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Orton is a village and civil parish in Cumbria, England. It lies 15 miles (24 km) south of Penrith, 8 miles (13 km) from Appleby-in-Westmorland and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the M6 motorway. It is in the upper Lune Valley and set at the foot of Orton Scar in the Orton Fells. The Lake District is nearby. A few miles from Orton Scar is the Eden valley. Historically in the county of Westmorland, the parish is now in the Eden district of Cumbria.
Orton Scar is renowned for its limestone pavements and for its views. From its summit you can see Blackpool Tower on a clear day, the A66 over Stainmore, the Lake District, the Howgill Fells and even down or up the Eden Valley to its source at Mallerstang.
The road to Appleby (B6260) leads over Orton Scar. The surrounding moorland was used in the film version of Anne Brontë's novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. There are two becks that flow through the village, which join into a river for about 20 metres then split again, both leading to Bybeck Bridge at the parish boundary next to Tebay.
Orton Scar Cafe serves meals in the daytime on Tuesdays to Saturdays.
Orton has many 17th and 18th-century cottages. Most of these traditional dwellings are either stone-faced or whitewashed. Other features in the village are the 13th-century All Saints Church, a Methodist chapel, a primary school, a pub called the George Hotel, and a small, widely known handmade chocolate factory. In addition there is a Village Tearoom and several B&Bs. The shop-cum-post office is a busy place open ten hours a day. There are many local businesses around the village, such as builders and joiners. Around 25 new houses were built in the early 1990s and Eden District Council was intending to build 50 more.
Orton village has a farmers market, held on the second Saturday of each month in the village hall and market square, coupled with a live band and a hog roast. Orton was given a market town charter in the Middle Ages, but despite this it has remained a village, like some other, similar villages in Westmorland so appointed, such as Brough and Shap.
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