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About Low Lorton

Low Lorton is one of two villages known as The Lortons, both lie the beautiful Vale of Lorton close to the River Cocker amid truly spectacular lake-land scenery.

Lorton Hall, now a luxurious country house hotel, was once a grand manor house built in the 15th-century. It is said that villagers sought refuge there during the Border wars. It is believed Mary Winder, who was the Lady of the Manor, entertained Charles II there during the period after the execution of Charles I, and before he was restored to the throne.

Interestingly, John Wesley visited these parts, where he preached on three separate occasions. A chapel was built in his honour in 1840. The village school was built in 1895 and has several commemorative plaques, including one for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

The village is an interesting mix of properties, all set within a stone's throw of the banks of the rippling River Cocker. Low Mill, sited close to Lorton Bridge was built during the 18th-century at the time when the river was diverted to form weirs and a series of millraces. Low Mill is now converted to a private property.

At High Lorton, sheep graze all around the church which serves the communities of High and Low Lorton, set against a back-drop of lush greenery, this in itself is a view to inspire the spirit, even before setting foot into the church. The rolling countryside all around is a walkers paradise. As indicated by it's name, this village is set on rising ground, many of the cottages have steps leading up to the front door. The Jennings family at High Swinside Farm, became known for their home brewed ale, this was so good that the family expanded the business. They bought a building in the village to use as a malt house - this became the village hall when the brewery moved to Cockermouth.

Lorton Park, which is now a guest house, was visited by Prince Arthur, son of Queen Victoria in 1863 and doubtless William Wordsworth visited, in his poem Yew Trees, he writes - There is a yew tree, pride of Lorton Vale.

The Lortons are a pastoral, tranquil area of great beauty. Between them they offer a wealth of local interest amid stunning countryside. The local pub, The Wheatsheaf continues to serve Jennings Ale, along with tasty lunchtime and evening meals, and there is a friendly village shop. Cockermouth lies within easy driving distance and offers a wider range of shops and facilities. The choice of holiday accommodation ranges from family caravan and camping parks to friendly B & B's and luxury hotels.

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