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Country Parks, Walks & Viewpoints in Cumbria & The Lake District

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Cumbria & The Lake District Country Parks, Walks & Viewpoints


Bowe Barn, Borrowdale Road, Keswick, CA12 5UP
Tel: 017687 73780 (Shop/info)    017687 74649 (Property office & fax)

Castlerigg Stone Circle Borrowdale Photo © Clive Hirst
Castlerigg Stone Circle Borrowdale -  Photo: Clive Hirst CCL

Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater. This is the location of the Trust’s first acquisition in the Lake District, Brandelhow Woods, on the lakeshore. Total NT protection in the area today covers 11,806ha (29,173 acres), including eleven farms, half of Derwentwater (including the main islands), the hamlet of Watendlath and sites with literary or historical interest such as the Bowder Stone, Friar’s Crag, Ashness Bridge and Castlerigg Stone Circle, a free-standing megalithic monument of 38 stones near Keswick.

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Buttermere and Ennerdale

Beckfoot, Ennerdale, CA23 3AU
Tel: 017687 74649     E-mail:

Ennerdale Forest Photo © Gareth Browning
Ennerdale Forest -  Photo: Gareth Browning CCL

Tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes. This area of 3588ha (8866 acres) of fell and common land includes the lakes of Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater, seven farms and woodland, as well as lakeshore access to Ennerdale Water. The famous Pillar Rock can be found in the high fells to the south, and there are extensive prehistoric settlements on the fells south of Ennerdale. Fishing and boats are available on Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater.

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Talkin Tarn Country Park

Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 1HN
Tel: 016977 3129

Talkin Tarn Country Park lies nine miles east of Carlisle and two mile south of Brampton on the B6413 Castle Carrock road. There is a 65 acre lake set amid 120 acres of farmland and woodland. The tarn is an ideal place for active recreation or a quiet stroll through the mature woodlands. The tarn is glacial in origin, being formed about 10000 years ago, and is fed by underground streams. You can sail, windsurf, canoe or hire one of the wooden rowing boats.


Talkin Tarn Photo © Les Hull
Talkin Tarn -  Photo: Les Hull CCL

Fishing is available at the Tarn. There is a small camping and caravan site, and a permanent orienteering course is laid out around the park. The shop hires mountain bikes and there are suggested routes taking you through beautiful countryside. There is a 1.3 mile path round the tarn which is suitable for wheelchairs. The Boathouse Tea Room has superb views of the tarn, and a blazing log fire. An adjoining gift shop sells a wide range of items, many 'Made in Cumbria'. A variety of events are held throughout the year ranging from activity days and fun days to craft fairs.

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Coniston & Tarn Hows

Boon Crag, Coniston, LA21 8AQ
Tel: 015394 41197 (Property Manager) 015394 41172 (Warden)    Fax: 015394 41197

Tarn Hows Photo © Ben Gamble
Tarn Hows -  Photo: Ben Gamble CCL

Landscape of fell, meadow and woodland around Coniston Water. The area looked after by the Trust covers some 2695ha (6660 acres) and includes twelve farms, the well-known Tarn Hows beauty spot with its magnificent views of the mountains, and Little Langdale, which shows several signs of early settlement, including the Thingmount (a Norse meeting place) by Fell Foot Farm. There is access to the lakeshore of Coniston Water.

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Fell Foot Park

Newby Bridge, Ulverston, LA12 8NN
Tel: 015395 31273    Fax: 015395 39926

Fell Foot Park Photo © D.S. Pugh
Fell Foot Park  -  Photo: DS Pugh CCL

This Victorian park, restored to its former glory, offers substantial access to the lakeshore of Windermere, where there are leisure facilities in season. Fine picnic areas and rowing boat hire make this property particularly rewarding for families. Spring and early summer bring impressive displays of daffodils, followed by rhododendrons, and there are magnificent views of the Lakeland fells.

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Grasmere and Great Langdale

High Close, Loughrigg, Ambleside, LA22 9HH
Tel: 01539 446027    Fax: 015394 37131
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Langdale Pikes Photo © Chris Coleman
Langdale Pikes  -  Photo: Chris Coleman CCL

Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections. The area of 4925ha (12,170 acres) with ten farms includes the protection of the famous Langdale Pikes. It also encompasses the popular White Moss Common, the glaciated valley of Mickleden, a Victorian garden at High Close (currently being restored) and dramatic Dungeon Ghyll, as well as the bed of Grasmere lake and part of Rydal Water.

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Hawkshead and Claife

c/o Unit 9, Scutcheon Buildings, Far Sawrey, LA22 0LQ
Tel: 015394 47997    E-mail:

Hawkshead Courthouse Photo © Humphrey Bolton
Hawkshead Courthouse  -  Photo: Humphrey Bolton CCL

Classic Lakeland village. The village is surrounded by beautiful scenery, much of which is owned by the Trust, including 4 miles of access along Windermere lakeshore from Ash Landing to Low Cray Bay. Claife Woodlands and the low-lying small farms between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere are typical of the area. Just north of the village is the Courthouse, which dates from the 15th century and is all that remains of the village manorial buildings (once held by Furness Abbey). Claife Station, on the west bank of Windermere, is a late 18th-century viewing station with glimpses of the lake. Wray Castle is currently let as a college, with limited access to the grounds and occasional access to the castle, tel. property office for details.

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Ullswater and Aira Force

Tower Buildings, Watermillock, Penrith, CA11 0JS
Tel: 017684 82067    Fax: 017684 82802

Aira Force Photo © Pam Brophy
Aira Force - Photo: Pam Brophy CCL

Ullswater - Photo: Philip Halling CCL

Beautiful lake winding through a glaciated valley, and an impressive waterfall. Dramatic walks around Aira Force waterfall, renowned in Victorian times as a beauty spot, provide one of the highlights of the Trust’s ownership in the valley. This totals 5242ha (13,000 acres) of fell and woodland, and six farms (including Glencoyne, the largest). There is access to parts of Brotherswater and Ullswater, site of Wordsworth’s famous daffodils.

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Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon

The Lodge, Wasdale Hall, Wasdale, CA20 1ET
Tel: 019467 26064    E-mail:

Scafell Pike Summit Photo © Michael Graham
Scafell Pike Summit - 
Photo: Michael Graham CCL

Wastwater & Burnmoor Tarn Photo © Michael Graham
Wastwater & Burnmoor Tarn - 
Photo: Michael Graham CCL

Vast area of open country from wild Wasdale to the River Duddon estuary. Here the Trust owns England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and deepest lake, Wastwater, which is surrounded by impressive scree slopes. Almost the whole of the head of Wasdale is NT-owned, including Great Gable and the famous historic wall patterns at the valley head. Lower down the valley is the wooded and tranquil Nether Wasdale Estate. Over 7000ha (17,000 acres) and eleven farms are covered. In neighbouring Eskdale, Trust protection covers extensive areas of fell, six farms and Hardknott Roman Fort. In the beautiful Duddon valley the Trust cares for almost 3000ha (7400 acres) and nine farms.

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Windermere and Troutbeck

St Catherine’s, Patterdale Road, Windermere, LA23 1NH
Tel: 015394 46027    Fax: 015394 46027

Lake Windermere Photo © Michael Graham
Lake Windermere  -  Photo: Michael Graham CCL

Fine varied walking country around popular Lake Windermere. This property includes the beautiful and secluded head of the Troutbeck valley, as well as several sites next to Windermere and six farms. One of these, Troutbeck Park, was once owned by Beatrix Potter and was her largest farm. Ambleside Roman Fort, tiny Bridge House in Ambleside and Cockshott Point on the lake at Bowness-on-Windermere are all popular places to visit. Footpaths lead from Ambleside over Wansfell to the Troutbeck Valley and offer high-level views and contrasting valley landscapes. A community Education Officer is based at the property and educational group visits and other activities can be arranged.

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The Fairy Hills of Cumbria

The county of Cumbria -- formed from the amalgamation of the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland -- lies at the extreme northwest of England.

Originally forming part of an ancient Celtic kingdom which extended over what is now the border into modern Scotland, many of the themes of the legends and folklore of the region reveal this origin very clearly.

One example is the ubiquitous association, evident throughout the county, with the great Arthurian legend. More ...


Bassenthwaite Lake - Photo © Jerry Evans
Bassenthwaite Lake -
Photo: Jerry Evans CCL

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