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Lorton in the Lake District National Park

Lorton village is situated about 5 miles south of Cockermouth in the lovely Vale of Lorton which sweeps down south from Cockermouth, passing Loweswater, Crummuck Water and Buttermere before ending at Honister Pass. The village is divided into two parts, High Lorton and Low Lorton, though there is scarcely a quater of a mile between them.

High Lorton, the larger of the two, clings to the edge of Whinlatter Pass and is famous for Yew Tree hall where the Quaker George Fox peached to Cromwell's soldiers and the nearby ancient Yew tree, believed to be at least 1000 years old, which inspired Wordsworth's poem 'Yew Tree', beginning "There is a yew tree, pride of Lorton Vale...".

Lorton Park is situated here and the village has a post office where local tourist information can be obtained, and general store, a craft centre and a cafe. At one time there was a thriving flax industry in the village, and a row of workers cottages remain where once stood a mill. Jennings Brewery, now at Cockermouth has it's beginings in the village producing ales at what is now High Swinside Farm.

Low Lorton, straggles down to the river Cocker, on whose banks stands Lorton Hall containing a 15th century Pele tower. It is not generally open to the public. The Wheatsheaf Inn, is the local pub here and has a small caravan park behind it with some lovely views of the surrounding countryside.

St Cuthberts church stands roughly half way between the two Lortons and is worth a visit. It dates back to 1809 though there has been a church here for at least 800 years.

The whole area is very picturesque and lends itself to many excellent walks, especially with crummuck water and Buttermere just down the road.

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