A small town near Whitehaven,
Egremont is famous for its annual crab fairs, held
since the mid-13th century, in which apples are
thrown from a cart while local youths are
encouraged to climb up a greasy pole. It also
hosts the World Gurning competition in which
contestants pull ugly faces.
Nearby, St Bees is well worth visiting. The priory Church of St Mary and St Bega was destroyed by Vikings in the 7th century but was rebuilt 400 years later. It is still in use. The rocky promontory St Bees Head lies a few miles northwest and has both a lighthouse and a nature reserve. Egremont Castle dates from 1120 but is now a ruin.