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Gurning championships in Egremont

Nestled at the foot of the Uldale Valley in west Cumbria, Egremont is a small market town overlooked by the remains of a Norman castle, built around 1130. You can explore the ruins of Egremont Castle, which stands on a mound above the River Ehen.

Egremont is best known for its Crab Fair - it relates to the apple rather than the crustacean. Held in September, it features wrestling, terrier racing, ferret shows and the World Gurning Championships.

Hit the beach at St Bees

The coast is only a five-minute drive from Egremont. Relax on the red sands of the gently sloping shingle beach studded with rock pools, and make a splash with a paddle in the Irish Sea. Kids can play on a 6ft climbing web, zip wires and galleon.

St Bees Head, the westernmost point of Cumbria, is the start of the Coast to Coast walk, which goes all the way to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Yorkshire coast.

Explore the Lake District

You’re surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscape in the country here. Take a scenic drive to the remote hamlet of Wasdale with sweeping views of the fells and Wastwater, a favourite spot with photographers.

If you’re a keen walker, a hike up Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, is surely a must. It might be quite challenging, but it’s worth it for the breath-taking views you get.

Looking for a cheap hotel Near Egremont? Your best options are Travelodge Cockermouth Hotel and Travelodge Barrow in Furness Hotel, ideal for trips around the Lakes.