Two miles south of the ancient market town of Penrith, alongside the winding River Eamont, stands the tiny hamlet of Yanwath.
It’s a historic spot that was the inspiration for a poem by William Wordsworth after a memorable visit to a Quaker friend who lived in the village. The 17th-century Lakeland inn that would have been a feature of the community in Wordsworth’s time is still a popular watering hole for residents and walkers alike. Yanwath also boasts a well-attended village primary school (0.3 miles on foot from the village centre) with nursery provision, while the community’s spiritual needs are served by a quaint 12th-century Anglican church just two-and-a-half miles away in Barton.
There’s character and history aplenty in the local area. The impressive profile of the partly fortified Yanwath Hall with its crenelated pele tower is a remarkable 14th-century survivor, while to the east can be found the Neolithic monuments of Mayburgh Henge and King Arthur’s Round Table.
There’s easy access along the B5320 north to Penrith (2.5 miles), as well as to beautiful Lowther Castle and Gardens (4.4 miles) to the south. The M6 motorway can be accessed at Penrith and the town’s railways station also provides frequent high-speed rail links to Manchester, Glasgow and beyond.
Once Cumbria’s capital, Penrith is a thriving market town with distinctive red sandstone buildings, It offers a wide range of independent shops, a good choice of supermarkets, and abundant local services including a library, doctors’ surgeries, churches and post office, plus plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Respected secondary school, Ullswater Community College, draws pupils from a broad catchment area and provides a comprehensive education right through sixth form. Historic fee-paying grammar school QEGS is also part of the town’s impressive educational provision.
There are plenty of opportunities for sports, entertainment and leisure in Penrith, too, with a pool and fitness facilities plus climbing wall at the Penrith Leisure Centre, play and sports areas at Penrith Castle Park and access to a golf driving range and well-tended golf course on the edge of town. Volunteer-run Penrith Playhouse is a great location for theatre and other live performances, while the latest cinema releases can be viewed at Penrith’s own picture house, the Alhambra.
Yanwath is also perfectly placed for exploring the Lake District. An eight-mile drive will take you to the picturesque town of Ullswater and it’s less than four miles to the eastern edge of the lake at Pooley Bridge. Ullswater is the second largest lake in the LDNP and there are plenty of options for recreation on the lake itself as well as exploring the many footpaths and cycle paths around the area.
Houses in Yanwath are highly sought after because of its traditional appeal, complete with village school and pub. But residents also benefit from its proximity to Penrith and the Lake District, as well as the excellent rail and road links which make it possible to commute to Carlisle, Kendal, Keswick and the wider north-west region.