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This Cummersdale Firm prints fabrics for many of the big London textile firms – Jane Churchill, Osborne and Little, Bakers etc.which are availalbe for less than £10.00 a metre. It is a very popular stop-off point for most of the people who come to stay with us and you can save yourself a small fortune if you are doing up your house.  Cummersdale is on the South Western edge of Carlisle near Dalston.

Buy Cashmere in Hawick. Visit Bowhill House or Abbotsford.

On the way back visit Hermitage Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots stayed with her lover The Earl of Bothwell.  Surely one of the most haunted places in Scotland. Try Pelosi’s Ice Cream in Langholm . Have you ever had a ice cream chocolate marshmallow wafer - if not, do not miss this opportunity! Go to the Langholm Amateur dramatic society’s annual concert at The Buccleuch Centre.

Explore Arthurian Legend around Longtown.  The Battle of Arderydd is thought to have occurred around Liddle Strength just a mile up river from here and the burial mound at Arthuret is thought by some experts to be King Arthur’s tomb.

Catch a Salmon in the Esk

Visit Hadrians Wall, Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Cathedral, Lanercost Priory

Visit the North Solway Coast. Great Birdwatching. Watch a high spring tide come up the Solway in Sir Walter Scott’s words; ‘faster than a galloping horse’. Watch the Haaf Nets and stake nets fishing the Solway

Visit WWT reserve at Caerlaverock to see the geese and other wildfowl. Caerlaverock Castle is a wonderful triangular medieval ruin too good to miss.

Play a round of Golf at Silloth or Southerness

Buy Brown Solway Shrimps from the dock at Silloth (or from Bell’s Fishmongers)

See the Burne-Jones stained glass in St. Martins Church in Brampton

Visit Kirkandrews Church

Get Fudge from the Penrith Toffee shop. Stock up your fishing tacke from John Norris. Visit Larch Tree Nurseries at Melkinthorpe for an enormous selection of plants . Visit

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