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Penrith

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World heritage site · Waterfalls · Playgrounds
Penrith is a market town and civil parish in the county of Cumbria, England. Penrith lies less than 3mi outside the boundaries of the Lake District National Park. Historically a part of Cumberland, Penrith's local authority is currently Eden District Council, which is based in the town. Penrith was formerly the seat of both Penrith Urban and Rural District Councils. From 1974 to 2015, Penrith had no town council of its own, and was an unparished area. Penrith Town Council was formed in 2015 and the first elections to the Town Council Civil parish took place on May 7, 2015.ToponymyThe exact etymology of the name has been debated. Several toponymists favour a derivation from the Cumbric or Welsh pen 'head, chief, end' (both noun and adjective) + Cumbric 'rid', Welsh rhyd 'ford'. On this basis, the name would mean 'chief ford', 'hill ford', 'ford end' or Whaley's suggestion: 'the head of the ford' or 'headland by the ford'.Penrith, however, lies around from the nearest crossing point on the River Eamont at Eamont Bridge. An alternative has been suggested consisting of the same pen element meaning 'head, end, top' + the equivalent of Welsh rhudd 'crimson'. The name 'red hill' may refer to the large Beacon Hill to the north east of the current town. There is also a place called 'Redhills' to the south west near the M6 motorway.
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Waterfall
Aira Force Waterfall
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Castle
Lowther Castle and Gardens
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Playground
Center Parcs - Whinfell Forest
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Hiking Trail
Hallin Fell Pooley Bridge
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Penrith

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Water Body
Derwentwater Keswick
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Bowness-on-Windermere
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours Windermere
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Water Body
Lake Windermere Windermere
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Penrith

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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Wildlife Area
Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Acorn Bank Temple Sowerby
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Historic Site
Long Meg and her Daughters
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Penrith

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Historic Site
Shap Abbey Shap
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Church
St Andrew's church
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Penrith Methodist Church
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Church
Keld Chapel Shap
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Penrith

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Garden
Hutton in the Forest
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Larch Cottage Nurseries
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Garden
Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens
3.7
Duration: 2 hours
Playground
Treasure Island Softplay
2.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Penrith

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Geologic Formation
Gray Crag
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
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Cave
Lacy's Caves
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
King Arthur's Round Table
1.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Cooking Class
The Lake District School of Food & Wine
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Hiking Trail
Catbells Lakeland Walk Keswick
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Lookout
Orrest Head Windermere
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Castlerigg Stone Circle Keswick
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

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