The Perfect Place to Rediscover This Summer

Looking for the perfect place to reconnect with the family this summer? There’s more to explore in Cumbria than you may realise, with so many hidden gems beyond the usual Lake District tourist spots.

Let us inspire you to explore some of the county’s stunning locations away from the madding crowds, whether it’s walking with a Roman along Hadrian’s Wall to experiencing over 120 miles of amazing coastline from Morecambe Bay to the Scottish borders, with plenty of amazing experiences on offer in the Western Lake District.  

Enjoy urban café culture and retail therapy in Carlisle or scale the hefty heights of the
North Pennines. The charming market towns and lush green valleys of the Yorkshire Dales also begin here!

Talking of lush green valleys, how does 2 return tickets on the brand-new Staycation Express travelling along the picturesque Settle to Carlisle Railway line this summer sound? We have a host of free prize draws giving you the chance to win some amazing Cumbrian prizes.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Don’t forget to plan in advance, book ahead where possible and make sure to check out our Know Before You Go page.

If you’re ready to be inspired, read on to find your perfect place to be in Cumbria…

Heritage and Culture

When it comes to heritage and culture, Cumbria is no stranger to hidden histories, with spicy tales of smugglers and epic maritime feats at eye-opening family attractions like Barrow’s Dock Museum and The Beacon in Whitehaven. Meanwhile, Maryport’s Senhouse Roman Museum is just one of the many landmarks to explore on the iconic Hadrian’s Wall - also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visitors can even come face to face with Drigsby the whale at Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. Or how about exploring an historic fortress like Brougham Castle or the gardens and fruit orchards at Acorn Bank near Penrith?


Rambles in nature reserves, accessible trails through woodland bursting with rare wildlife and gentle strolls gazing out across the water as you explore the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty. Or if you’re looking for adventure, the family-friendly Talkin Tarn Country Park is a great spot for canoeing, archery and stand-up paddle boarding. Thrillseekers can also try out rockclimbing, kayaking and paddle boarding in the Western Lake District, or how about galloping down a beach on a horse on
Cumbria’s west coast?

Cycling in Morecambe Bay

There are also plenty of ways to get around on two wheels, like the newly completed cycle path between the coastal towns of Silloth and Allonby. (Just don’t forget to stop for an ice cream!)
Whatever your age, interest or ability, the Morecambe Bay Cycleway is another fairly flat coastal route, with plenty of quirky towns and villages worth hopping on and off your bike for. Explore classic seaside towns like Arnside and Grange-over-Sands and once you’ve worked up an appetite, nearby Cartmel has a fabulous reputation for top-notch dining – not least the world-famous Sticky Toffee Pudding.


To the east, rediscover Cumbria’s many independent family-run retailers, characterful pubs and scrumptious cafes are overflowing with local produce. Atmospheric market towns like Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh are surrounded by tranquil countryside to explore. For a vibrant arts and events scene, Kendal is not to be missed!

Family walking along the beach at Maryport

If you are looking for even more ideas and inspiration, then plan ahead with our inspiring itineraries and hints & tips blog where you can check out our recommendations for places to visit, food and drink, adventure activities and more and make a note of your favourites ready for your next visit.

Explore the stunning Upper Eden Valley and North Pennines, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and haven for experiencing inky dark skies, with towns including Alston (one of the highest market towns in England!) and pretty villages such as Nenthead. For more ideas check out our 10 hidden gems of the Eden Valley blog!

This year we are celebrating Cumbria’s Year of the Coast, a beautiful part of the county with wide open space and plenty to offer, whether it’s family days out at St Bees and Maryport, to the foodie Furness Peninsula where you can sample some of the county’s most outstanding food and drink offerings, from restaurants with Michelin stars to renowned local delicacies.

Be inspired and find your perfect place to be in Cumbria.




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