The Lakeland town where even the service stations are scenic


Penrith has for a long time been a stepping stone of a town, the one you might take the train to if you’re spending a few days in the Lake District. So warmly have the locals embraced this status that they’ve even put a 14th-century castle ruin by the station, the better to lure rail passengers to linger.

Within months, though, the Lakes will have their own passenger airport. Carlisle Lake District Airport, assuming there are no further delays, will begin offering commercial flights to Dublin, Belfast and London Southend in the spring. 

So Penrith, a market town in the Eden Valley, will lose a share of its Lakeland gatekeeping duties, if not its association with the bibulous cult classic Withnail…

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