Reasons Why Cumbria Is An Explorer’s Paradise
There are hundreds of places on this planet. But it is only a few that have the sheer capability to affect you the way Cumbria can. This is a palace of immense beauty and often times it is a lot for the brain to comprehend.
You must have come across a picture or two on your feed that looks like there is no way on earth that they could exist without the use of Photoshop. Well, I’m here to dispell those rumours. There is a place that exists on the Map that makes the best of our creations feel small. That place is Cumbria.
Cumbria is a non-metropolitan county in England. It consists of six districts, namely: Barrow-in-Furness, South Lakeland, Allerdale, Eden, Copeland, and the city of Carlisle. Together they highlight the best of what England has to offer.
Cumbria is a artists hub. It is where you escape to if you ever feel like you have lost inspiration or even if you just want to marvel at what the world has to offer.
No matter where you turn, your eyes will be greeted with eye-popping views. So, go through this list to see what exactly will help you find the inspiration or escape you have come to find in Cumbria. Let’s get cracking.
Somewhere in Nothern England, you will see a peak rising up. This is the Scafell Pike. Apart from being the highest peak in all of England, it also has the unique distinction of standing at the edge of three micro-climates.
You never know when the weather might change here. High winds with windchills are a routine happening accompanied by snow as well. A minimum requirement if you make your way there is that you should know how to use a map and a compass. Lest you get stuck in the fog.
There are multiple options you can choose from when you decide to climb up the Scafell Pike. Depending on the level of difficulty you want to go through during the hike the choice is between Wasdale Head, Eskdale, Langdale, and Borrowdale. If you are an experienced climber, then Ill Craig is a good option.
Ravenglass Roman Bath House
Located on the western edge is the county’s only coastal village. What makes this place special are the ruins of a fort and naval outpost from the first century. But, what truly makes this place special are the complete ruins of a first-century bathhouse.
The bathhouse is rumored to be around 2,000 years old but the walls, doors, and windows are still intact. During the time of the Romans, this was the place where three rivers, the Irt, the Mite, and the Esk converged and formed a natural harbor.
This also made it a strategic port for imports and exports. These ruins are one of the tallest ones in Britain and free to explore.
Near Hadrian’s wall is a 2nd-century Roman fort that was once a large center of fortification. It is now an isolated site with secrets hidden deep within its grounds. Since it is a scheduled Ancient Monument, you cannot excavate it. But this is a law for humans. Moles, on the other hand, march to the beat of their own drum.
Each mole can dig around 60 feet of tunnels a day and push beads, shards of pottery and other artifacts to the surface. This is then collected by volunteers in an annual molehill survey by volunteers.
HardKnott Roman Fort
Like we have noticed on this list, Cumbria is all about the natural grandness of the roman empire and in the same vein you now have HardKnott Roman Fort. This notoriously hard to reach place is located at an altitude of over 800 feet. Back in the times of Britania, it was one of the highest forts located.
The road to reach this place are extremely narrow with precipitous drops and steep slopes and some very sharp hairpin bends. The route gets even more complicated as there are several springs that originate nearby that often flow across certain sections of the road making it a very difficult drive. Plus they are so narrow that it is an interesting undertaking to see two cars crossing each other.
The only saving grace? The road is paved with blacktop.
The sheer grandiose of this fort is enough for making that treacherous climb.
There is a lot in Cumbria if you decide to make your way down there. The truth is, it is very difficult to explain the historical significance that this county harbors. But, if you are an adventure lover and don’t mind going off the road for a bit of fun, Cumbria is the place to be.