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St Leonard’s church is first mentioned in the reign of King Henry I (1100 –1135). The present chancel dates back to the beginning of the XII century and has been used for the celebration of Divine Worship for about 900 years.
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, opened in 1872, was designed by E.W. Pugin. Within the grounds is the Grotto, built in 1927, when international travel was difficult for most people, as a shrine in honour of Our Lady. It was built with stone from the local mine pit banks and made to represent the Grotto at Lourdes, France.
Just outside Cleator, on the way to Egremont, is Longlands lake, on the site of the former Longlands iron ore mine, and nearby the Clints Quarry Nature Reserve, a scheduled Site of Special Scientific Interest and of considerable botanical and geological importance.
The Coast to Coast Walk, devised by A Wainwright. traverses what he described as ‘the grandest territory in the north of England’. The walk starts at St Bees on the West coast of Cumbria, then continues through Cleator on its way towards Ennerdale and beyond.
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