The Elizabethan Range and fortified Pele Tower of Isel Hall dominates the landscape in its magical setting above the River Derwent. From the formal gardens the ground drops down to the river and offers views of the 11th Century Church and Skiddaw. Continuously inhabited since Norman times it passed from its original occupiers, the Engane family, their heirs and successors by family connections to the present owner. In Elizabethan times they were the Leighs and from 1573-1986 the Lawson family inherited. The last male heir of that family, Sir Wilfred Lawson, died in 1936 when it passed to his nephew, Hilton, and then to Hilton's cousin Mrs Margaret Austen Leigh, who died in 1986 and left it to the present owner.
Horse racing in the historic border city of Carlisle dates back to at least the 16th Century and each year Carlisle Racecourse holds the Cumberland Plate and Carlisle Bell races, carrying on a tradition which dates back to that era. Amongst it's innumerable 'claims to fame', Carlisle launched the first operational Tote on British racecourses in 1929 and notably Red Rum won at the Carlisle September meeting prior to each of his Grand National wins. Progressive upgrading of the facilities has taken place over the years but none as significant as the construction of a brand new 'state-of-the-art' Jubilee Grandstand which opened in October 2002. Race goers can now enjoy superb horse racing from their own private box or in the luxury of the new County dining room.
Cumbria has many great sports clubs and Keswick Golf Club is no exception. Located 4 miles East of Keswick on Derwentwater in the heart of the Lake District, the golf course is easily approached from the A66 at Threlkeld - the main route from Penrith to the West Coast. The golf club is renowned for its outstanding Lakeland views and superb facilities. Sitting on Threlkeld Common the course has scenic panoramic views of Blencathra - one of England's highest mountains - Skiddaw, Clough Head and other North Lakeland fells.
The Eden Golf Course is a hidden gem situated along the banks of the River Eden with beautiful views of the lake District and pennine fells. Tight tree lined fairways and numerous natural water hazards mark this course out as a great test of golf. Located just outside Carlisle and only five minutes from the M6 this course is a must visit for any discerning golfer who wishes to step outside the comfort zone. The Eden Golf Course is situated five miles from junction 44 of the M6 and only a mile off the main A689 Newcastle to Carlisle road close to the village of Low Crosby. Golf Lessons are available on an individual or group situation, non club memebers are also welcome.
Carlisle Castle is situated in Carlisle, in the English county of Cumbria, near the ruins of Hadrian's Wall. The castle is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in British history.
In a picturesque setting beside the crossing of the River Eamont in Cumbria, Brougham Castle was founded in the early 13th century. This great keep largely survives, amid many later buildings - including the unusual double gatehouse and impressive 'Tower of League'.
Both a formidable barrier against Scots invaders and a prestigious residence, the castle welcomed Edward I in 1300. A complex of passages and spiral stairways makes Brougham a fascinating castle to explore, as well as an ideal picnic setting for a family day out.
The top of the keep provides panoramic views over the Eden Valley.
Situated on the north west coast of Cumbria, Silloth on Solway Golf Club is blessed with stunning views of the Galloway Hills to the north, and south to the Lakeland fells and the distant Isle of Man. The Championship links of over 6,600 yards has been laid out over the sand-hills west of town, touched by some of the great classical golf architects, but mostly moulded by Nature herself. The links is currently one of the R & A Regional Qualifying Courses for the Open. Hazards consist of heather and bent;whin and broom;heroic bunkers and sandy wastes.
Imposing castle ruins, its gardens, cafe and shop, home to the Earls of Lonsdale in medieval times.