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Brampton a Historic Market Town in Cumbria’s Irthing Valley

The Market Town of Brampton nestles in the Irthing Valley, beautiful countryside and woodlands, drenched in history.

Situated a stone’s throw from the Scottish Border, with Hadrian’s Wall passing through on the way to the Great Border City of Carlisle.

Many still follow in the Romans footsteps of Hadrians Wall to a town, originally built in 400AD. It became the fort of Uxellodunum. By the 7th century the Angles were living on the site.

When the Christians arrived they worshipped at St Martins Oak, St Ninian preached Christianity to the people of ‘the debateable lands’ and although St Martins Oak and St Ninians Well can no longer be seen, they are on ancient maps of the area.

Brampton’s Old Church was stripped of its Roman alters and with the Arthurian connection, combined with the Border Reivers, we were seen to be an unruly bunch. Lands were given to nobility and our identity became questionable.

Our History is all there to be discovered one of the best Dark Age settlements, set in a graveyard, where time stops. If you stand there alone and let your imagination unfold, it is priceless, and not a Starbucks in sight!

Surrounding Brampton

To the North

The rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, once a turbulent and barbaric land.

A sinister silence falls over Hermitage Castle, a place of power, treason, torture and intrigue.

Up in the hills of Eskdalemuir you can cleanse your soul at the Samye Ling Monestry, well worth a visit. David Bowie and Leonard Cohen were once students at Samye Ling.

To the South

The Eden Valley winds through the foothills of the North Pennines, reaching out to the Lake District. A favourite for Wainwright, with beautiful riverside walks.

To the West

The River Eden twists through the Marshes into the Solway Firth and out to sea.

Carlisle Castle & Tullie House are a must for historians.

To the East

Discover The Northumberland National Park, Keilder Water and Forest, Lanercost Priory, Birdoswald Roman Fort and much more.

In and around Brampton

The Moat (or Mote) dominates the landscape.

On the summit stands a statue of George William Frederick, 7th Earl of Carlisle, a short but steep walk will give you a view of the land he guards.

The origin of the Mote is thought to be from a motte-and-bailey castle, possibly 13th Century, probably made of wood. The fun part of the local history is finding all the clues.

Behind the Moat is The Ridge leading to Lanercost, on a good day you can see Scotland and the Lakes quite clearly.

Brampton has a few different walking groups who welcome visitors, have a look at their site for maps and meetings at  Walkers are Welcome

If you’re thirsty after your walk come for ‘a crack’ with the locals in one of the bars, or coffee shops. There are some lovely shops with gifts from Made In Cumbria and local artists and craftspeople.

Brampton has its own Brewery and Chocolate factory. Brampton Truffles are available from Half Moon Wholefoods. Some of the local bars & cafes have local beers from Geltsdale Brewery.

There is something for everyone in Brampton, contemporary gifts, distinctive crafts, walks for all ages and abilities. We even have a Savile Row Tailor behind the Moot Hall.

Gelt Woods is a nature reserve with a difference.

Just over a mile from the town centre, spreading out towards Hayton.

Please add your pictures to the gallery as words cannot describe its magical appeal. Every year little doors appear in trees and walls in the woods, no-one knows where they come from, but all the children love to search for the fairy houses.

Luckily they have never been disturbed and we respectfully ask anyone who finds them not to touch. We would love you to post photo’s if you find them, but no directions please. The harder they are to find, the more chance they will be safe. Also, if you know who is behind the fairy doors please can you ask them to contact us, we would love to hear from them and promise to protect their identity.

Talkin Tarn is an area of outstanding natural beauty. They have their own rowing club and facilities for windsurfing, seasonal fishing, rowing boats are available to hire. The Boathouse Tea Room has a balcony with views over the water. Regular exhibitions from local artists and craftspeople are on display in the gallery as you enter the grounds, as you walk around the Tarn you will come to a small exhibition of local wildlife with views across the water.

New Mills Trout Farm is well stocked with rainbow trout and fishing equipment is available to hire.

The tea room 'Bite' is now open and is well worth a visit.

When the Romans moved on the land around Brampton and The Borders became turbulent with Raiding Reivers, Clans fought for rights to some very ‘debateable lands’. There were rumors of a King, but you’ll have to decide for yourself on that one.

Arthuret Church is in sight of The Old Church, and many historians believe the King of the Debateable Lands, son of a Roman soldier, was the founding of the Legend of King Arthur. A legend which was re-written when the monarchy were struggling to control the lands of the Borders.

Call in to Off The Wall Cafe where Mike the owner runs tours of the area, for details visit

www.offthewallweb.co.uk

Another visitor to our Town was Bonnie Prince Charlie, en-route to London with his army of rebel Highlanders. During the siege of Carlisle Castle where on 17th November 1745 the Young Pretender declared his right to claim the monarchy of England and Scotland for his father. There is a plaque on the wall on Prince Charlie’s House on High Cross Street where he received the keys of the city from the Mayors and Aldermen, as a token of surrender.

A year later, when the uprising failed, 6 of the Prince’s men were tried and hanged at The Capon Tree, a memorial stands nearby, look out for the carved seat on Capon Hill, the memorial stands quietly behind with views of their beloved Scotand.

A new tree is to be planted soon as a memorial.

King Henry granted Brampton a Market Charter in 1252.

The Moot Hall dates back to 1817 when it replaced an earlier structure. It was originally open at the bottom. When the newly formed Parish Council was formed by Lord Carlisle the sides were enclosed.

Currently plans are being made to utilise the Moot Hall to promote arts and events. It already has a Tourist Information Centre manned by local volunteers.

Artists interested in opportunities in the area please e-mail brampton.local@cnmedia.co.uk mark your mail Brampton Arts and your details will be added to a database.

There is still a market every Wednesday around the Moot Hall, and more recently a Farmers Market on the first Saturday of each month, other events are being organised.

Members of the Brampton and Beyond Community Trust have been pitching up in the Moot Hall every Wednesday morning.

They sell local produce, such as eggs, vegetables and honey, along with baked and cooked food they prepare at Brampton Community Centre, where they also run a cafe.

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