WORDSWORTH HOUSE, Cockermouth.  The Birthplace of William Wordsworth in 1770.  Tel: (01900) 824805

The KIRKGATE CENTRE, Cockermouth.  This Theatre and Arts Centre was converted from the derelict All Saints School through the effort of local people, charities and businesses.  It is still managed and run by volunteers, and supported by over 150 members.  Tel: (01900) 829966

 THE LAKES DISTILLERY, nr. Bassenthwaite.  Behind-the-scenes glimpse of a working distillery. Tel: (017687) 88850

 CUMBERLAND PENCIL MUSEUM, Keswick.  The only UK manufacturer still in existence from the early 1880's. Tel: (01768) 773626

WHINLATTER VISITOR CENTRE, Keswick.  Forestry Commission Exhibition tells the story of the forest.  Tel: (01768) 778469

HELENA THOMPSON MUSEUM, Workington.  Displays include Georgian, Regency and Victorian items.  Tel: (01900) 64040

BIRDOSWALD ROMAN FORT, Brampton.   "The finest Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall."

THE BEACON, Whitehaven.   West Cumbria's Georgian Port since 1634.  Tel: (01946) 592302

KESWICK'S THEATRE BY THE LAKE,   Tel:  (017687) 72282

THE RAVENGLASS & ESKDALE RAILWAY CO. LTD., Ravenglass.  "The most beautiful train journey in England", open since 1875.  Tel: (01229) 717171

MUNCASTER CASTLE, GARDENS & OWL CENTRE, Ravenglass.  "Where History, conservation and nature combine to create a great day out."  Tel: (01229) 717614

Enter MARYPORT AQUARIA fascinating underwater world and discover the delights awaiting you in the hidden depths of Cumbria's coasts and seas. Maryport Aquaria, South Quay, Maryport.  Local marine life, "You'll be amazed at the variety".  Tel/Fax: (01900) 817760

ROSEHILL THEATRE, Whitehaven. Splendidly located overlooking the Cumbrian coast near the Lake District.  It opened in 1959 as the creation of Sir Nicholas Sekers and since then has continued to attract many world-famous performers.  Rosehill offers a varied, year-round programme of music, drama, film and children's shows in comfortable and elegant surroundings. Call (01946) 692422.

HADRIANS WALL is the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain.  It is the best known frontier in the entire Roman Empire and stands as a reminder of past glories of one of the world's greatest civilisations.  It is a World Heritage Site.

MIREHOUSE HOUSE, near Keswick.  Here, between Skiddaw and Bassenthwaite Lake lies 'a so civil wilderness'.  There are woodland and lakeside walks and four adventure playgrounds as well as the Historic House to enjoy.  Call (017687) 72287

TULLIE HOUSE MUSEUM CARLISLE.   Visit this excellent museum and learn about the history of this Border area.   Find out about "The Border Reivers", a powerful and lawless group of people who inhabited a small area between Scotland and England.  A blood thirsty lot who lived their lives stealing and reiving from each other.  From these people came the English words of "Black Mail" and "To Grieve".  Visit the Website IN SEARCH OF THE BORDER REIVERS which will provide you with a lot of information about the Border Reivers.  Tel: (01228) 618718.

Please contact COCKERMOUTH TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE for further information on the area.  Tel:     (01900) 822634

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Isel bridge

ISEL BRIDGE over the Derwent River, within walking distance of the Hayloft