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Eamont Bridge

At first glance, the village of Eamont Bridge seems a little uninspiring. It is situated close to Penrith, on the A6 - which used to be the main road leading to Scotland. In the 11th century, the River Eamont here marked the border between England and Scotland.  Even further back, and Eamont Bridge stood on the border of the old Welsh kingdom of Strathclyde and was where, on 12 July 927 AD, a great council took place and all the kings and leaders of Britain paid homage to the first king of all the English, Athelstan, grandson of King Alfred the Great. Furthermore, Eamont Bridge boasts at least two prehistoric monuments - King Arthur's Round Table and Mayburgh Henge.

Location/Address: Nr Penrith
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2BX
Main Historic Period: Dark Ages
Link to featured article: The importance of Eamont Bridge
Tip/Nearby: Penrith
Primary Management: Local Authority

Large and lonely memorial to King Edward I of England, who died near here on Solway Plain on 7th July 1307, en route to invade Scotland - again.

Post code is for the village church. Walk from there or take a minor road north toward the Solway, park on a small piece of waste ground and complete your visit on foot across soggy paths/fields.

Location/Address: 1.25 miles NNW of Burgh by Sands
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA5 6AW
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: Memorial to Edward I
Tip/Nearby: Hadrian's wall runs through the village. Visit St Michael's church.
Primary Management: Local Authority
EDWARD I STATUE, Burgh by Sands

Dramatic statue of Edward I, unveiled in 2007 to mark the 700th anniversary of the King's death on nearby Solway Plain.  There is a monument on the alleged site of his death, about 1.25 miles north of the village.

Location/Address: Adjacent to the Greyhound Inn
Burgh by Sands
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA5 6AN
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Memorial to Edward I
Tip/Nearby: Hadrian's Wall ran through the village. Visit St Michael's church.
Primary Management: Local Authority

The remote site of where, on 13th June 1652, George Fox preached to a thousand people and launched the Quaker movement, the Society of Friends. There is a memorial tablet on the rock, which is situated next to the site of a chapel and abandoned graveyard.

Post code is for nearby Newfield Farm and for guidance only.

Location/Address: Shacklabank Lane
Firbank Fell
Nr Sedbergh
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA10 5EN
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: Fox's Pulpit
Tip/Nearby: Minor road off the A684 west of Sedbergh
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
Great Gable

Great Gable is an iconic mountain in the English Lake District - height 2,960 feet (899 metres). Its shape, viewed from Wasdale, is an inverted 'V' - a perfect mountain shape - and features in the National Park's logo. From the summit on a clear day it is possible to see many of the lakes, like the spokes of a wheel, radiating outward, this illustrating the area's radial drainage. The views can be spectacular. The summit is also used for remembrance services. There are various routes, from Seathwaite, Wasdale or Honister, for example. Though suitable for fit and properly equipped walkers, as well as being used by serious climbers, great care needs to be taken on Great Gable, particularly in poor weather.

Image credit: DJ Biles

Location/Address: Various start points - Seathwaite or Wasdale probably being the most popular
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA12 5XJ
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Missing Great Gable
Useful Website Address: Information from Go Lakes
Tip/Nearby: The post code is for Seathwaite; post code for Wasdale is CA20 1EX. England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, is nearby. Camping nearby. Limited parking.
Primary Management: National Park

Hardknott Roman Fort was built in the 2nd century AD, probably by men of the 4th Cohort of Dalmatia, to protect the trade route across the fells to the vital port of Ravenglass. The ruins, which consist of well-marked layouts of most of the principal buildings and bath house, are in a truly dramatic spot. Access is not for the faint-hearted, whether by foot or road. If the latter, the drive through Wrynose Pass onto Hardknott is one of the best in the Lake District; also accessible from the Duddon Valley or Eskdale. The views can be fabulous.

The post code is a guide only.  You will need a map and are also advised to check the weather. If driving, ensure your car has plenty of fuel and a good clutch. The roads are very steep and single-track with passing places. Take refreshments with you and a waterproof coat, even if in a car. Allow sufficient time - especially if planning a circular route. There is very limited parking by the fort and there are no facilities whatsoever.

Location/Address: Hardknott Pass
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA19 1TH
Main Historic Period: Roman
Link to featured article: The road to Mediobogdum
Tip/Nearby: See advice above.
Primary Management: English Heritage

At 3,117 feet (950 metres), Helvellyn is England’s and the Lake District’s third highest peak, easy to get to, provides interesting and varied scenery, exhilarating views, has the added magnetism of the infamous Striding Edge…and is not to be trifled with.  The most popular routes are from Patterdale via Grisedale, or from the more touristy Glenridding on the shores of Ullswater. The first part of the climb is more like a relentless slog; thereafter it is at times a very testing scramble. The summit of Helvellyn is flat - an aeroplane once landed on it.

County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA11 0PD
Main Historic Period: N/A
Useful Website Address: Website dedicated to Helvellyn
Tip/Nearby: Climbing Helvellyn is only for serious walkers or climbers.  You will need decent equipment and an Ordnance Survey map.  The post code is for Glenridding. 
Primary Management: National Park
Keld CHapel

Tiny chapel, situated in a rural hamlet, thought to date from 16th century and to have been a remote chantry chapel for Shap Abbey. The chapel has been used as a cottage and for meetings. Instructions for obtaining the key will be found on the chapel door.

Location/Address: Keld Lane
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CN10 3NW
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: Keld Chapel
Useful Website Address: Entry on the National Trust website
Tip/Nearby: Shap Abbey, Clifton Hall
Primary Management: National Trust
King Arthur's Round Table

A Neolithic earthwork henge dating from c2500BC, once believed to be King Arthur's jousting area. This is a site for the enthusiast, because there is little to see; however, Mayburgh Henge nearby is more impressive. King Arthur's Round Table is located at the southern end of the historic village of Eamont Bridge (the War Memorial is a landmark) and consists of a low circular earth platform surrounded by a wide ditch and earthen bank, a layout characteristic of prehistoric henges. Part of the henge was destroyed when the road was built. Two standing stones once stood at one of the entrances.

Location/Address: Eamont Bridge
Nr Penrith
County: Cumbria
Post Code: CA10 2BX
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: The importance of Eamont Bridge
Tip/Nearby: Mayburgh Henge is within walking distance. Castles at Penrith and Brougham nearby. The Countess Pillar is close to the latter. A little further on is Acorn Bank garden.
Primary Management: English Heritage

Kirkby Stephen parish church has no official dedication but is the 2nd largest parish church in Cumbria and, being close to the Yorkshire Dales, is sometimes known as 'the cathedral of the Dales'. The first church on the site was built by the Anglo Saxons; the present church dates from the 13th century. Inside are various items of interest, including the 16th century tomb of Thomas Warton and his two wives, the 15th century tombs of two Richard Musgraves and, famously, part of an Anglo-Danish cross showing the Norse God, Loki - known as the Loki Stone. Outside is an impressive 18th century cloister-liker entrance.

Unusually, Kirkby Stephen parish church is shared between the Anglicans and Roman Catholics.

Location/Address: Market Square
Kirkby Stephen
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA17 4QX
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Brough Castle, Penrith, Yorkshire Dales (western part)
Primary Management: Church authorities
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