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"Exploring Lesser Known Cumbria" Bewcastle by nickandchris

Bewcastle Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 15 photos

Border Country

We spent a pleasant few days staying around the Bewcastle area at the end of October.

Bewcastle is a tiny hamlet northeast of Carlisle, in Cumbria, close to the Scottish border. It is comprised of a few farms, a church, a castle and the site of a roman fort.

Todays farms were once pele towers built to protect the English owners from the Scottish reivers. The reivers consistently raided the north of Cumbria for 3000 years, stealing cattle, looting and pillaging along their way.

Bewcastle's ties with nearby Roman Hadrian's Wall were in the hexagonal fort built as an outpost for scouts. It was partly destroyed in AD 343 and abandoned by AD 367.A castle was built in the place of the fort in 1092, amongst the fort's ditch system. Today's remains are grassed humps and bumps, barely distinguishable amongst the castle ruins.

Nearby Bewcastle church is worth a visit, being home to the 7th century Bewcastle Cross, some interesting grave stones and a small musuem portraying the history of Bewcastle.

Bewcastle is in a beautiful location, the surrounding countryside consisting of moorland, woodland and farmland and has a good network of footpaths in the area.It is quite off the beaten track although in reality is not far from Cumbria's capital, Carlisle.

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  • Pros:Lesser known Cumbria
  • In a nutshell:Lovely scenery without the crowds.
  • Last visit to Bewcastle: Oct 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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