Askham is a popular village in the Eden Valley not far from Penrith. It is a linear village with two good pubs The PunchBowl and The Queens Head, a wooden toy shop, post office and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
There are a variety of low level woodland walks in the area. The village is part of the Lowther Estate, Lowther Castle is at the bottom end of the village and remains as a ruin in reasonably good condition. The roof and windows were removed as a measure to avoid death duties and now leaves a curious looking skeleton of a building which looms eerily in the estate.
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