Trains to the Lake District stop off at some of the best locations for sightseeing.
This huge converted building in Kendal now produces a heady brew of live music, theatre, art, cinema and food. With a constant supply of big names - particularly from country and alternative genres - plus touring productions, events and plenty of opportunities to eat and drink, The Brewery Arts Centre is a one-stop-shop of things to do in the Lake District.
These striking 14th-Century ruins at the heart of Penrith were once key to defending England against the Scots. Now nestling within a public park, you can just saunter into the castle across a wooden footbridge while imagining what it must have been like to try and cross the moat with arrows, boiling oil and worse raining down. BroughamCastle, one mile from Penrith, is in even better condition and has lots of atmospheric corridors and staircases to explore plus commanding views from the tower.
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Kendal’s very own artisan bread maker is not to be rushed. Using the best ingredients and a long fermentation process to produce hand-made loaves, Staff Of Life sells the kind of bread, scones and cakes that turn a picnic into a feast. Baked products from the shop can be found across the Lake District, but if you really want to know how it’s done you can go on a bakery course and impress friends with your stromboli.
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The fish may be local, but the cuisine isn’t. Not necessarily anyway… This lauded seafood restaurant brings influences from the world of gastronomy to the table in Windermere. The menu is seasonal and, as is traditional, there’s no seafood on Mondays - no-one goes fishing on Sundays - so check ahead that this buzzy, affordable little bistro is open.
Trains to the Lake District bring visitors wishing to experience its world-class walks, ranging from gentle strolls to scrambling and rock-climbing. Many are guided and even free-of-charge, while visitors’ centres are a treasure trove of leaflets and local knowledge. Orrest Head, which so enchanted local legend Alfred Wainwright spent his life writing about, is within three miles of Windermere Station and offers spectacular views, making it one of the top attractions in the Lake District.
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