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Armathwaite

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Introduction

A handsomely preserved village home to a number of historic buildings, Armathwaite is one of the finest places to walk along the banks of the River Eden, with deep green waters beautifully contrasting against red sandstone cliffs. It's also well-connected to the rest of Cumbria by the Settle-Carlisle railway line, making a half-day visit an attractive and realistic option.

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Sights and Activities

Armathwaite Village

The village is home to a number of significant historic buildings, including 15th Century Armathwaite Castle (sadly not open to the public) and the church of Christ and St Mary whose features include stained glass designed by William Morris.

Eden Gorge

Just outside the village, the River Eden cuts deep into the red sandstone of the Eden Gorge. It's a pretty and tranquil place for a stroll, and interesting features include poems and faces carved into the rock.

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Getting There

The Settle-Carlisle railway line connects Armathwaite to destinations including Carlisle, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Leeds. There are also reasonably frequent bus services to Carlisle, Penrith and Langwathby. Check the Travelline website for details.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

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Eat, Drink and Sleep

  • The Fox and Pheasant. A proper local Cumbrian boozer with Robinsons ales on tap.
  • The Duke's Head. Highly rated by the many guides in which it features, this traditional country inn offers home-cooked food as well as a range of real ales and has a number of rooms to rent.

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