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Ambleside Climbing Wall - 35ft climbing wall for all abilities - cafe on site

Appleby Horse Fair - A website for both travellers and visitors to the annual gathering - June 7th to 13th in 2012

BBC Cumbria - Access to County News, Events and Weather.

Big Cumbria - Big Cumbria is a free & impartial business support programme helping eligible, small and medium sized businesses in Cumbria exploit the benefits of technology and super-fast broadband.

Broadband Cumbria - a glossary of broadband jargon

Brockhole - the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre at Windermere

Connecting Cumbria - the website for Cumbria County Council's county wide project to deliver superfast broadband across Cumbria by 2015.

Cumbria County Council - Cumbria County Council responsible for schools, main roads, bus services

Cumbria CVS - Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service offers help, advice, training and support to third sector groups throughout Cumbria, whether established or starting out. They also support individual volunteers as well as voluntary and community groups.

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner - the website gives info on what the Commissioner has been doing, how to contact him, and how to get info on crime statistics etc.

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald - On line access to many of the articles published in the newspaper, including a very useful archive search.

Cumbria Crown Prosecution Service - Describes how the Crown Prosecution Service is organised in Cumbria and how to get involved

Cumbria Equality Resource Centre - Provides information and resources on Equality and Diversity and specific areas of race, faith, disability and sexuality for people and agencies within the Third, Public and Private sectors in Cumbria

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service - Website gives information about the service and how to book a free Home Fire Safety visit.

Cumbria Police - The Cumbria Police Website provides information about local police news, neighbourhood watch, links to Crime Mapping which show crime statisics for each area, details of local policing teams etc.

Cumbria Road Safety Partnership - Provides information on all aspects of road safety in Cumbria including accident statistics and travel news.

Cumbria Tourism - Go Lakes - the official Cumbria Tourism website - guide and links to travel, attractions, etc

Cumbria Woodturners Association - Membership organisation for those interested in woodturning, meet monthly at the Bryce Institute in Burnside, just outside Kendal

Cup marked outcrop at Beckstones Farm - An interesting page, produced by Paul and Barbara Brown, which describes the cluster of 30 or so cups in the rock outcrop near Beckstones - considered to be prehistoric rock art.

Cycle the Lake District - "The Adventure People", an Adventure Holidays and Tours business, offers

Dalemain - Country House & Garden , on the A592 between Penrith and Ullswater. Visitors can discover and enjoy four centuries of House Architecture, five acres of celebrated gardens, historic parkland and home-made food served in the Medieval Hall Tearoom.

Debt Advice - National Debtline is a free, independent and confidential debt advice service run by the charity Money Advice Trust

Diver's Video of Ullswater Wreck - This is a short video, that was posted on YouTube, of a wreck that a diver found in Ullswater in 2006. The wreck is in excellent condition and as you will see by all of the artifacts on her she had not been dived before. Subsequent research has revealed that the vessel was built in the Clyde for a minor celebrity racing driver in the 1920s and it was lost in the 1930s. He has even managed to trace the family of the owner!.

Eddington Astronomical Society - organisation for those interested in Astronomy, meet monthly in Kendal Museum

EdenSave Credit Union - this is the credit union that serves Eden District

Eden District Council - Local district council responsible for minor roads, licensing, collecting rubbish, Jenkins field

Eden Housing Association - Local housing association providing affordable housing in Eden

Eden Independent Living - Eden Independent Living is a specialist service from Eden Housing Association, supporting your independence at home and providing a wide range of care, support and practical help under one umbrella.

Emergency NHS Contact Details - Out of Hours contact details for GP services, NHS Direct and emergency dental treatment .

Entertainment - Local Cinemas , Theatres & Concerts

Alhambra Cinema -Keswick

Alhambra Cinema - Penrith

Brewery Arts Centre - Kendal

Fellinis Cinema - Ambleside

Lake District Music Festival - Jul/Aug

Lakeland Sinfonia Concerts - Oct to Apr - Kendal

Old Laundry Theatre - Bowness-on-Windermere

Penrith Players - Penrith

Penrith Organ Society

Puppet Theatre - Hutton-in-the-Forest

Royalty Cinema - Windermere

Theatre by the Lake - Keswick

Zeffirellis Cinema - Ambleside

Explore Penrith - a new website to help you explore Penrith's sights, history and shops.

Firewood - Hardwood is often available in 2m lengths to purchase as firewood from the National Trust. You will need adequate access for our tractor and long trailer, with no overhead power-lines, and a space to store a stack of timber in 2m lengths. It is un-seasoned un-split wood and costs £50/tonne including delivery. Contact Head Forester, Martin Thwaites, on 017687 81925 or at

Flora of the Fells - This initiative aims to raise awareness of the special nature of Cumbria’s mountain landscapes. The Flora of the Fells project organises many unusual and interesting walks, talks and visits around Cumbria. A full list of these can be found on their web-site, although we do try to include local events in our 'What's On' page.

Flusco Household Recycling centre - Gives details of opening hours, what can be recycled at Flusco, etc

Friends of the Lake District - An organisation established in 1934 that is dedicated to protecting and conserving the Lake District.

Friends of the Ullswater Way - The Friends of the Ullswater Way are a local group whose aim is to celebrate all that makes the Ullswater Valley special – the grandeur and beauty of its landscape, its history and traditions, the people who live and work here and those who are and have been inspired by the area.

Geocaching - Over 700,000 caches have been hidden around the world. This link shows how to go about searching for them.

Glenridding Guides - Guided walks, rock climbing, abseiling, and navigation courses.

Glenridding Health Centre - Glenridding Health Centre website - gives opening hours etc.

Glenridding Sailing Centre - Everything you need for messing about on the lake: hire of sailing dinghies and traditional boats, canoes and kayaks and windsurfers; expert tuition and boat launching

Hairdressing - Luiza Oliver is a local hairdresser with links to the Glenridding Gallery - visit Luiza's website to learn more or call in at the Glenridding Gallery on a Thursday

Houses and Gardens of Cumbria - Listing of weblinks to historic houses and gardens to visit in Cumbria

How to Minimise Flood Damage in your Home - Commissioned by Direct Line Insurance, this web page provides useful information about flooding, in particular things you can do to reduce the risk and damage to your property and belongings.

Invest in Eden - Specialist Eden District Council website Invest in Eden has a range of business support information and promotes awareness of partners such as the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.

Kendal Calling - Three day annual music festival held in July in Lowther Park

Keswick Mountain Festival - Three day festival in May each year - activities, talks , films

Lake District and Cumbria Events Listing - Listing of events , organised by location

Lake District National Park Authority - Lake District National Park Authority. Planning applications. Weather for the national park. Events.

Lake District Ski Club - The Lake District Ski Club was founded by skiing enthusiasts in 1936 and runs a button tow on Raise when the weather is right

Lake District Summer Music Festival - website gives details of forthcoming festivals

Lakeland Climbing Centre - Climbing wall in Kendal - indoor and outdoor climbing, courses etc.

Matterdale Parish Council - Our neighbouring Parish launched their new Parish Council website in November 2014

Museums and Galleries

Abbot Hall Art Gallery - Art Gallery in Kendal - Tel: 01539722464

Beckstones Art Gallery - Art Gallery at Greystoke Ghyll, near Penrith - Tel: 01768483601

Blackwell - Arts and Crafts house near Bowness - Tel: 01539488486

Brantwood - Historic house,gardens,exhibitions,events, former home of John Ruskin - Tel: 015394 449025

Castlegate House Gallery - Art gallery in Cockermouth - Tel: 01900 822149

Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum - Grasmere - Tel: 01539435544

Kendal Museum - Local history, geology and natural history from around the globe - Tel: 01539815597

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery - "A Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities" - Tel: 01768773263

Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry - At Abbot Hall, Kendal - Tel: 01539722464

Penrith Museum - Local history museum for Penrith and Eden - Tel: 01768 865105

Red Barn Art Gallery - Four miles south of Penrith at Melkinthorpe, off the A6 - Tel: 01931712767

Thornthwaite Galleries - Contemporary art gallery at Thornthwaite, near Keswick - Tel: 01768778248

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum - Fine collection of mining memorabilia - Tel: 01768 7779747

Passenger Ship Website - The link to this site has been set to show vessels on Ullswater. The site gives details and histories for each of the vessels (including 'Western Belle') and has a wonderful collection of photographs and postcards, including one of 'Lady of the Lake' when she sank in September 1950.

Patterdale Dog Day - The Home Page for the Patterdale Dog Day Show. Includes details of events, history and pictures from previous shows.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team - Visit this site to learn more about our 'local' Mountain Rescue Team, take a virtual tour of the Rescue Centre, or look at the records of Rescues undertaken.

Patterdale Parish Council - The local Parish Council website carries details of forthcoming meetings, minutes , other documents, announcements etc.

Patterdale School - Visit the website for all information about Patterdale Church of England Primary School

Penrith & District Organ Society - the society arranges monthly electronic organ concerts

Penrith Ramblers - Local Ramblers Association, list of planned walks

Photographer - Luiza Oliver is a local photographer with links to the Glenridding Gallery - visit Luiza's website to learn more about her and her photography.

Records of Patterdale 1903 - This interesting book, written by the Reverend William Prosser Morris in 1903 is quite rare. However, an american library has scanned the book and made it available in a variety of formats, to read on-line or to download free

Rheged - The Rheged Discovery Centre close to Penrith in Cumbria. The centre has a number of retail outlets and cafés with a Cumbrian theme, as well as the largest turf roof in Europe and a giant cinema screen.

Swimming Safety - National Park guide to swimming safely in lakes and tarns

Tennis Club - Patterdale Tennis Club website. Includes on-line court booking facility. Better still become a member and play without further charges.

Trainline - A train journey planning and booking tool.

Ullswater Association - Local businesses, tourism information

Ullswater Heritage - Celebrates the iconic landscape and the rich heritage of the Ullswater valley, highlights its history and traditions, the people who live and work there and those who have been inspired by its beauty.

Ullswater Map - LDNPA detailed map of Ullswater and shoreline

Ullswater Steamers - For details of sailing times, fares, history and much more


Keswick 5 day/24 hour ahead Forecast (BBC)

Penrith 5 day/24 hour ahead Forecast(BBC)

Windermere 5 day/24 hour ahead Forecast (BBC)

Met Office Rainfall Radar - A particularly useful screen from what is probably the best weather website there is. By 'playing' the sequence you can see the track of rain bands and estimate when they will reach the valley (usually soon !!)

Lake District 5 Day Forecast - a detailed weather/wind/visibility/temperature forecast for Lake District fells and valleys (Lake District National Park)

Lake District 3 day Mountain Weather Forecast - a detailed forecast updated each day by 1630hrs by the Mountain Weather Information Service

Kendal - Met Office 5 day Forecast - updated throughout the day

Keswick - Met Office 5 day Forecast - updated throughout the day

Penrith - Met Office 5 day Forecast - updated throughout the day

Westmorland Gazette - Online reports from the South Lakeland weekly newspaper

Zip Wire for Glenridding - Click here to read the May 2014 LDNPA Pre planning advice to a potential developer - Tree Top Trek.