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Langwathby village was a farming community for many years, but there are few farms left in the vicinity. Before the bridge was constructed across the river Eden there was a ford across the river, and this is reflected in the village name: wath refers to a Viking word for long ford. The Romans had a temporary marching camp here.
The local manor was owned by the royals, beginning with Henry I; then Scotland got in the act with Alexander in 1237 being granted the manor by Henry III. Later it belonged to the duke of Gloucester and the duke of Devonshire. Langwathby was on the Scotland to England drovers road.
The medieval village green, surrounded by stone buildings, plays host to maypole dancing in May. About 300 scarecrows grace the local gardens in July when a scarecrow festival and art mart are held. The Carlisle to Settle railway has a small station here; the former large one is now used as a cafe. The village has a pub, primary school, and post office/shop.
St Peters church dates, on the outside, from 1718. It has a five bay nave and a two bay chancel. The porch was built in 1836. It is thought that a chapel of 1302 was mostly demolished when the new church was built; however the interior 13th century north arcade was saved and restored.
Langwathby is on the C2C cycling route.
Photos by Barbara Ballard
Langwathby is located four miles north-east of Penrith on the A686.
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