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St Bees (Cumbria) St Bees (Cumbria) St Bees (Cumbria)

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is a Georgian town and was one of the first post-renaissance planned towns in the country. It is also one of the 40 or so ‘Gem’ towns in England (the only other in Cumbria being Cockermouth). It has over 250 listed buildings, many tastefully restored, including St James’ Church, once described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘…the finest Georgian church interior in the county’. Attractions in the town include the redeveloped harbour featuring the Beacon, which houses the town’s museum, Rosehill Theatre, Haig Colliery Mining Museum and ‘The Rum Story’, set in an authentic Georgian fronted wine merchant’s shop, which tells the story of the UK rum trade which originally centred around the Jefferson family and the port of Whitehaven.

is an attractive town on the Solway estuary, with sweeping views, shoreline walks, lively pubs and a unique two thousand year maritime history. The Heritage Visitor Centre features interactive displays journeying through Maryport’s past, including its links with ship building and the Titanic. The Maritime Museum houses a wealth of information about Maryport’s most famous inhabitants, such as Henry Ismay, founder of the White Star Line and the family of Fletcher Christian of the Mutiny on the Bounty.

lies on the estuary of three rivers – the Esk, the Mite and the Irt. It became an important naval base (Glannaventa) for the Romans in the 2nd century, though little of this now remains. Iron, ore and granite were transported by narrow gauge railway, which has been preserved and now operates as the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. Ravenglass is also home to the Roman Bath House. Established in AD130, the Bathhouse was a base for hot saunas and cold baths and the remains stand at almost 13ft, the tallest Roman structures surviving in northern Britain.

grew up at the junction of the two most important rivers in the area, the River Cocker and the River Derwent. Like Whitehaven, it too is a ‘Gem’ town and is, therefore, recommended for preservation by the state as part of our national heritage. Cockermouth was the birthplace of William Wordsworth and his former home, Wordsworth House, is open to the public. Another famous son of Cockermouth was Fletcher Christian who led the mutiny on ‘The Bounty’ and attended the same school as Wordsworth. The town boasts a number of Georgian-fronted shops, which following the catastrophic floods of 2009, have been restored to their former glory.

which lies between Derwentwater Lake and the Skiddaw Mountains, covers roughly one half of the Lake District National Park. There is a wealth of attractions, including the Honister Slate mine with its underground caverns and Mirehouse, which was built by the Earl of Derby in 1666 and has strong connections with the poets Tennyson and Wordsworth.

is a charming village which lies right in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Once the home of the poet William Wordsworth, a visit to two of his former homes, Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, is a splendid way to spend an afternoon. Also in the centre of Grasmere is St Oswald’s church; the churchyard contains the Wordsworth family graves.