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.
All Saints enjoys a strong and vibrant congregation with an extensive programme of activities and events throughout the year.
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.
The area around Orton is popular with cyclists with a miriad of uncrowded narrow country lanes undulating through superb Cumbrian scenery.
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.
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.
Each year Orton holds a Scarecrow competition and a church gift weekend exhibition on Whitsun weekend to raise funds for All Saints Church.
There is a fine selection of river and lake fishing within a reasonable travelling distance from Orton.