Penrith is an attractive market town with over 1000 years of history. It is located at the junction of the M6 motorway with the A66 trunk road (M6 Junction 40). With a station on the main West Coast railway line, the town is easily accessible by car, coach or rail.
Having great accessibility and a wide range of shops and places to eat, Penrith is excellent for an overnight stay during your cycle or car tour and a great base for visiting the famous sights of the North West. The Lake District is only a few minutes drive away while Hadrian’s Wall, the Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales are little further.
Lake Ullswater, only a ten minute drive away is a great place to spend some quality time. Board the Ullswater Steamer for a trip around the lake with stops at Howtown, Aira Force, GlenRidding and Pooley Bridge. Hop off the steamer at Howtown and enjoy the walk back to Pooley Bridge along he Ullswater Way
Lowther Caste an Gardens
Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Built at the turn of the 19th century, on the site of two previous houses, the castle was a grand affair boasting a room for every day of the year. Its gardens were the envy of the north. But in 1957 the castle was demolished. Just the façade and outer walls remained standing and for over half a century, the place was empty –home only to chickens, pigs and the odd bat. The gardens were lost to wilderness.
Rheged Heritage Centre
There’s nowhere quite like Rheged, where the arts meet good food, family and fun under a green grass roof. It’s where we share every aspect of what we love about our place, with brilliant food, art in our gallery, cinema and shopping from both here and further afield