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Staveley, Cumbria

The village of Staveley is situated a few miles to the north west of Kendal and at the entrance to the Kentmere Valley, one of the finest walkers and mountain bikers' territory to be found in England. The relatively gentle scarps of Reston Scar, Spy Crag and Lily Fell overlook Staveley and mark the beginning of an additional chain of hills known as the Kentmere Round. Many regular visitors will have already walked the Kentmere Horseshoe and mountain-bikers will have tackled the testing Kentmere to Longsleddale “Green Road”.

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Ulverston, Cumbria

Ulverston is a fine market town in the centre of the Furness peninsula, with old buildings and a labyrinth of cobbled streets, and is the start of the 70 mile Cumbrian Way.

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Ambleside, Cumbria

Although there has been a settlement since pre-Roman times, Ambleside is largely Victorian. A fort beside Borrans Park – named Galava – was built in Ambleside by the Romans, housing some 500 soldiers. It was built to defend the lower fells of South Lakeland from invasion by the Picts and Scots, and to guard the road to the Roman Port at Ravenglass via Hardknott Pass.

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