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The Countryside of Cumbria

Discover the countryside of Cumbria on your doorstep or on holiday



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Places to go in The Lake District
Explore places to visit in the Lake District at the official park authority site.

Countryside Access - Cumbria Council
Access for all, route information and rights of way at the county councils website.

Landscape of Cumbria
Mountains & Fells, Forests, Lakes, Dales & Valleys, Natural Features and a lot more at Visit Cumbria.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust
Their Nature Reserves, the wildlife, campaigns and more...

Friends of the Lake District
Membership organisation dedicated to protecting and enhancing Cumbria's landscapes...

Things to do in Cumbria
Loads of ideas of ways to enjoy the Cumbrian countryside at Visit England.

Geology of Furness & Cumbria
Presents a brief layman's guide to the geology of Cumbria...

Volunteering in the countryside
Learn about volunteering roles and vacancies throughout Cumbria.

Alston & Cumbrian North Pennines
The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cumbria Accessible Countryside
Accessible green spaces, parks, nature reserves and more...

Cumbria's National Nature Reserves
Details of all Cumbrias NNRs with links to their web sites at

Carlisle Natural History Society
Promoting the appreciation, study and documentation of the wildlife and natural environment...

The Lake District Foundation
We help protect the Lake District and fund conservation, environmental and cultural heritage projects...

Sponsored Listings
Please get in touch to apply

CoolStays in Cumbria

Over 70 gorgeous and quirky properties to take a holiday in Cumbria. Treehouses, Cottages, Barns, Lakeside Country Houses, Riverbank Log Cabins, and more in this beautiful county with The Lake District National Park on your doorstep.

Rural Retreats in Cumbria

Get back to nature in any one of more than 50 rural retreats with self catering accommodation to suit any number in the heart of one of England's most stunning and tranquil counties. Cottages, Barns, Apartments, Mansions and more with discounts of up to 20%.

Buttermere in Cumbria
Buttermere in Cumbria

Latest News

  • Ambitious plans

    The Lake District Foundation, on behalf of the Lake District National Park Partnership, is one of twelve organisations selected to take forward a development proposal to the Heritage Horizons Awards

  • Excitement as breeding ospreys return to Foulshaw Moss

    A pair of breeding ospreys has returned to our South Lakeland nature reserve, prompting hopes that osprey chicks will hatch here for the seventh year running

  • Bronze age ring displayed

    The first complete Bronze Age penannular ring to be found in Cumbria is now on display at Tullie House, Carlisle

  • Love your landscape

    A new grant scheme has been launched by the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership, offering financial support to local organisations, schools or community groups within the Westmorland Dales to deliver small scale landscape and heritage projects

  • Community spirit is stronger than ever

    Did you miss out on the March issue of Cumbria magazine? Here is one of the features from it… The Big Onion keeps growing by Ellie Morton The Staveley community is keen on all things ecological and sustainable, and this is epitomised in The Big Onion stall on the busy Mill Yard. The Big Onion

  • A message from Cumbria

    At the present time, the Cumbria offices are open and ready to help. Our website will remain open. We will endeavour to provide the excellent service you’ve come to expect from us, while also safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our customers and colleagues. We are paying close attention to developments and Government advice

  • North West Wildlife Trusts receive major funding boost to help marine life

    Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire Wildlife Trusts receive £300,000 to champion and protect important wildlife and habitats in the Irish Sea

  • April’s Cumbria in shops from 25 March

    Lambing season in Lakeland and much more in the April issue of Cumbria

  • Win a spa break in the Lake District

    Have you grabbed a copy of the March edition of Cumbria magazine? You’d best be quick as the April issue will hit the shelves soon. You have the chance to win a spa break in the Lake District at the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa. Full entry details in your magazine. If you haven’t been

  • Natural Flood Defence to be created for Sandylands, Kendal

    Volunteers have started work on a new natural flood defence project at Birds Park, to the east of Kendal, to help research the effectiveness of slowing the flow of floodwater from Stock Beck East down to the Sandylands estate in Kendal.

  • Snow leopard’s next steps

    Staff at Milnthorpe’s Lakeland Wildlife Oasis have been waving goodbye to one of their most popular residents, who is setting out on his own exciting and critical journey. Chris, the snow leopard cub born at the zoo in May 2018, is heading for Zurich zoo, where a prospective partner, also from a British zoo, is

  • Keeping rural skills alive

    Seven young ‘starter’ hedge-layers made up a total of seventeen competitive hedge-layers who contested five different classes at Friends of the Lake District’s Annual Hedge Laying Competition in January, laying 103m of hedge between them. The event, held at Lowick Bridge Farm near Ulverston, was part of the Lancashire and Westmorland Hedge Laying Association […]

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