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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.