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South Cumbria Quick Guide
The south of Cumbria borders with Lancashire and North Yorkshire, spreads up to the south boundary of the Lake District National Park and runs along the west coast as far as Broughton-in-Furness.
In the far south of the region are Arnside, Beetham and Milnthorpe. Arnside is a pretty little seaside resort with a promenade, situated in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. It is a haven for birds, and the surrounding countryside contains a wealth of flora and fauna. On the opposite side of the River Kent are Grange-over-Sands, a popular but quiet Edwardian seaside town, and Cartmel, slightly further inland and famous for its Sticky Toffee Pudding. There are b&b’s, guesthouses, hotels and holiday cottages in and around all these towns, and for something special try Simon Rogan’s renowned restaurant with rooms, L’Enclume at Cartmel.
To the east of this region, and close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. It is situated on the River Lune and boasts a 12th or 13th Century bridge the “Devil’s Bridge”, now an ancient monument. Turner painted the view of the river from the brow behind St Mary’s Church. This painting is now known as ‘Ruskin’s View’ after the poet wrote of it ‘I do not know in all my own country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine’.
Close to the south Lake District, six miles from junction 36 of the M6 motorway, and only a few miles from the sea, the historic town of Kendal is especially well placed to cater for everyone’s holiday needs. As well as being a major shopping centre, Kendal has a variety of attractions including the Museum of Natural History, a Museum of Lakeland Life, and the Abbott Hall art gallery. The Kendal area contains several historic houses and gardens – Holker Hall, Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle all offering a good day out.
Barrow-in-Furness, far to the west, is an industrial town, dominated by the BAe Devonshire Dock Hall, where submarines are built. Opposite this is the Barrow Dock Museum, telling the story of Barrow’s maritime history. The area has miles of wild and diverse coastline to explore from the endless sands of Bardsea beach to the atmospheric Roe Island and Piel Island. In a peaceful valley on the outskirts of Barrow is Furness Abbey, one of the richest Cistercian monasteries in England, exceeded only by Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. The soaring ruins of red sandstone soak up the grandeur of this 900 year old site.
At nearby Dalton-in-Furness is the South Lakes Wild Animal Park which is recognised as one of Europe’s leading conservation zoos and home to some of the rarest animals on earth, including 2 breeds of tiger. Near Broughton-in-Furness, with its attractive market square, you can see the restored remains of Duddon Iron Works, one of the most impressive charcoal-fired blast furnaces in Britain. Ulverston has a museum dedicated to the memory of the comedians Laurel and Hardy, and nearby is the Conishead Priory, now a Buddhist college and meditation centre with the grounds open to the public. Swarthmoor Hall, once the nerve centre of the Quaker movement, is also open to visitors.