The Market town of Penrith is located on the River Eamont in the Cumbrian countryside. About 12 lies to the east is the foot of the Penine Hills, offering a verifiable wealth of wilderness for walking and nature exploration. Just three miles to the west is the boundary of the Lake District National Park, and a few miles further on is Ullswater, one of the larger lakes. The town centre offers a range of attractions, with a selection of shops and restaurants suitable for everyone. The ruins of the 14th Century Penrith Castle can be found in the centre, once the luxurious residence of Richard III. Sitting to the south east on the river bank, is Brougham Castle, the formidable stronghold has fallen into ruin, but the keep still stands today. The town offers two golfing options, Penrith Golf Club, and Penrith Golf Centre and Driving Range. Nearby the Rhaged Centre offers a range of attractions, with many options for children’s play and entertainment, café’s and a cinema and exhibition centre.
The rural county of Cumbria is one of the most attractive in England. It contains the whole of the area known as the Lake District, as well as the northern part of the Pennines mountain range and, somewhat counter-intuitively, a part of the Yorkshire Dales.
The county is replete with attractions for the visitor, its historic heritage ranging from houses and gardens to stone circles and activities ranging from walking and climbing to watersports and fishing. Cumbria's lakes, valleys and fells can loosely be broken down into eight areas.
The North Lakes are the most popular with the serious outdoor enthusiast and the South Lakes draw most of the holidaymakers. The Western Lakes are less busy but still hold some varied attractions and appeal to the walkers as well as families and groups. They are home to England's tallest mountain, known as Scafell Pike.
East Lakes has its quota of mountains too, including the well-known Helvellyn, and is a fairly quiet area. Visit the Eden Valley and North Pennine area for wilderness, castles and rural villages, or perhaps consider North and South Cumbria. In the former we find Hadrian's Wall and the city of Carlisle. In the latter, coastal resorts and the biggest town, Kendal. Finally, the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful part of Cumbria with country pubs, easy walking, and a thriving arts scene.