Brampton - North Cumbria.
Location Accommodation: See Carlisle and Alston hotels
Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Brampton. Brampton is a charming and ancient town of red sandstone in the northeast of the county, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Cumbria.
Brampton is an extremely handsome town with a wide partially cobbled main street and Market Place with an impressive octagonal Moot Hall of 1817.
Explore the many alleyways and side streets and you will find delightful cottages and other grander buildings of interest.
The main church in Brampton is St.Martin built 1874-8. It is important not only to Brampton but to those interested in the work of the great artist Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898).
He designed some the impressive stained glass windows that were made by William Morris. The church itself was designed by Philip Webb.
Just outside the centre of the town is Capon Hill where in 1746 the survivors of the garrison left behind at Carlisle Castle by Bonnie Prince Charlie during his retreat back to Scotland were hung by a vengeful Duke of Cumberland.
Prince Charlie had stayed in the town when laying siege to Carlisle Castle in 1745.
Two miles east is the picturesque Lanercost Priory with a rich history and fine architecture - well worth visiting.
You will almost certainly want to visit the Roman Wall which can be found less than a mile to the north of the Priory.
A few miles to the south of Brampton is Talkin Tarn, a lovely spot for a picnic and a stroll around its shore.
Also nearby is the delightful Gelt Woods where you can follow a series of paths through a picturesque gorge. You should keep a look out for the rare Red Squirrel when visiting these locations.
Brampton: OS ref NY 527612 Sheet 86. Get the map.
Brampton benefits from being close to the A69 Carlisle to Newcastle road and also the railway line that follows the same route, thus making Brampton easy travel to from most parts of Cumbria and the Lake District.