A village on the River Ellen with prehistoric origins, Aspatria (or ‘St Patrick’s ash tree’) stands on a former Roman road and was the object of many attacks by Vikings and, later, marauders from beyond the Scottish border.
It is best known for its 19th century church of St Kentigern, on the site of a former Norman church. Within is a carved Viking hogback tombstone and carved stones pre-dating the Normans. The churchyard has a holy well reputed to have been used by St Kentigern himself. Nearby, an ancient burial site discovered in the 18th century contained a skeleton, weaponry and gold ornaments.