The Best Places To Live In Cumbria and Why
There are many reasons to come settle down and live in Cumbria. Including the picturesque Lake District, the ever-enticing western coastline, and the quaint villages and towns with lots of hidden gems to offer.
However, where in Cumbria should you settle and why? From the action-packed capital of Carlisle to the farthest reaches of Windemere, here’s a selection of the best places you should live in Cumbria, based on your personality.
St Bees - Seasider
Located in between Whitehaven and Egremont, this seaside village was once the home of Mr Bean himself when Rowan Atkinson attended the independent boarding school.
Featuring the famous “St Bees Head” a rocky formation, which is a staple of the north-western coastline and the starting place of the “Coast to Coast” walk. St bees offers a beautiful beach with luscious scenery and plenty of attractions to keep you entertained.
As well as this, if you’d like to get away from the sand-swept coast, you can venture into the village of St Bees and stop by at many of the local pubs for a bite to eat and a few drinks.
St Bees also features an infants and primary school for the kids, with a secondary school located down the road in Egremont.
With multiple modern expansions of housing being built over the years, St Bees is the perfect village to settle if you’re looking for a seaside hideaway with plenty to explore.
Keswick - Outdoorist
If you’re an avid #outdoorist you may want to consider the market town of Keswick for your home away from home while you take camping trips around the area.
Located slap-bang in the middle of The Lake District, Keswick is never far away from some of the best camping spots Cumbria has to offer. Including Ullswater, Buttermere, Bassenthwaite, and Wasdale, as well as plenty of ‘off the beaten track’ spots for the wild camper.
The town also features a plethora of outdoor and camping specialist shops to keep you supplied on your excursions. From Winfields to Millets and even Cotswold, but don't forget to also #shoplocal at the famed Rathbones of Keswick.
However, once you've returned from the wild, you can rejuvenate at one of Keswick's popular spas and you can also explore the town with many pubs, bars, and restaurants to visit as well as the very special Theatre By The Lake which hosts plays and shows year-round.
Cockermouth - Pub-enthusiast
Now if you’re the pub-enthusiast, Cockermouth is the place to be. I know, with a name like that you’re bound to have a good time, but don't let that put you off as the town is named after the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent.
Known most famously as the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, the town is scattered with some of the best pubs and bars The Lake District has to offer. Including the 16th-century award-winning gastro pub The Castle Bar, the classy renaissance-styled lounge and restaurant known as Fredricks, and the traditional Cumbrian pub experience at The Black Bull.
As well as many other local watering holes, the town also offers a handful of restaurants and takeaways to soak up all that alcohol on a night out.
With lots of estate agents based in Cockermouth, including PFK, Grisdales, and Purple Diamond, there's plenty of opportunity for first and second-time buyers to invest in the area and find a home among the rich Cumbrian nightlife.
Windermere - Adrenaline Junkie
When looking for adrenaline-fueled madness and dare-devil activities, Windermere is your place to go. With the largest natural lake in England, at 11 miles in length and 1 mile wide, lake Windemere is the ideal home for the adventure sporter.
From kayaking, canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding, water skiing, raft building, and wakeboarding, the lake has almost every water sport you can think of on offer! With lots of clubs and groups which host and teach the activities, you’re never far away from a fellow adrenaline junkie.
However, if getting wet isn't your thing, you can take a venture up the surrounding mountains for mountaineering and climbing activities. With Brant Fell, Barker Knott, Heathwaite Hill, and many other peaks just a short journey away, you can get involved in treetop treks, mountain biking, nordic orienteering, rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, abseiling, and maybe even a spot of spelunking.
There's an abundance on offer at Windemere and as a prime tourist area, it's seen a lot of investment and a lot of care is taken to look after the town with one of the main attractions being The World Of Beatrix Potter.
Carlisle - Music Maestro
With Carlisle being the county capital of Cumbria and one of the closest places you can get to Scotland as a border town, there's a hell of a lot on offer here; most notability being the heart of the Cumbrian music scene.
If you’re looking for some of the best music nights out that The Lake District has to offer, look no further than Carlisle. With an eclectic mix of original bands and solo artists as well as your more typical cover bands, this large town has a great offering to enjoy some music and dance the night away.
As well as this, it also hosts plenty of opportunities to get involved with the local music scene with organisations like The Source Collective, a music venue and art space, supporting the many musicians who make up the scene.
However, you've also got the famous Brickyard which has seen the likes of Hands Off Gretal and Buzzcocks come through the doors.
There's many other brilliant venues which host live music in Carlisle so be sure to check them out and #supportlocalmusic.
On top of this, Carlisle also provides music education and access to music courses at Carlisle College as well as having a great music programme at Newman secondary school and sixth form.
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