We will start the walk at Penrith Tourist Information Centre and Museum, located in Robinson’s School (1670) and finish at Penrith’s war memorial, the gateway to Castle Park, opposite Penrith railway station. In between we will discover the places where people have lived, worked, played, traded and worshipped in this area since Neolithic times.
We will see how the town’s situation at the meeting point of East/West and North/South trade and travel routes and close to the crossing point of the River Eamont led to the development of Penrith into a thriving trading centre. Penrith was also a strategically important defensive position fought over by England and Scotland for centuries.
Penrith Castle is now a romantic ruin but it was from here in the 15th Century that Richard Duke of Gloucester (later Richard 111) governed as Warden of the West Marches, attempting to bring law and order to the disputed Border region and control the infamous Border Reiver families. The legacy of this violent era can still be seen today in the defensive pele towers which have merged into the architecture of the town and the Penrith Beacon, high on the hill above Penrith where beacons were lit to warn of impending Reiver raids.
We will explore some of Penrith’s yards, built on the burgage plots behind the medieval town houses where large families lived in tiny cottages, and there were workshops, shops and ale houses crammed together. On the way we will hear the stories of the people of Penrith, the notable families of the area and the town’s most famous residents including Trooper William Pearson who survived the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean war in 1854, William Wordsworth, the great C19th romantic poet and William Jameson, landlord of the Griffin Inn and Champion Wrestler of England.
Join a qualified Blue Badge Guide and discover what makes this friendly Lake District town so special.
The tour will take approx. 1.5hrs
We try to make all of our walks suitable for all mobilities, including wheelchairs, however this is a historic town so please note the following: There are some small ascents/descents and some of the streets can be uneven. If you have any concerns please contact us using the 'Enquiry" button.
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