Welcome to Orton in Cumbria

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Wainwright described Orton as one of Westmorland's loveliest villages. This website promotes the village, its surroundings, local amenities and accommodation. It also documents the activities of Orton Parish Council in supporting local people, services and enterprises.

Orton is a picturesque village in Cumbria surrounded by beautuful rolling countryside that offers a wealth of interests and recreational activities. Described by Alfred Wainwright as one of Westmorland's loveliest villages, Orton enjoys an idyllic rural location while benefitting from excellent transport links to the rest of the UK.

Orton now benefits significantly from tourism. Situated east of the M6 amid a rural landscape it is more tranquil than the Lake District National Park which lies to the west of the motorway. Orton is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, peaceful country lanes and the nearby Orton fells.Orton is also an ideal base for those wishing to explore the Lake District National Park to the west, the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the east. The Lune valley is nearby and the Upper Eden valley is only a few miles away. Further afield but within easy driving distance are the Durham moors and Northumbria.

Orton lies on Wainwright's famous coast-to-coast walk that runs from St. Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire, a distance of 190 miles. There is excellent accommodation available in the area specifically catering for the needs of walkers.

It is a great place to spend your holiday. Hotels, B&B, self catering available.

View our location on Google Maps. Take a trip around Orton on Google Street View.

where to stay in orton

Hotels, self-catering and b&b in Orton and surrounding areas.

what to do in orton

The fells around Orton are a paradise for walkers and cyclists.

pictures of orton

A selection of pictures of Orton showcasing this beautiful village.

surrounding area of orton

Pictures of the countryside surrounding Orton throughout the seasons.

orton parish council

Agendas and minutes of Parish Council meetings. Information on members, accounts and planning.

orton parish magazine - the link

The Link is the parish magazine for Orton, Tebay and Ravenstonedale with Newbiggin-on-Lune.

all saints church orton

All Saints enjoys a strong and vibrant congregation with an extensive programme of activities and events throughout the year.

methodist chapel orton

The Methodist Chapel dates from 1833. Visitors assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

orton local history

Visitors to Orton wishing to explore local history have a wide choice ranging from a nearby stone circle to Hadrian's wall on the Cumbrian border with Scotland.

national trust orton

There are some interesting National Trust properties within easy and picturesque drives from Orton.

cycling near orton

The area around Orton is popular with cyclists with a miriad of uncrowded narrow country lanes undulating through superb Cumbrian scenery.

golf near orton

There are several golf courses near Orton and many more available to those prepared to drive through beautiful scenery for a game.

orton services

Links to local websites of interest to visitors to Orton.

orton manor court

The history of Manor Court first appeared in the booklet "Memories of Orton" which the Parish Council produced to help raise money to refurbish the village playground.

tarn pasture

350,000,000 yrs ago Tarn pasture was covered by a warm, shallow sea. As the sea evaporated,calcium rich animal remains and minerals were deposited which formed limestone.

wayside flowers of orton

The verges of Orton parish have around 200 different wild flowers growing on them. This makes them some of the best flower-rich verges in Cumbria.

scarecrows in orton

Each year Orton holds a Scarecrow competition and a church gift weekend exhibition on Whitsun weekend to raise funds for All Saints Church.

fishing near orton

There is a fine selection of river and lake fishing within a reasonable travelling distance from Orton.

horse riding near orton

There are several opportunities to enjoy horse riding within easy driving distances.

orton local history

The nearby Eden Valley is a hidden gem of Cumbria. It is far less crowded than the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.