An area of natural beauty, fabulous food, creative culture and amazing sportTour of Britain 2015

With some of the most stunning locations in the Lake District National Park and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within its boundaries, Allerdale has much to offer those who enjoy the outdoor life, whether they want to explore on foot, or go cycling, wild swimming, horse riding or dog walking. It has played host to The Lakesman, the Lake District's first long distance triathlon, and the Tour of Britain has visited the area numerous times as part of its route.

This area is perfect for wildlife seekers, thanks to a number of unspoilt nature reserves including coastal and wetland. Allerdale's great location means you can spend the morning up a fell, then the afternoon at the beach, with an evening by a lake.Crummock and Loweswater 

There's plenty for foodies too - not least at the area's wealth of traditional pubs and quality restaurants. The Taste Cumbria food festival takes place in Cockermouth during the last weekend of September, with a special Christmas event in December. The main event attracts around 40,000 people to enjoy the producers' market, pop-up restaurant with Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, and a host of expert demos and masterclasses. 

If it's culture visitors are after, they can visit one of our intimate theatres, such as The Carnegie in Workington, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and the Kirkgate in Cockermouth. There are great music events too, like Reboot tribute festival in Workington, or Northbound Festival, which takes to the streets of Cockermouth in August. There is a full list of leisure and culture activities available on our website.Theatre by the Lake

Welcoming and varied towns and villages

So what makes Allerdale special? Is it the mountains and lakes around the 'Adventure Capital' of Keswick, the footpaths and cycle tracks at Whinlatter, England’s only true mountain forest, or the unspoilt Solway coastline of Maryport and Silloth?  Perhaps you are here for the local attractions, activities and events on offer, or the range of places to eat.

And there are so many options when it comes to places to stay - from luxury hotels to farm pods and bothies, and all kinds of accommodation in between – there's something to suit every budget.

Allerdale has vast expanses of open, unspoilt spaces waiting to be explored. What’s more, it boasts plenty of beautiful buildings in its villages and bustling market towns. Download our guide to Allerdale's seven towns using the link at the bottom of this page.

Whatever the reason for your visit, we hope we can inspire you to explore the more secluded areas, as well as the Lake District National Park.

What to do

Whether you want family fun, a romantic break, a literary pilgrimage, an immersion in the arts, a sporting challenge, a shopping spree or a gastronomic adventure – there are days out for everyone. If you want to tire out the children, there are two great attractions in Maryport - Clip n'Climb and Cave at the Wave. Or why not visit one of our leisure centres.

A rich history

Since the earliest times, man has found the area a comfortable and comforting place to live from iron age hillforts in Borrowdale and Thirlmere; Roman forts and milefortlets in Workington (Magis), Cockermouth (Derventio) and Maryport (Alauna), the start of Hadrian's Wall in Bowness on Solway (Maia); and a Viking settlement in Aspatria (askrpatrick); to more recent industrial heritage in Workington including the introduction of the revolutionary Bessemer steel making process and slate mining around Keswick and Honister.

This is the area that inspired the Romantic Poets Coleridge and Wordsworth, who was born in Cockermouth. Today it continues to delight with its castles, fine country houses and countryside, wildlife and wetlands but it also encourages free thinking and innovation which has led to numerous county firsts including our famous festivals and carnivals. The Lake District was also a favourite of author Beatrix Potter, in which she based some of her works. The Newlands Valley was home to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and the woods and lakeshore at Lingholm were the setting for Squirrel Nutkin.  

Enjoy your trip - and please come back soon.

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