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The local area guide to living in Cumbria

Cumbria is a large county near the border of Scotland, home to the beautiful Lake District. With a coast that borders the Irish Sea, there’s no shortage of natural beauty in the area. There are six districts, including Eden, which takes its name from the river that runs through the borough, South Lakeland, which features most of the national park, and the City of Carlisle, which began as a Roman outpost.

The town has a long and storied history, stretching right back past the Roman occupation of Britain. From Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, to the Jacobite Rebellions, to the Romantic movement of the 20th century, Cumbria is a place rich with history. Those looking to explore it are hardly starved of options, with dozens of historical sites across the county and various museums showcasing the unique and fascinating history of the region.

While this scenery makes tourism the county’s primary industry, there’s been a rise in manufacturing too. The spacious layout of the area makes it ideal for large factories, which has drawn companies such as Nestle, GlaxoSmithKline and Pirelli to the area, providing local jobs and boosting the economy.

Information about the local residents

The county of Cumbria has only one city – Carlisle, while the town of Barrow-in-Furness is the next largest settlement. In these areas there’s more of a diverse ethnic mix, in line with the national average, but in the county as a whole the population is 95.1% white British.

Nearby schools

While there is one state grammar school in Penrith, Cumbria primarily runs a comprehensive school system. Many schools in rural areas have attached Sixth Forms, although there is only one Sixth Form in Barrow-in-Furness.

James Bennie School and Keswick School are both secondary schools that received an ‘outstanding’ ranking in their most recent inspection reports. The Selside Endowed Church of England Primary School and Stanwix Primary School also received this high ranking.

For higher education, students can attend the University of Cumbria, situated in Carlisle. Established in 2007, it’s one of the UK’s newest universities.

Getting around

Cumbria is served by the M6 motorway, which passes through Kendal and Penrith and finishes north of the city of Carlisle. While car is the popular means of travel, there are several bus companies that operate routes around the main towns and villages and, in some instances, connect with nearby boroughs.

There are also several railway stations in the borough, including in the city of Carlisle, Oxenholme in the Lake District, Penrith and Barrow-in-Furness.

Local shops

Cumbria’s biggest attraction is, of course, the Lake District. With its beautiful lakes and rich green surroundings, this natural park draws tourists to the area, but once there, there’s plenty more to be discovered across Cumbria.

As the county’s only city, Carlisle is the go-to for shopping, with its biggest draws being the farmers and continental markets, an unusual Victorian market, and the Lanes Shopping Centre, which is the best place to shop high street chains. Many surrounding areas sell locally made crafts and jewellery, as well as delicacies such as Grasmere Gingerbread. The smaller towns of Kendal and Workington also have a range of shops and department stores on offer.

The latter is also the birthplace of a little-known sport – Uppies and Downies, a medieval version of football. Across the entire county another sport, known as Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, is also practiced.

The county has one professional football team – Carlisle United – and several teams in the National Rugby Leagues. It’s also the home of Lakeland Circuit, where F1 legends Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton learned their sport.

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