Dramatically situated at the foot of England’s highest mountain, adjacent to England’s smallest church and not far from the deepest lake, this Victorian inn is reputedly the birthplace of British climbing – photographs decorating the oak-panelled walls reflect the passion for this activity. Ritson’s Bar is named after Will Ritson who was awarded the very first title of ‘The World’s Biggest Liar’. Expect local ales and hearty food. The Wasdale Head Show and Shepherd's Meet, which is held on the second Saturday in October, is a great reason to hang up the climbing boots for a day and maybe stay over in one of the comfortable bedrooms.
Welcoming inn surrounded by record breakers
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About The area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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