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Cumbria ( KUM-bree-?) is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in North West England. The county and Cumbria County Council, its local government, came into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria's county town is Carlisle, in the north of the county; the only other major urban area is Barrow-in-Furness on the south-western tip of the county.

The county of Cumbria consists of six districts (Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland) and, in 2019, had a population of just over 500,000 people. Cumbria is one of the most sparsely populated counties in England, with 73.4 people per km2 (190/sq mi).

Cumbria is the third largest county in England by area. It is bounded to the north by the Scottish council areas of Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders; to the west by the Irish Sea; to the south by Lancashire; to the south-east by North Yorkshire; and to the east by County Durham and Northumberland.

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Gleaston Castle's ruined north-west tower in 2015

Gleaston Castle is a medieval building in a valley about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) north-east of the village of Gleaston. The village lies between the towns of Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness in the Furness peninsula, Cumbria, England. Gleaston Castle has a quadrilateral plan, with a tower at each corner. The largest of these, the north-west tower, probably housed a hall.

The castle was most likely built for John Harington, 1st Baron Harington in the 14th century, replacing nearby Aldingham Motte. Gleaston Castle descended through the Harrington family until 1458 when it passed to William Bonville through marriage and was subsequently abandoned. The castle passed to the Grey family until Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk was executed for treason in 1554. As a result, Gleaston Castle became royal property before it was bought by the Preston family in the 17th century, and then passed to the Cavendish family. Read more...

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Brougham Castle o HMS Cardiff  o Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett

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The Scafell massif from Middle Fell. Sca Fell is on the right. From this angle Sca Fell appears higher than Scafell Pike.
Sca Fell (also spelled Scafell; older sources give the name as Scaw Fell) is a mountain in the Lake District. Its height of 964 metres (3,162 ft) makes it the second-highest mountain in England after Scafell Pike, from which it is separated by the pass of Mickledore.

Originally the name Sca Fell referred to the whole of the massif from Great End south to Slight Side; only more recently has the general term become applied solely to the part of the fell south of Mickledore. It was once believed that Sca Fell was the highest mountain in this part of the Lake District — it is much more prominent in views from many directions than its higher neighbour — with the three apparently inferior peaks to the north (those now known as Scafell Pike, Ill Crag and Broad Crag) being known collectively as the "Pikes of Sca Fell". (more...)

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Wast Water, as seen from Great Gable
Wast Water or Wastwater is a lake in the . The lake is approximately 4.6 kilometres (almost 3 miles) long and 600 metres (more than a third of a mile) wide, and is located in the Wasdale Valley. It is the deepest lake in England at 79 metres (258 ft), and is owned by the National Trust. The head of the Wasdale Valley is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in England, including Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Lingmell. Wast Water is the source of the River Irt which flows into the Irish Sea near Ravenglass. (more...)




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The village of Glenridding and Ullswater in the Lake District. This view is looking east from the hills at the start of the ascent to Helvellyn.
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The village of Glenridding and Ullswater in the Lake District. This view is looking east from the hills at the start of the ascent to Helvellyn.

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