Less than 20 miles south of Carlisle, Penrith stands at the crossroads of major routes north/south (the M6) and east/west (the A66). It’s also on the cusp of two beautiful parts of Cumbria. Ullswater is five miles (8km) away to the south west, the Eden Valley is on the doorstep to the east and south east.

The town has strong connections to poet William Wordsworth - he and his sister Dorothy went to school here for a while - and to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future King Richard III. As Sheriff of Cumberland in the 1470s, he was the owner of Penrith Castle.

The ruins of the castle are opposite the railway station, half a mile or so (0.8km) from junction 40 of the M6. Cross the motorway here, go west on the A66 and very shortly you’ll see Rheged, Cumbria’s second biggest visitor attraction.

To the east of Penrith are the ruins of 13th century Brougham Castle while slightly further to the south are the ruins of 19th century Lowther Castle (see Ullswater and Haweswater section).

Attractions

Information

Penrith Tourist Information Centre: Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PT: 01768 867466, www.visiteden.co.uk 

Penrith Partnership website: www.penrithpartnership.org.uk

Visit Eden website: www.visiteden.co.uk

Greystoke village website: www.greystokevillage.co.uk

Train: Penrith is on the west coast main line between London, Carlisle and Glasgow.

Penrith weekly market: Tuesday.

Penrith farmers’ market: third Tuesday of each month, from March to December.

Lonsdale Alhambra-Penrith cinema: 47, Middlegate, Penrith CA11 7PT: 01768 862400, www.penrith-alhambra.co.uk 

Eden Arts: The Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane, Penrith CA11 8HY: 01768 899444, www.edenarts.co.uk Arts development agency. 

Cumberland and Westmorland Herald: 14 King Street, CA11 7AH: 01768 862313, www.cwherald.com Weekly newspaper, published on Saturday. Covers Penrith and a large part of east Cumbria.

CKP Railways: www.keswickrailway.com The company has been developing plans to re-open the railway line from Penrith to Keswick since 1998. The line closed in 1972, the route from Keswick on to Workington having been lost six years earlier. 

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