Towns and Villages

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Grange in BorrowdaleThe main trunk route through the North Lake District is the A66; beside that road lies the market town of Keswick, often referred to as the leisure or adventure capital of the Lake District, it sits in the midst of magnificent scenery. Some miles to the east of Keswick on the A66, and just outside the Park boundary, is the town of Penrith, known to most visitors to the area as it sits by Junction 40 of the M6 where it meets the A66. About 10 miles to the west of Keswick is the popular town of Cockermouth, also just outside the National Park boundary. Each of these three towns has a weekly market where local produce can usually be found.

There are many villages and hamlets within the North Lakes area, each different in character and setting, many in truly picturesque locations, such as Watendlath or Seathwaite. In and between the villages are some of the most delightful pubs, often serving beers from local breweries, and some brewing their own.

In all towns and villages there will be accommodation for visitors, such as hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages or campsites.