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Cumbria Area Guide

Lake District Image courtesy of Flickr user Peer Lawther

Near the border of Scotland sits the large county of Cumbria. It is most well-known for the stunning Lake District.

The sheer size of Cumbria makes it attractive to large companies. The many factories in the county, owned by companies like Nestle, Pirelli and GlaxoSmithKline, provide many jobs to locals. Despite all this manufacturing, the largest industry in Cumbria is tourism.

Cumbria has six districts. Barrow-in-Furness, named after its main town, has a long coastline along the Irish Sea. Copeland is a rural area, and its council is based in Whitehaven. Allerdale has borough status, though it is a shire district. Eden is names after the River Eden, which runs through the borough and towards Carlisle. Suitably, part of the Lake District National Park is in Eden. South Lakeland includes the rest of the Lake District. The City of Carlisle borough is named after Carlisle, the city that was originally a Roman outpost along Hadrian's Wall.

Demographics

The only city in Cumbria is Carlisle, and next largest settlement is the town of Barrow-in-Furness.

Cumbria is one of the most ethnically homogeneous counties, with 95.1% of the population identified as white British. In the larger towns, the ethic mix is closer to the national average, however.

Education

Cumbria has an almost exclusively comprehensive system, with only one state grammar school, located in Penrith. The more rural schools tend to have sixth forms, though in Barrow-in-Furness, for example, there is only one sixth form.

Primary schools rated "outstanding" by Ofcom include Selside Endowed Church of England Primary School and Stanwix Primary School. Amongst the "outstanding" secondary schools are James Rennie School and Keswick School.

The University of Cumbria, in Carlisle, is one of the newest universities in the UK. It was only established in 2007.

Transport

The only motorway in Cumbria is the M6, which goes through Kendal and Penrith before terminating north of Carlisle.

The main towns and villages are serviced by several bus companies, and some services connect Cumbria to neighbouring boroughs like Lancashire.

Cumbria has decent rail connections, and the busiest stations are Carlisle, Barrow-in-Furness, Penrith and Oxenholme Lake District.

There are only two airports in Cumbria, Carlisle Airport and Barrow/Walney Island Airfield, but they no longer serve scheduled passenger flights.

Amenities and Shopping

Cumbria is defined by one major feature: the Lake District. The rolling green fells and peaceful lakes are pretty much the first thing that comes to most people's minds when thinking about Cumbria. However beautiful and attractive the Lake District, the county has a lot more to offer as well.

Sport

Cumbria has a lot of sport on offer. Carlisle United are the county's professional football team. Rugby league is popular in the south and west, with Barrow, Whitehaven and Workington playing in the Rugby League National Leagues while Carlisle has a team in the Rugby League Conference. Northern and eastern Cumbria tend to prefer rugby union. Most of the rugby union teams are in the north and east. The Cumberland County Cricket Club is based in Carlisle, whilst the home of kart racing in the county is the Lakeland Circuit in the village of Rowrah. Current F1 racers Jenson Button and Hamilton Lewis cut their chops on that circuit.

Cumbria also holds on to many old sports. Workington is the home of Uppies and Downies, the Medieval (or perhaps even earlier) version of football. An ancient form of wrestling, known as Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, is still practiced across the county.

Shopping

As the only city in the area, Carlisle is unsurprisingly the centre of shopping in Cumbria. It has the Lanes Shopping Centre, a Victorian market, farmers markets and continental markets. In other parts of the county, Workington and Kendal both have a large selection of high street shops and department stores.

Most of the towns and villages have shops selling the local crafts and jewellery of local artisans, and it is easy to source local produce and confections, like Grasmere Gingerbread, and brews such as Jennings ales just about everywhere.

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