialist cheese shop, old fashioned sweet shops and a real ice-cream shop.

Although often busy the town still has some magical corners and The Castlerigg Stone Circle, beautiful Derwentwater and the Jaws of Borrowdale are all within its view.

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