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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
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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

  • Beaver trial gets go-ahead in Cumbria

    We're delighted that scientific trial to release beavers into enclosure gets go-ahead in Cumbria

  • Hotel links with charity

    A North West hotel group has partnered up with a Cumbrian based charity on a new fundraising initiative

  • Sweet success

    A Kendal-based drinks company has won gold in a worldwide tasting competition for top spirits

  • The Friesian sleepover

    For the die-hard horse lover, one Lake District business can now offer a mini-break with a difference

  • Bay’s newest arrivals

    Seven sculptures of local coastal birds, designed by Ulverston-based artist and metalworker Chris Brammall, have been installed at sites around Morecambe Bay

  • Plans for site linked to artist

    Kendal’s links with German-born artist Kurt Schwitters were celebrated at a seminar last month

  • A landscape to inspire

    Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District has welcomed four new patrons to its ranks

  • January’s Cumbria in shops from 23 December

    A year of celebrations for Wordsworth and much more in the January issue of Cumbria

  • We remember David Bellamy

    We are deeply saddened by news of the death of Professor David Bellamy, scientist, author, broadcaster, environmental campaigner and botanist

  • New work at the wool clip

    The Wool Clip cooperative has two new members: one a familiar face and one a completely new business. Julia Neubauer and Chloe Randall both use knitting techniques to create their designs, but their work is very different and a great indicator of the variety that’s possible with wool and available from this Cumbrian co-operative. Julia,

  • Atlantic salmon return to Eycott Hill Nature Reserve

    Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) have been found at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, the first known record at this site in recent recording history.

  • Encouraging rail travel

    Train travel for people who live and work in the county is set to become more affordable, thanks to a new long-term offer being launched by Cumbria Tourism’s popular MyCumbria scheme. MyCumbria has teamed up with train operator Northern to offer a third off off-peak day single or day return tickets for journeys on services

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