Castles in Cumbria, England.
Holker Hall, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
Cumbria and the Lake District is situated just south of the Scottish Borders with Northumberland and Durham to the east and Yorkshire to the south. Wordsworth and the Lake Land Poets immortalised the views of the Lake District. Each one of the lakes clustered around the rugged heights of the fells is different. From placid Buttermere to lively Windermere, the longest of Lakes and the largest in England, surrounded by forested peaks and ablaze with colour in the autumn. Follow narrow roads edged with dry stone walls to pretty villages, like tiny Sawrey once home to Beatrix Potter, the childrenís author whose life and favourite characters are cleverly animated at The World of Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead. Further to the north is Carlisle, once described as the finest Roman city in England, lying close to the Scottish border and for long centuries riven by battles and border skirmishes. The Roman Emperor Hadrian ordered a great wall, three meters thick and six meters high, to be built right across Englandís North Country to keep out Scotlandís unruly Celts. Much of Hadrian's Wall and forts, like Birdoswald built in AD122 and Housesteads, can be seen today if you follow the wall from Carlisle or from Newcastle lying on the opposite coast. Cumbria has a myriad of historic houses and heritage sites to discover including Holker Hall (Grange-over-Sands),Hutton-in-the-Forest (Penrith), Muncaster Castle (Ravenglass), Abbot Hall Art Gallery (Kendal), Blackwell (Bowness 0n Windermere), Wordsworth's House (Cockermouth) and Rydal Mount (Ambleside) to mention just a few.
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