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Clifton. Two miles (3.2km) south of Penrith on the A6 is the village of Clifton. This is the site - in December 1745 - of ‘the last skirmish on English soil’, between Jacobite soldiers, retreating from Derby, and forces loyal to the government under the Duke of Cumberland. A memorial stone to the government troopers who were killed is in the churchyard of St Cuthbert’s, to the right of the entrance gate. 

St Michael’s Church, Lowther. The final resting place of members of a family which for centuries was one of the most powerful in Cumberland and Westmorland means that memorials to the Lowthers are the major feature of this Grade I listed church (CA10 2PF).
The reclining figure of Sir John Lowther, who was created 1st Viscount Lonsdale in 1686, is the most impressive. Also here are Saxon hogsback burial stones which were unearthed in the churchyard, the church itself largely rebuilt in 1686. The Lowther Mausoleum outside dates from 1857. 

Hutton-in-the-Forest. What began life as a moated pele tower in the middle of a royal forest has been extended and modified over the centuries, its south and east wings added in the 19th century by architect Anthony Salvin. 
The 1350s pele tower has a barrel-vaulted ceiling, the cupid staircase is so called after the cupids carved into the wood, and the long gallery is home to fine Delft china, spinning wheels and Cumbrian court cupboards.
William Morris wallpaper hangs in the bedrooms and in one of the corridors, and there’s a collection of metalwork from the Keswick School of Industrial Art.  
Outside, the chief attraction is the walled garden, dating from the 1730s. Once full of vegetables and fruit trees, herbaceous plants and roses have transformed the area into a delightful summer garden. 
Hutton-in-the-Forest, near Penrith CA11 9TH: 017684 84449. Wheelchair access to three rooms downstairs. Directions: the house is on the B5305, two and a half miles (4km) from junction 41 of the M6. 

Greystoke. Turn south near Hutton-in-the-Forest and a minor road leads to Greystoke about five miles (8km) away. St Andrew’s Church is noted for its size, the choir stalls and misericords, and the medieval glass in the east window. The square tower was often used in the past by villagers seeking refuge from marauding Scots. 


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