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Cumbria's Location within England
Cumbria's Location within England
Cumbria's Coat of Arms
Cumbria's Coat of Arms

Cumbria's Districts

  1. Barrow-in-Furness
  2. South Lakeland
  3. Copeland
  4. Allerdale
  5. Eden
  6. Carlisle

Cumbria is a county in the North West region of England. The boundaries are along the Irish Sea to Morecambe Bay in the the west, and along the Pennines to the east. Cumbria's northern boundary stretches from the Solway Firth along the border with Scotland to Northumberland. Parts of Hadrian's Wall can be found in the northernmost reaches of the county, in and around Carlisle.

Cumbria is neighboured by Northumberland, County Durham, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, and the Lieutenancy areas of Dumfries and Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale in Scotland.

It is made up of six districts: Allerdale, Barrow and Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland.

Cumbria was created in 1974, and covers the traditional counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, plus the Furness part of Lancashire, and a protrusion of Yorkshire. The name "Cumbria" has been used for the region for centuries.

Following the creation of Cumbria as an (administrative) county, some people, particularly those born or brought up in the area, prefer to refer to the Furness area by its traditional county name of "Lancashire". Others, including local government, promotional material for the area, the Lake District National Park Authority, and most visitors describe the area as being in "Cumbria".

The culture of the area was Celtic until quite late, and the name derives from their name for the area, in the Cumbric language. It is etymologically connected to the Welsh term Cymru, meaning "Wales". Cumbria remains one of the most Celtic areas of England.

Cumbria is home to the Lake District National Park, considered one of the most beautiful areas of Great Britain. The highest point of the county (and of the whole of England) is Scafell Pike at 978m/3209ft. The area has provided inspiration for generations of British and foreign artists, writers and musicians.


Status Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region North West England
- Total
- Admin Council
Ranked 3rd
6,768 km²
Ranked 2nd
Admin HQ Carlisle
ISO 3166-2 GB-CMA
ONS code code 16
NUTS 3 UKD11/12
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
- Admin Council

Ranked 41st
72 / km²
Ethnicity 99.3%
Executive Conservative & Liberal Democrat
Members of Parliament Tony Cunningham
Tim Farron
John Hutton
David Maclean
Eric Martlew
Jamie Reed

People of Interest

  • Donald Campbell
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Margaret Fell
  • Francis Howgill
  • Stan Laurel
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Alfred Wainwright
  • William Wordsworth
  • Fletcher Christian


Places of Interest

  • Bassenthwaite Lake
  • Brantwood
  • Buttermere
  • Cartmel Priory
  • Coniston Water
  • Crummock Water
  • Cumbria Way long distance footpath
  • Dales Way long distance footpath
  • Derwent Water
  • Eden Valley Railway - heritage railway
  • Ennerdale Water
  • Firbank Fell
  • Fisher Tarn Reservoir
  • Furness Abbey
  • Haig Colliery Mining Museum
  • Hartley Castle
  • Haweswater
  • Holker Hall
  • Killington Reservoir
  • Kirkby Lonsdale
  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway - heritage railway

  • Windermere (the lake)
  • Lanercost Priory
  • Levens Hall
  • The former site of the Beast Banks post office in Longsleddale.
  • National Nature Reserves in Cumbria
  • Pennine Way long distance footpath
  • Piel Island
  • Quaker tapestry, Kendal
  • Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - heritage railway
  • Rheged
  • Rydal Water
  • Seathwaite Tarn
  • Sizergh Castle
  • Swarthmoor Hall
  • Thirlmere
  • Ullswater
  • Wast Water
  • Whinfell Forest



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